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Order of Business (Continued)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 806 No. 2

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[Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin] We read reports recently about senior advice to the Government not to increase the pupil-teacher ratio in early child care settings and not to cut back on allowances to child care providers. In light of the disturbing revelations on crèches and child care, it is extremely important the legislation is accelerated. I ask the Taoiseach for the timeframe for the Children First legislation and the child and family agency legislation. Perhaps the Taoiseach can provide a timeframe for the introduction and delivery of legislative proposals.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny Work on the child and family agency legislation has progressed well and it is expected to be taken this session. The child care Bill, Children First, is also listed for this session but the committee produced a 700-page report which must be taken into consideration by the Minister in the preparation of the legislation. It was a detailed, comprehensive and extensive report. The legislation is listed for this session and I hope it can make it through but there is a great deal of work involved in the consideration of the committee's report.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur faoi reachtaíocht atá forógraithe, ach sular leanann mé ar aghaidh le sin, ba mhaith liom cúpla focal a rá faoin Iar Theachta Dála, Ruairí Ó Brádaigh a fuair bás an mhí seo fosta. Before I come to promised legislation, with the indulgence of the Ceann Comhairle I would like to mark the death of a former Deputy who died recently. Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann Ruairí Ó Brádaigh. Rory would not appreciate his name being mentioned in this institution but, at the same time, this institution should not ignore the fact that he was elected as a Deputy for Longford-Westmeath while in prison. He was one of four Sinn Féin Deputies elected in 1957. I thank the Ceann Comhairle for the opportunity to place this on record and extend the sympathy of Sinn Féin, and I hope of the Dáil, to his wife Patsy and to his family and friends. Go ndéanfaidh Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Regarding promised legislation, the programme for Government includes a commitment to introduce consolidated and reformed domestic violence legislation to address all aspects of domestic violence, threatened violence and intimidation in a manner that protects the victims. Women's Aid showed that threats, intimidation and violence are a daily reality for thousands of women and children across the State and across the island. The organisation has called for round-the-clock access to legal protection for vulnerable women and children and that a court be available for women to seek interim barring orders outside of normal court hours. When will the Government bring forward legislation to provide 24-7 protection for vulnerable women and children?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny Some work has been done on this but I cannot provide an accurate date. Recently, I attended the launch of the ManUp programme, which is to deal with the so-called macho men who beat up women and children. I was happy to be associated with the strategy that has been worked out. I will come back to the Deputy with a more accurate fix on the work that has been done and when it is likely to come together in the form of the heads of the Bill.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath We had a discussion earlier on Leaders' Questions on the protection of life during pregnancy Bill. What is the timescale for its passage, which the Taoiseach said would involve the Bill going back to the committee, through the House? With regard to the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, the Minister made an announcement last week that had a devastating effect in south Tipperary. While the rental allowance rates went down in north Tipperary, which I welcome, they went drastically down in south Tipperary. Clonmel is hugely affected, as are other towns. I do not know the criteria being used.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett This sounds like a parliamentary question.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath I will ask them as well but this is a pressing issue. The Minister had a presentation while we were here but hopefully the anomalies will be straightened out.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I understand the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill passed the Dáil last night and will go to the Seanad tomorrow. With regard to the protection of life during pregnancy Bill, the Government is considering it today. It will then be published and will come before the Dáil.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath When will it be published?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny We will publish it as soon as we finalise the wording of the Bill. It will probably be today or tomorrow. It will come before the Dáil and it is an issue I do not want to rush so that we give everyone the opportunity to have their say on it. We will deal with it in the normal way as normal business-----

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath It will be guillotined again. That is the normal way.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Deputy Mattie McGrath asked questions and he should let the Taoiseach give replies.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny This is an issue not to be flippant about.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath I am not being flippant.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Bill will receive proper and thorough consideration from Members of the Oireachtas.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan With regard to promised legislation, when is it proposed to bring before the House the legislation to provide for the disestablishment of the HSE board, the funding of the HSE through the Vote of the Minister for Health and the establishment of the new statutory financial accountability framework for the HSE? This is to come in on 1 January under the health (amendment) (No. 2) Bill. Have the heads of the Bill been cleared and will it be possible to indicate when the Bill will pass through the House?

Fourteen bills have been promised in respect of justice-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett We will not go through the 14 Bills.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan I decided to refrain from naming the 14 Bills in deference to the patience of the Taoiseach and the Ceann Comhairle. In view of the reports of the Law Reform Commission, with reference to mandatory sentencing in the past few days and previously in respect of the proposed court of civil appeal, would it be prudent to introduce a consolidated Bill that would incorporate many of the segments mentioned in specific legislation in an effort to overcome the long backlog the Minister inherited from the previous Administration? Is it possible, particularly with regard to bail and criminal activity, to introduce as a matter of urgency a consolidated Bill that would deal with the most pertinent issues?

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny There is no date for the publication of the bail Bill. The Minister for Justice and Equality has done some work on it and I will ask him to communicate directly with the Deputy.

  With regard to the disestablishment of the HSE, the heads of the Bill have not been cleared by the Government. I expect the Bill will be produced before the end of the year. It is not due to come into the House until early next year.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae On promised legislation, there is an urgent need to strengthen the regulatory framework for social housing to provide for a new tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses, along with incremental purchase lines, the right of household members to succeed to the local authority tenancy of a deceased household member, and the refinement of the housing assistance payment. I am referring to the housing (miscellaneous provisions) (No. 2) Bill.

Following a programme on TV3 that highlighted illegal puppy farming in this country, what proposals does the Government have to deal with and regulate the sector? It is disturbing. I commend the people who made the programme and I compliment Kerry SPCA, which deals with this problem on a day-to-day basis.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013 is going through the House and will be followed by another general housing Bill, in which the Minister of State, Deputy O'Sullivan, hopes to include a tenant purchase scheme. It will be taken shortly in the Dáil.

  The Animal Health and Welfare Bill was signed into law in May.


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