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Kehoe, Paul

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Council of Europe: Appointment of Representatives

I wish to inform the House of the following persons who have been selected and nominated as representatives and alternates from Ireland to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe until ...More Button

Transport (Córas Iompair Éireann and Subsidiary Companies Borrowings) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages

  Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.More Button

Civil Defence Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I thank both Deputies for their contributions. I will deal first with amendment No. 1 from Deputy Mac Lochlainn. I do not propose to accept this amendment. It is not intended to put the forum on...More Button

It is also intended that the civil defence forum will be a non-statutory consultative body, which will be as flexible as possible in its operations and will be able to consult widely as required....More Button

There will be further scope for the remainder and, indeed, other statutory and non-statutory bodies to be included where matters of particular interest are being discussed. It is important for t...More Button

The purpose of the forum will be to provide advice as required and to provide a structure for stakeholders to interact with the Civil Defence branch within the Department. The forum is intended ...More Button

Membership of the forum will comprise nominated representative bodies such as the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the City and County Ma...More Button

I also do not propose to accept amendment No. 2, in the name of Deputy Ó Fearghaíl. Section 12 allows for the Minister to determine the format and content of a civil defence plan submitted by a ...More Button

A civil defence plan will be unique to each individual authority. The provisions of the Bill, which are similar to those in the 2002 Act, will allow for further consultation with authorities on ...More Button

One of the purposes of the Bill for the civil defence branch of the Department is to get back to devoting more resources to deal with the real business of civil defence which is emergency prepare...More Button

Both Deputies have outlined the importance of the Civil Defence. I can assure them that the Department will operate with the same vigour as the board did to ensure that the Civil Defence runs a ...More Button

The body to which the Deputy refers will be represented by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. That means that if the forum requires further expertise or advice, any...More Button

First, I do not propose to accept this amendment. However, I assure the Deputy that for as long as I remain a Minister of State in the Department of Defence and in so far as the national finances ...More Button

I thank the Deputy. As I stated previously on Committee Stage, the requirement to develop a centralised register of Civil Defence volunteer members was introduced in the Civil Defence Act 2002 and...More Button

This is not about trusting a cathaoirleach or mayor. We are talking about volunteers in an organisation that give freely of medical records, for example, or other personal details. As I have outl...More Button

I understand the Deputy's persistence with this amendment and how strongly he feels about it. Unfortunately, I will not accept the amendment.More Button

I thank Deputies and Senators for their comments during the debate as the Bill went through the Houses. There were some very good contributions in both Houses and I appreciate them. I thank the o...More Button