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Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

The Deputy is a disgrace.More Button

I wish to share time with Deputies Varadkar and O'Dowd.More Button

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

Sinn Féin is a party that complains about political decisions but has shown little or no capacity to make any decisions. Its policies are the stuff of fantasy. We can provide the policy document.More Button

That party claimed it would not accept one cent of EU or IMF funding.More Button

When it comes to decision making-----More Button

We do not use vulgarity in this House, normally.More Button

I know. Deputy O'Brien has no standards at all. When it comes to making decisions, Sinn Féin will not make them, at least in this part of the island. It makes decisions in Northern Ireland but i...More Button

In Sinn Féin land it is always someone else's fault. The Government has been in office a mere eighteen months.More Button

It inherited an economy in an EU-IMF programme. Even in the awful days of the 1980s we avoided that. It was an economy unable to sustain itself. It was an economy which, until that programme was...More Button

After 18 months the Government's stewardship is changing the country. The economy is on the road to recovery. Economic growth returned last year and the economy is set to grow again this year. ...More Button

The recovery is under way precisely because the Government has taken difficult decisions. No one on this side of the House takes any pleasure in what has happened to our country or in the decision...More Button

I stated in my budget speech last week that the people have endured a fiscal correction without precedent in any modern western economy. The people have done so with an amount of dignity and cou...More Button

The State has responded to the crisis. In a recession, more is asked of the State and its public services, not less. We have tried to ensure the least well-off are protected as much as possible...More Button

We know that Ireland bears its share of responsibility for the mess we find ourselves in. Our people are paying a heavy price for these failures. However, the people know that systemic European...More Button

The people know we have other problems to tackle and that the fiscal crisis is only the first of the hurdles we must overcome. Our unemployment problem remains. Today's ESRI report reveals a pa...More Button

No change of Government would change the problems we must address as a nation. Are Sinn Féin or Fianna Fail or both together offering such a solution to the people? Even after last week's budge...More Button

This is a national Government committed to restoring our county's fortune.More Button

Two parties, of different ideological perspectives, have come together.More Button

That party believes it owns the word "nation" as well as our flag, but it owns neither. Two parties of different ideological perspectives have come together to pursue a single shared aim. Deputie...More Button

Stop shouting down the Minister.More Button

Stop shouting people down.More Button

Heritage Sites Issues

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of the various Office of Public Works tourism and heritage sites in West Cork along with their corresponding footfall figures for the four quarters in 2011 and 2012 s...More Button

Office of Public Works Expenditure

Was asked: the amount that has been spent to date on the Office of Public Works book One History; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Was asked: further to the publication of the White Paper on 30 November 2012, if he will provide an explanation for the variance between forecast voted capital spend in 2012 of €3.411 billion compared with bu...More Button

It is a matter for individual line Departments to monitor and control the roll out of their own capital programmes within the ceilings and sanction arrangements set down by my Department. Queries ...More Button

Office of Public Works Projects

Was asked: the current or planned works being undertaken at Rathfarnham Castle Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Procurement Contracts Tenders

Was asked: the percentage of Government contracts in his Department that were awarded to non-Irish companies in the three years 2009 to 2011 inclusive; and the percentage of these that went to EU companies in...More Button

Under EU Directives on public procurement public works, supplies and service contracts above certain thresholds must be advertised on the Official Journal of the EU and awarded on the basis of obje...More Button

The aim of these European rules is to promote an open, competitive and non-discriminatory public procurement regime which delivers best value for money. It would be a breach of the rules for a p...More Button

The public procurement market in the EU is estimated to be valued in excess of €2 trillion. The open market regime affords opportunities to Irish companies to win business abroad as part of the ...More Button

Office of Public Works Properties

Was asked: the position regarding the twelve remaining horticultural staff in permanent employment maintaining the gardens at Mount Congreve Estate, County Waterford; if the Office of Public Works has plans t...More Button

Was asked: if he will report on plans by the Office of Public Works to restrict access to Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park, at the weekends; if he will take into account health and safety issues raised in co...More Button

Coastal Protection

Was asked: the amount of funding applied for by Fingal County Council in relation to coastal protection works in its administrative area, broken down by geographical location; and amount sought and awarded pe...More Button

Sale of State Assets

Was asked: his plans for the disposal of non-strategic public utilities; his plans to retain control of critical infrastructure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I would draw the Deputy’s attention to my announcement of February 22 last in which I outlined the shape and scale of the State asset disposal programme that is to be pursued.

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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

In response to the Deputy’s question regarding new services that have been tested for external service delivery since March 2011 there were two areas identified as possibilities.More Button

The Financial Appraisal prepared in respect of the Human Resources Shared Service Centre for the Civil Service examined four options for the implementation of a HR shared service. This included ...More Button

Additionally whilst one new service has been examined with a view to External Service Delivery in the Office of Public Works, a decision on whether to proceed with this service has yet to be made...More Button

Ministerial Remuneration

Was asked: the amount former Minister Roisín Shortall TD was paid in severance when she stood down as Minister.More Button

Deputy Shortall is due severance payments totalling €6,526.95 for year of assessment 2012. Deputy Shortall has kindly indicated that she is gifting this payment to the Minister for Finance. The D...More Button