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Sherlock, Sean

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I am standing in for the Minister for Justice and Equality who is abroad on business. Both he and I have been greatly encouraged by the level of support expressed by Members for the Criminal Justi...More Button

Many issues were raised during Second Stage which I am confident will be dealt with by the Minister, Deputy Shatter, on Committee Stage. Deputy McNamara raised the issue of the T case of which t...More Button

On the point raised by Deputies Catherine Murphy and Ryan, the Bill was amended in the Seanad to provide for the situation they outlined. Where a person is convicted for more than one offence re...More Button

I thank Members for their contributions. The Minister and I appreciate the general welcome given to this Bill. All the suggestions as to how it could be improved will be considered on Committee...More Button

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee

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Topical Issue Debate

I beg the Deputy's indulgence. I am taking all four of the issues today but I am awaiting a response on the Deputy's particular issue. With the permission of Deputy Ó Snodaigh and the Acting Chai...More Button

Sorry about that.More Button

Mental Health Services (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising this issue for discussion. I am taking the matter on behalf of the Minister for Health. More Button

Tuam mental health service caters for the Tuam and Headford catchment areas, with a population of approximately 35,000 and a caseload in excess of 800 people. Traditionally, the service was prov...More Button

A local steering group consisting of a mental health clinical director, a consultant psychiatrist, a director of nursing, an occupational therapy manager, a business manager, a team leader social...More Button

The executive is commissioning a full review of all 24 hour residential facilities in counties Galway and Roscommon. The outcome of this review will assist in its determination of future require...More Button

I agree with the Deputy that it is farcical for one Minister of State to respond to four issues. However, I know the Minister, Deputy James Reilly, and the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Reill...More Button

Part-Time Firefighters (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for his earlier forbearance. I have now been provided with a reply from the Minister of Social Protection, who is out of the country at this time.More Button

Social welfare legislation provides that a person must satisfy the conditions of being available for and genuinely seeking work in order to be entitled to a jobseeker's payment. Any person who f...More Button

Unlike other jobseekers, who must sign off the live register on any day on which they find work, part-time firefighters are paid a jobseeker's payment in respect of days on which they are engaged...More Button

With regard to dealing with the systemic issue, I am familiar with the problems. In my area of Cork we have part-time firefighters and similar circumstances apply. Given the vagaries of this ty...More Button

Again, I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. It would do no harm were the Deputy to refer the case of Gavin Burns to the Minister for reference as part of the ongoing review process.More Button

Tallaght Hospital Patient X-rays (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising the issue of the typing and issuing of transcripts of X-ray reports. I am responding on behalf of the Minister for Health. It is important to assure people attendin...More Button

An average of 15,000 reports are typed at Tallaght hospital each month. Standard non-urgent reports are usually produced within two or three weeks. The number of reports that need to be typed h...More Button

The radiology department, the diagnostic directorate and the executive team are taking a number of steps to address this issue. Additional clerical support is being provided in the radiology uni...More Button

I will do so. I acknowledge everything that has been said.More Button

Commercial Rates Issues (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for raising this important matter, which I am taking on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan.More Button

Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the indepen...More Button

The Government has no plans at this juncture to introduce a temporary levy on large out-of-town retail operations. In terms of planning policy, the Minister, Deputy Hogan, and the Minister of St...More Button

All in this House, across the political spectrum, are aware of the pressures on small and medium enterprises and intergenerational businesses in places like Naas and Finglas, to which the Deputy ...More Button

The Deputy referred to the Government's action programme for effective local government, Putting People First. This indicated that, in the context of reorganisation of local governance structure...More Button

The Minister has informed me that he will continue to keep the approach to rates by local authorities under active review and that he is determined every avenue will be pursued to optimise effici...More Button

I am getting a bit peckish thinking of Four Star Pizza. It is a long way to Cork. I might pop in. On a serious note, I concur with what the Deputy is saying. We are seeing that effect throughou...More Button

Smaller towns and villages must be creative because consumption has modified considerably. Conspicuous consumption has virtually flat-lined and we might have to be more creative about how we re-...More Button