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Gilmore, Eamon

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Death of Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

I join the Taoiseach in expressing our sadness at the death of our colleague, Nicky McFadden, and our deepest sympathy to her daughter, Caren, and her son, Eoin. We were all shocked when we heard ...More Button

Shannon Airport Facilities

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that US soldiers carry their rifles while on board planes using Shannon Airport; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a US Air Force plane wh...More Button

Was asked: if on the 5 and 6 of September 2013, an AC-130W Hercules turbo-prop aircraft, attached to the United States Air Force 73rd Special Operations Squadron landed at Shannon on the 5 September 2013 and ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 163 together. Under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order 1973, the carriage of weapons through Shannon Airp...More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, the Air Navigation (Foreign Military Aircraft) Order 1952 gives the Minister for Foreign Affairs primary responsibility for the regulation of activity by foreign mili...More Button

As I indicated in this House on 15 October 2013, I am aware that one US military aircraft landed in Shannon Airport in September 2013 armed with a fixed weapon. I am not in a position to provide ...More Button

Was asked: the number of persons he is aware of who have been transited through Shannon Airport in the custody of agents of other governments, and who are being detained in an extrajudicial manner in violatio...More Button

I am not aware of any cases in which a person has been transited through Shannon Airport in the custody of agents of other nations' Governments and who are being detained in an extrajudicial manner...More Button

If evidence exists that Irish airports are being used for any alleged unlawful purpose it should be reported to An Garda Síochána, which would have responsibility for investigating such matters. ...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: the number of external or internal policy reports currently that have been handed to him but not yet published; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he will publish reports currently in his possession that have not been published to date; if he will outline in tabular form the reports involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together.

  My Department is responsible for two Votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation)....More Button

External   Reports commissioned under Vote 27 (International Cooperation)

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Overseas Development Aid Provision

Was asked: the impact of the changes to Ireland's overseas development aid target (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreign Policy

Was asked: if the Government supports a government in Ukraine that has five ministerial posts from the far-right Svoboda Party and that works hard to de-escalate the situation; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Ireland strongly supports the new interim government in Kiev which took up office on 27 February following the dramatic events of the preceding weeks, culminating in the departure of Viktor Yanukov...More Button

The new government is confronted with the most extraordinary challenges as a consequence of the Russian Federation’s flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity leading ...More Button

At his meetings with the EU Heads of State and Government in Brussels, as well as at his appearance before the UN Security Council on 13 March, the Prime Minister has been quite clear that he and...More Button

The EU has welcomed the Ukrainian government’s commitment to ensuring the representative nature and inclusiveness of governmental structures, reflecting regional diversity. We also welcome the g...More Button

Freedom of Information Requests

Was asked: the reason no FOI requests received by his Department since 2013 have been published on the request database on his Department’s website; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason there are no FOI section 15 and section 16 manuals published on his Department’s website; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Question Nos. 168 and 169 together. More Button

My Department has been at the forefront of publishing FOI requests and decisions, having provided this information on its website since 2004. This initiative was temporarily suspended in 2013 whi...More Button

Departmental Meetings

Was asked: the number of times his Department received requests by Philanthropy Ireland to meet in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the number of times his Department met with Philanthropy Ireland in those years; and if ...More Button

My Department has had no requests from Philanthropy Ireland to meet in 2011, 2012, 2013. Since 2011, along with a number of other Government Departments, my Department has been represented on the ...More Button

Official Engagements

Was asked: in the context of the ongoing crisis if a representative was sent to Moscow for St. Patrick's Day.More Button

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Alex White T.D., represented the Government at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Moscow from 14-18 March. Minister White participated in the ve...More Button

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was discussed with the Minister in his meetings with Irish community and business representatives who expressed their concern about the deteriorating situation and t...More Button

During the visit, Minister White met the Deputy Minister responsible for Primary Healthcare and also with the Deputy Director of for the Russian Drugs Control Agency to discuss matters directly r...More Button

The Minister had a very useful and extensive meeting on 17 March with representatives of Amnesty International, the International Crisis Group and the Russian LGBT Sport Federation on issues of m...More Button

For my part, I have spoken out about this issue and have also raised my serious concerns over Russia’s LGBTI-related legislation directly with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Minister White con...More Button

Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the number of civil servants engaged in constituency work on his behalf; and the salaries, accommodation costs and expenses involved or associated with these duties.More Button

The staffing and salaries information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.

 

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Emigrant Support Services

Was asked: the initiatives his Department is taking to try and better inform Irish citizens who emigrate to popular destinations about the realities of the employment market, cost of living, accommodation and...More Button

Whilst this Government is committed to implementing policies that will in the future ensure that no Irish citizen has to emigrate because of economic necessity, we continue to support organisations...More Button

The programme provides extensive funding to organisations acting as first port of call for new emigrants in traditional emigration centres such as Britain and the U.S.A. In addition to these tra...More Button

Irish based organisations that offer pre-departure services to Irish citizens considering emigration, such as the Crosscare Migrant Project, also receive ESP funding. Crosscare provides training...More Button

A substantial portion of ESP funding is provided to a number of organisations primarily focussed on tackling the problem of homelessness. These include, in the London area, the Cricklewood Homel...More Button

Passport Services

Was asked: if he will consider the possible ways of putting in place a reminder system for persons whose passports are about to expire; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

A passport reminder service is available on the Passport Service website. This reminder service sends an e-mail, to those who have registered, three months before a passport is due to expire. Reg...More Button

Programme for Government Implementation

Was asked: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

I refer the Deputy to the recently published Annual Report on the Programme for Government which sets out the progress over the last 12 months of an extensive number of the Department’s commitments...More Button

In terms of the crucial priority of economic recovery, we have achieved very significant progress in restoring Ireland’s international reputation through a renewed emphasis on economic diplomacy. ...More Button

We also committed to implement the recommendations in the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment Strategy and to actively develop cultural and diplomatic links with emerging markets. My Departm...More Button

In relation to Northern Ireland, we continue to work intensively with the parties in the Executive and with the British Government in support of an early agreement in the context of the ongoing p...More Button

Ministers North and South agreed, at the North South Ministerial Council’s Plenary meeting in November 2013 in the context of the St Andrews Agreement Review, to focus on new priorities for pract...More Button

Despite the very severe economic and budgetary situation we have faced, the Government has clearly demonstrated its determination since coming into office to maintain and stabilise the budget for...More Button

EU Meetings

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the recent meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council; the issues discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the proposals he put forward at the recent EU Foreign Affairs Council in relation to the serious difficulties in Ukraine; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 177 and 178 together.

  My colleague the Minister of State for European Affairs, Mr Paschal Donohue T.D., attended the most recent Foreign Affai...More Button

Ministerial Dialogue

Was asked: if he has discussed with the United States authorities the appointment of an ambassador; the likely timescale for such an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney completed his Mission as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ireland on 14 December 2012. Pending the nomination of his succe...More Button

Humanitarian Aid

Was asked: the total humanitarian aid provided to date for Syria and that region; the level of financial assistance being provided for 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the failure of the international community to provide adequate humanitarian aid to Syria and that region was discussed at the recent EU Foreign Affairs Council; the commitments made by the inter...More Button

Was asked: the total humanitarian aid provided to date for the Philippines following the typhoon; the level of financial assistance being provided for 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button


 

 

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