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Adams, Gerry

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The last few days have been filled with Government-inspired leaks in the media, which are causing great concern to citizens. I have picked this up this morning in Dublin city and over the weekend ...More Button

Just a few weeks ago we had the referendum to strengthen the rights of children in the Constitution. It would be an outrage if, in the wake of that constitutional amendment being passed, the Gov...More Button

All the better to see you, my dear.More Button

Thank you, Taoiseach.More Button

I thank the Taoiseach for his best wishes. I can tell him that my eyes are much better and will hopefully continue to improve in the time ahead. Of course, I can wait until tomorrow but these rum...More Button

I also want to directly address the Taoiseach's colleagues in the Labour Party. During the last election campaign, the Labour Party called on the public to vote for them to protect child benefit...More Button

I was wondering who put them up.More Button

The Taoiseach and his Labour Party colleagues know whether child benefit will be cut.More Button

If they are not to cut it, fair play. That would be a good thing for our children, but if they are there is still time to pull back from that. I ask the Taoiseach to do that and to look again at ...More Button

Diplomatic Representation Expenditure

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his visit to the United States on 12 and 13 October. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the politicians, business leaders or other organisations he met during his visit to the United States in October.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has been in contact with US President Barack Obama in relation to his plans to attend the G8 summit in June 2013.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has any plans to extend an invitation to US President Barack Obama for a State visit in view of his attendance at the G8 summit in Fermanagh in June 2013.More Button

Diplomatic Representation Expenditure (Continued)

I very much welcome the interest the Taoiseach has taken in Irish-America and note the good work done during his recent visit to the United States. I visited the east coast of the United States an...More Button

The Taoiseach's visit to the United States is proof that Irish-America has a major contribution to make to recovery here, although this should not be reduced to a financial role alone. Successiv...More Button

With The Gathering imminent, when will the Government fulfil its promise in the programme for Government to enact legislation to allow for the publication of the 1926 census? This information wo...More Button

I read Prime Minister Cameron's remarks on the forthcoming G8 summit in which he outlined three main themes for the meeting, namely, the fight against protectionism in global trade, action agains...More Button

I agree with the Taoiseach that this is the time, at the dawn of a new Administration, to press the US Government on the undocumented. I commend the approach and appeal to the Taoiseach to make re...More Button

I welcome the fact the Taoiseach has been invited to attend the G8 summit in the context of the EU Presidency. I wish him well in that challenging role. The G8 is by any definition an exclusive...More Button

The biggest issue facing us in terms of conflict resolution on a global scale is the Middle East. It infects the entire region and spreads with all of the other difficulties that arise from it. ...More Button

I commend that approach and wish the Taoiseach well.More Button

Constitutional Convention Agenda

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will outline the process used in identifying a chairman for the Constitutional Convention. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the date on which the first meeting of the Constitutional Convention is to be held.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his decision to appoint Mr. Tom Arnold as chairman of the Constitutional Convention. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the contact he has had with representatives of the Irish diaspora in relation to the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.More Button

I agree the first meeting of the convention was an important day and contributions were informative and educational. The citizen delegates, along with the rest of us, were buoyed by the great priv...More Button

Constitutional Convention Agenda (Continued)

We were talking earlier about the diaspora. The importance of President Obama coming to Ireland, whatever part of the island, is not just because he is the President of the United States of Amer...More Button

The issue of our ethnic minority is not raised very often. Our ethnic minority, the Traveller community, are treated dreadfully. They are discriminated against dreadfully and yet they are part ...More Button

Similarly, there are new folk who have come to live on this island. Some people refer to them as the new Irish. They bring great colour, history and culture to mesh with our history and culture...More Button

On a previous occasion I commended the approach of the conference put in place in South Africa as it moved into democracy. A wonderful job was done there. We, obviously, have to do it within ou...More Button

I throw these ideas forward. I commend and congratulate Mr. Tom Arnold and I wish him well in his role as chairman of the convention. I still think the Government is missing a great opportunity...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

On 21 November, during the Order of Business, I asked the Taoiseach if he intended to introduce a Supplementary Estimate for the Department of Health and he refused to tell me; he refused to answer...More Button

This is a €360 million addition to the Department's budget and while Sinn Féin supports the proper funding of the health service, this shows the Minister's original Estimate was complete fantasy....More Button

The savings on generic drugs have failed to materialise. This is not a good way to do business and if the Taoiseach was sitting on the Opposition benches, he would say the same. I asked a straigh...More Button

Tá mé ag cur ceiste faoi reachtaíocht atá fógraithe. Can the Taoiseach confirm when the finance (local property tax) Bill will be published? This is the Bill that Fianna Fáil was committed to bri...More Button

Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Continued)

