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Broughan, Thomas P.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Pyrite Remediation Programme Issues

As the Minister will be aware, I welcomed the publication of the report of the pyrite panel in June, given that it finally provided some recognition of the seriousness of the problem of pyrite-affe...More Button

The report of the pyrite panel provides a valuable technical analysis of the unfolding pyrite disaster and it estimates that more than 12,250 ground floor dwellings in 74 estates across the count...More Button

However, there are some concerns that the report by Mr. Brendan Touhy and the pyrite panel may still underestimate the scale of the pyrite catastrophe. Over the years since 2007, I was given est...More Button

On the basis of reports of persons who had worked in the industry. There are 24 key recommendations in the report and that is what I really want to ask the Minister about. On publication, the Min...More Button

One of the striking notes in the report, as the Minister will remember, is that the experience of the pyrite panel in dealing with the financial, legal and insurance sectors was hugely disappoint...More Button

If there has not been full engagement by all the stakeholders involved, the report recommends the imposition of a levy on the industry to get the pyrite problem sorted. As the action group has r...More Button

Recommendation 2 in the report proposes an identification system for clarifying affected housing of red, amber and green. As the Minister will be aware, red represents a house which requires imm...More Button

In addition, homeowners are worried that pyrite-affected homeowners are already being blacklisted by banks and insurers. The action group has asked that the Minister provide an immediate commitm...More Button

The Minister has received nothing.More Button

Okay.More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme Issues (Continued)

I welcome that final commitment from the Minister. Unfortunately, given the history of this horrendous disaster for many thousands of householders, it is incumbent on the Government to be prepared...More Button

With regard to the Minister's plans for property tax or the household charge for next year, and for budget 2013, recommendation No. 13 in the report of the pyrite panel is that pyrite-affected ho...More Button

Can the Minister give us an update on the NSAI's examination of pyrite testing standards, which he mentioned briefly in his response, and on the development of a remediation method statement for ...More Button

A recent Fingal County Council notice sent to me, 216A, related to the quarry at Bay Lane, Kilshane, Dublin 11. Astonishingly, it found that no further action on planning grounds was required by...More Button

I welcomed the Minister's announcement of an information helpline and an e-mail contact address for families affected by pyrite. How have people used those contacts and has the Department been a...More Button

The issue might be with their solicitors.More Button

Would the Minister be in favour of or sympathetic to that submission?More Button

The Minister is at Cabinet.More Button

Common Fisheries Policy Reform

Asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine: his key priorities for the process of reforming the common fisheries policy which will more than likely conclude during the Irish Presidency in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Marine Tourism

Asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine: his plans to bring forward proposals to enhance marine tourism opportunities at the six national fishery harbours; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Black Economy Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: in view of the ongoing concerns regarding unfair competition for small and medium enterprises from the black economy; if he will consider further measures to ensure that small companies are not und...More Button

School Breaks Standardisation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will consider reviewing the time-tabling of the primary and post-primary schools' mid-term break to ensure that it doesn't coincide with the annual Halloween celebration; and if he will make ...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for jobseeker's benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their jobseeker's benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a sta...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for jobseeker's allowance; the number of applicants currently waiting for their jobseeker's allowance application to be processed; and if she will make a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for one parent family payment; the number of applicants currently waiting for their one parent family payment application to be processed; and if she wil...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for mortgage interest supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their mortgage interest supplement application to be processed; and if s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for rent supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their rent supplement application to be processed; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Child Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for child benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their child benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Family Income Supplement Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for family income supplement; the number of applicants currently waiting for their family income supplement application to be processed; and if she will ...More Button

Illness Benefit Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for illness benefit; the number of applicants currently waiting for their illness benefit application to be processed; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Invalidity Pension Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for invalidity pension; the number of applicants currently waiting for their invalidity pension application to be processed; and if she will make a state...More Button

Redundancy Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current waiting time for an application for redundancy payment;; the number of applicants currently waiting for their redundancy payment application to be processed; and if she will make a stat...More Button

National Internship Scheme Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of persons now taking part in the jobBridge programme; the number of participants on the programme who have gone on to obtain full-time employment; and if she will make a statement on th...More Button

Organised Crime

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on the recent activity surrounding a high profile funeral in (details supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Alcohol Sales Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if north south agreement has been reached on draft regulation in respect of curtailing certain drink promotions under section 16 of the 2008 Intoxicating Liquor Act; the date on which the draft reg...More Button

Medical Card Delays

Asked the Minister for Health: the current waiting time for an application for a medical card and a general practitioner card; the number of applicants currently waiting for their medical card and GP application to be processed;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the current waiting time for medical card appeal; the number of applicants currently waiting for their medical card appeal to be assessed and a decision made; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Hospital Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: if she will report on the recent agreement with hospital consultants; if there will be any implications for long-standing plans he has to increase the number of consultants in the health system so ...More Button