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Daly, Clare

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Hydraulic Fracturing Policy

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: his views on the wisdom of continuing with the Environmental Protection Agency study into hydraulic fracturing with terms of reference that are considerably out of date, given that 50% of research ...More Button

This follows on from Deputy Colreavy's earlier question regarding the EPA process and fracking. I am not filled with confidence given the Minister of State's implacable defence of the process in t...More Button

Hydraulic Fracturing Policy (Continued)

I do not know how the Minister of State can defend the EPA given that it has been broadly exposed in the eyes of a lot of people on this matter. The solution is that the process should be called o...More Button

The problem is that stock has been taken of this process so far by people with greater technical expertise than anybody in this House and we can say with absolute confidence and without fear of con...More Button

If the Minister of State has concerns I do not know why we are going ahead with fracking. It seems to be a case of I have started so I will finish, which makes no sense. Let us be clear about the...More Button

Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I move amendment No. 57:More Button

I move amendment No. 63:More Button

I move amendment No. 64:More Button

I move amendment No. 66:More Button

I move amendment No. 68:More Button

I move amendment No. 69:More Button

This is probably one of the key aspects of the Bill but it is a much watered down version of what we thought would be in the legislation. It is in sharp contrast to the legislation Deputy Wallace ...More Button

This is a critical section. In the press releases the Minister sent out more than a year ago, it was lauded as a great step forward but as Deputy Wallace said, the code of ethics was always ther...More Button

The Bill states that the authority will draw up a code of ethics that includes standards of conduct, practice for members and internal whistleblowing provisions. However, these will have to be d...More Button

As recently as two weeks ago, Deputy Wallace put these questions to the Minister for Justice and Equality under the so-called new Garda Síochána, with a new Minister and a new Garda Commissioner,...More Button

This is important because why else are we here discussing a policing authority? It is to have independent scrutiny and accountability of the gardaí. Unfortunately, however, that is not somethin...More Button

Given the current treatment of decent serving gardaí by senior management, there is clear and indisputable evidence of harassment and demonisation undermining their position. It is quite clear, ...More Button

That body, the Minister's own watchdog, contributed to this Bill. In its observation, it said there should be disciplinary sanction. It said the role of the authority should be to authorise dis...More Button

It would be entirely appropriate for the Minister to comment on the Garda Inspectorate's report which has obviously shocked people. It has also vindicated everything we have said - that nothing ...More Button

The previous Garda Inspectorate's report gave a damning account of gardaí massaging the crime figures, for example. That resulted in the analysis of crime figures having to be withdrawn for a pe...More Button

It is a very serious situation and the Garda Inspectorate was clear that there is a lawlessness out there that is not being addressed. To do that, we need a strong code of ethics with strong human...More Button

We think this is a critical part of the Bill. What we are getting under the Bill, far from being a beefed-up code of ethics, is a watering down of a provision the Minister decided not to act on ...More Button

I would like to hear the Minister comment on the points made by Deputy Wallace about why there is a need to consult with the Garda representative bodies and even more curiously the Minister for P...More Button

This gets to the heart of much of what we are talking about. Why are we discussing a Garda authority Bill? It is because of the crisis in policing that occurred. New evidence in the latest Gar...More Button

We have now had two independent reviews into her case. Neither of them bothered to interview the woman who was the victim of a paedophile ring, which she has alleged involved three gardaí as par...More Button

In regard to the code of ethics, the point is that it being a breach of discipline was in the heads of the Bill. It has been watered down and removed from the final draft. The Minister also menti...More Button

The Minister has staunchly defended time and again the force when the Garda Inspectorate is on record as saying there are serious problems. She said the force is acting on the recommendations of...More Button

Deputy Wallace made a number of points about the Government hiding behind the Constitution yet again, which is a little nauseating. We need answers to those serious questions that were raised ab...More Button

These are very serious issues and every time we raise them here, new information comes out. I am shocked that the Minister is not willing to say on record now that it is a disgrace that it was not...More Button

It is the same Constitution-----More Button

Energy Efficiency

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: the role he envisages social enterprises performing in reducing Ireland's dependence on fossil fuels and, in particular, the impact this sector can have compared with conventional private enterprise.More Button

Animal Experimentation

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 permits the breeding of dogs for the purpose of experimentation; and if he will protect the welfare of these dogs.More Button

Prison Staff

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to outline her views on the fact that staff at governor level in the Prison Service can avail of free on-site accommodation in a number of the prisons, yet prison staff often find it difficult to s...More Button

