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Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

On Deputy Martin's comment that Europe is not emerging from the crisis that has befallen it and that it is falling deeper into recession, he knows something about this from his past experience and ...More Button

It is necessary for Europe to follow through on the decision that it makes. We can have all the economic arguments, theories and projections that people like and they might be great fun for econ...More Button

The Deputy is perfectly entitled to have that viewpoint. I think many people would share his viewpoint that we have to have additional proposals and indicators of what might be helpful to what is ...More Button

People made the point very vociferously that every national government was reducing its individual budget in order to get its own circumstances into better shape. Any additional proposals or polic...More Button

Deputy Adams raises an issue that is particularly sensitive for many families and people. It is an issue that Deputy Dan Neville raised in this House for 20 years when he was in opposition. I do ...More Button

The Deputy makes a valid point about the difficulty of bullying, particularly cyberbullying, and he is aware that the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children held hearings on this and i...More Button

I do. Sometimes one gets so much paper that one misses the page one should have. I have the numbers here for the 2012 mental health posts: 339 posts were filled, and in 42 cases posts have been a...More Button

The Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, secured €35 million for mental health services staff, the majority of whom are in place. The budget for 2013 allocated a further €35 million, which ...More Button

The intention is to strengthen the community mental health teams. Some will be used for advancing further suicide prevention initiatives and to initiate the provision of psychological and counsell...More Button

The annual budget for suicide prevention increased in 2012 to €12 million. Of this, €7.1 million was administered by the National Office for Suicide Prevention. The remaining €5 million was ava...More Button

I assure Deputy Halligan that I have absolutely no intention of playing any party politics with a matter as sensitive as this.More Button

The Deputy should understand that the heads of the Bill approved by the Government last week will be sent to the Oireachtas health committee for hearings to be conducted under the chairmanship of D...More Button

When Deputy Halligan speaks of warped justice, the Oireachtas has no input in the decisions made by the courts which are completely independent in the way they do their work and the decisions at ...More Button

We are confined here in what we are doing by the Constitution and, within the Constitution, the law as determined by the Supreme Court. It is within these confines that the heads of this Bill ha...More Button

This does not involve anything extraneous like what the Deputy mentioned in terms of foetal abnormalities, rape, incest or whatever. The Deputy must remember that the people voted on this in the...More Button

The Government is focused on dealing with what it has to deal with within the Constitution and within the law. There is no change nor will there be any change in the work that is going on here t...More Button

The answer to the question is "Yes". I have spoken to women who have had abortions. I understand the circumstances they explained, how they were feeling, and what it has meant in terms of the life...More Button

Deputy Halligan raises very important issues that people make choices about, in many cases in circumstances of great duress. It is now 30 years since 1983 and this Administration has agreed unan...More Button

European Council Meetings

Was asked: if he will circulate any papers and-or proposals for the European Council summit on 14 and 15 March 2013. More Button

Was asked: the issues he will prioritise at the European Council meeting on the 14 and 15 March 2013 in Brussels.More Button

Was asked: if he will raise the issue of bank debt at the European Council summit on the 14 and 15 March 2013.More Button

Was asked: if he will raise the issue of the Middle East peace process at the European Council summit on the 14 and 15 March 2013.More Button

Was asked: if he will be distributing any documentation prior to the March EU Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the priorities he will set for the European Council meeting on 14 and 15 March.More Button

Was asked: if he held any bilaterals when attending the EU Council meeting in March; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has spoken to or held a bilateral meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: the recent contacts he has had with the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.More Button

Was asked: if the Cypriot crisis was discussed at the EU Council summit on 14 and 15 March 2013.More Button

Was asked: if he has spoken or written to Mr Mario Monti since the recent election in Italy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has spoken to or had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: if he circulated any papers at the most recent EU Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his attendance at the European Council meetings on 14 and 15 March 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will give an outline and update on EU Council meetings.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 15, inclusive, together.More Button

I attended the meeting of the European Council on 14 and 15 March in Brussels. As I have previously informed the House, the meeting was firmly focused on the key challenges facing Europe - those...More Button

The European Council had a comprehensive discussion on the economic situation in the EU, including the competitiveness challenge, and agreed that the focus should remain on implementing decisions...More Button

In our conclusions, we placed specific emphasis on addressing unemployment, especially among the young, the Single Market, and reducing unnecessary administrative burdens, especially on small and...More Button

While the multi-annual financial framework, or budget, was not on the agenda for this meeting, President Schulz of the European Parliament, in his presentation at the beginning of the European Co...More Button

Later on the Thursday evening, I attended the Euro summit meeting. The president of the European Central Bank, Mr. Draghi, briefed leaders on the economic situation in the euro area, pointing to...More Button

On Friday morning, 15 March, the European Council had a useful, free-flowing discussion on the EU's relations with strategic partners, with a particular focus on Russia. Leaders also had a discu...More Button

While I had no formal bilaterals with President Anastasiades or the then Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Monti, I had discussions with many of my colleagues in the margins of the meeting, including a...More Button

The agenda for this meeting of the European Council was prepared in the normal way. President Van Rompuy submitted an annotated draft agenda to the February meeting of the General Affairs Counci...More Button

