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Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Business of Dáil (Continued)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Confidence in Taoiseach and Government: Motion (Continued)

The Parliament seems to have no role.More Button

The Deputy is of course open to persuasion.More Button

We have restored that benefit.More Button

All done.More Button

Simple, yes.More Button

I am pleased to have a brief opportunity to contribute to this debate, regardless of how ill-conceived the tabling of this motion of no confidence was. I was struck last week by a line in a piece ...More Button

I accept that we have more to do and issues to resolve. That was the case during the Celtic tiger years and it is surely the case now after six years of fiscal retraction. The Taoiseach, Deputy E...More Button

The no confidence motion was tabled by an unholy alliance of those who created the mess from which we are recovering and those who are determined to make it worse. It is a limp affair, offered b...More Button

Sinn Féin, the party led by the "Leader for Life", the Enver Hoxha of Irish political life, voted for the bank guarantee, socialising banking debt on the backs of the Irish people. Far from the ra...More Button

It is joined by the real author of our financial collapse, Fianna Fáil, which is led by a man who almost stuck it out to the end before deserting that particular sinking ship. Having joined toge...More Button

The Opposition tabled not so much a motion of no confidence in the Government as a motion rejecting governance itself. Government is a place where hard decisions are made. Democracy is not some...More Button

The Deputies opposing this motion are asking the people to embrace anarchy and to take another chance with chaos. As a people, we have stared down that barrel before, we have seen the track record...More Button

This Fine Gael-Labour Government has made real mistakes. We know and have said that. No doubt, we have actually made more. However, on the big question, the most fundamental challenge that fac...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Water Services Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Valuation Office

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the Valuation Office issuing a valuation on a property (details supplied) in County Westmeath; the timeframe for a valuation; if the local authority will be compensated ...More Button

Was asked: the reason for the delay in the Valuation Office issuing a valuation on a property (details supplied) in County Westmeath; the timeframe for a valuation; and if he will make a statement on the matt...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 187 and 192 together.More Button

Under section 28 (4) of the Valuation Act 2001, a Revision Officer appointed by the Commissioner of Valuation may carry out a revision of valuation in relation to a particular property only if a ...More Button

I have been informed by the Valuation Office that a revision application was received from Westmeath County Council on 22 August 2014 in relation to the property concerned.  A Revision Officer ha...More Button

It is a "new build" and, therefore, will be liable for rates under the new 'property entry levy' charge which is levied on all newly erected or newly constructed properties.  The final valuation ...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to funding that could assist an organisation (details supplied) in County Donegal to address flood damage dating from August 2014; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Freedom of Information Remit

Was asked: the position regarding freedom of information legislation; if An Garda Síochána is subject to same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Freedom of Information (Amendment) Act came into effect on 14 October 2014.More Button

In line with the Programme for Government, the Act provides for the extension of FOI to An Garda Síochána for its administrative records relating to human resources, or finance or procurement mat...More Button

In accordance with Section 1(3)(b) of the FOI Act 2014, in the case of a public body - such as is referred to in the Deputy's question - that was not subject to FOI under the FOI Act 1997 but is ...More Button

Secret Service

Was asked: if he will provide the estimate for the Secret Service in each of the past ten years; the actual amount expended in each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The estimate and expenditure under the Vote for the Secret Service in the period 2004 to 2014 are listed in the following table:

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Office of Public Works Properties

Was asked: the position regarding an Office of Public Works owned premises (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Was asked: his plans to roll back on the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation; and the impact of same on those public servants at work and those who are retired.More Button

I refer the Deputy to my reply of 6 November 2014 to Parliamentary Question Number 42277.  The position remains unchanged.More Button

Pensions Levy

Was asked: if, in his view, it is reasonable and fair that a worker for an education and training board who holds two half time positions equivalent to a full-time post, is only entitled to a pension for one ...More Button

The public service Pension-related Deduction (PRD) was introduced in March 2009 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009.  PRD is a progressively structured multi-band...More Button

I have no information on the specific employment circumstances of the individual worker in question.  Public Service  employers are required to implement the Pension-related Deduction strictly in...More Button

Ordnance Survey Ireland Properties

Was asked: the proposed works to Mountjoy House which is under the aegis of the Ordinance Survey Ireland; if a restoration and a new use is envisaged for this building; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

Was asked: if he will provide an update on tackling flooding in an area (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on any new flood relief proposals for County Louth and east Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pensions Legislation

Was asked: if he will amend the single public service pension scheme to enable the inward transfer of pension savings from other pensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012  which provides the statutory basis for Single Public Service Pension Scheme enables me to make regulations providing for i...More Button

An Fhoireann Rannach

Mar fhreagra ar cheist an Theachta, is féidir liom a dhearbhú go bhfuil de chumas ag ochtar ball foirne obair na Roinne a  dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge, is ionann sin agus thart ar 1% den líon foirne. B'...More Button

Mar nár cuireadh mo Roinn ar bun ach i 2011, nílim in ann níos mó ainilís a chur ar fáil.More Button

Office of Government Procurement

Was asked: the progress of building a team of service procurement specialists and the proposed upskilling of public service managers in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In the following tables, Table 1 sets out the overall progress in establishing the Office of Government Procurement. As at early December, 139 (60%) of the planned OGP headcount of 231 is on board...More Button

External Service Delivery

Was asked: if each Department has provided Government with benefit driven external service delivery plans; if he will provide a list of the major offices other than Government Departments which have also subm...More Button

I can confirm that external service delivery plans have been received from all Government Departments. Furthermore, benefits-driven external service delivery plans have also been received from:More Button


 

 

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