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Healy-Rae, Michael

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Taoiseach is not answering the question.More Button

Is that supposed to be good?More Button

A dictatorship.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

At the end of this month it is proposed to change the rules with regard to the taxation of motor vehicles. Will the Government extend the time for the change to the end of October to allow the mot...More Button

It would mean an awful lot if it could be done.More Button

Financial Services Ombudsman Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: the reason for the delay in implementing key legislation which will allow the Financial Services Ombudsman to have the power to name and shame misbehaving financial firms; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to ensure that the taxation system for multinational companies is retained to ensure that this country remains an attractive destination for these multinational companies who give much ne...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on whether it is critical that the taxation measures that improve the competitiveness of agriculture and encourage investments and restructuring are supported and should include the reten...More Button

Property Taxation Administration

Asked the Minister for Finance: if all of our moneys paid in property tax will go towards funding badly needed local services or will the money be used to reduce the national deficit; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Banking Inquiry

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on a recent survey that two thirds of business owners believe that politicians should be kept well away from any inquiry into what went on in Irelands banking system in the run up to the ...More Button

IBRC Mortgage Loan Book

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding mortgages; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Fuel Laundering

Asked the Minister for Finance: in view of the estimated loss of over €200 million a year through the illegal sale of fuels, that is, washed diesel being sold as proper road diesel, if he will consider bringing in a quality assur...More Button

Mortgage Interest Rates Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: the position regarding switcher mortgages on tracker rates for the various lenders and their current positions in relation to same (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tobacco Control Measures

Asked the Minister for Finance: his views on the plain packaging of cigarettes (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

VAT Rates Application

Asked the Minister for Finance: the reason for the difference in VAT rates (details supplied)More Button

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide figures as of 16 July 2013 the number of persons that have Student Universal Support Ireland grants at an appeal stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland appeal in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Student Grant Scheme Delays

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of students that are still awaiting Student Universal Support Ireland grants on the 16 July 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

State Examinations Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of teachers with one or two years experience, who have fixed term regular part-time contracts that applied to the SEC for superintending positions and the number of same that were appoin...More Button

Gaelscoileanna Issues

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will protect the 40 years of progress and the work that has been done and the ethos of the Irish-medium schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

University Libraries

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: from which publicly-funded university libraries the public is as a rule excluded.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the library budget for each of the universities here in each of the past ten years.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding a Student Universal Support Ireland grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his views on a proposal (details supplied) to stimulate economic growth and increase employment through the introduction of entrepreneurship as a curriculum subject for second level school students.More Button

Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will give an assurance that there will no changes to the pupil teacher ratio; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding staffing levels at a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: of the 59,000 first-time applicants to Student Universal Support Ireland which were submitted for the 5 August deadline, the number that have received a final decision as of 5 September 2013; and i...More Button

Teacher Registration

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding teacher de-registration in respect of a person (details supplied) in Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Office of Public Works Properties

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the position regarding the use of a Garda station (details supplied) in County Kerry. More Button

Lease Agreements

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the failure of the Office of Public Works and the Chief State Solicitor's Office to sign a lease.More Button

Industrial Relations Issues

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: his plans to legislate for collective bargaining through the trade unions as contained in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health and Safety Issues

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: in view of the increasing amount of farm accidents this year, his views on whether a new campaign highlighting the need for increased farm safety measures should be put in place and to heighten the...More Button

Social Welfare Appeals Status

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a dietary supplement allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Employment Support Services

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: regarding the jobs plus scheme that was put into effect on 1 July 2013, if a woman who is receiving a one-parent family payment is offered a job under the jobs plus scheme, the reasons she would be...More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

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

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

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding a disability allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Protection Areas Appeals

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the position regarding a special protection area in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Wildlife Protection

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if he will change the policy that bans the cutting of hedges from March until September; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Broadband Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: 777. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will confirm his plans regarding high speed rural broadband over the next two years; the numb...More Button

Mobile Telephony Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: his views on a matter regarding mobile phone charges; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mobile Telephony

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: if he has considered an awareness campaign to alert persons to the benefits of an App added to their telephones showing their exact location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Commercial Rates Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will consider changing the way rates are charged on businesses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Motor Tax Collection

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will change the current system from unladen weight to gross vehicle weight.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the changes made to the motor tax, which came into effect on 1 July 2013, if there will be an exception for vintage cars; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will replace the current commercial motor tax regime with a pay-as-you-go road user charge to ensure Irish hauliers pay tax in line with vehicle utilisation. More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will levy all non-Irish hauliers with a daily charge Eurovignette of €10 per day which will generate up to €13.5 million for the Exchequer. More Button

Property Taxation Exemptions

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding certificates of discharge and exemption as prescribed for in the Local Government (Household Charge) Act 2011; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Security of the Elderly

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his view on the accessibility, particularly for elderly persons living alone in rural locations, for funding for the provision of the fitting of personal alarms in the interest of their safety; and...More Button

Water Services Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if capital funds will be provided to relay the water pipe in the mid-Kerry region from the Gerah reservoir to Killorglin town; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding a water supply; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Housing Adaptation Grant Applications

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the position regarding housing adaptation grants in respect of persons with disabilitites (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Government Reform

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will reconsider proposals to abolish urban councils; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Irish Sign Language

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in view of the fact that the Irish Deaf Society have established a campaign for official recognition of Irish Sign Language, if he will take on board the campaign and give recognition to same; and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide official recognition of Irish sign language; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the reason for the delay in issuing a visa in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of new Gardai to be recruited in the new recruitment campaign he recently announced.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: with regard to the new recruitment campaign recently announced, if priority will be given to applicants who successfully completed the interview and aptitude test in the past just before they stopp...More Button

