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Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Small businesses in towns throughout the country are preparing for the potential disaster of a sudden exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It is time for the Government to support s...More Button

The Minister for Finance has claimed that Revenue only ever allowed basic vitamins, minerals and fish oil products to be subject to the zero VAT rate, but his claim has been contradicted by the p...More Button

Does the Taoiseach accept that this is a policy decision to be determined not by an interpreter of the law but by the makers of it - this House and the Government? We determine the VAT rate to be ...More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

On my behalf and on behalf of the parliamentary Labour Party, I join with the Ceann Comhairle and other speakers in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Donal Creed and ac...More Button

Before being elected in 1965 Donal unsuccessfully contested a by-election caused some months earlier by the death of the Labour Deputy, Dan Desmond. In that by-election Eileen Desmond was electe...More Button

Donal served as one of the nominated Members of the European Parliament in the early days, from 1973 to 1977, at a time when this House selected those who would go. It was the embryonic stage of...More Button

Others have mentioned Donal's achievements in this House. A remarkable job was created for him; he was Minister of State for with responsibility for school buildings and sport between 1982 and 1...More Button

To be selected as chair of one's parliamentary party is also a unique achievement. The skill set involved with that, dealing with various factions with various views, entails patience, wisdom, d...More Button

I pay tribute to his son, who picked up the baton and continues to serve with distinction in this House, and to say to Madeleine and the extended Creed family that they can all be very proud of t...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

What is another €300 million?More Button

The Government has promised to advance the Judicial Council Bill 2017 to establish a new judicial council to promote high standards of conduct and investigate accusations of wrongdoing by judges. ...More Button

Bring the Bill here.More Button

Bring it here.More Button

Departmental Operations

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the work of the social policy and public service reform division of his Department.More Button

I thank the Taoiseach for his reply. Among other things, the division handles health policy. I have a few particular questions in that regard. The Department of Health's acute policy unit was in...More Button

Departmental Operations (Continued)

I also have a question on the general issue of Government and public service reform, which was an integral part of the agenda of the last Government of which both the Taoiseach and I were members...More Button

Finally, has there been any advance in respect of Ireland's membership of the Open Government Partnership? Again, that was an important initiative undertaken under the previous Government. How ...More Button

Yes.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his recent meetings with church leaders.More Button

Regarding the Taoiseach's meeting with church leaders, a swastika was recently painted outside the synagogue in Terenure. Has the Taoiseach met representatives of the Jewish community in recent ti...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: if Cabinet committee D, infrastructure, met on 31 January 2019.More Button

I will take up the same theme. In light of the children's hospital debacle, have all major capital programmes been reprofiled so that we can have a real, verifiable costing for the major projects,...More Button

Some €65 million in additional money is being added to the Department of Health's capital programme to meet the €100 million requirement and it has to find €35 million itself. We can use words s...More Button

Referendum Campaigns

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: his plans to hold referendums in 2019.More Button

Tender Process

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the status of the tender process for the replacement of the CASA maritime patrol aircraft; when it is expected that a preferred aircraft will be identified; the sum of money allocated for the repla...More Button