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 Header Item Cabinet Committee Discussions (Continued)
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2014: Message from Select Sub-Committee
 Header Item Order of Business

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 858 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny]  The major corporations will be subject to a changed regime, with a transition period extending to 2020, through the ending of the double Irish. The Government made a decision on this matter in the recent budget and the stateless concept was ended last year. Ireland continues to play its part, with the OECD, in having the base erosion and profit shifting concept as an international response to a global phenomenon.

At 6 a.m. last Friday, BMS, a major global pharmaceutical company, notified the New York Stock Exchange of its decision to invest €1 billion in Deputy Higgins's constituency. The investment will result in the employment of 1,000 construction workers for three years and, thereafter, of between 400 and 500 top-class specialist research engineers dealing with products dealing with cancers that will emerge on the basis of BMS data. The company will supply the world from the location in question. This investment sends a major signal following the ending of the double Irish because BMS has expressed its confidence that this country measures up. It is appropriate that we should say this to the IDA and its personnel. I met representatives of BMS in September and the work that has been done in the meantime will directly benefit the economy of Deputy Higgins's constituency. I hope that, in one way or another, many of the people who have had a difficult time will be able to avail of the greater economic spread that will arise from the BMS decision to make a €1 billion investment in the constituency represented by Deputies Higgins and Coppinger, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Health. These jobs are very welcome.

I am not happy that rural areas have not felt the economic benefits they should have felt. I hope they will do so. This is the reason the Government proposed, in its Common Agricultural Policy programme last year, to allocate approximately €2.5 billion for rural development between 2014 and 2020. The programme has been submitted to the European Commission and I expect it to be approved. It will provide significant opportunities for Leader and community and voluntary groups, with the local authorities, to create jobs in communities throughout the country.

In reducing the level of VAT in the hospitality sector and abolishing travel tax the Government made a clear decision which sustained the hospitality industry and created 35,000 new jobs. Real opportunities are available.

Next Monday, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources will set out a programme for the development of broadband throughout the country by the private and State sectors. This is a fundamental priority for the Government because companies require broadband capacity to do business effectively. These developments and the announcements made on major motorway connections, for example, the opening of the Newlands Cross junction today and the Gort to Tuam motorway project, as well as other road projects in Wexford and elsewhere, are investments and improvements that will result in construction works and job opportunities and benefit the economies of many counties. We still have a long way to go, however.

To answer Deputy Higgins's question, people tell me they have put up with a great deal and while they know the country is in a stronger position than it was, many of them have yet to feel the benefit of this in their homes and personal lives. This is what we want to achieve and the Government's strategy will be to continue to give back what we can to hard-pressed communities and provide opportunities for employment and job creation such as those we discussed.

Written Answers follow Adjournment.

Estimates for Public Services 2014: Message from Select Sub-Committee

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett The Select Sub-Committee on Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for Public Services for the year ending 31 December 2014 - Vote 33.

Order of Business

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny It is proposed to take Finance Bill 2014 – Financial Resolutions; No. 16, Finance Bill 2014 – allocation of time motion for select sub-committee; No. 17, motion re membership of committees; No. 18, motion re referral to joint committee of proposed approval by Dáil Éireann for a regulation of the European Parliament repealing and replacing the Council decision establishing CEPOL; No. 19, Supplementary Estimates for Public Services - Vote 33, back from committee; No. 20, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of a Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol - back from committee; No. 20a, motion re referral to joint committee of proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Horse and Greyhound Fund; No. 33, Social Welfare Bill 2014 - Second Stage (resumed); and No. 34, Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages.

  It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that Nos. 15 to 20, inclusive, and 20a shall be decided without debate, in the case of No. 15, the Financial Resolutions Nos. 1 and 2 shall be moved together and decided by one question, and in the case of No. 19 any division demanded shall be taken forthwith; Private Members’ business, which shall be No. 66, Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (No. 3) Bill 2014 – Second Stage, shall be taken today, shall not be taken on Wednesday, 19 November 2014, shall be taken on Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 10 a.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 11.30 a.m. on that day; the Dáil shall adjourn not later than 10 p.m. tomorrow night, there shall be no Order of Business within the meaning of Standing Order 26, the sos under Standing Order 23 will take place after Leaders' Questions for one hour and the business to be transacted after Topical Issues until 3 p.m. shall be No. 33, Social Welfare Bill 2014 – Second Stage (resumed), if not previously concluded; No. 20b, motion re water sector reforms, shall be taken from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. and shall also be taken after the sos on Thursday, 20 November 2014 and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 8 p.m. on that night and the following arrangements shall apply: the speech of a Minister or Minister of State and of the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 20 minutes in each case and such Members may share their time; the speech of the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and leaders of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group or a person nominated in their stead, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 20 minutes in each case and such Members may share their time; the speech of each other Member called upon shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case and such Members may share time; and a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to make a speech in reply which shall not exceed 15 minutes; the Dáil shall sit at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 20 November 2014, there shall be no Oral Questions, Order of Business within the meaning of Standing Order 26, Topical Issues or motions for the Adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32, there shall be a sos after Leaders’ Questions for 30 minutes and the Dáil shall adjourn not later than 8 p.m. on that day; tomorrow’s business after Oral Questions shall be No. 33, Social Welfare Bill 2014 - Second Stage (resumed); No. 34, Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] - Report and Final Stages (resumed); and No. 35, Workplace Relations Bill 2014 - Report and Final Stages (resumed); and Friday's fortnightly business shall be No. 67, Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2014 and No. 68, Local Government (Rates and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett There are four proposals to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with Nos. 15 to 20, inclusive, and 20a agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Private Members' business agreed to?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin No. We received the latest iteration of the Government's proposals for the week at approximately 3.15 p.m. I believe in parliamentary democracy and that all Members should do everything possible to uphold the concept of parliamentary democracy and proper, ordered, regulated debate in Parliament.


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