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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Discussions with European Leaders (Continued)

Nobody can beat your good self.More Button

Deputy Martin would know all about the answers. Was he not there to meet the troika?More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Will the companies Bill be dealt with in the current session and will it pass all Stages before the end of the session? I have particular regard to the concerns expressed about non-observance of c...More Button

Is there a possibility it will pass all Stages before the end of this session?More Button

The Deputy should not be so pessimistic about that.More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the extent to which he will engage with the various local authorities now facing the possibility of cuts in services arising from the ongoing economic situation; if he will provide the local author...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if it is intended to give any particular financial recognition by way of incentives to local authorities with a better than average record in terms of budgetary control; and if he will make a state...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if he will indicate those local authorities now faced with the most serious level of budgetary cutbacks; the extent to which the cause or causes have been identified; the measures available or like...More Button

Local Authority Charges Application

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the extent, if any, to which agreement has been reached or arrangements put in place to set the levels and methodology for collection of the household charges which arise as a consequence of the me...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the extent to which it is intended that local household or other service charges will go directly towards the provision of services currently or previously provided by local authorities or likely t...More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: when a new passport will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Disabled Drivers Grant Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will review the decision to refuse a primary medical certificate in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a student grant is payable in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans to open a school (details supplied) in County Kildare in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will qualify for the higher education grant despite being found ineligible under Article 15(7)(c)(i) of the student grant scheme legislation as they...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the options available to persons (details supplied) in County Kildare to obtain student finance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that due to the refusal by her Department to provide rent support in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare they cannot have visits fr...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when rent supplement will issue in view of the contradictory reply to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 5 July 2012 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she wil...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason it has been deemed that a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is being over-accommodated with respect to their rent supplement payment; if she will review the decision to cease t...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when an application for carer's allowance will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when payment of an application for carer's allowance will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when an application for carer's allowance will be decided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Invalidity Pension Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a review of the refusal of an application for invalidity pension will take place in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason payment under the invalidity pension scheme ceased in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Invalidity Pension Appeals

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

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will review the decision to refuse invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a late appeal will be accepted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when a decision will be made in respect of an appeal for invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

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

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: when invalidity pension will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will facilitate an oral hearing in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the mat...More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when payment will issue in respect of an application for one-parent family payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if an interim payment will be made on an application for one-parent family allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if an application for one-parent family allowance will be reopened in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will review to decision and/or restore one parent family payment which has been withdrawn on the basis of alleged cohabiting with their partner in the case of a person (details supplied) in ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when one-parent family payment will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Carer's Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if half rate for carers allowance will be applied in respect of arrears in regard to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the correct rate of carer’s allowance due in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if he will outline the amount of arrears due since 20 October 2011; if all such arrears have been ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 may be considered a dependant on their spouse's carer’s allowance payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when an appeal for a higher rate of rent support will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: to indicate if and when an application for rent allowance will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the correct level of rent support in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when child dependant allowance will be paid in respect of a jobseeker's allowance payment to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Disability Allowance Applications

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

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

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

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the amount of supplementary welfare payable in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when basic supplementary welfare allowance will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 whose job seeker's allowance claim was terminated; and if she will make a statem...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Applications

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

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

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: her future plans, if any, to improve the efficiency and efficacy of the rent supplement scheme, bearing in mind the struggles that both landlords and tenants face, particularly tenants who have mor...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Applications

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

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

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare is eligible for jobseeker's allowance in view of their availability to work; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will examine the refusal of an appeal for supplementary welfare in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when an appeal for carer's allowance will be decided in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when carer's allowance will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 342 of 17 July 2012, if she will indicate the number of contributions paid by a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement o...More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason rent allowance has not been paid for the past seven months in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when payment in respect of an application for rent supplement will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if the rent supplement payment of €790 for Leixlip, County Kildare, is correct in view of the increased competition within the rental market in north Kildare; her views on whether such a level of r...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the options available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has been informed by her Department that their landlord must reduce their rent again from €800 to €725; her views on wheth...More Button

Social Welfare Benefits Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when a basic social welfare payment will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Benefit Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when payment will issue in respect of an appeal for jobseeker's allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when it is likely that disability allowance will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disability Allowance Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current level of payment of disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current entitlement to back to school allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when jobseeker's allowance will be paid in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will review the impact of the sharp reduction in the rent support in areas in which local demand for rent accommodation is high and local authority housing application waiting lists are exce...More Button

Pyrite Remediation Programme

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if, arising from the report of the Pyrite Panel, he intends to proceed with a particular plan to mutualise or share the responsibility for pyrite damage between the various bodies including the ins...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the extent to which progress is being made to address the on-going issue of pyrite; if the full extent of the problem is being identified, quantified or costed; if he has studied the points raised ...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if he will consider a major update in housing policy with particular reference to the need to provide an adequate supply of affordable housing through the capital programme or a suitable equivalent...More Button

