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 Header Item Order of Business (Continued)
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 861 No. 3

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Joe Carey: Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey] The other issue is the Irish Aviation Authority (amendment) Bill. What is the current position of both pieces of legislation and when will they come before the House for debate?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin There is no date available yet for me to indicate for the Irish Aviation Authority (amendment) Bill. The policing Bill is regarded as an absolute priority and will be before the House early in the new year.

Deputy Arthur Spring: Information on Arthur Spring Zoom on Arthur Spring I ask about the provision of free GP care for children under six. We have been promised legislation in this regard and I would like an update on how negotiations are going with the Irish Medical Organisation, when we can expect legislation before the House and if financial provisions have been put in place for the issue.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Legislation is already enacted and provision has been made in the Estimates to provide the service but, as the Deputy knows, there are ongoing discussions with the IMO in that regard.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan When will the licensing of health care facilities Bill be brought forward? Given the significant failure of HIQA in the Áras Attracta issue, all of us in the House welcome the extension of HIQA's powers to invigilate centres for citizens with intellectual disability. Will the Minister for Health be asked by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to bring an urgent report to the Cabinet on what happened in that particular facility and examine why HIQA's invigilation process does not seem to have worked in this regard? I also echo the point made by Deputy Fleming about the Ombudsman.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The full investigation of what happened at Áras Attracta is ongoing and, no doubt, once the various investigations - the most serious of which is the criminal investigation by An Garda Síochána - are concluded, the matter will certainly be discussed by the Cabinet. I have no doubt that in due course it will be discussed here as well.

Deputy Derek Keating: Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating What is the current status of the data sharing Bill?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin We are in the dying days of this term so it will come next year.

Deputy Frank Feighan: Information on Frank Feighan Zoom on Frank Feighan There are new policy requirements and we must update transport legislation so when will the road transport Bill come before the House?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Again, it will be next year.

Deputy Michael Colreavy: Information on Michael Colreavy Zoom on Michael Colreavy Will the health reform Bill include provisions for informing communities when changes are to be made in acute hospitals? Mammography equipment was stolen overnight from Sligo General Hospital by agents of the Health Service Executive some months ago. It was purchased following fund-raising by local people in Sligo, Leitrim, south Donegal and west Cavan.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I wonder if the Deputy could put this into a Topical Issues matter.

Deputy Michael Colreavy: Information on Michael Colreavy Zoom on Michael Colreavy It was taken away and despite promises that mammography services would be restored to Sligo General Hospital, we have now been told by the HSE that these services are gone.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt That does not arise on the Order of Business. The Deputy can raise it some other way.

Deputy Michael Colreavy: Information on Michael Colreavy Zoom on Michael Colreavy I raised it with regard to the health reform Bill.

Deputy Sandra McLellan: Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan There are no Topical Issues matters today.

Deputy Seamus Kirk: Information on Seamus Kirk Zoom on Seamus Kirk The Minister is probably aware that the price of Brent crude oil has dropped significantly on the world market, with potential benefit for motorists, transporters and the overall economy. Unfortunately, the full extent of the reduction has not manifested itself for consumers because of the excise duty structure attached to the cost of diesel and petrol.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Is there legislation involved?

Deputy Seamus Kirk: Information on Seamus Kirk Zoom on Seamus Kirk Is there any way at all that the Finance Bill could be revisited to accommodate a reduction in the excise duty which would give a real boost to the economy by reducing transport costs?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy can submit a question on that.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The Finance Bill is before the Seanad and it would be the appropriate forum for somebody to raise the issue.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The next item is the Supplementary Estimates for public services.

Deputy Sean Fleming: Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming The order we voted on just a few minutes ago was that the Dáil shall sit later than 5.30 p.m. today and shall adjourn not later than 10 p.m., and there shall be a suspension of sitting for one hour after the Order of Business. We have completed the Order of Business so, as we voted, we should suspend for an hour. Nevertheless, there is a proposal to take a vote now. That is not in line with the order as voted or Standing Orders. Will the Leas-Cheann Comhairle clarify why we are taking this business?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt It is a long-standing convention that business is done this way.

Deputy Sean Fleming: Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming Perhaps we should put that in Standing Orders if there are long-standing conventions that are not written anywhere. I told some people there would be a vote after the sos but it seems now it will be before the sos.

