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Coffey, Paudie

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 752 Nbr. 2


Leaders’ Questions

You wanted to cut €20 billion in one shot.More Button

Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Work) Bill 2011: Second Stage (Resumed)

This important debate gives us an opportunity to reflect on the employment needs of a modern society and economy. We have been well-served by existing legislation protecting workers and their cond...More Button

I am no cheerleader for the unions but I acknowledge their work over the years on workers’ rights, terms and employment conditions. These are important areas in a competitive economy. One n...More Button

The role of the Government must also be acknowledged, as well as its commitment to improving pay for low-paid workers. Already in the short time served by the Government, it has increased the mini...More Button

I have, however, some concerns about this legislation, particularly that some social partners have not taken advantage of the derogations provided by it. A modern economy must have competitiveness...More Button

Many companies in these sectors need to have the flexibility to respond to seasonal and peak demands by using temporary agency workers. They budget for this in their business models. Their concer...More Button

The social partners in the UK managed to agree on a derogation whereby temporary workers would have to have 12 weeks’ continuous work before getting the same full-time pay as their permanent ...More Button

I acknowledge the Minister of State’s work with the universities and colleges in research and innovation. It is an area with great potential which will assist innovation and expand new reven...More Button

Over 200,000 small and medium-sized enterprises employ over 700,000 employees. It is a sector that cannot and will not be ignored by the Government. We must support them in every way possible.More Button

Written Answers - Irish Passports Statistics

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the number of Irish passports that are in use around the globe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tax Collection

Asked the Minister for Finance: the total amount of income tax that was paid by all persons who earn more than €100,000 per year in the year 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of persons who earned more than €100,000 in the year 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Technological Universities

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he has received the report in regard to the criteria for the establishment of technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the amount of funding that will be allocated for a scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Enterprise Support Services

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: the progress that has been made to recommence the enterprise platform programme; the new format that it will take; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Telecommunications Services

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the progress he has made in communicating with the National Roads Authority to ensure that access is provided to its duct network to strengthen the resilience of the broadband network in the south ...More Button

Written Answers - Hospital Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress that has been made regarding a prioritised proposal of the development of a 20-bed inpatient palliative care unit on the grounds of Waterford Regional Hospital; and if he will make a s...More Button

Written Answers - Hospitals Building Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide a list in tabular form of capital investment made by him in all regional hospitals and care facilities on a county basis, broken down for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; and...More Button

Written Answers - Rural Transport Services

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: when the Leap card will be rolled out to rural bus routes; if private bus operators have been allowed to sign up to the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Tourism Promotion

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the progress of the new medieval museum in Waterford city; if it is still on schedule to open in June 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button