The issue of abortion and the failure of successive Governments to legislate for the Supreme Court decision in the X case has come centre stage in recent weeks due to the tragic death of Savita Hal...More Button

  In all of this we need to remember that real women are affected by this grey area in Irish law. These are not letters in an alphabet or statistics. One of these is Ms C, who brought I...More Button

There followed a further referendum in 2002 which again tried to roll back the X case judgment-----More Button

-----and was again defeated. We have had 20 years of delay after delay, of reports and referendums and six Governments all dodging their responsibilities.More Button

I earnestly hope this will not be the seventh Government to dodge this issue. This means facing up to the reality highlighted by pregnant women who are confronted with life-threatening illnesses...More Button

Local Authority Staff Numbers

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of staff working in local authorities housing maintenance departments; and if he will provide a breakdown by local authority area.More Button

Referendum Campaigns

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his views regarding the arrangements for the holding of future referendums, including the days of the week on which referendums will be held.More Button

Northern Ireland Issues

Asked the Taoiseach: the groups or organisations he has met in the past 12 months who were victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland, including the name of the group or organisation and the date on which the meeting ...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the areas of work which the Northern Ireland section of his Department has supported him in relation to matters relevant to Northern Ireland. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the process through which the Northern Ireland section co-ordinates North-South co-operation through each individual Government Department, including the nature and outcomes of co-ordination of Nor...More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress made within the four designated areas of North-South co-operation of special education needs, educational underachievement, teacher mobility and school, youth and teacher exchanges. More Button

Cross-Border Co-operation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South bilateral contacts between his Department and the Department of Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the nature and range of programmes and joint initiatives that have been designated to increase mutual understanding and promote closer co-operation, North and South. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the nature and outcomes of North-South co-operation which is facilitated through the Special EU Programmes Body. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the nature and outcomes of North-South co-operation which is undertaken through EU co-funded cross border programmes, PEACE III and Interreg IVA. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the process, nature and outcomes of North-South co-operation which is facilitated through the Special EU Programmes Body, including the nature, frequency and outcomes of coordination between his De...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the process, nature and outcomes of North-South co-operation which is facilitated through EU co-funded cross border programmes, PEACE III and InterReg IVA, including the nature, frequency and outco...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will provide an update regarding the management and implementation of the PEACE III and INTERREG IVA programmes and the planning for the new round of funding for the 2014-2020 period. More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will provide details of the type and frequency of north south engagement his Department undertakes; his current priorities in this area; the number of whole time equivalent staff assigned to ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he has failed to meet any commitments to finances committed under the Peace Programme operated by the SEUPB More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if the Special European Union Programmes Body measure 1.1 Regional has been oversubscribed; if so, the amount by which it has it been oversubscribed; if other measures have been similarly oversubsc...More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the nature, process and outcomes of the North/South activities of the Enterprise Development Agencies. More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation with respect to ITI programme activity and corporate governance and financial matters.More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the nature, process and outcomes of steering committee meetings and other planning meetings which his Department holds with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in the North.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation with respect to the assessment and payment of social welfare benefits; and the payment of cross-border benefits and the issue of fraud c...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the process through which the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland is agreed with the Executi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the nature, process and outcomes of the cross-Border operational forum.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the nature, process and outcomes of the case-by-case data matching which takes place between her Department and the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation between her Department’s SIU officers and their counterparts in the Fraud Investigation Service. More Button

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation undertaken by Waterways Ireland and an Foras Teanga.More Button

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation undertaken within the areas of the arts, culture, museums, galleries and commemorations.More Button

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the nature, process and outcomes of North-South co-operation in relation to built and natural heritage and other environmental matters.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the nature and outcomes of north-south cooperation in the areas of radiotherapy services, paediatric congenital cardiac services, health promotion, cancer research, food safety and suicide preventi...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the progress that has been made on the issues of mutual recognition of penalty points North and South of the Border, the A5 and A8 road projects and the development and delivery of North-South safe...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the nature and outcomes of north-south cooperation in the area of enforcement of vehicle safety standards and current EU proposals with implications for the transport sector on the island. More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will outline the nature of north-south cooperation and contacts regarding Tourism Ireland's Business Plan 2013, the Gathering Ireland 2013 and festivities related to Derry the City of Culture...More Button

Traveller Community Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the State will formally recognise Irish Travellers as a separate ethnic group. More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: when will a proposal be put to Dáil Éireann setting out a package of supports for those who developed narcolepsy as a result of vaccination with Pandemrix; the reason for the delay in bringing the ...More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the ear, nose and throat services available at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth; the number of ENT consultants based in the hospital; and when they treat patients at the hospi...More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the range of services which Co-operation and Working Together manages and delivers that are supported by the EU Structural Fund initiative, INTERREG IVA. More Button