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McGrath, Finian

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


HIQA Reports (Continued)

The Government is great at washing its hands.More Button

Leaders' Questions

Except the Independents.More Button

This will abolish democracy.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Independents are trying to reform it and the Government blocked it. The only ones who knew what it was.More Button

The Independents are trying to reform it and the Government blocked it.More Button

The Taoiseach should deal with the cost issue, that the Government is making up the figures.More Button

Those are like the Taoiseach's Seanad figures.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Order of Business

They have been slagging Independents.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Gas Regulation Bill 2013: Second Stage (Continued)

I thank the Acting Chairman, Deputy Troy, for the opportunity of speaking on this new piece of legislation, the Gas Regulation Bill 2013.More Button

This is an important debate, as we constantly must discuss, review and look at options in gas and the other national resources. This is a particularly difficult time in our economic history and ...More Button

The main provisions of the Bill are: to provide for the restructuring of Bord Gáis Éireann, BGE, by the establishment of a gas networks subsidiary; to provide for the sale of Bord Gáis Energy by ...More Button

I urge the Minister to beware of fire sales of the natural assets. The only game in town, as the Minister of State knows well, may be summed up by three words: jobs, jobs and jobs.More Button

That is what this debate should be about. If we do not create jobs, we cannot raise taxes, we cannot provide services for those with disabilities, we cannot provide educational services and we can...More Button

I do not know whether the Minister has been following the debate about Scottish independence in recent weeks, but the big issue on their agenda is the use and value of their natural resources. T...More Button

We must look at the facts of what is going on in this country in relation to gas and our natural resources. Generations of Irish schoolchildren have learned that Ireland lacks valuable natural r...More Button

According to a 2006 study for the Government, the Atlantic Margin alone, off the west coast, contains potential reserves of the equivalent of 10 billion barrels of oil in the form of oil or gas. ...More Button

Unfortunately, the sad reality is that the terms under which companies are granted permission to explore for these hydrocarbons are so heavily weighted in favour of oil companies that the benefit...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Rabbitte, is now in this zone. He is a senior Minister in the Cabinet and a member of the Labour Party. Have we not learned from the sell-off of Telecom Éireann, which was ...More Button

People have major concerns about this legislation. They have major concerns about loss of services and loss of revenue. Above all, however, as I stated earlier, they have major concerns about t...More Button

Bord Gáis Éireann is a major energy provider, supplying gas and electricity to homes and businesses throughout the island of Ireland. Established in 1976, it is majority owned by the Government ...More Button

Even if people do not agree with the beliefs of the 1916 leaders, there are strong economic reasons to end the division of the country. More Button

The Bill addresses legislative amendments to allow for and facilitate the sale of Bord Gáis Energy, the retail arm of Bord Gáis which sells gas and electricity to all market segments and performs...More Button

The sale of Bord Gáis Energy is part of the Government's State assets disposal programme and being pursued as a commitment under the EU-IMF programme. The Government announced its intention to s...More Button

I refer to the value of the sale. Reports anticipate that the sale could generate proceeds in the region of between €1 billion and €1.5 billion. I do not believe that figure is possible in the ...More Button

I welcome the debate. I urge the Minister to beware of fire sales of our national assets because it is a dangerous road to go down.More Button

I was good at maths in school.More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the position regarding a passport application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

EU Funding

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will end all Irish and EU funding to the Orange Order until sectarian violence ends.More Button

Nuclear Plants

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he and the EU accept that there is no nuclear site near Teheran in Iran and if he will actively support the Non-proliferation Treaty.More Button

Human Rights Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will challenge the anti-discriminatory laws in Russia affecting the LGBT community; and if he will raise it at EU and UN levels.More Button

Overseas Development Aid Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will ensure that Ireland keeps its promise in budget 2014 to reach the international target of 0.7% of GNI by 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will support the peace talks in Cuba on the conflict in Colombia; if he will provide an update on the talks taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will advocate comprehensive political talks with Syria.More Button

VAT Rates Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will keep the VAT rate at 9% in restaurants in order to save and develop employment.More Button

Budget Submissions

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will support the budget submission from NCBI on the 17,300 persons living with significant sight loss here.More Button

