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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion

I move:More Button

Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

The commercial State sector must also play its part in full. In the current circumstances, this is an economic and financial imperative. Our three State airports operate in the commercial sphere ...More Button

Having discussed the matter with the three airports, I commissioned Booz & Company, a leading firm of aviation consultants, to identify and analyse all likely options regarding the ownership and ...More Button

The Government decided that it needed to focus on halting and reversing the serious decline of Shannon Airport. The basic conclusion of the Booz report regarding Shannon Airport was that its dec...More Button

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton, and I established a high-level steering group to develop proposals for the implementation of the Government decision and to assess...More Button

It is a prerequisite for airport separation that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and I are satisfied as to the state of operational and financial readiness, including business plan...More Button

In this regard, it has been suggested the passenger projections for Shannon Airport seem fanciful. While the business plan is confidential, in the next five years the Shannon plan projects passeng...More Button

While on the most important subject of jobs, I understand the concern that may be felt by the staff in both Shannon Airport and Shannon Development at this time of significant change. I acknowle...More Button

The Government's decision represents an historic new beginning for the Shannon region, with Shannon Airport playing a central role in the drive to develop a world-class aviation industry. In add...More Button

Some in the Shannon region maintain that Aer Rianta International should be transferred to Shannon Airport from the DAA. From the time separation of the State airports was mooted in 2004, it has...More Button

  I have been particularly struck by the degree of support for an independent Shannon Airport across a wide spectrum of interested parties, including business interests, chambers of comme...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Confidence in the Government: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I wish to speak against the Sinn Féin motion and in favour of the Government amendment which expresses confidence in the Government as it deals with the current economic crisis. This is a good Gov...More Button

I acknowledge that we have made mistakes and that change has come too slowly, which frustrates people. I too am frustrated that this has been the case. Times are tough. Far too many people are o...More Button

Unemployment has fallen to 14.6% and has now stabilised. The most recent quarterly national household survey indicates that for the first time since 2005, bearing in mind unemployment started to...More Button

Employment in the private sector is increasing. As stated by the Minister, Deputy Howlin, we now have growth as measured by GDP. Believe it or not - one would not believe it if one spent too much...More Button

It is also important because it has allowed us to become a credible exporter again. Exports have not only recovered to where they were prior to the recession. We are now exporting more than we di...More Button

When it comes to motions tabled by Sinn Féin Members on this side of the House often, and for good reason, like to refer to Sinn Féin's record in the North, the Troubles and the terrible things d...More Button

It may well be £700 per annum for the average house. The sum of £700 is equal to about €900.More Button

That fee includes nothing else beyond bin charges. In the Republic of Ireland the property tax on the average house will be approximately €300 to €400 per annum.More Button

I do know my facts.More Button

I know it may be difficult for some Members opposite to understand it but this country is still a democracy and we are allowed to speak in our national Parliament. I did not interrupt any of the s...More Button

In which case, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I am happy to clarify the record.More Button

If the anti-democratic people across the floor would allow me to clarify I would be happy to do so.More Button

May I speak?More Button

I have been allocated ten minutes to speak but have not been allowed to do so by the anti-democratic forces in this House. I will clarify what I said. Sinn Féin is campaigning against the propert...More Button

I have clarified the matter. There is no greater act of disloyalty or infidelity to the State than that. These Sinn Féin representatives have no difficulty paying tax to Tory councils in Westmins...More Button

When it comes to welfare, in Northern Ireland, where Sinn Féin is in power, the minimum wage is £6.19 per hour for people over 21 years and is much lower for people below that age. In some cases...More Button

That payment here is more than €200 per week. The State pension in Northern Ireland is £175.45 per week. Here it is €230 per week.More Button

As I understand it, based on research I have carried out, there is no respite care allowance in Northern Ireland. One has to apply to one's health trust in respect of a holiday. When it comes to ...More Button

If there are any other examples as to why these people should not be allowed ever get into power, it is their failure to allow people to speak.More Button

They cannot tolerate opposition or anyone who disagrees with their views.More Button

This is the alternative to the current Government.More Button

I thank the Chair for his protection. Thank God we have the protection of the Chair in this House and the protection of the Garda Síochána and Defence Forces because God forbid if people like Sinn...More Button

Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I think you should suspend the House.More Button

