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Durkan, Bernard J.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Having had the pleasure of serving alongside the late Paddy Power for a long time on Kildare County Council and in this House, I came to respect him as a great public representative and a decent an...More Button

Paddy Power was a politician whose sole purpose in life was to work on behalf the people. He respectfully listened to their views, came to a conclusion and represented them in the way he thought...More Button

Paddy Power was a great race goer, fiercely loyal GAA supporter and lover of all sport. He was also a great raconteur who told great stories, even against himself. He famously told one about a ...More Button

Paddy Power was a great headline for the rest of us in the sense that he worked hard. He was not a great man for soundbites or public relations; one saw what one got. He worked extremely hard, ...More Button

He gave new meaning to the word "soundbite". If he did not like the sound of the questioner, you got the answer quickly and it was more of a bite, but his bark was always worse than his bite. I w...More Button

I am delighted to see Kitty and the family here. Kitty is a decent, honest woman who was recognised as the power behind the throne. Along with him, she reared a fine family of which they both w...More Button

I could not finish without making this one point. When we were younger, we used to try to rev his engine at local authority meetings. There was the giveaway signal, when he was beginning to res...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

To what degree has the children's hospital development board Bill been advanced? Have the heads been improved on and when is it expected the Bill might be brought before the House in preparation f...More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2013: Order for Second Stage

I have given the Deputy some latitude but I do not intend to continue in that vein.More Button

The Deputy has that right.More Button

Is it agreed that Second Stage be taken now?More Button

As the Opposition has conceded, we will proceed to Second Stage.More Button

We will not go that far. Perhaps "vanquished" would be a better word to describe it.More Button

EU Membership

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the EU member states collectively or individually have evaluated the economic, social and political effects of the possibility of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union; t...More Button

Humanitarian Aid

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which it has been found possible unilaterally and through the aegis of the EU to co-ordinate a comprehensive aid programme for the Philippines in the wake of the recent natural disast...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the global community has put in place pre-arranged plans to assist in the event of major natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippines; if through the aegis of the EU...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the degree to which international aid has been made available to the disaster struck areas in the Philippines; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which he in conjunction with his EU and UN colleagues has succeeded in focusing attention on the situation in the Philippines in the aftermath of the recent disaster with a view to en...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the ongoing efforts of the EU and UN in regard to offering practical support and aid to the war victims in Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Undocumented Irish in the USA

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the progress towards addressing the issue of the undocumented Irish in the United States with particular reference to the progress of the relevant immigration legislation; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Middle East Peace Process

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the Middle East peace process is proceeding in satisfactory fashion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Overseas Development Aid Provision

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the international community continues to monitor and assist the various locations throughout Africa which continue to suffer from human rights abuse, war, famine and genocide; a...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the steps that have been taken to ensure that international aid reaches those for whom it was intended throughout the African continent with particular reference to countries in respect of which di...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the countries worldwide now deemed to be the top ten world’s poorest countries; the extent to which the international community continues to engage in a co-ordinated effort to address the situation...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which Irish aid workers continue to be allowed to engage in their work without interference at local level throughout the African continent; and if he will make a statement on the mat...More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the peace process in Colombia remains on track; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the international community has been able to positively influence or assist the democratisation of Egypt; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the situation in Sudan continues to be monitored by the UN and the EU; the extent to which efforts to bring about an improvement in the area in respect of human rights and other...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the use of child soldiers throughout various conflict areas worldwide continues to be monitored by the international community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

EU Enlargement

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the issue of European Union enlargement remains active; the degree to which the various negotiations are proceeding satisfactorily; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the European Union remains committed to and is actively progressing enlargement negotiations with the various countries in the western Balkans; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

Middle East Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the international community has established visiting rights in respect of prisoners held by the various protagonists in the Middle East with particular reference to the need to ...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the international community continues to monitor and encourage the administration in Iran towards democratisation; the extent to which events to date show hopeful signs of progr...More Button

Human Rights Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which he continues to use his influence at EU and UN level with a view to ensuring that women and girls under various regimes worldwide not known for their observance of women’s human...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the extent to which the international community continues to engage with Yulia Tymoshenko in the context of the need for observation of her entitlement to basic human rights; and if he will make a ...More Button

Tax Reliefs Availability

Asked the Minister for Finance: the extent to which income tax relief is now available in respect of college fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Appeals

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the progress to date in determination of an appeal for a higher education grant in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

FÁS Training Programmes Provision

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when a place on the Naas technology project FÁS course will be offered in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child Benefit Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason child benefit has ceased 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 Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason rent allowance has been withdrawn in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if it can be reinstated as a matter of urgency; and if she will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Mortgage Interest Supplement Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if and when mortgage interest relief will be paid in the case of a person (details aupplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Subsidiary Protection Applications

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

Residency Permits

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed to renew a Garda National Immigration Bureau card 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 options available to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who wishes to renew their Stamp 4 status but is unable to afford the associated fee; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Naturalisation Applications

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

Visa Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress to date regarding an application for a visa in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the level of home help that will 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

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

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if and when an appointment for an occupational therapist will be organised 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 occupational therapy will be offered in the case of the child of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare who has been waiting for three years and has been recognised as a priority;...More Button

Medical Card Applications

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