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Gilmore, Eamon

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Gan dabht.More Button

Ba mhaith liom aontú leis an Teachta Ó Máirtín agus le gach uile Teachta sa Dáil, agus Nollaig shona a bhronnadh ort féin, a Cheann Comhairle, ar gach Ball den Teach agus ar gach uile dhuine a oibr...More Button

I also wish a happy Christmas to all the party leaders, Members, the staff of the House and those who work in the press and in servicing the work of Leinster House. I also extend greetings to thos...More Button

There is a degree of fear and worry among people with disabilities and those who care for them or are close to them. It is a responsibility for all of us to ensure this sense of fear and worry i...More Button

Deputy Martin raised a number of issues. The total amount budgeted for disability-related services in the Department of Health alone is approximately €1.4 billion. He also referred to medical c...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The service plan has not yet been completed. As I indicated, there is a process by which the plan is developed. The first part of this is the preparation and submission to the Minister for Health...More Button

I agree that the needs of people with disabilities must be adequately provided for. It is the view and priority of the Minister for Health and the Minister of State with responsibility for people ...More Button

This is trawling over material that has been discussed in the House a number of times. I told the House previously that I had discussed this issue with the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly...More Button

There is a Sinn Féin tactic-----More Button

-----which is to enter the House, wave a piece of paper around, claim that it has the goods on-----More Button

Please, listen to the answer.More Button

It is a Sinn Féin tactic to enter the House-----More Button

-----wave a piece of paper around, claim that it has the goods on us and then make all kinds of allegations, including of sharp, corrupt practices and so on. Sinn Féin has a neck.More Button

So much illegal activity. How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Féin? It has a neck.More Button

It enters the House-----More Button

It enters the House with its orders-----More Button

-----from Belfast to-----More Button

-----make allegations.More Button

There is a long-established way. If a Deputy wants to make an allegation against any Member of this House, there is a way in which-----More Button

No, that is the trick.More Button

The Minister for Health has challenged the Deputy to say outside of this House what she just said inside it. Say it outside the House and stand over it. Do not enter the House and abuse its privi...More Button

If she wants to put any question to the Minister for Health in respect of any meeting he has had, I am sure that he will answer it, but this is a clever little trick.More Button

Sinn Féin enters the House waving allegations about the Minister for Health and then tells me to answer, and if I do not-----More Button

Ask your question. Make your allegation outside of the House if you want to stand over it.More Button

If Deputy McDonald wants to stand over that allegation, she should make it outside of the House.More Button

If she wants to put the question to the Minister for Health, she should put it to-----More Button

She should put any question she wants to the Minister for Health-----More Button

-----but she should not come in here swinging around political allegations. She is stooping to a new low.More Button

I am glad that Deputy Boyd Barrett has learnt that money does not grow on trees-----More Button

-----and, second, that we cannot solve our economic problems with fairy tales. I offer him another lesson, which is about distinguishing the wood from the trees or, more particularly, the woodland...More Button

Yes, that is why we grow them in the first place.More Button

It is called separating the trees from the wood.More Button

The main reason, normally, that anybody would grow a crop is to sell it and generate income. That applies to growing trees in the same way it applies to growing corn. The Deputy seems to be havin...More Button

I do not see much output for that payment. The Deputy is nearly two years in the House and I have not seen a single Private Members' Bill from him anywhere on the Order Paper. I do not know what ...More Button

I will make a seasonal suggestion. For the Christmas, he might buy a copy of Little Red Riding Hood. He will learn all he needs to know there about the economics of woodlands.More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. 13, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No. 573/2007/EC, Decision No. 575/2007/EC a...More Button

First, there is no issue with any matter in connection with any Minister being debated either in the House or at the appropriate committee. One of the reasons we have committees is so they can add...More Button

With regard to freedom of information, the Deputy will recall that his Government filleted the Freedom of Information Act, so amending legislation will be brought before the House in the new year...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill will provide for a reduction of 10% in the amount allocated to the Houses of the Oireachtas to do its business. The amount for the ...More Button

With regard to the issue of homelessness, the Government made it clear from the outset that one of our priorities was to ensure as far as possible that people would not lose their homes during th...More Button

The ECJ imposed fines on Ireland in a judgment issued yesterday in respect of the county's non-compliance with matters relating to septic tanks. That was something that went back over a period of ...More Button

These fines related to the period when the party and Government the Deputy supported was in office and did not address the problem of septic tanks.More Button