As I said, there is no respite care grant in Northern Ireland and one has to apply to the health trust for a holiday. Child benefit in Northern Ireland is £80 for the first child, reducing to £60 ...More Button

The only interest Sinn Féin has taken in economic policy is to seek a transfer of corporate taxation powers to Northern Ireland so as to reduce corporation profit taxes for corporations. At the sa...More Button

In its pre-budget submission Sinn Féin proposed €3.5 billion in spending cuts and new taxes. Yet, it claims to be against austerity. Regardless of how one does it or dresses it up, the removal ...More Button

Sinn Féin also proposed the taxing of pension contributions at the standard rate in its pre-budget submission. What does this mean? It means a pay cut for every public servant earning €35,000 p...More Button

It is true. Deputy Ferris does not even know his own party's policies. It is hilarious that people like Sinn Féin think they could actually be involved in governing this country.More Button

Sinn Féin has also proposed new spending of €338.68 million on eight or nine specific areas. They do not include in any of those areas additional funding for local authorities, public transport, t...More Button

Finally, to echo the words of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, the Government is doing the things it is doing not because they are easy but because they are hard. The...More Button

Roads Maintenance

Was asked: if the necessary funds to finish a road resurfacing project (details supplied) in County Kerry will be included in Budget 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Work...More Button

Circulars, relating to regional and local roads, have been issued to all local authorities earlier this year inviting applications for consideration for funding in 2013 under the various Grant Sc...More Button

I intend to announce the 2013 regional and local road grant allocations early in the new year.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of applications for funding made to his Department (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Work...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the list of locations for which funding was supplied from his Department by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The National Roads Authority (NRA) issued a circular earlier this year to all local authorities inviting applications for consideration for supplementary grant funding in 2013 under various heading...More Button

Bus Éireann Services

Was asked: the progress that has been made on the provision of a bus shelter for Killorglin town County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue of bus stop improvement is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with the relevant transport provider.  I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for d...More Button

Was asked: if a proper bus stop will be provided in Farranfoe, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under Section 85 of the Road Traffic Act 1961, An Garda Siochana currently have the responsibility, in the first instance, for the placement of bus stops in consultation with the relevant local aut...More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: the position in regarding the facilitation of local area hackney licences; when he anticipates that this scheme will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the regulations and supports available to new entrants to the taxi/hackney business; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: the reason a club (details supplied) was deemed unsuitable for any funding from the sports capital programme despite the fact they fulfilled the criteria to receive funding; if his attention has be...More Button

Was asked: his plans to bring forward a sports capital grant programme for the period 2013/2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he brings forward a sports capital grant programme for the period 2013/2014, if he will consider prioritising the applications of the unsuccessful organisations for the sport capital grant progr...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a sports grant in respect of a club (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if objective criteria was used in the allocation of sports capital grants; if he will publish the criteria and outline the methodology; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of applications made for the sports capital grant programme 2012 from Limerick; the numbers of applications that were awarded to the sports capital grant and the names and number that we...More Button

Was asked: if he will detail all applications from County Donegal to the sports capital programme in tabular format and include the amount applied for and the reason that the application was approved or rejec...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of applications under the 2012 sports capital programme deemed invalid for County Galway; the grounds for ineligibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Services Provision

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 237 of 4 December 2012, if he will provide a list of all new services across his Department that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011.More Button

The Department has not proposed the introduction of any new services since the Government decision in July 2012 that new services would be tested for external delivery before approval to provide th...More Button

Road Projects Contracts

Was asked: if he will provide an update in the motorway maintenance and renewals contract put out to tender by the National Roads Authority in April 2012; when the successful companies will be announced; the ...More Button

As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the roads programme. The implementation of individual national road projects, including maintenance, i...More Button

Public Bike Schemes

Was asked: the time frame for the roll out of the Dublin bike scheme in the Dublin 11 and Dublin 9 areas and the details of the scheme in those areas.More Button

Rail Network

Was asked: if he will confirm that funding will be made available as a matter of urgency to the National Transport Authority to carry out works (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. In the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), funding for the implementation a...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the reason the Exchequer estimates for 2012 as detailed in the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2012 - 2014 originally allocated €1,231 billion for capital spending this year by his Department but ...More Button

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-2016 Medium Term Exchequer Framework set out a capital allocation for 2012 of €1,231 million for my Department.  This was subsequently increased in th...More Button