Banking Sector Investigations

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding allegations of fraud by a financial institution.More Button

Banks Recapitalisation

Asked the Minister for Finance: the amount of funding each bank has received for the specific purpose of dealing with distressed mortgage holders.More Button

English Language Training Organisations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there is a regulatory body and or regulations in place covering the area of foreign language students studying here including payment made to host families. More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding an educational grant in respect of a person (details supplied). More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding an education grant appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17.More Button

Special Educational Needs Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding pre-school places in respect of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a long-term education plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dubln 13. More Button

Teacher Redeployment

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a person being placed on the supplementary special panel. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding transferring to the supplementary special school panel (details supplied) More Button

Public Sector Pensions Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding pension contributions in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will protect the current class size in our primary schools which is vitally important for our children’s development in progressing their educational needs.More Button

School Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if St. Michael's House has received a lease from the Vocational Education Committee at Greendale School, Dublin 5; and the position regarding the tenancy of a club (details supplied). More Button

Child Protection Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will supply the details of the contact person in his Department that deals with children at risk (details supplied). More Button

Special Educational Needs Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will confirm that there is a register of special needs assistants applying for an SNA position in a school; and if this exists, if he will provide the contact details concerning the person re...More Button

Bullying in Schools

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will support an initiative (details supplied) regarding bullying for 2013-2014More Button

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the number of public servants now below the minimum wage under the Haddington Road Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Sector Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the options available to a person (details supplied) following a severe pay cut after the Haddington Road Agreement.More Button

Gender Recognition Issues

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the recognition of transgendered persons. More Button

Domiciliary Care Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9.More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a disability allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a disability allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3.More Button

Defined Benefit Pension Schemes Issues

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will support a matter regarding a pension in respect of a person (details supplied)More Button

Live Register Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the self-employed.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a jobseeker's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied).More Button

Turbary Rights

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if he will supply an up to date list of all bogs on which turf cutting has ceased or will cease up the the end of 2016.More Button

Special Protection Areas Designation

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: in relation to the proposed Meenlaragh to Falcarragh Special Protection Area in County Donegal, if he will consider amending the boundaries in this designation; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Irish Language Issues

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if a person has a right to have all their dealings with the State dealt with through the medium of the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Renewable Energy Generation Issues

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the number of gigawatts of energy that come from renewable energy sources here; and if he will provide a breakdown of the number of gigawatts generated per renewable energy sector, that is, solar h...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the number of gigawatts of renewable energy which need to be generated in order for Ireland to meet its targets under the Europe 2020 strategy.More Button

Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Exemptions

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the reason there are no waivers on fines for the Non Principal Private Residence and if his attention has ben drawn to the fact that many persons are suffering from high rates and cannot cope with ...More Button

Housing Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the position regarding empty houses that are causing major problems in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 17More Button

Environmental Protection Agency Governance

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: in the context of the recommendations of the Review of the Environmental Protection Agency Report by the EPA Review Group in May 2011 on the legislative framework of the EPA, the steps the Governme...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: in the context the recommendations of the Review of the Environmental Protection Agency Report by the EPA Review Group in May 2011 on the legislative framework of the EPA, the steps the Government ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: in the context of the recommendations of the Review of the Environmental Protection Agency Report by the EPA Review Group in May 2011 on the legislative framework of the EPA, the steps the Governme...More Button

Private Rented Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his views on the 7.5% rent increase on housing accommodation as this increase makes it more difficult for people who are homeless in finding a home.More Button

Building Regulations Compliance

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will support proposals (details supplied) regarding improper regulations and the effects on the consumer and the environment.More Button

Priory Hall Development

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update on Priory Hall; if he will support the residents in relation to this housing issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Job Retention

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will act immediately to save jobs at a company (details supplied) who are concerned with serious environmental issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water Meters Installation

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he would provide an update on the installation of water meters including the proposed timescale; the cost of implementing the water meters per house; if he will clarify the way the installation ...More Button

Pyrite Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update on a pyrite issue; and if he would respond to correspondence on same (details supplied).More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide an update on the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17.More Button

