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Durkan, Bernard J.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Continued)

I am glad to have an opportunity to speak to this important legislation which levels the ground somewhat in particular sectors in the employment market and labour force. It goes without saying tha...More Button

We all remember in the days gone by when one could get what was termed an "after a bank holiday" car. It was well-known in the motor manufacturing business. It was a clear indication th...More Button

Any interruption in the continuity of payments creates a serious problem for the employee, particularly where that employee has a family. We all deal with people in our clinics on a weekly basis w...More Button

I wish to emphasise a point. Landlords get a bad name. Some of them deserve it. Others are decent landlords who give a good service and treat their tenants like family. I pay tribute to that ...More Button

The Leas-Cheann Comhairle will be glad to know that I will finish soon.More Button

I welcome this legislation. It does a good job of addressing the issues that have presented. They have been debated many times in the House, and rightly so. The Bill addresses a social imbalance...More Button

As a result of this Bill, I expect to see in the workplace a recognition by both sides of the other's predicament. The employer should also recognise that this is good, constructive and progress...More Button

It could well be old age, but I was not expecting it to come on in such a quick onslaught.More Button

I hope that the legislation works well. I have hopes for the onward thrust of business and employment and the good relations between the employer and the employee that have become a hallmark. Emp...More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 10.15 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 15 February 2018.More Button

National Broadband Plan Implementation

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which he has achieved progress and understanding to advance the programme to deliver broadband (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the steps he plans to take to expedite the provision of broadband in all areas throughout the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Climate Change Policy

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the three most important actions he plans to take to address the issue of climate change and carbon reduction including development of the alternative energy sector and incentivising the transport ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which various Government interventions to offset the onslaught of climate change are in hand or proposed, such as drainage, flood relief or other such actions; and if he will make a s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the full extent of the action taken or proposed to address the impact of climate change here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Flood Risk Management

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to deal with issues arising based on scientific evidence available on the full extent of climate change alleviation projects needed to address the issues of flooding throughout the countr...More Button

Broadband Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the reason fibre optic broadband is not being provided to a person (details supplied) in view of the fact the cable is being laid a mere 0.1 km from the person's house; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: when attempts were made by way of investment in the telecommunications sector to provide modern high-speed broadband throughout the country; the locations in which specific investment took place; i...More Button

Alternative Energy Projects

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his plans to address the most serious issues to be addressed in the shortest possible time in order to combat climate change; the extent to which alternative energy proposals feature in this equati...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which he envisages an ability to achieve the targets in the alternative energy sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which his Department continues to plan to utilise existing natural resources and invest for the future in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the most sensitive environmental issues facing Ireland with economic implications; his plans to address these issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Telecommunications Infrastructure

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the degree to which comparisons have been made between the quality of mobile telephony here and that available in other EU countries in view of the fact it appears that reliable satisfactory servic...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his plans to hold a major communications conference involving all the stakeholders whereby some degree of unanimity might be arrived at and agreement reached on the necessary upgrading of large seg...More Button

Waste Management

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which waste reduction and management can be improved to make a more serious contribution to preventing threats to the environment with particular reference to the need to reduce the u...More Button

Environmental Policy

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the extent to which efforts continue to be made to reduce the use of plastic with particular reference to banning certain products and activities to protect the seas and marine life; and if he will...More Button

Air Quality

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the degree to which a deterioration in air quality has been detected; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Exceptional Needs Payment Appeals

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if eligibility for an exceptional needs payment in the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if eligibility for an exceptional needs payment in the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

State Pension (Contributory) Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if in the determination of an application for a State pension by a person (details supplied) their entire working life was accounted for; if the application can be reviewed in view of these issues;...More Button

Exceptional Needs Payment Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if consideration will be given to an application for an exceptional needs payment in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Widow's Pension Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if consideration will be given to an application for a widower's pension in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button