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Durkan, Bernard J.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Who is the Deputy suggesting would do it?More Button

Is he suggesting a former Fianna Fáil Minister could do it?More Button

This is a commentary. It is a history lesson. There must be some former Fianna Fáil Minister who can be independent.More Button

It is a pity they did not tell the Deputy sooner.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

On housing matters, having regard-----More Button

I am sure the Pope is delighted with the sentiments expressed by Deputy McGrath and was waiting with bated breath for them. We would all like to join in wishing the Pope well.More Button

In view of the massive housing crisis inherited by the Government from its predecessors, is it intended to introduce the housing Bill any time soon? Will this Bill refer in particular to the ten...More Button

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

Yes. I propose to allow my colleague Deputy Feighan to speak first.More Button

As one of the few people in this House and certainly the only remaining one on this side who has actual personal experience of conviction and serving time in prison I should be a bit of an authorit...More Button

Organised crime is a huge problem. There are victims of organised crime who spend long terms in prison for something in which ordinarily they would never think of becoming involved had they not ...More Button

Serious drug cabals control a huge market throughout the length and breadth of the country. They dictate the pace, the number and type of personnel inducted into their organisations to help them...More Button

Deputy Stanton referred to crime in New York. The former mayor, Rudy Giuliani claimed to be responsible for reducing crime levels in New York. He was responsible for dealing with lower level cr...More Button

We need to do two things, first, tackle serious crime in a meaningful way that will make it clear to all and sundry that this is not the way forward for anyone. Over the past 15 years innocent p...More Button

When offenders have served their time or made retribution in whatever way the courts deemed suitable their case should be re-appraised. In the event that people have shown remorse and agreed to ...More Button

Training and rehabilitation are of huge importance, particularly for first-time offenders. I do not see the benefit of training and education to a person who has spent half his or her life in pr...More Button

Tagging has been tried elsewhere and we should try it. It works sometimes. There will always be people who try to circumvent the system. Modern technology is interesting. It is possible to ke...More Button

It is even possible to detect the activity of those who remove the monitor and hang it on a cat's neck or a dog's paw. As the Minister well knows, in the past with some of these monitors, it was n...More Button

I have spent much time over the years looking at access to training in prisons. If one puts down a parliamentary question inquiring what training courses were offered to an individual serving si...More Button

There has to be recognition by offenders that they must pay for a criminal offence. We all know of instances when the Probation Act has been applied on 30 occasions. How can it be probation if ...More Button

How do we discourage young people from taking the route of crime? Due to the hero worship of and reverence shown to criminal gangs, it is very difficult, especially at times of high unemployment...More Button

This Bill is progressive and could be instrumental in dealing with crime, the levels of prison occupancy, as well as the associated costs to the Exchequer, if its provisions are properly monitore...More Button

Common Foreign and Security Policy

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which he and or his Department interacts with EU and UN colleagues in the context of European Defence and security issues; if his EU colleagues have expressed any preferences in this ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which he has received communication from his EU colleagues in the context of European defence and or security issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Operations

Asked the Minister for Defence: if the EU has indicated any willingness or intention to assume responsibilities for any defence and or society issues including emergencies within member states such as shoreline, sea or air survei...More Button

One-Parent Family Payment Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding 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

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if, in view of medical evidence submitted, she will review the decision to refuse disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement...More Button

State Pension (Contributory)

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when entitlement to old age contributory pension will arise in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in view of the totality of his eligible contributions to date; and if...More Button

Jobseeker's Allowance Applications

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

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications

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

Domiciliary Care Allowance Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the position regarding the determination of eligibility for domiciliary care allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare.More Button

Local Authority Housing Mortgages

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will examine the case of persons making new or joint applications for local authority housing loans currently being refused on the basis of having previously obtained a loan in the context of...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if a review of the file in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal arising from which the original or photocopy of their child's birth certificate appears to have been missing; if...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress made to date in the evaluation of naturalisation application in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; when the procedures will be completed; and if he will make a ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedures to date and that still remain outstanding in the matter of determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedures followed and progress made to date in the determination of entitlement to naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to date and still remaining in the determination of eligibility for residency-naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if an application for naturalisation has been received in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Dublin, only the latter of whose application has been acknowledged; if both applications h...More Button

Asylum Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed to facilitate an application for asylum or refugee status 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 position regarding residency entitlement and-or eligibility for naturalisation in the case 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 residency-entitlement to naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) ion County Kildare; if update of Stamp 4 will issue in the interim; and if he will make a st...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding determination of eligibility of residency-naturalisation arising from the Zambrano judgment in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if the case is likely...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current position, procedure to date followed and issues outstanding, if any, in regard to residency-entitlement to naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24 who has...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the residency status and-or entitlement to naturalisation 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 position regarding residency-entitlement and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Deportation Orders

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will urgently review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow with a view to revoking a deportation order in view of the fact that they were in continuous employment with resu...More Button

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

Police Internships

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if consideration is likely to be given to the training of cadets for other police forces in this jurisdiction; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Overseas Missions

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he has had discussions with his EU colleagues in regard to the issue of future participation in EU led peace keeping or peace enforcing missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he has had discussions at EU or UN level in the context of Irish participation in further or future overseas deployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Training

Asked the Minister for Defence: if the Naval Service has access to modern training facilities in line with other Defence Forces throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which the Air Corps has access to the modern training services and technology available to other such forces throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which the Army can access the full range of training and equipment available to other defence forces throughout Europe; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: the extent to which he is satisfied that the entire Defence Forces continue to have adequate access to full technology and training facilities notwithstanding the budgetary reduction requirements a...More Button

Defence Forces Reserve Training

Asked the Minister for Defence: the degree to which the army reserves continue to have access to available modern training facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Strength

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he is satisfied that he can continue to maintain the current strength of the Army, Navy and Air Corps notwithstanding cost cutting arising from the memorandum of understanding entered into by hi...More Button

Medical Card Applications

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