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Ó Fearghaíl, Seán

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Defence Forces Reserve Review

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will report on the implementation of the changes he announced for the Reserve Defence Force in November 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I acknowledge that the members of the Reserve Defence Force welcome the introduction by the Minister of the single force structure. An interesting presentation was made by the said group to the Jo...More Button

Will the Minister agree with the members of the Reserve Defence Force who further said the outcome of the value for money review and the latest reorganisation of the RDF ran contrary to internation...More Button

Defence Forces Reserve Review (Continued)

The members of the Reserve Defence Force feel that the Minister has an agenda to abolish it. I hope that is not the case. I ask the Minister to reiterate his very strong commitment to the Reserve...More Button

Defence Forces Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Defence: the savings that will be secured in the Defence Forces budget this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Once again, it is welcome that expenditure is constantly monitored by the Minister's military personnel. It is also welcome that Defence Forces numbers have been fixed at 9,500. I would like to r...More Button

Defence Forces Expenditure (Continued)

Obviously, I do not agree with the Minister. Would he agree it is fair that Army generals - under his proposals, not ours - will lose 14% while Army privates lose 6%? Does he accept it is fair th...More Button

The Minister is not addressing the issue of why one group will lose 14% and the other 6%.More Button

Defence Forces UN Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: if it his intention to deepen Defence Forces' participation in any UN mission in Mali; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Defence Forces UN Missions (Continued)

We welcome the relative progress achieved in Mali, particularly northern Mali, in recent times. We pay tribute to the French and the approximately 6,000 African-led troops who have been involved i...More Button

Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report and Final Stages

I thank the Minister for his work on this legislation, as I know he has pioneered it. I also thank his officials in the Department who are responsible for bringing it to fruition.More Button

Fianna Fáil made it clear throughout that it had no interest in opposing the Bill. I hope that in the course of our contributions we managed to put in context the reasons the severe sanctions we...More Button

EU Presidency Agenda

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide an update on his work programme for Ireland's EU Presidency; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will approve an application for rent supplement in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water Services Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if his Department has received an application from Kildare County Council for funding to provide for a water softening programme at the River Barrow abstraction plant; if his Department will approv...More Button