Prisoner Data

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners in custody and the number under protection in each institution on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age in custody and the number under protection in each institution on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age in custody and the number under protection in each institution on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners in each institution who are locked up in a normal day for 23 plus, 22 plus, 20 plus, 18 plus, 16 plus, 14 plus and less than 14 hours as of 23 November 2015; and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age in each institution who are locked up in a normal day for 23 plus, 22 plus, 20 plus, 18 plus, 16 plus, 14 plus and less than 14 hours a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age in each institution who are locked up in a normal day for 23 plus, 22 plus, 20 plus, 18 plus, 16 plus, 14 plus and less than 14 hours a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the number of persons in prison and the number not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age in prison not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age in Wheatfield Place of Detention under sentence on remand under the legislation as well as the number not held in single cells or rooms b...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age in prison not held in single cells or rooms on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the numbers of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age and the annual cost of this age group by person as of 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the numbers of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age and the annual cost of this age group by person as of 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the number of sentenced prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age as well as the annual cost of this age group by person as at 23 November 2015; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: to set out by institution the number of sentenced prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age as well as the annual cost of this age group by person as of 23 November 2015; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners on remand in custody, on remand, by prison and place of detention, on 23 November 2015, in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age on remand in custody, on remand, by prison and place on detention, on 23 November 2015, in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age on remand in custody, on remand, by prison and place of detention, on 23 November 2015, in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the county of origin prior to detention and the prison in which persons are kept for each person from 18 to 20 years of age, including those in Wheatfield Place of Detention, on 23 November 2015; a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the county of origin prior to their detention and the prison in which they are kept for each person from 21 to 25 years of age, including those in Wheatfield Place of Detention, on 23 November 2015...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the offences for which they are being detained of those from 18 to 20 years of age in prison and in Wheatfield Place of Detention as of 23 November 2015; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the offences for which they are being detained of those from 21 to 25 years of age in prison on 23 November 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than three months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than three months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than three months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than six months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than six months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than six months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than 12 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than 12 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than 12 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than 24 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than 24 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than 24 months on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than three years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than three years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than three years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than five years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than five years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than five years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of less than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of less than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of less than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons serving a sentence of more than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age serving a sentence of more than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years of age serving a sentence of more than ten years on 23 November 2015.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age who participated in the integrated sentence management scheme from 24 November 2013 to 23 November 2015, by prison, by year, in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age who participated in the integrated sentence management scheme from 24 November 2013 to 23 November 2015, by prison, by year, in tabular form.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons who were serving a sentence for the first time who are diagnosed with a mental health problem, dependent on drugs, on remand, by prison and institution; and if she will make a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 18 to 20 years of age in Wheatfield place of detention being held under sentence or remand under existing legislation, the number serving a sentence for the first time wh...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of persons from 21 to 25 years who are serving a sentence for the first time who were diagnosed with a mental health problem, dependant on drug misuse, on remand or by institution; and i...More Button

Educational Services for Prisoners

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of workshop and work-training posts that are vacant in each prison; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age taking part in workshops and work-training posts in each prison.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age taking part in workshops and work-training posts in each prison.More Button

Library Services

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of hours the library in each prison is scheduled to open each week; the percentage of scheduled opening times the libraries were actually open during 2014; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Prison Education Service

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners actively following courses with the Open University at present, by institution; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 18 to 20 years of age actively following courses with the Open University at present, by institution; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of prisoners from 21 to 25 years of age actively following courses with the Open University at present, by institution; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Domestic Violence Policy

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: his views that in 2014 there were 16,464 incidents of domestic violence against women disclosed to Women's Aid direct services, involving 10,653 incidents of emotional abuse, 2,470 incidents of phy...More Button

Autism Support Services

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the cuts to vital services for children diagnosed with autism in counties Galway and Roscommon where 2.5 staff currently serve two counties and therefore children cannot access vital s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if early intervention teams are discharging children as young as three years of age to the autism spectrum disorder team, even though early intervention is meant to be up until the child is six yea...More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if she is aware of the case of a person (details supplied) in County Sligo who has been residing here for almost two decades and who has attended secondary school here; that the Department of Justi...More Button

Public Procurement Contracts

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: why and by whom a tender process (details supplied) was declared null and void in December 2014. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: why none of the applicants to a tender process (details supplied) were contacted; why it took a further six months for the results to be announced following the completion of the scoring that was r...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: why, in a tender process (details supplied), companies that use the same equipment scored differently on the same equipment; and why companies that scored higher points for declaring Garda clearanc...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: why, in a tender process (details supplied), such high scores were awarded to a company on the question of invoicing set out in ITT section 2.6.5 in regard to the awarding of that contract.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: why he and Pobal did not follow through on tender rules ITT section 6.7 and instead allowed a process whereby the company that met him went on to become the most successful bidder in a tender proce...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will he initiate an order quashing a tender process (details supplied) given the absence of due diligence being carried out on it, as indicated by the information obtained under a freedom of ...More Button

Mortgage Protection Policies

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 1028 of 3 November 2015 regarding overpriced mortgage protection insurance charged to owners of affordable home units, wherein he states that the ...More Button

Rural Transport Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views regarding rural transport services being used to undercut commercial operators, as articulated at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications in November 2015, regardin...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the important of the role of Nifti in providing rural transport in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button