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Durkan, Bernard J.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

His party is the cause of it.More Button

They caused that.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I told the Deputy that five or six years ago.More Button

Overseas Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which further deployment of Irish troops at various locations overseas is anticipated or has been requested; when he expects current deployments to end and or new assignments to comme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the total number of members of the Defence Forces that have served overseas over the years; the extent to which such service is planned for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which the Exchequer has been reimbursed by the United Nations or other bodies for overseas peacekeeping missions authorised by the EU or UN to date; if any outstanding payments remain...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak on the Bill. There was a time when one would have had ample time in this House to speak on every Bill, but unfortunately times have changed. Every p...More Button

When I see the crocodile tears being shed by the Fianna Fáil Members opposite I almost cry, because it proves just one thing - they do not live in the real world. Having done almost irreparable ...More Button

I marvel at the fact that the unfortunate Minister has managed to do the job she did in the circumstances, having been told to cut €500 million by the troika on foot of an agreement entered into,...More Button

Out of all the hypocrisy I have seen in this House, what really takes me to the fair - having regard to what happened during the past 15 years, knowing what this Government had to take over a lit...More Button

It is appalling for any Government to find it has to cut expenditure and increase taxes at the same time across a series of Departments to meet the budgetary requirements to which the outgoing Go...More Button

I compliment the Government and particularly the Minister for Social Protection for doing the job that was done in the most extraordinarily difficult circumstances that have faced any Minister fo...More Button

Defence Forces Reorganisation

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he is satisfied that he continues to have adequate resources at his disposal to maintain the highest possible level of activity in the Defence Forces with particular reference to the need to ens...More Button

Defence Forces Strength

Asked the Minister for Defence: the number of positions in the Defence Forces or ranks approved, waiting to be filled or vacant at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the total strength of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps by gender and rank at present; the extent to which the numbers have fluctuated in each of the past five years to date; and if he will mak...More Button

Defence Forces Equipment

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which the resources accruing from the closure of various military installations over the years has transferred directly to updating and upgrading the quality and standard of equipment...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the number of military installations closed or decommissioned since 1988; the extent to which funds accruing therefrom have been retained for the development of facilities for the Defence Forces; t...More Button

Air Corps Training

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which the standard and levels of training normally required continue to be made available to the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Naval Service Vessels

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he is satisfied regarding the degree to which funding remains available to the navy with particular reference to the upgrading of equipment, training and the use of modern technology; and if he ...More Button

Army Training Programme

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he is satisfied, notwithstanding the economic exigencies within which he must operate, that sufficient resources remain available for training, updating and upgrading of equipment and technology...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if sufficient resources remain available to ensure training and upgrading of the Army Reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button