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Ó Fearghaíl, Seán

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Defence Forces Personnel

Asked the Minister for Defence: his plans to review the 21 year limit for those members of the Defence Forces who remain fit and able, who are in good health and who are well capable of continuing to serve; and if he will make a ...More Button

Question No. 1 deals with an issue raised here previously with the Minister. It asks if he will again review the position of those soldiers serving as members of the Permanent Defence Force with 2...More Button

Defence Forces Personnel (Continued)

I thank the Minister for his reply but I regret that I do not sense the Minister is willing to change tack. We are all committed to having in the Defence Forces men and women who are fit and able ...More Button

I accept that the operational needs of the Defence Forces are primary but in an international comparison, we are looking at forced retirement between 39 years and the early 40s, compared to Malta a...More Button

The Defence Forces has some of the best trained technicians in the country. They have been trained over a four-year period at a cost of €200,000 to the Exchequer. To cast them to the wind has p...More Button

I hope there will be some flexibility on the Minister's part in how he approaches the negotiations on the individuals in question.More Button

The Minister knows that I am not.More Button

Defence Forces Reorganisation

Asked the Minister for Defence: his views on the impact his recent organisational changes of the Defence Forces has had on the working conditions of members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister's major initiative in July 2012 was the reorganisation of the Defence Forces and the move from a three-brigade to a two-brigade structure. Almost two years later, in the Minister's vi...More Button

Notwithstanding the Minister's remarks, I understand that before the reorganisation, there were five operational units within Dublin while there now are only two. Moreover, one is the cavalry squad...More Button

I am highly amused that at every given opportunity, the Minister cannot resist the temptation to engage in party political sniping.More Button

Defence Forces Reorganisation (Continued)

I am trying to deal with very legitimate issues for the Defence Forces and it would serve the Minister better to focus on the particular issues before us. I am not suggesting the closure of an ins...More Button

Defence Forces Operations

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide a progress report on the Defence Forces participation in the EU-led training mission in Somalia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Recently a very small but skilled and capable cadre of Defence Forces personnel has been involved in an EU-led training mission in Somalia. In this question I seek to ascertain from the Minister i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the number of suspect devices that the Army disposal unit dealt with in 2013; the number to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the number of cash-in-transit escorts carried out by the Defence Forces in 2013; the number to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Operations (Continued)

I join the Minister in paying tribute to Brigadiers Aherne and Beary for their work on this important mission. Am I right in saying the Minister has decided our forces will withdraw from this miss...More Button

I agree with the Minister that our commitment to the UN missions is of major importance and I appreciate our ongoing commitment. None the less, the situation in Somalia continues to be very seriou...More Button

That work is not yet complete. Why cease our involvement while the work remains to be completed? I ask the Minister to indicate whether he has engaged with the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign A...More Button

Defence Forces Records

Asked the Minister for Defence: his plans to increase the numbers serving in the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I am trying to ascertain the Minister's commitment to developing the numbers serving in the Air Corps. I welcome his recent announcement on recruitment to the Defence Forces and wonder how the Air...More Button

I thank the Minister for his reply, much of which is positive. However, would he accept that the Air Corps is relatively small when compared internationally? If we compare Ireland with, for examp...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide details of the new recruitment campaign for the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Records (Continued)

In conclusion, I ask the Minister whether he himself is committed to improving the rotary-wing fleet so that it could be expanded to include additional helicopters, especially those with over-ocean...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Given that the Minister for Health is in the House, I acknowledge the progress made for the people who suffered in the Magdalen laundries and from symphysiotomies. There are only 32 survivors of t...More Button

White Paper on Defence

Asked the Minister for Defence: when the White Paper on Defence will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Defence: when he proposes to update legislation on the Irish Red Cross; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

EU Meetings

Asked the Minister for Defence: when the next meeting of EU Foreign and Defence Ministers will take place; the agenda for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Army Equitation School

Asked the Minister for Defence: his plans regarding the Army Equitation School; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

State Examinations

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will intervene in the case of a pupil (details supplied) in County Kildare, if he will ensure that a reader is provided to this student for their leaving certificate examination; if his atten...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a reader and any other requested exemption for a student (details supplied) who is sitting their leaving certificate examination in 2014 will be provided for; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will allow an appeal of an application for carer's allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Expenditure

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will arrange for the full guidelines to be issued to local authorities in respect of the housing aid for older people grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Climate Change Policy

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will consider the points made in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Overseas Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide an update on the Defence Forces’ participation in the UNDOF mission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Strength

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide up-to-date figures for the strength of the Permanent Defence Force and the Reserve Defence Force with regard to all three services; if he will provide the gender breakdown of sam...More Button

Forestry Management

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will consider the points made in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Asked the Minister for Health: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, if he has particular concerns regarding the element of the draft agreement which states that the service provide...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, the regularity with which he expects performance reviews to be carried out on general practices; and if he will ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: pursuant to the draft contract for the provision of services to under six year olds, the objective of his Department and the Health Service Executive on the issue of out-of-hours payments to GPs; h...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that an ambulance service is provided for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare undergoing oncology treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Governance

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 676 of 25 February 2014, if all work done in the processing of payments-payroll for the Health Service Executive is carried out at the address supplied in Dubl...More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: if a medical card will issue to a person (detail supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button