Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to

Ó Fearghaíl, Seán

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Priority Questions

The Minister is double-jobbing.More Button

Defence Forces Reserve Funding

Asked the Minister for Defence: the key changes he is proposing regarding the Reserve Defence Forces; if legislation will be necessary to effect these changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply. I acknowledge that there was a significant decline in participation in the RDF, particularly during the middle part of the previous decade. One is obliged to w...More Button

I accept that the Minister has been faced not only with a difficulty in respect of funding - the level of which being made available to the RDF has been dramatically reduced - but also with one w...More Button

I accept the point the Minister makes to some extent. However, one must question the extent to which participation in the RDF has been promoted by the PDF. One must also ask whether those who wer...More Button

The Acting Chairman is very tough on Members.More Button

Defence Forces Reserve Issues (Continued)

To be helpful, I will take just two minutes.More Button

Defence Forces Personnel

Asked the Minister for Defence: his views on whether there are sufficient opportunities for promotion at all levels of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Personnel (Continued)

In written responses in recent weeks the Minister indicated that the total number of promotions at NCO level since the announcement of the review in July was 129 and that the total pertaining to co...More Button

I understand there are complex procedures in place within the Defence Forces for promotions. Is the Minister satisfied that procedures were applied consistently in all promotions? Will he explain...More Button

EU Battlegroups

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide a progress report on Ireland’s participation in the Austro-German Battlegroup; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am conscious that participation in the Nordic battle group and, consequently, the Austro-German battle group was approved by the previous Government. I am interested in knowing about the deliber...More Button

EU Battlegroups (Continued)

Will that be a priority issue for the Minister as he chairs the Council of Ministers for Defence in the next six month period? In that regard, are there any other gems of wisdom he might give us i...More Button

European Council Meetings

Does this mean we have double time?More Button

I thank the Minister for his response. He has said before that the participation of the Defence Forces in EU battle groups increases their interoperability with forces from other EU member states....More Button

Members of the Minister's party, when in opposition, had interesting views on Ireland's role in the Common Security and Defence Policy. Does the Minister believe the best way to secure the safet...More Button

Overseas Missions (Continued)

I thank the Minister for his response on this matter. We should never fail to avail of the opportunity at such times to acknowledge the value of the service that our Defence Forces have provided i...More Button

I am mindful of the fact that over the years people in the Minister's party have had various comments to make about the triple lock system. What is the Minister's current thinking on the triple ...More Button

There is growing concern among persons who have served overseas and taken Lariam. I took it many years ago with no ill effects, at least, of which I am aware. Have the Defence Forces provided cou...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

Protect the rich and steal from the poor.More Button

The Deputy's party wanted to spend more and tax less.More Button

It has both eyes on the opinion poll.More Button

Reduce it further.More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The Minister created a fair amount of rí rá herself.More Button

The Minister had no great interest in that when she was in opposition.More Button

The Minister's level of inconsistency is unbelievable.More Button

The inconsistency is unbelievable.More Button

Defence Forces Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Defence: his views on whether all ranks of the Defence Forces receive sufficient remuneration; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will expedite an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button