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 Header Item Down's Syndrome Equality of Access Bill 2013: First Stage
 Header Item An Bille um an Tríú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Cúirt Achomhairc) 2013: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha
 Header Item Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution (Court of Appeal) Bill 2013: Committee and Remaining Stages

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 812 No. 1

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Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley Is it likely that it will be published before the beginning of the next session?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I cannot answer that question. I would hope so. It was intended that this would be published before the House rises. The range of the-----

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley Is it a priority for the Government?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I know that.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley I am asking whether it is a priority.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Bill is at a very advanced stage. The specific and detailed questions that came back have to be answered.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley Is it a priority?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny Yes.

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Like Deputy Dooley, I would like to ask about the Government's priorities. The betting (amendment) Bill, which was supposed to be published in this term, will amend the Betting Act 1931. It is fair to say it has particularly profound implications for the horse and greyhound fund. It has the potential to relieve pressure on the Exchequer. What is the current status of the Bill? Will it be published?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Bill was approved by the Cabinet last week. I expect it will be published this week.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer I dtús báire, I would like to pay tribute to a follow Corkman, Kieran Coughlan. I wish him well in his retirement and thank him for his courtesy. I wish his influence on the last commission would have led to Bishopstown being divided in a more equitable manner, but we will leave that aside. I wish him well in his retirement. I would like to ask the Taoiseach about the education (admission to school) Bill. As the Taoiseach knows, school enrolments and admissions are causing huge discomfort to parents and pupils in some parts of the country. I welcome the Minister's initiative which is aimed at making the system more equitable. Can I ask when the Bill will be published?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The heads of the Bill were cleared on 2 July last. It is due for publication later in the year.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer Go raibh maith agat.

Deputy Joe Carey: Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey I would also like to wish Kieran Coughlan the very best in his retirement. I thank him for his courtesy and professionalism. When will the Shannon aviation services centre Bill be published? It is critical that it is debated and enacted before the end of the year. A great deal of progress has been made in Shannon in the past year. Passenger numbers grew by 8% in June alone. This is the next step in the process. I would like to know the situation.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Bill is due for publication and debate in the House later this year.

Deputy Brendan Griffin: Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin I would like to ask about local authority housing legislation. The Taoiseach and most Deputies in the House will be aware that many local authorities are finding it difficult to deal with tenants who engage in anti-social behaviour.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett What Bill is the Deputy asking about?

Deputy Brendan Griffin: Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin An amendment to one of the Housing Acts is required. The Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, has indicated that she is working on the matter. When will legislation be introduced to deal with a problem that is being encountered in every local authority area? We need to support local authorities as they try to deal with it. We also need to help tenants who are victims of anti-social behaviour.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I am aware of what Deputy Griffin is talking about. We are committed to the introduction of two housing Bills. One of them will be introduced later in the year and the other will be introduced early next year. I hope the question raised by the Deputy can be dealt with between the two Bills.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn I would like to ask about the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013, which was introduced in this House by my colleague, Deputy Ó Caoláin, to assist the survivors of symphysiotomy. This is really becoming a mess. It was supposed to go before the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in order that progress could be made, but it was delayed. I understand it is now intended to send it to the Committee on Health and Children. The logic behind sending a statute of limitations Bill to the Committee on Health and Children escapes me. I spoke to some of the representatives of these women yesterday. I urge the Minister to progress this legislation immediately when the House reconvenes after the recess. This matter should be dealt with once and for all.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny This is one of a number of serious areas where nothing was done for a very long time. Officials in the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health are discussing the best way to proceed with the Bill that was brought before the House. The Minister has given some personal time to the matter. We will see that it is advanced.

Down's Syndrome Equality of Access Bill 2013: First Stage

Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath I move:

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Is the Bill opposed?

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is not opposed.

  Question put and agreed to.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

  Question put and agreed to.

An Bille um an Tríú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Cúirt Achomhairc) 2013: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha

Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution (Court of Appeal) Bill 2013: Committee and Remaining Stages

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Before Committee Stage commences, I would like to deal with a procedural matter relating to Bills to amend the Constitution. The substance of the debate on Committee Stage relates to the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment which is contained in the Schedules to the Bill. The sections of the Bill are merely technical. Therefore, in accordance with long-standing practice, consideration of the sections is postponed until consideration of the Schedules has been completed. Is that agreed? Agreed.

  Aontaíodh Sceidil 1 go 8 go huile.

  Schedules 1 to 8, inclusive, agreed to.

  Aontaíodh ailt 1 go 8 go huile.

  Sections 1 to 8, inclusive, agreed to.

  Aontaíodh an Réamhrá.

  Preamble agreed to.

  Aontaíodh an Teideal.

  Title agreed to.

  Tuairiscíodh an Bille gan leasuithe agus glacadh é chun an breithniú deiridh a dhéanamh air.

  Bill reported without amendment and received for final consideration.

  Tairgeadh an cheist: "Go rithfear an Bille anois."

  Question proposed: "That the Bill do now pass."

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I thank the Deputies opposite for their support for this important Bill, which will effect the first major constitutional change to the structure of our courts system since 1937. If it is accepted by the people in the referendum, this proposal will improve our system of justice. It will ensure that appeals which are made after cases are determined, particularly in our High Court, can be dealt with more speedily.


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