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Deenihan, Jimmy

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 4


National Development Finance Agency Bill, 2002: Second Stage (Resumed).

The purpose of the Bill is to establish a national development finance agency to assist in providing cost effective finance for priority infrastructure projects as an alternative to up-front Excheq...More Button

When the agency was proposed by Fianna Fáil with much hype during the general election campaign a commentator in The Irish Times described it as a piece of fancy footwork by the Minis...More Button

The problem addressed by the Bill is that of project finance when the real problem is project management. This is evident in the huge over-runs with ongoing projects, be they roads, hospitals or sc...More Button

Section 5 provides that the proposed agency may form special purpose companies or SPCs. This system is used by county councils. I am a member of one. They are not working well at county council lev...More Button

SPCs will be able to borrow money for special projects, which will create another layer of bureaucracy How will it relate to the main agency? The National Treasury Management Agency could have esta...More Button

Despite the criticism of the proposed agency, I hope it will encourage public private partnerships and that these will become more fashionable in the funding of health, education and roads projects...More Button

PPPs were first introduced three years ago and there are about 11 projects, most of which are for road building. Other types of projects are mostly pilot projects. The philosophy of PPPs has not ye...More Button

A number of Deputies referred to their own constituencies when speaking on this Bill. We have heard some fine contributions from both sides of the House including the contribution from the Minister...More Button

Two years ago Fine Gael employed consultants to draw up a party national spatial strategy. One of the growth centres identified as being suitable for future city status was Tralee. It is the ninth ...More Button

Kerry County Council subsequently made a presentation to the Government suggesting that Tralee and Killarney should be included in the national spatial strategy as a linked gateway. When the strate...More Button

If one reads the literature accompanying the national spatial strategy it is obvious that the first priority will be the gateways outside Dublin, the main five being Cork, Limerick, Shannon, Gal wa...More Button

When the Taoiseach launched the strategy he said that all other Government policies must and will be consistent with the national spatial strategy whether in transport, health, education or housing...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Cullen, stated that the national spatial strategy will inform and direct anyone making decisions regarding planning matters or spatial policy over the next 20 years. It will ou...More Button

I come from the heart of north Kerry. It has no rail link and no national primary road. It was once a prosperous agricultural area. We have been marginalised and ignored. The only time I remember s...More Button

The Government rejected the idea of a gateway between Tralee and Killarney and decided on a hub. I was amazed that it did not put a linked hub in place between Killarney, Tralee and Listowel which ...More Button

Written Answers. - Milk Quota.

Asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food: if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry received under distribution of milk quota under the Agenda 2000 proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Farm Retirement Scheme.

Asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food: if the issue of the regulations regarding the enlargement land for the early retirement farm scheme has been resolved with the EU Commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Doctors.

Asked the Minister for Health and Children: when a cardiologist will be appointed at Tralee General Hospital, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the Minister for Health and Children: when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be called for a knee operation to a doctor (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Road Network.

Asked the Minister for Transport: if he intends to review the Roads Act, 1993 (Declaration of National Roads Order), 1994, with a view to upgrading national secondary roads of strategic importance; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Applications.

Asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform: if the issuing of a holiday visa will be expedited to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs: if she will extend the living alone allowance to people who are in receipt of a British pension but who are living permanently here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button