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Dooley, Timmy

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

This sounds like an episode from Snow White.More Button

Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The Deputy should not wind me up.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. While recognising that the Bill is limited in its function, it nevertheless affords us an opportunity to discuss the broader issue of reform...More Button

Thank you, Minister. Unfortunately, those warnings proved accurate and the report was indeed left on the shelf.More Button

I do not wish to be partisan on the last day of business in the House, but I must point out that the only movement we have seen from the current Administration in the area of parliamentary reform...More Button

The Oireachtas Commission has done important work since its inception, but a great deal remains to be done. Likewise, there is further work to be done by the parliamentary service reform group t...More Button

We have a very dedicated staff in the Oireachtas who have worked tremendously well against very difficult deadlines. Many people do not appreciate that when parliamentary business runs late into...More Button

There is an onus on elected Members, both in government and opposition, to find better ways of doing our business. Observers of proceedings in the Oireachtas who are sometimes irked to see only ...More Button

That is why we must give a more extended period of time to Leaders' Questions and to the Order of Business, when parliamentarians get the opportunity to discuss current issues of national importanc...More Button

I hope the Minister will fulfil his commitment in the new year to introduce legislation to deal with the modernisation of the senior management structure of the Oireachtas services, based on the ...More Button

Garda Stations Closures (Continued)

Deputy Ross has trumped Deputy Mathews on the delegation.More Button

It is great to see Deputy Ross getting into the old parish pump politics.More Button

I would be very happy to let two intellectual beasts of the House-----More Button

Then I will not do the Leas-Cheann Comhairle's job for him, but it would be entertaining to hear the two intellectual beasts deal with local parish pump issues. It is great to hear them in touch w...More Button

National Positive Ageing Strategy Implementation

I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle for the opportunity to raise this important issue. It is the last Dáil sitting day of 2012 and sadly the long awaited positive ageing strategy continues to be lon...More Button

Is it possible that part of the issue may surround resourcing in the Department? There seem to be issues in the section dealing with the office for older people. Have many people left the secti...More Button

Perhaps the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, holds too many portfolios. Unlike in the previous Government, no dedicated Minister of State with responsibility for older people has been appointed....More Button

Strategically this is a key policy area for future planning and if we are anticipating the future ageing of the population and pension issues as looming crises, which I believe we are and we shou...More Button

National Positive Ageing Strategy Implementation (Continued)

Pushing out the qualifying age for pensions but retaining the mandatory retirement age is being presented as a stop gap. The latest step is to get people who have just retired and who now cannot d...More Button

I thank the Minister for the detailed reply which was clearly prepared by the Department. As regards his earlier comments, he has become so impressed by his line of defence which seems to lay all ...More Button

It is a matter of reassigning resources within the Department. It is about the Government having a positive approach to active ageing. It is also about redeploying resources within the particul...More Button

I am pleased that this will be done early in the new year, but we need to get on with it. There is no point saying in September that we will have it in October and when it does not happen then, ...More Button

Taxi Regulations (Continued)

The Minister of State should be careful.More Button

Air Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his intentions with regard to the State's holding in Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I am aware of the Government's position in the last number of days. Nevertheless, I am somewhat troubled that it took six months to come to the conclusion that it would be the wrong decision for t...More Button

Is the Government confident this move will stop Ryanair acquiring Aer Lingus and has the Government had any indication from the European Commission about the likely outcomes? Will the Government...More Button

I am somewhat troubled by the notion that the Government is still pursuing through NewERA the disposal of the shareholding. This is not about partisan politics. Ryanair is a very effective comp...More Button

Air Services Provision (Continued)

The disposal of State assets is an important component of the Government's NewERA agenda. While it may be prudent not to sell the State's share in Aer Lingus to Ryanair today, it is possible that ...More Button

Tourism Industry Issues

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the way he will help put in place a viable hotel industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I welcome the Minister of State's reply. I acknowledge some of the work the Government has done in assisting the tourism industry at a particularly difficult time.More Button

The Irish Hotels Federation, IHF, has published a policy document on the future of the hotel industry. As the Minister of State will be aware from his knowledge of that industry, the report was ...More Button

While I accept that The Gathering will have an impact, it will not resolve the long-term issue. The situation will not be too bad in the large cities. There is a strong demand for hotels in Dub...More Button

Does the Minister of State believe that the EIIS could be extended to include restructured hotels? This move was called for by the IHF. As the Minister of State knows, hotels cannot qualify for...More Button

Dr. Ahearne's report outlines a number of positive initiatives. One recommendation called for the State to invest heavily, but I do not believe that would fly. Will the Minister of State commen...More Button

Penalty Point System

I thank the Minister of State for his reply and assure him that Fianna Fáil will be happy to support the changes that are proposed. It is a positive aspects of politics in this country that road s...More Button

Having said that, it is incumbent on us, on an ongoing basis, to raise this issue in the House. It is only by keeping road safety always in the spotlight that we will continue to see an apprecia...More Button

Transport Policy

The Minister set out the headline changes and is obviously disappointed with them. Obviously, much more must be done to develop a strategy to get more people out of the car. Since 1981 there has ...More Button

Changes are taking place now that are having an impact on the use of public transport. Obviously, it must be recognised by the Government that there is a social good associated with the modal sh...More Button

Other Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

I recognise the Minister of State has noted the fairness and equity with which the funding was distributed on a county by county basis. He is right; if we follow the per capita model, ...More Button

Public Transport Provision

While that ties in with my earlier points, this is really about the provision that has been made for last year in light of the €36 million that was needed this year. I accept the legislation was p...More Button

Different people have different views on the importance of public transport. There is now significant competition in the market with the issuing of licences to some of the private bus operators be...More Button

Ministerial Responsibilities

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his key priorities for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button