Estimates for Public Services 2014

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin I move the following Supplementary Estimates:



Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €22,250,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for pensions, superannuation, occupational injuries, and additional and other allowances and gratuities under the Superannuation Acts 1834 to 2004 and sundry other statutes; extra-statutory pensions, allowances and gratuities awarded by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, fees to medical referees and occasional fees to doctors; compensation and other payments in respect personal injuries; fees to Pensions Board; miscellaneous payments, etc.
Vote 17 - Public Appointments Service (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €230,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Public Appointments Service.
Vote 25 - Environment, Community and Local Government (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €34,710,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, including grants to Local Authorities, grants and other expenses in connection with housing, water services, miscellaneous schemes, subsidies and grants.
Vote 26 - Education and Skills (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €103,000,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Education and Skills, for certain services administered by that Office, and for the payments of certain grants and grants-in-aid.
Vote 30 - Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €177,000,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, including certain services administered by that Office, and of the Irish Land Commission and for payment of certain grants, subsidies and sundry grants-in-aid and for the payment of certain grants under cash-limited schemes and the remediation of Haulbowline Island.
Vote 31 - Transport, Tourism and Sport (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €162,080,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, including certain services administered by that Office, for payment of certain grants, grants-in-aid and certain other services.
Vote 32 - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €1,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, including certain services administered by that Office, for the payment of certain subsidies, grants and a grant-in-aid, and for the payment of certain grants under cash-limited schemes.
Vote 39 - Health Service Executive (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €680,000,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Health Service Executive and certain other services administered by the Executive, including miscellaneous grants.
Vote 40 - Children and Youth Affairs (Supplementary)
That a supplementary sum not exceeding €1,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2014, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, for certain services administered by that Office and for the payment of grants including certain grants under cash-limited schemes.”

Votes put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 74; Níl, 27.