Magdalen Laundries Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will change his mind on the grave injustice to the Bethany Survivors Group.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will act immediately on the Bethany Home issue.More Button

Anti-Social Behaviour

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide a safety and security plan for local residents in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 17 to deal with anti-social behaviour.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will support a matter regarding anti-social acitivity (details supplied) in Dublin 9.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will support a matter (details supplied) in Dublin 5 regarding anti-social activity.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding anti-social activity in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 9.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the action he will take on the matter of anti-social activity at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Garda Investigations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: further to Parliamentary Question No. 720 of 12 April 2005 (details supplied), if he will provide an update on sameMore Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide an update concerning a serious matter for the Dublin Bay north residents (details supplied)More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the reason support was not forthcoming in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Commission of Inquiry

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will hold a commission of inquiry into the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy.More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide an update on the Assisted Decision Making Capacity Bill 2013.More Button

Garda Complaints Procedures

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide an update on a matter (details supplied) which was being investigated by the Síochána Garda Complaints Board More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding the hiring of contract researchers (details supplied).More Button

Rural Development Programme Funding

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: with regard to compensation payments under the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 for Ireland (details supplied), the amount of this compensation per year, for the years 2007 to 2013 that has be...More Button

Inland Fisheries Ireland Investigations

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason the report from Inland Fisheries Ireland on sea lice and related issues was not forwarded to the European Commission as requested during an EU investigation of the sea lice issue during ...More Button

Children in Care

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will include a provision to have grandparents made a party to proceedings for children in care and to support the work done by grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren on a consis...More Button

Inter-Country Adoptions

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will provide an update concerning foreign adoptions, in particular the declaration of eligibility and suitability delay; if social workers may assist families applying for foreign adoptions ...More Button

Organ Donation

Asked the Minister for Health: when the opt out policy on kidney and heart donors will come into effect.More Button

Home Care Packages

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding funding for a home care package in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support general practitioners who are under a lot of pressure and who are being forced to lay off staff. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update in the free general practitioner card scheme. More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will deal with the lack of a real paediatric rheumatology service in our children's hospitals and if his attention has been drawn to the fact that consultants are overstretched. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding an issue in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.More Button

Hospital Acquired Infections

Asked the Minister for Health: the safeguards that are now in place following the CJD incident at Beaumont Hospital. More Button

Disability Support Services Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: the supports and services available to a physically disabled person in Dublin 13 and where the person can seek advice. More Button

Health Services Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide adequate facilities in the Crannog Day Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin 3 in order for service users to have full dinners and showers which will support their road to reha...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has a health and safety plan to deal with the rat crisis in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 26 May 2011, if he will provide an update on an investigation.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the current security of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a long-term care plan in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Cancer Incidence

Asked the Minister for Health: if there is any assessment or report by the Health Service Executive in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 3 regarding the high rate of cancer locally. More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the young adults attending Stewart's Care in Palmerstown, Dublin 20 and protect their services. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding cuts to services. More Button

Medical Card Drugs

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason patients who get a hospital prescription have to then go to a general practitioner for further prescriptions before they can get their medicine on the medical card. More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on the proposed €35 million allocation on mental health. More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding nursing home support scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5. More Button

Mental Health Guidelines

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will clarify the situation for patients in psychiatric hospitals and smoking areas (details supplied). More Button

Homeless Persons Supports

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 in relation to a homeless situation.More Button

Care Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide additional supports to a family (details supplied) in County Dublin. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a long-term care plan in respect of a family (details supplied) in Dublin 13. More Button

Disability Support Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support a matter (details supplied) regarding special needs. More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in relation to cutbacks in St Michael's House, Dublin 9More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will end the cuts to St. Michael's House disability servicesMore Button

Disabilities Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the supports available in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11. More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason for the refusal of a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. More Button

Dental Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if the sixth class dentist check up will take place this year for pupils of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide contact names of local social workers or support groups in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5.More Button

Traffic Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the maximum height of vehicles.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding HGVs More Button

Ports Development

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will indicate if the Dublin Port Company has decided not to fill in the 52 acres of Dublin Bay.More Button