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Harney, Mary

Tuesday, 26 November 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 Nbr. 1


Order of Business.

I announced it four years ago.More Button

Written Answers. - Company Closures.

Was asked: if the Government gave an undertaking to worker representatives at IFI following a meeting at Cork Airport recently, that interim ex gratia payments would be made to the workers who lost their jobs...More Button

Was asked: the reason former employees at IFI are being asked to sign an application form which includes a sentence (details supplied) and other waivers despite the assurance given in Dáil Éirea...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 169 together.More Button

It would appear that there is considerable misunderstanding on the part of the IFI workers concerning the nature and extent of the waiver which they are being asked to sign in order to obtain payme...More Button

Any workers for whom the current payment is expected to constitute their full entitlements from the fund may be asked to sign the current form of the waiver but will be entitled to substitute any r...More Button

Was asked: if she has been requested to meet with former workers at IFI; when such meetings have occurred or will occur; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I can confirm that in response to a request from representatives of the IFI workers, representatives of ICI, the other shareholder, and I met with representatives of the IFI workers on Friday last,...More Button

Question No. 169 answered with Question No. 159.More Button

Was asked: if she will make a statement on the contents of a letter (details supplied) in relation to IFI.More Button

I share the workers' disappointment that, despite the efforts of all those involved, it was not possible to find a solution to the severe financial difficulties at IFI. Regretfully, IFI made signif...More Button

The shareholders, while there is no legal obligation to do so, have established a special ex gratia severance fund with almost €24.5 million for the workers. This ex gratia fund ...More Button

As part of these arrangements, the shareholders have also provided funds to the trustee which enable him to make interim payments of €5,000 or three months pay if lower to each worker who has ...More Button

However, it would appear that there is considerable misunderstanding on the part of the IFI workers concerning the nature and extent of the waiver which they are being asked to sign in order to obt...More Button

Pensions issues are very complicated and I am concerned that there appears to be a lot of incomplete and, sometimes, conflicting information circulating at present in relation to the position of th...More Button

Notwithstanding this position, it is understood that the pensions funds face potential difficulties mainly from the impact of adverse stock market movements on the investments made by the fund. The...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 162 of 5 November 2002, if her attention has been drawn to the fact that under planning register reference number 1523/74 of Cork County Council, the then owne...More Button

I am advised that the then owner of the Marino Point site, Nitrigin Éireann Teoranta, NET, furnished a bond to Cork County Council dated 7 February 1977 in connection with the planning permi...More Button

In the circumstances, it would appear that responsibility for the compliance with the planning permission granted, including the bond required under condition 34, rests with IFI. Thus, as I advise...More Button

Written Answers. - National Minimum Wage.

Was asked: the arrangements made in sheltered employment settings regarding the rate of hourly payment; if the provisions of minimum wage apply in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department, through FÁS, currently provides wage supports to seven enterprises which employ people with disabilities in sheltered settings. Arrangements regarding the hourly rate of pay f...More Button

Written Answers. - FÁS Training Programmes.

Was asked: the reason a widower is not entitled to qualify for the jobs initiative scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the consequences, in detailed format, of the reduction in the financial allocation for 2003 in respect of FÁS training and integration supports and the FÁS employment programme; and i...More Button

Written Answers. - Insurance Costs.

Was asked: her proposals to assist an organisation (details supplied) in County Waterford in regard to enormous leaps in insurance premiums; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On 25 October 2002, I announced my programme for fundamental insurance reform. The programme reflects the commitments given in An Agreed Programme for Government and comprises a comprehensive set o...More Button

The key measures include: establishment of a ministerial committee, chaired by myself, to oversee implementation of the reform programme, including the 67 recommendations in the motor insurance ad...More Button

While EU law precludes the imposition of price controls on insurance, I have made it clear that I expect a quid pro quo from the industry in response to my reform programme.More Button

Was asked: the insurance policies which she will be tracking in order to monitor the proposed reductions in insurance costs through her action plan.More Button

The Government has approved my proposal that a monitoring committee be established now, which includes representatives of IBEC, the Consumers' Association of Ireland and the chairperson of the MIAB...More Button

Was asked: the elements which make up the expected 31% reduction in insurance premia from her action plan.More Button

The estimate of the cumulative impact on total claims costs of the implementation of the action plan to give effect to the 67 recommendations of the motor insurance advisory board report was provid...More Button

Was asked: her plans for comparative information to be made available in each state of the EU in respect of all insurance policies in terms of cover and premiums; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I have no plans for comparative information to be made available in each state of the EU in respect of all insurance policies in terms of cover and premiums.More Button

Written Answers. - Community Employment Schemes.

Was asked: the plans in place to ensure the protection of community employment scheme jobs for the disabled; the plans in place to protect community employment schemes which support disability services; if it...More Button

Written Answers. - Work Permits.

Was asked: if an application for two work permits (details supplied) will be expedited and if, in view of the importance of the skills of the two people involved to the business, the permits will be granted w...More Button

Additional infor mation has been sought from the employer in relation to the two applications for work permits specified. Once this information is received further consideration can be given to the...More Button

Was asked: if her Department will take steps to revise the conditions that apply to holders of work permits who are currently unable to change jobs or to apply for a new job without the permission of their em...More Button

Was asked: if she will introduce changes in the conditions governing the granting of work permits in order that an employer who wishes to employ a person with a permit who is currently in employment does not ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 and 175 together.More Button

It is inaccurate to say that non-EEA nationals working on foot of work permits cannot leave jobs without the permission of their employer. My Department has facilitated and continues to facilitate ...More Button

I have no plans to discontinue the process whereby employers seeking to employ an existing permit holder must go through the normal procedures, including notification of the vacancy to FÁS. ...More Button

Question No. 176 withdrawn.More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Development.

Was asked: the usual procedures and criteria for the announcement of industrial projects; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

All announcements in relation to industrial projects are notified to the Department by the development agencies with the prior agreement of the grant aided companies. The timing of these announceme...More Button