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Rabbitte, Pat

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

It falls to me to bring this damp squib to an end.More Button

I apologise that I did not hear the debate because I have only now returned to Leinster House. I suspect I know the song very well, however.More Button

I am glad to see that Deputy Tóibín is back with us.More Button

I am sorry I missed Deputy McDonald, in particular, but I think I know the text very well.More Button

Sinn Féin clearly had a number of eager little beavers with social science degrees working away on scripts over the last two days for this parliamentary farce that they know very well is going nowh...More Button

Sinn Féin knows what it is about, I know what it is about and it knows that I know what it is about.More Button

It is exploiting the circumstances for any advantage it can garner. This has nothing to do with governance, bringing forward solutions, putting people back to work or protecting sections of the co...More Button

The policies it has published have more holes than a colander.More Button

I watched Deputy McDonald on television with the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Deputy Brian Hayes, when she could not account for the missing €750 million. It does not matter tha...More Button

It tried to do the same thing with the fiscal treaty so that it could get 50% of the coverage. It learned a lesson from the experience.More Button

At the end of the process it was exposed as not having a single positive proposal to offer the Irish people. If the people had followed Sinn Féin's example on the fiscal treaty, where would we be ...More Button

We would be in worse circumstances than the unfortunate people of Greece. That is the fundamental division in this House. In the current economic climate, Sinn Féin has embarked on creating as mu...More Button

The fact of the matter is that everybody with a titter of wit knows the state of the economy we inherited. They know the dysfunctional circumstances into which the country was plunged.More Button

They know now that stability has been restored to the governance of this country. They know that the reputation of this country has been restored. We have a thriving export sector.More Button

We have the healthiest IDA pipeline we have ever had. Last year, we had the best year we have had for ten years in terms of foreign direct investment. We have difficulties in the consumer economy...More Button

We will never return to having 17% of the population involved in construction. Any normal economy has approximately 8% involved in construction. Right now, we have only 3% involved in construct...More Button

We now have the real prospect, if stability returns to the eurozone, of faster growth in this economy than in similar economies elsewhere. Sinn Féin is playing parliamentary games and one-upmanshi...More Button

I want to welcome Deputy Doherty back. He was kept under wraps for three or four months. I have never been able to find out why. He is a very energetic young man and I do not know why he has bee...More Button

-----one would think they were keeping the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in business.More Button

I greatly regret that, because I was only getting started.More Button

Departmental Contracts

Was asked: if he will provide details of each service in his Department that is currently outsourced; the company that provides such services and the total cost for these services; the other services which ma...More Button

It has not been possible to compile the information sought by the Deputy in the time available. I will write to him with the information he has sought as a matter of urgency.More Button

Postal Services

Was asked: if An Post’s decision to tender for a national post code system presents potential conflict of interest issues in view of its stated opposition to the system as a result of the benefits which could...More Button

The procurement process for a national postcode system is currently under way. This process is being managed by my Department on a ring fenced basis. The pre-qualification questionnaire issued on...More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

Was asked: if he will consider a public consultation in conjunction with the more detailed research study to be commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency on the environmental implications of hydraul...More Button

Cyber Security Policy

Was asked: the measures he is taking to review the use of social networking sites here, particularly for young persons most at risk from cyberbullying; the action that can be taken to restrict and reduce thei...More Button

The Office of Internet Safety has been established by the Government to take lead responsibility for Internet safety in Ireland particularly as it relates to children. This Office operates under t...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Was asked: if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make such ...More Button

My Department has two Clerical Officers and two Executive Officers on temporary higher duties allowances, covering vacancies that exist at Executive Officer and Higher Executive Officer level respe...More Button