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Smith, Brendan

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


1916 Quarter Development Bill 2015: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a short contribution to this debate. As my colleague Deputy Fleming has said, it is appropriate that we are discussing this Bill on the eve of 2016. ...More Button

Last night, in a very wide-ranging and illuminating contribution, Deputy Ó Cuív spoke about the fact that the events of 1916 happened in an era when the British Empire dominated the world. A sma...More Button

Deputy Ó Cuív referred to the theme of the First Dáil, the exactitude that was pursued in establishing it and, subsequently, the different political systems and structures that were put in place, w...More Button

It was on the discussion of a similar motion in the Seanad that I heard Senator Paschal Mooney refer to Springfield, Illinois, where President Lincoln was born. A particular area of the city was...More Button

Deputy Ó Cuív, on behalf of the Fianna Fáil Party, has put forward the Bill and I am disappointed the Government seems to be opposing it. The Bill goes much further than the current legislation ...More Button

The Bill provides for the establishment of an urban development company which would oversee the creation of the 1916 historical quarter to ensure that areas of historical significance are given t...More Button

As a Parliament and as a country, we should want to create a city that respects and preserves its history, while at the same time rejuvenating those areas. Fianna Fáil is calling for the establi...More Button

Deputy Fleming referred to the different commemorative programmes that are being put in place, mainly through the work of the local authorities. I attended a number of events in Cavan where we s...More Button

Flood Prevention Measures

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the proposals the Office of Public Works has to carry out essential drainage work in County Cavan; if he is aware of the serious problems caused for households and businesses in parts of County Cav...More Button

Northern Ireland

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the status of the re-introduction of the paramilitary monitoring commission and the establishment of a cross-Border agency to deal with organised crime, as outlined in the Fresh Start agreement; an...More Button

Judicial Investigations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to outline the status of the investigation of the murder of a person (details supplied) in 1976; if An Garda Síochána will carry out further investigations; the level of co-operation by the Police ...More Button

Departmental Staff Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the proposals to provide additional funding to non-governmental organisations towards their programmes working to mitigate the risk of gender-based violence; and if he will make a statement on the ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the proposals he has put forward at European Union Foreign Affairs Councils on the need to increase funding to non-governmental organisations to assist their programmes dealing with gender-based vi...More Button

EU Issues

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the outcome of the most recent discussions he has had with the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Philip Hammond, and with the British Secretary of State for North...More Button

Humanitarian Aid

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the efforts he and his European Union counterparts have made in relation to the plight of refugees fleeing the Middle East and North Africa; the progress on developing an adequate and comprehensive...More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will provide additional funding for humanitarian aid for Syria and adjoining areas in view of the ongoing conflict, the appalling loss of life and the urgent need to get essential humanitaria...More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will raise at the next European Union Foreign Affairs Council the need for the European Union to provide additional funding to Syria and that region given the ongoing conflict, the appalling ...More Button

North-South Interconnector

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: his views on using an underground alternative on the North-South interconnector which employs high voltage direct current technology; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cavan in respect of the purchase of bog under the cessation of turf cutting scheme; if this application will be finalised without fu...More Button