Níl
Information on Tom Barry   Zoom on Tom Barry   Barry, Tom. Information on Richard Boyd Barrett   Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett   Boyd Barrett, Richard.
Information on Ray Butler   Zoom on Ray Butler   Butler, Ray. Information on Thomas P. Broughan   Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan   Broughan, Thomas P.
Information on Jerry Buttimer   Zoom on Jerry Buttimer   Buttimer, Jerry. Information on Dara Calleary   Zoom on Dara Calleary   Calleary, Dara.
Information on Catherine Byrne   Zoom on Catherine Byrne   Byrne, Catherine. Information on Joan Collins   Zoom on Joan Collins   Collins, Joan.
Information on Eric J. Byrne   Zoom on Eric J. Byrne   Byrne, Eric. Information on Ruth Coppinger   Zoom on Ruth Coppinger   Coppinger, Ruth.
Information on Joe Carey   Zoom on Joe Carey   Carey, Joe. Information on Clare Daly   Zoom on Clare Daly   Daly, Clare.
Information on Paudie Coffey   Zoom on Paudie Coffey   Coffey, Paudie. Information on Stephen Donnelly   Zoom on Stephen Donnelly   Donnelly, Stephen S.
Information on Michael Colreavy   Zoom on Michael Colreavy   Colreavy, Michael. Information on Michael Fitzmaurice   Zoom on Michael Fitzmaurice   Fitzmaurice, Michael.
Information on Michael Conaghan   Zoom on Michael Conaghan   Conaghan, Michael. Information on Seán Fleming   Zoom on Seán Fleming   Fleming, Sean.
Information on Sean Conlan   Zoom on Sean Conlan   Conlan, Seán. Information on Tom Fleming   Zoom on Tom Fleming   Fleming, Tom.
Information on Paul Connaughton   Zoom on Paul Connaughton   Connaughton, Paul J. Information on John Halligan   Zoom on John Halligan   Halligan, John.
Information on Noel Coonan   Zoom on Noel Coonan   Coonan, Noel. Information on Seamus Healy   Zoom on Seamus Healy   Healy, Seamus.
Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy   Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy   Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella. Information on Colm Keaveney   Zoom on Colm Keaveney   Keaveney, Colm.
Information on Joe Costello   Zoom on Joe Costello   Costello, Joe. Information on Seamus Kirk   Zoom on Seamus Kirk   Kirk, Seamus.
Information on Michael Creed   Zoom on Michael Creed   Creed, Michael. Information on Peter Mathews   Zoom on Peter Mathews   Mathews, Peter.
Information on Lucinda Creighton   Zoom on Lucinda Creighton   Creighton, Lucinda. Information on Charlie McConalogue   Zoom on Charlie McConalogue   McConalogue, Charlie.
Information on Jim Daly   Zoom on Jim Daly   Daly, Jim. Information on Mattie McGrath   Zoom on Mattie McGrath   McGrath, Mattie.
Information on John Deasy   Zoom on John Deasy   Deasy, John. Information on Micheál Martin   Zoom on Micheál Martin   Martin, Micheál.
Information on Jimmy Deenihan   Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan   Deenihan, Jimmy. Information on Catherine Murphy   Zoom on Catherine Murphy   Murphy, Catherine.
Information on Patrick Deering   Zoom on Patrick Deering   Deering, Pat. Information on Paul Murphy   Zoom on Paul Murphy   Murphy, Paul.
Information on Regina Doherty   Zoom on Regina Doherty   Doherty, Regina. Information on Éamon Ó Cuív   Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   Ó Cuív, Éamon.
Information on Andrew Doyle   Zoom on Andrew Doyle   Doyle, Andrew. Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl   Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
Information on Bernard Durkan   Zoom on Bernard Durkan   Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Thomas Pringle   Zoom on Thomas Pringle   Pringle, Thomas.
Information on Dessie Ellis   Zoom on Dessie Ellis   Ellis, Dessie. Information on Shane P.N. Ross   Zoom on Shane P.N. Ross   Ross, Shane.
Information on Damien English   Zoom on Damien English   English, Damien. Information on Róisín Shortall   Zoom on Róisín Shortall   Shortall, Róisín.
Information on Frank Feighan   Zoom on Frank Feighan   Feighan, Frank. Information on Robert Troy   Zoom on Robert Troy   Troy, Robert.
Information on Martin Ferris   Zoom on Martin Ferris   Ferris, Martin. Information on Mick Wallace   Zoom on Mick Wallace   Wallace, Mick.
Information on Peter Fitzpatrick   Zoom on Peter Fitzpatrick   Fitzpatrick, Peter.  
Information on Brendan Griffin   Zoom on Brendan Griffin   Griffin, Brendan.  
Information on Noel Harrington   Zoom on Noel Harrington   Harrington, Noel.  
Information on Martin Heydon   Zoom on Martin Heydon   Heydon, Martin.  
Information on Brendan Howlin   Zoom on Brendan Howlin   Howlin, Brendan.  
Information on Heather Humphreys   Zoom on Heather Humphreys   Humphreys, Heather.  
Information on Kevin Humphreys   Zoom on Kevin Humphreys   Humphreys, Kevin.  
Information on Derek Keating   Zoom on Derek Keating   Keating, Derek.  
Information on Paul Kehoe   Zoom on Paul Kehoe   Kehoe, Paul.  
Information on Alan Kelly   Zoom on Alan Kelly   Kelly, Alan.  
Information on Seán Kenny   Zoom on Seán Kenny   Kenny, Seán.  
Information on Seán Kyne   Zoom on Seán Kyne   Kyne, Seán.  
Information on John Lyons   Zoom on John Lyons   Lyons, John.  
Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn   Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn   Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig.  
Information on Michael McCarthy   Zoom on Michael McCarthy   McCarthy, Michael.  
Information on Mary Lou McDonald   Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald   McDonald, Mary Lou.  
Information on Helen McEntee   Zoom on Helen McEntee   McEntee, Helen.  
Information on Gabrielle McFadden   Zoom on Gabrielle McFadden   McFadden, Gabrielle.  
Information on Finian McGrath   Zoom on Finian McGrath   McGrath, Finian.  
Information on Joe McHugh   Zoom on Joe McHugh   McHugh, Joe.  
Information on Sandra McLellan   Zoom on Sandra McLellan   McLellan, Sandra.  
Information on Eamonn Maloney   Zoom on Eamonn Maloney   Maloney, Eamonn.  
Information on Michelle Mulherin   Zoom on Michelle Mulherin   Mulherin, Michelle.  
Information on Denis Naughten   Zoom on Denis Naughten   Naughten, Denis.  
Information on Derek Nolan   Zoom on Derek Nolan   Nolan, Derek.  
Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin   Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.  
Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh   Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh   Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.  
Information on Jonathan O'Brien   Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien   O'Brien, Jonathan.  
Information on Patrick O'Donovan   Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan   O'Donovan, Patrick.  
Information on Fergus O'Dowd   Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd   O'Dowd, Fergus.  
Information on John O'Mahony   Zoom on John O'Mahony   O'Mahony, John.  
Information on Willie Penrose   Zoom on Willie Penrose   Penrose, Willie.  
Information on John Perry   Zoom on John Perry   Perry, John.  
Information on Pat Rabbitte   Zoom on Pat Rabbitte   Rabbitte, Pat.  
Information on James Reilly   Zoom on James Reilly   Reilly, James.  
Information on Michael Ring   Zoom on Michael Ring   Ring, Michael.  
Information on Brendan Ryan   Zoom on Brendan Ryan   Ryan, Brendan.  
Information on Arthur Spring   Zoom on Arthur Spring   Spring, Arthur.  
Information on Emmet Stagg   Zoom on Emmet Stagg   Stagg, Emmet.  
Information on Brian Stanley   Zoom on Brian Stanley   Stanley, Brian.  
Information on David Stanton   Zoom on David Stanton   Stanton, David.  
Information on Billy Timmins   Zoom on Billy Timmins   Timmins, Billy.  
Information on Peadar Tóibín   Zoom on Peadar Tóibín   Tóibín, Peadar.  
Information on Joanna Tuffy   Zoom on Joanna Tuffy   Tuffy, Joanna.  
Information on Liam Twomey   Zoom on Liam Twomey   Twomey, Liam.  
Information on Jack Wall   Zoom on Jack Wall   Wall, Jack.  
Information on Brian Walsh   Zoom on Brian Walsh   Walsh, Brian.  

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Emmet Stagg; Níl, Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Sean Fleming.

Votes declared carried.

  Sitting suspended at 1.10 p.m. and resumed at 2.10 p.m.


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