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 Header Item Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Courts Bill 2016: Instruction to Committee
 Header Item Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016: First Stage

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 931 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton] Of course, there are issues in the context of rolling it out, recruitment and so on. There is a trajectory regarding increasing recruitment in that area. There have been some difficulties in recruitment but there is a clear commitment to expand.

Deputy Tony McLoughlin: Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin Will the Minister update the Dáil on the progress of the geothermal energy Bill?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin It is hotting up.

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The drafting is under way and I am sure that we can get a full report for the Deputy.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív I bhfianaise go bhfuil i gceist ag an bhfarantóir atá ag soláthar seirbhíse go dtí na hoileáin Árann an tseirbhís a stopadh tráthnóna, an bhfuil i gceist ag an Rialtas reachtaíocht éigeandála a thabhairt isteach le déanamh cinnte go mbeidh seirbhís agus bealach isteach agus amach as na hoileáin ag pobal Árann ó mhaidin amárach ar aghaidh?

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I will have to get the Minister of State, Deputy Kyne, to respond to the Deputy because I do not know what is involved in dealing with that issue, which I know has come up in terms of getting service. I will ask the Minister of State to respond to the Deputy.

Deputy Brendan Griffin: Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin In the context of health Bills, I welcome that the issue of Orkambi was raised in the House. I want to know why, when I raised the matter in the House last Thursday, information that was seemingly available to a journalist at the time was not conveyed to the Dáil. It is quite a serious matter that Department officials would not see fit to inform a Minister of the situation as it was at the time. This is far too serious a matter on which to keep the Dáil in the dark. Surely the primacy of the Dáil should be recognised. It is a gross offence to this Dáil if information exists but is not passed to Deputies when they raise matters of importance, such as the issue of Orkambi. It is something that I would not like to see repeated.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl If the Deputy raises that matter with me arising out of a response to a Topical Issue, we will have the matter investigated for him. Does the Minister wish to say anything?

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Obviously, in any deliberative process, information will not be released until a decision is taken by a Minister. I do not know what the precise circumstances were and, therefore, I would not like to try to comment on it.

Deputy Joe Carey: Information on Joe Carey Zoom on Joe Carey What is the status of the family court Bill?

Deputy Richard Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton The heads are expected at the end of this year.

Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Order 154, the instruction to the committee in respect of the Courts Bill 2016 shall be taken today, without debate, immediately after Questions on Proposed Legislation, and any division shall be taken immediately.

  Question put and agreed to.

Courts Bill 2016: Instruction to Committee

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I move:

That, pursuant to Standing Order 154, it be an instruction to the Select Committee on Justice and Equality that, in its consideration of the Courts Bill 2016, it has power to make provisions:
(a) to amend the Eighth Schedule to the Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act 1961 to provide for the extension of the term of office of a person who has been appointed to be a Taxing-Master;

(b) to amend the Eighth Schedule to the Courts (Supplemental Provisions) Act 1961 to provide for the procedure to be adopted in a case in which a function falling to be performed by a person who has been appointed to be a Taxing-Master has not, on the occasion of his or her vacating office, been fully performed;

(c) to amend the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 to provide that the Government may appoint the Chief Legal Costs Adjudicator and such number of Legal Cost Adjudicators as they determine; and

(d) to change the title of the Bill to take account of these provisions.

Deputy Alan Kelly: Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly Sorry, Ceann Comhairle. I understood I was introducing the-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Deputy will be doing so in just a second. We have not forgotten about him.

Deputy Eugene Murphy: Information on Eugene Murphy Zoom on Eugene Murphy The Deputy should take his time.

Deputy Alan Kelly: Information on Alan Kelly Zoom on Alan Kelly Okay.

  Question put and agreed to.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016: First Stage

Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to amend the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Act 2014 instructing the Agency to divest the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, currently under the remit of the Agency, of its assets in fossil fuel companies within five years of the commencement of this Act to precipitate a timely decarbonisation process in line with Ireland's climate change commitments under Article 2 of the Paris Agreement.

We are coming up to the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement, which called for a global response to the threat of climate change in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty. Climate change must be fought on multiple fronts. One such front, as outlined in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement, relates to ensuring that finance flows are consistent with the pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. My Bill seeks to ensure that Ireland's financial flows are consistent with action on climate change.


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