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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Leaders’ Questions

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They will be still wondering after the vote.More Button

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Order of Business

I have questions on two promised Bills, the first of which is the landlord and tenant Bill, which is to reform and consolidate the general law on landlords and tenants and which is expected in 2013...More Button

Is the Taoiseach referring to the first Bill to which I referred?More Button

What about the protected disclosure in the public interest Bill?More Button

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

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European Arrest Warrant (Application to Third Countries and Amendment) and Extradition (Amendment) Bill 2011: Second Stage

I wish to share time with Deputies Connaughton and Heather Humphreys. I thank my colleagues for allowing me to go first, as I have to travel some distance to a meeting. In fact, I should be on th...More Button

I welcome the Bill to the House. Like other speakers, I am concerned about ensuring that civil human rights are recognised and accorded in all situations appertaining to the execution of warrants,...More Button

An issue I have raised on numerous occasions in the House in recent years is that of organised crime and international criminal gangs. They are growing in stature and importance to such an extent ...More Button

I do not need to illustrate the kinds of problems we have had in this jurisdiction in the past 20 years in regard to the illegal drugs trade and serious crime in general. While it is all very fine...More Button

The Bill contains references to remanding in custody. I presume that, in these cases, the prisoner is always remanded in custody. The bail laws in this country are being flouted left, right and c...More Button

There has been a degeneration of respect for law and authority. Criminals before the courts regularly give two fingers to the cameras and show contempt and disdain for everything for which the Sta...More Button

Since I first became a Member of this House, there have been quite considerable grounds for individuals, including those who might look forward to a life of crime, concluding that crime pays after ...More Button

The Bill repeals certain aspects of the 2003 Act, thus illustrating how quickly legislation can become dated. Some Acts are more than 100 years old while others are found to be deficient in the sp...More Button

The Bill states:More Button

I can well understand this provision. It prevents the State from abusing the system technically in order to achieve a particular result. I have no difficulty with that.More Button

Section 14 states:More Button

I presume this implies the Minister must have regard to medical opinion. My comments are not at all a reflection on the present Minister or any other. In the future, a Minister might, at a whim, ...More Button

This is the kind of legislation about which one could talk for much longer than five or ten minutes. I am sure my colleagues are saying the same thing and hope I will sit down soon.More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which she has access to the necessary resources to develop a comprehensive range of youth support services in line with any deliberations she has had with existing service providers i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which she has quantified and costed the full range of children and youth services and supports she envisages for her Department for current and future years; the extent to which her p...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which priorities in respect of children and youth support services have been identified by her Department; the extent to which this compares with such services in other jurisdictions;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she is satisfied regarding the adequacy, strength and range of child and youth support services available at present; the extent of any weaknesses in the system; and if she will make a statement...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which she has secured adequate resources, including legislative and administrative provision, in regard to the achievement of her priorities for her Department; and if she will make a...More Button

Written Answers - Disability Allowance

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

Written Answers - Rent Supplement Scheme

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

Written Answers - Invalidity Pension

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a review will take place of the decision to disallow an application for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this representation will be accepted a...More Button

Written Answers - Prisoner Releases

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of applications for special family-event day compassionate release currently on hand; the number of such applications likely to be approved; if such release is restricted to a particular...More Button

Written Answers - Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedures to be followed for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Circus Animals

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide details of animals by species, imported into Ireland for use in circuses here in each of the past three years; their countries of origin; from whom they were acquired; the powers...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which she has available to her Department the necessary resources to identify and protect children at risk; the extent of the positive effect of her office in respect of such children...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the extent to which she is satisfied regarding the adequacy of legislation, support and alert services to prevent all forms of child abuse including sexual abuse; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the progress to date in 2012 in addressing issues arising from unemployment, educational dropout, social and economic deprivation and exclusion with particular reference to the need to put in place...More Button

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Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if adequate counselling services are available for children and teenagers with particular reference to those deemed to be at high risk; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Protection

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of children currently deemed to be at risk arising from homelessness, family disputes, addiction or other causes; if she is satisfied regarding the adequacy of resources available to her...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the steps she has taken and continues to take to ensure the protection of children from sex offenders; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Children in Care

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the total number of children in care in each of the past three years to date in 2012; the extent and nature of support available; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Child Abuse

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of reports of child abuse including child sexual abuse brought to the attention of her Department or its predecessor with responsibility in the area in each of the past four years to dat...More Button

Written Answers - Mental Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he is satisfied regarding the adequacy of child psychological services; his plans for the future in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

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