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Shatter, Alan

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


Leaders’ Questions

Joe, will you take over from the Deputy who thinks he is on a soap box?More Button

The Deputy was leading them on during the elections.More Button

Order of Business

Has Deputy Boyd Barrett resigned already?More Button

Deputy Boyd Barrett’s flute was removed. He obviously did not play it appropriately.More Button

Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

Never has a man so uncalm called for calm.More Button

The Deputy should listen back to a recording of his own contribution.More Button

The Deputy cannot even keep a straight face at the end of the shouting.More Button

I am sharing time with the Taoiseach who is on his way to the Chamber. Perhaps we might wait a moment in order to allow him to arrive.More Button

Absolutely.More Button

The stability treaty is simple in nature. This is not a complex issue because the treaty relates to a very simple matter. The treaty is designed to protect the citizens of this State from reckles...More Button

Despite how it is being termed by some on the opposite side of the House, this is not an austerity treaty. It is, rather, a treaty which is designed to ensure an ultimate end to austerity and to p...More Button

This State is on the road to recovery. There are difficult times ahead and tens of thousands of families continue to experience problems. The treaty is a piece of the jigsaw which must be complet...More Button

There are far too many Members of this House — in Sinn Féin and the smaller parties and on the Independent benches — who continually call for additional expenditure in respect of...More Button

It is in the national interest that we effect debt reduction, bringing budget deficits under controlled limits. It is in the interest of the people of this State and future generations that people...More Button

Deputy Ó Cuív has said that although he is opposing the treaty, he is in favour of fiscal discipline, again replicating the bad politics which he and his colleagues engaged with in go...More Button

It is a great pity that by his actions, he did not ensure fiscal discipline applied.More Button

There are two specific and positive reasons for a “Yes” vote, and I have already emphasised the first. It is to ensure no reckless spending by any future Government to the detriment of our people....More Button

Written Answers - Garda Investigations

Was asked: if he will provide an update regarding an investigation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that it is not the practice to comment on investigations of the kind referred to by him but I have been assured that all steps open to the agency involved continue to be ...More Button

Written Answers - Liquor Licensing Laws

Was asked: when he will be in a position to comment on the public consultation process on the third compliance report on the implementation of the code of practice on the display and sale of alcohol in mixed ...More Button

The position is that the public consultation process to which the Deputy refers elicited a broad range of views on future arrangements for the display and sale of alcohol products in mixed trading ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Equipment

Was asked: the average age of [201]the Garda fleet of vehicles and bikes; and the number of new and pre-owned, that is, used vehicles and bikes purchased over the past three years ...More Button

The provision and allocation of Garda transport is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. More Button

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the average age of Garda vehicles, excluding motorcycles, is approximately 5 years. The average age of Garda motorcycles is 6.5 years.More Button

Details of the numbers of vehicles/motorcycles purchased, both new and pre-owned, in the period 2010 to 2011 are set out in the table. No vehicles were purchased in 2009.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Correspondence

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied). More Button

I will write to the Deputy shortly concerning the matter he has raised. More Button

Written Answers - State Pathologists

Was asked: if the State pathologist and assistant State pathologist are allocated State vehicles when attending crime scenes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I can inform the Deputy that the State Pathologist, Deputy Pathologists and Assistant State Pathologist do not use State vehicles when attending crime scenes.More Button

In June 2010 my Department undertook a tender process to provide a driver and vehicle service to assist the Office of the State Pathologist in providing an on-call service outside of the Dublin are...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Strength

Was asked: the number of vacancies currently at the rank of sergeants, inspectors, superintendents, chief superintendents and assistant commissioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

On the 7 February 2012, I secured approval for the appointment of 2 Assistant Garda Commissioners, 8 Chief Superintendents and 23 Superintendents, a total of 33 appointments to senior Garda ranks. ...More Button

I was very glad to secure the agreement of my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Cabinet as a whole for such a significant number of appointments. In seeking these ...More Button

Furthermore, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the strength of An Garda Síochána in all ranks on the 29 February 2012, the latest date for which figures are availabl...More Button

The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner, in consultation with his senior management team, is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organis...More Button

Written Answers - Courts Service

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the delays in the administration of civil proceedings in the Kilkenny District Court office; if he has been advised by the Courts Service of the reason for such d...More Button

Under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service. The Deputy will appreciate that the Courts Service, in common with all ot...More Button

In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that the existing vacancy, coupled with other staff absences, has resulted in some delay...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Transport

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 282 of 28 February 2012, the way the estimated saving of €4 million on the use of State cars for senior Ministers was calculated; and if he will make a st...More Button

In March 2011 the Government decided to significantly reduce the number of Office Holders for whom official transport would be provided by An Garda Síochána. One of the consequences ...More Button

In the context of the proposals considered by the Government prior to the taking of its decision, a comparison was made between the average cost of providing Garda transport to an Office Holder un...More Button

The revised transport arrangements came into operation for Government Ministers on 1st May 2011 and for former Office Holders on 16th June 2011. I am aware that they have led to significant saving...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money that has been spent by the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces in preparing, publishing and printing its annual report in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 including design, consultancy an...More Button

The following table provides a breakdown of the Annual Report printing and publishing costs in the years 2007 to 2010 by the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. More Button

*Including Four Year Review of ODF.More Button

The amount of outlay attributable to producing the ODF Annual Reports in the Irish language is as follows:More Button

This cost is calculated based on half of the cost of ‘Design’ and ‘Printing and Production’ together with the full ‘Translation’ cost.More Button

Written Answers - Defence Forces Recruitment

Was asked: if he will consider extending upwards the maximum age for recruits joining the Army; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The 2000 White Paper on Defence and the earlier Defence Forces Review Implementation Plan both identified the requirement to address the age profile in the Defence Forces. The key element in milit...More Button

The upper age limit for enlistment in the Army is under 25 years of age on the date of enlistment and for the Naval Service it is under 27 years of age on the date of enlistment. These limits are ...More Button

I am satisfied that the existing age requirements for recruitment to the Permanent Defence Force are appropriate and I do not propose to make any changes in this area at this time.More Button