Deportation Orders Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his views on reports that €700,000 of taxpayers money has been spent trying to deport a person (details supplied) who was based in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the reason An Garda Siochana had to pay over €12 million to the Revenue Commissioners and if he will provide details of this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Garda Operations

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: following on from the death in Castlebar of two elderly gentlemen in their homes, the proposals that he and An Garda Siochana have to tackle the problem of fear amongst our elderly population that ...More Button

National Lottery Funding Disbursement

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: further to the recent cuts to the charitable lotteries fund which has put immense pressure on the services provided by the Asthma Society of Ireland, if he will consider reversing these cuts; if he...More Button

Garda Strength

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in view of the fact that the Garda Commissioner has stated that the figure of 13,000 Gardai is the critical low line figure and the assurance of a recruitment campaign commencing in the future, if ...More Button

Legal Aid Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the reason for the delays in granting free legal aid; if he will outline exactly what delays are being incurred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Courts Service Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: in view of the proposals to close court offices in County Kerry and locations around the country, if there has been a cost benefit analysis carried out regarding these closures, that is, the amount...More Button

Foreshore Licences

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide the most definitive/current list available of all foreshore leases/licences in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Beef Industry Irregularities

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on a British rural commission that has recently condemned the slow pace of the investigations into the horse meat scandal here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Agriculture Schemes Penalties

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the reason that over the past number of years inspection penalties suffered by farmers have gone up by 500% and where the increase in penalties have occurred; the causes and the rules and controls ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the position regarding a previous agreement whereby his Department agreed that there would be no retrospective penalties imposed for 2008 and 2009 (details supplied); and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Commonage Division

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the EU policies that have resulted in the de-stocking of many hills over the past number of years which has resulted in areas becoming overgrown (details supplied); and if he will make...More Button

Fodder Crisis

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when then the inter-agency fodder committee will meet again to enable farmers can act early to deal with any shortage of fodder that is expected for this winter and subsequent spring; and if he wil...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the amount of money that has been paid to Co-ops that participated in the importation of fodder scheme to alleviate the hardship that farmers were enduring during the spring and early summer; the f...More Button

Kerry Bog Pony

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on the Kerry Bog Pony, traditionally used for hauling peat from the bogs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if capital expenditure funding will be provided for on-farm investment including targeted agricultural measures, the horticultural grant scheme and maintenance of forestry premium and provision of ...More Button

Farm Household Incomes

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on whether farmers' incomes of less than €15,000 should have no further cuts imposed on them as that money is minimal in itself and no further cuts could be sustained by persons at that l...More Button

Forestry Sector

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: when permission to plant approx 40 acres of forestry will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Suckler Welfare Scheme Extension

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the funding or support mechanisms for the suckler herd and if he is committed to the suckler herd and its continuance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Alcohol Pricing

Asked the Minister for Health: if the Government is considering banning sports sponsorship by alcohol companies and replacing the lost revenue by imposing further special taxes on alcohol or providing Exchequer grants; and if he...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the proposals he has to take action to introduce evidence based measures such as minimum pricing to prevent and reduce alcohol related harm here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Applications

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card renewal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding medical cards in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding medical cards in respect of persons with motor neurone disease (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the refusal of medical cards to certain cohorts (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on whether the Government will honour its commitment to appoint new staff for community mental health services this year; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will ensure that the mental health services in County Kerry do not suffer further cuts to their budget or resources in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding surgery in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: with regard to the €100 emergency department charges, if he will confirm the number of charges not actually paid because they are sent to persons who were initially exempt from the charge in the fi...More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a fair deal nursing home support scheme in respect of a person (dtails supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will put funding in place to ensure that persons will not have to wait an inordinate length of time for orthodontic treatment (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card appeal in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a medical card appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Dental Services Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a dental appointment in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors Working Conditions

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an indication as to when the working time directive with regard to persons working in our health service will be fully implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: further to the protection of young school girls against cervical cancer, if all school girls who needed this vaccine have actually received all three shots over the six month period required; and i...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide Health Service Executive Ambulance Service records (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the ambulance service in Kenmare, County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Practitioner Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding a general practitioner visit card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: when a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be provided with a prosthesis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason the pilot project providing a GP service for persons with no medical cards is only being provided to the Roma community at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24; the amount this service is costin...More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: when the decision was taken to try to reduce the amount of nappies that are being used by persons who have no other choice but to use them, such as disabled children, elderly people and so on (deta...More Button

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of hospital consultant posts that have been advertised in the 12 months since the salaries for new entrant consultants were cut that have actually been filled; and if he will make a stat...More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will clarify if a pharmacist is obliged to legally dispense an item for a patient even if it means the pharmacist will be at a financial loss in doing so (details supplied); and if he will ma...More Button

Vehicle Testing Centres

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the reason there is not a VTN or DOE vehicle testing centre in south Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vehicle Clamping

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his plans to clamp down on private operators clamping vehicles parked on private lands (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Tourism Industry Issues

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide funding to develop a mountain bike centre in County Kerry.More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: when funding will be provided to carry out remedial works at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Haulage Industry Cabotage Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding haulage companies from Germany, Holland, Scotland and Northern Ireland flouting European cabotage legislation which bans foreign hauliers fr...More Button

Cycling Schemes

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if an application has been made to his Department to commence work on the greenway from Glenbeigh to Renard greenway old railway line in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button