Local Authority Housing Mortgages

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: if he will identify and provide for a reorganisation of the shared ownership loan system which is currently penalising holders of such mortgages in a most unfair fashion whereby the rent being char...More Button

Voluntary Housing Sector

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: when it is expected to bring the structures appertaining to the operation of voluntary housing associations into line with the operational rules operated by local authorities with particular refere...More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: when it is expected that a local authority house building programme can be put in place in view of the vast number of applicants currently on local authority housing lists; the extent to which thes...More Button

Fire Service Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the extent to which the future development of the fire services operated by the local authorities continues to be examined with particular reference to the increasing need to ensure adequate streng...More Button

Water Quality Issues

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the position regarding the upgrading, improvement and development of the quality and quantity of domestic drinking water in all areas throughout the country with particular reference to the need to...More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment; Community and Local Government: the extent to which he has received submissions from the local authorities in County Kildare in respect of their prioritised requirements in respect of group water schemes, group sewerage schemes o...More Button

Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for residency in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the basis on which it was alleged that a person (details supplied) in County Dublin did not meet the residency condition on the grounds that they were not one full year permanently in this State wh...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: further to Parliamentary Question No. 167 of 24 June 2010, and further to the awarding of citizenship to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, if their 13 year old child can join them or a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review the application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who made their application in 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Deportation Orders Data

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for stamp 4 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the determination of residency in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review the decision to deport a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review a deportation order issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asylum Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for residency status in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the residency status in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding residency status in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected position with regards to residency status in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected position in relation to residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress made to date in determination of an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an entitlement to stamp 4 in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current position and progress made to date in the determination of eligibility for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if, based on residency status, a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1 is eligible for naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if, based on residency status, a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is eligible for naturalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and or-expected status and entitlement thereto in respect of naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding residency or naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Cork and their spouse and family who have been here for the past five years; and if he will ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the extent to which the application for naturalisation has been processed to date in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Residency Permits

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current or expected status in relation to an application for residency in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding an application for residency in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 is entitled to stamp 4; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: at what point are motoring offences disregarded with respect to applications for residency status; if he will outline if motoring offences are disregarded after a certain amount of time or always t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if and when residency status can be determined in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current position regarding residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current position and-or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16; the further procedures required to regularise the position in respect of their four ch...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected position regarding residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current or expected position with regard to residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if stamp 4 will be updated in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if stamp 2 visa will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed in the case of a person (details supplied) and their children to regularise their residency, update their stamp 4 and prepare to apply for naturalisation in view of the...More Button

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if an extension to a visa will be granted while awaiting decision on a stamp 2 visa in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress made to date made in respect of updating stamp 4 in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asylum Seeker Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if a person (details supplied) in County Waterford could be transferred to accommodation near Drogheda, County Louth where they attend school.More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if her attention has been drawn to the expected loss of services provided by Lifestart in west Kildare and Offaly affecting hundreds of families; if she directly or through the Health Service Execu...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason transport services to the north Kildare psychiatric services has been cut; if he has any plans to reintroduce such a service, which is vital to the local community, in the near future; a...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if any assistance can be given in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if any weaknesses in the child and adolescent mental health services have been identified over recent years; the extent to which new demands are not being met on time; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Medical Card Applications

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

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

Asked the Minister for Health: if and when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if and when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Procedures

Asked the Minister for Health: if and when an appointment for a much required hip operation will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 232 of 12 July 2012 when the full home care package will be granted in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the currently available beds and facilities at St Brigid’s Nursing Home, Crooksling, County Dublin, are to be replaced by similar community based facilities at the new unit in I...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he is satisfied that the community based and supported services at Crooksling Nursing Home, County Dublin, will continue in the future; if he will ensure that the patients who have traditionally...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if he is satisfied that he has succeeded in ensuring that persons with disabilities can be assured of the availability of personal assistance in the future, having particular regard to the recent a...More Button

National Children's Hospital Location

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the future location of the children's hospital remains to be decided; if the concerns of the general public and the recommendations of the various stakeholders are being adequat...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the possible curtailment of the ambulance services throughout County Kildare arising from the need for budgetary constraints; if he is aware of a reduction in the...More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which he can give his assurance that the full scale of services at Naas hospital, County Kildare, will continue to be provided at the maximum, that use and efficiency of theatres and ...More Button

Taxi Regulations

Asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of taxi drivers/owners arising from the proposed charges affecting the sector; his plans to alleviate concerns that taxi drivers/owners have in regar...More Button