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Broughan, Thomas P.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

What is the precise status of the workplace relations Bill at present? I understand the Ceann Comhairle is considering a Topical Issues debate-----More Button

Okay, that is good. As the Tánaiste is aware, Bus Éireann workers are facing significant cuts in their pay and conditions. Many of them believe they cannot accept the Labour Court recommendations.More Button

Can the Tánaiste, as a member of the Government, ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Varadkar, to address this matter urgently to avoid a withdrawal of the Bus Éireann fleet o...More Button

Bus Éireann

Everybody is shocked that Bus Éireann, with the apparent approval of the Minister, intends unilaterally to impose severe cuts in the pay and conditions of Bus Éireann workers from Sunday, 12 May. ...More Button

On modest core pay, the Labour Court recommended that the first two hours of overtime be cut from time and a half to time and a quarter. In addition, Sunday overtime is being cut from double tim...More Button

Those types of cuts, which are replicated for drivers and other grades, will be devastating for workers and their families. One driver with children at college told me yesterday that he will los...More Button

Many efficiencies have been brought about in the CIE companies. For example, we had the Deloitte review in 2008-09, along with retrenchments. In recent years, however the Minister has consisten...More Button

The next few weeks constitute a particularly bad time for any kind of industrial action, given that the school bus service may well be involved, with 114,000 school-children facing exams. The Mi...More Button

Bus Éireann (Continued)

On a point of order, is a ministerial script available to Members?More Button

Sorry?More Button

Hold on. This is not acceptable from the Minister.More Button

Actually, it is. When the Deputy has been in the Dáil for a bit longer, he will understand that.More Button

I have a script for the Minister, if he wants it.More Button

Yes, it is.More Button

Now. Fine.More Button

There is no question here of a bigger battle, an ideology or whatever. All we want is that passengers will not be inconvenienced and that drivers, who are already on very modest pay and conditions...More Button

I refer to Bus Éireann management. A constant complaint I hear from workers is that senior management has not taken its share of the burden. Is this the case? Would the Minister know if it was...More Button

The Minister spoke at length about public service obligations, PSO, and what managers in Bus Éireann could and could not do. The reality is that the Minister has slashed the public service oblig...More Button

Employment Rights Issues

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if the workers of a large Irish based company whose Irish operation was terminated several years ago will be covered by the recent decision of the European Court in relation to the defined benefit ...More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will have the INTREO services rolled out to the Kilbarrack Social Welfare Office, Dublin, before year end; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Traffic Regulations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of heavy goods vehicles or any other vehicles that were brought to weigh bridges by the Garda Traffic Corps in the years 2010, 2011, 2012 and to date in 2013; the number of vehicles that...More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will report on Garda Operation Nascar; the number of persons arrested and charged to date; the number of successful convictions obtained to date; if this operation is still active; and if he ...More Button

Anti-Social Behaviour

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the reasons given by gardaí for issuing ASBOS, behaviour warnings and good behaviour contracts from 2010 to date in 2013 in the Dublin region; and if he w...More Button

Harbours and Piers Funding

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the budget allocated to the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; the amount actually spent in each of these years; and if ...More Button

Tourism Industry Issues

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the value of the Irish economy in money terms of golf tourism in 2010, 2011 and 2012 on an annual basis; the proposals, if any, to expand this sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button