The Government has addressed the issue of septic tanks------More Button

-----which will mean that we will not be liable to be fined in the future. However, the fact that we were fined because of inaction in the past demonstrates the wisdom of the Government introducin...More Button

It is No. 98 on the list. The Bill is intended to strengthen the powers of the CAB in forfeiting the proceeds of the crime. Consultations with the CAB are ongoing and it is not possible to give a...More Button

The courts Bill will facilitate an updating of the law to allow reporting subject to certain conditions of family and child care proceedings. The heads of the Bill were approved by Government on 3...More Button

The HSE governance Bill has been through the Seanad and is awaiting Second Stage in the House.More Button

There is no reason for the delay. We are breaking for Christmas today and I expect it will be taken early in the new year. There are currently four health Bills before the Houses.More Button

The health (amendment) Bill addresses some complex issues that are currently being worked out between the Department and the Parliamentary Counsel. There are drafting issues and publication is e...More Button

That is a matter for the legislation and I will draw the Deputy's concerns to the attention of the Minister for Finance.More Button

The Bill has been published. The Minister of State, Deputy Alan Kelly, has been working on the issue for some time. I understand the Bill will be in the Seanad in the third week of January. We w...More Button

The climate change Bill is being considered by Government. I expect it will be published early in the new year.More Button

The issue of taxi and taxi regulation was seriously neglected by the previous Government. We all know the huge difficulties that have resulted from that, for taxi drivers and for their customers. ...More Button

Overseas Development Aid Provision

Was asked: his plans to set out interim targets in relation to funding levels for overseas development aid to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Undocumented Irish in the USA

Was asked: if he has considered a proposal (details supplied) in relation to visas for highly skilled jobs and the undocumented Irish in the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government continues to attach particular importance to the welfare of the Irish abroad in general and especially to the position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. A resol...More Button

Much further debate and discussion is likely to be required within the US political system as to what any future legislative deal might comprise. It is therefore not possible at this stage to spe...More Button

Northern Ireland Issues

Was asked: if he will follow up the case of a person (details supplied) with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in view of the reported cases of repeated police harassment they have been subjected to...More Button

The question refers to a matter that is before the courts concerning the possible illegal activities of a private individual. Respecting the integrity and strength of the judicial process in Northe...More Button

Anti-Social Driving Practices

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1 of 17 October 2012, if contact has been made with the Justice Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive or with other Departments or agencies on a cross-Bor...More Button

As the Deputy is aware from my answers to previous questions on this matter, the issue of anti-social driving practices on the N54/A3 road is not a matter for the North South Ministerial Council. ...More Button

Irish Language Issues

Was asked: the discussions he has had with Members of the Northern Ireland Executive in relation to the Irish Language Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All parties to the Good Friday Agreement recognised the importance of respect, understanding and tolerance in relation to linguistic diversity, including in Northern Ireland, the Irish language and...More Button

It also called on the incoming Northern Ireland Executive to work to enhance and protect the development of the Irish language. The British legislation giving effect to the St. Andrews Agreement ...More Button

Since the restoration of the devolved Institutions on 8 May 2007, the question of an Irish Language Act for Northern Ireland is a devolved matter and is the responsibility of the Northern Ireland...More Button

I recently visited An Chultúrlann in Belfast which is a very impressive Irish language and cultural centre. I had the opportunity to meet with some of the city’s leading Irish language activists...More Button

The Government continues to follow developments closely in relation to the proposed Act, as well as the overall enhancement and protection of the Irish Language in Northern Ireland. We remain ful...More Button

EU Presidency Expenditure

Was asked: his priorities for the EU presidency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union will focus on three core priorities: stability, and creating the conditions for sustainable jobs and growth. These priorities will drive w...More Button

During our Presidency, Ireland will support the EU’s efforts to address the weaknesses in our Economic and Monetary Union exposed by the financial crisis. Much has already been achieved and we w...More Button

In preparing for the Presidency, the Government has identified in every sector proposals that they believe can best deliver stability, jobs and growth. These cover a wide area. There are measur...More Button

Ireland will also make the case for improving Europe’s global trade relations, particularly with the United States, opening up markets across the world. Small and medium Enterprises are the backb...More Button

Work on preparing for the Presidency is in the final stages and we will launch our detailed programme for the Presidency in early January. We take on the Presidency at a time of crisis and change...More Button

Humanitarian Aid

Was asked: the degree to which the international community has been in a position to support aid and relief agencies in Syria, with particular reference to Médecins sans Frontières; and if he will make a stat...More Button