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Ó Fearghaíl, Seán

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ministerial Responsibilities

I am particularly interested in learning whether a delegation of powers order has been signed in respect of the most recently appointed Minister of State, Deputy Alex White.More Button

That being the case, it raises the question of why it took in excess of one year to sign the delegation order in respect of the former Minister of State, Deputy Róisín Shortall. It seems extraordi...More Button

Yes, but the Taoiseach is the signatory of the orders. What were the events, if any, that precluded the Taoiseach from signing the order in respect of the former Minister of State, Deputy Róisín S...More Button

I take it that all Ministers of State have had their delegation orders signed. Are any areas of responsibility described by the Taoiseach in the initial appointment not covered by the delegation...More Button

Cabinet Confidentiality

I thank the Taoiseach for his response, but it is quite extraordinary that he has so rapidly abandoned a commitment in the programme for Government. I suppose it is just one of many commitments th...More Button

Cabinet Confidentiality (Continued)

Did the Taoiseach have advice from the Attorney General on the proposed legislation on Cabinet confidentiality? In light of the many commitments made by Government about reform of politics, it wou...More Button

Here in the House, the new politics is to guillotine critical legislation, such as the Social Welfare Bill, which will be guillotined in the Seanad this afternoon, and we see the appalling proced...More Button

Does the Taoiseach accept we are now seeing real reforms but not the reforms people thought they would see, not the positive initiatives the public, when it placed its faith in the Government par...More Button

That budget was considered fair and progressive, unlike the current Government's budgets.More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

I refer first to the Cabinet committee on the children's rights referendum on which a few questions need to be addressed. It is sad that in the aftermath of the very significant High Court ruling ...More Button

Did that committee approve the wording of the material that appeared on the website and was circulated in the leaflets that were distributed across the country? With the benefit of hindsight, is...More Button

I ask the Taoiseach to outline the workings of the Cabinet committee on the children's rights referendum. Can the Taoiseach finally give us information on the role of the Attorney General regard...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

I thank the Taoiseach for his response and, at the outset, acknowledge the enormity of the challenge facing the Government in this area. I welcome the Taoiseach's commitment to getting the Insolve...More Button

The Taoiseach referred to the fact the Government has come up with a number of initiatives. He must accept they have had a minor impact. The last time I read about the rent-to-buy initiative, it ...More Button

What does the Taoiseach envisage in terms of the capacity of the agency to deal with the vast number of cases that will face it? I also wish to refer to the impact of the property tax on the buy t...More Button

Perhaps so but perhaps the Taoiseach will give me a little flexibility and address the issue.More Button

The Ceann Comhairle did and I thank him.More Button

Order of Business

It is not agreed.More Button

I suppose we have had some of this discourse earlier this afternoon. On behalf of my party, I must object strenuously to the ramming through of this vital legislation. From time to time, the guil...More Button

There is no need for this legislation to be forced through in this way. For example, we could have come in here to debate it yesterday when the business of the House was concluded in advance of ...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The public has a right to expect that we will debate the legislation in a serious and conscientious manner, teasing through this legislation in the way that we as legislators are obliged to do.More Button

I put it to the Taoiseach earlier that he committed himself and his Government to political reform. We are now seeing the political reform, which is a budget that was decided upon by four members ...More Button

The Government has made a decision on the A, B and C v. Ireland expert group report. When will we see the legislation and regulations promised? Will the content of that legislation address...More Button

Public Private Partnerships Data

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the extent to which schools built under the public private partnership system are fully equipped to meet the needs of their student intake; for example, is it determined that science labs, language...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will expedite an appeal for invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will expedite an application for an entry visa in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if a visa will be extended in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this person is entitled to apply for a work permit; if this person is entitled to apply for naturalisation...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a medical card was removed and refused on reapplication in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button