The issue of the Middle East peace process did not arise as a separate item at this meeting.More Button

On 28 and 29 April, in the course of a visit to Spain and Portugal, I had separate meetings with the Prime Ministers, Mr. Rajoy and Mr. Coelho, as well as with German finance Minister, Mr. Schäub...More Button

European Council Meetings (Continued)

European Council meetings are structured in a way that allows the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, to give reports on issues such as the situation in Syria or other incidents and circumstance...More Button

Nobody in this House condones the use of the much abused term "austerity" which has crept in the same way as "the Celtic tiger", but it is not a term I tend to use. The answer to our problems is...More Button

At European level, the extension by an extra two years for France and other countries is a recognition of the particular circumstances these countries are facing in meeting the deficit reduction ...More Button

As I said to Deputy Micheál Martin, it is critical that European leaders follow through on the decisions they make and these decisions are not made lightly. While it takes some time to deal with...More Button

The unemployment factor is central to this issue. Who wants to be proclaiming that the unemployment rate is rising to the extent it is in some countries, with a 54% youth unemployment level? De...More Button

I think that is a recognition that there is a blockage that needs to be released so that things can get moving. It is clear that the challenges from the Iberian Peninsula to Cyprus will not sort t...More Button

I begin by responding to the Deputy's first point. I am doing some work at the moment on how effectively our time in this Legislature is actually used. The programme for Government commits us to ...More Button

I will not come up with a fait accompli before we discuss it. I would like to get the Deputy's views on how best we can do what we are supposed to do here. We should consider whether ...More Button

I share the IMF's view that countries that can borrow more money should do so. We cannot do so because our debt-to-GDP ratio is very close to 120% at the moment. It is not possible for us to do t...More Button

Europe and the US are the two greatest trading blocs in the world. There are differences of opinion in some countries in certain respects. The French have specific concerns that relate to their c...More Button

There was an expectation that the Common Agricultural Policy cut would be much bigger than the cut that actually occurred. It was very important for Ireland, as a food-producing nation, that the...More Button

If a person with a very high level, productive farm of, say, 400 acres of intensive dairy production, were to be paid on the same basis per hectare as a farm of 400 acres of poor ground with relati...More Button

Everybody would like to see a situation where economic stimulus is provided and jobs created. One could say that, five years ago, this country was certainly Europe's problem but it is important ...More Button

I cannot recall tabling specific documentation here but, clearly, there would have been correspondence between the Permanent Representation on behalf of Ireland and the different committees. Wha...More Button

The Deputy will recall me saying on more than one occasion, as many members of the Government have pointed out for quite a long time, that we cannot tax our way back to prosperity and we cannot cut...More Button

Let us be clear. In so far as my contributions at the European Council are concerned, with regard to this philosophy of saying we cannot and would never be able to either cut or tax our way back...More Button

President Barroso understands very well what is going on around Europe - he is a former Prime Minister of Portugal. As I said to the Deputy in my reply, President Barroso gave a presentation to ...More Button

It is not true to say we live in some kind of pretend world. Rather, we live in the world of reality which walks in the door to everybody in government every day, with unemployment, lack of econ...More Button

The Deputy asks why I would not stand up and defend the position he articulated here even once. It is not just about doing so on one occasion. It is pointing out on a consistent basis what Europe...More Button

The figure is €1 billion.More Button

I never thought I would hear Deputy Boyd Barrett appealing to the media for help. He was always able to generate a bit of heat and coverage. The fact of the matter is that we are borrowing €12 bi...More Button

One does not hear as much of that story as one should. A person was unemployed, said they were going to do something about it and over a couple of years, has grown an enterprise that is outstandin...More Button

I spoke to Prime Minister Letta in Italy the other day. In the past week I have spoken about European matters to Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, President Barroso, President Schulz, Prime M...More Button

If 50 more industries were brought into the country next week, we are still faced with the situation that more than 400,000 people are on the live register, 90,000 of whom are working a three-day...More Button

I commend the Minister, Deputy Burton, on her work in changing the structure of the social protection system. The new Intreo facilities have taken the place of the social welfare offices. They ...More Button

For example, Deputy Boyd Barrett may wish to employ five people. They may have been out of work for two years, they have had nothing doing and their confidence and hope is gone. One of the five...More Button

I spoke to the Minister, Deputy Burton, at a recent briefing meeting on this issue. I do not agree with a system where people participate in education and training courses year after year but th...More Button

These are all aspects of dealing with the live register which is a resource, as I see it, and not just a list of persons who merely sign on and who, in years gone by, were regarded as being somew...More Button

I thank Deputy Dara Murphy for his comments about the attendance of Ministers at EU meetings. They prepared well for the Presidency. It is their obligation and responsibility to attend those meet...More Button

The issue of democratic legitimacy and accountability is central to the whole business now. When President Schulz spoke in this Chamber on behalf of the European Parliament he made this point ve...More Button

Following the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, one cannot have a European budget without the approval, imprimatur and consent of the European Parliament. As the elections will be hel...More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. 6, motion re ministerial rota for parliamentary questions; No. 7, motion re proposal that Dáil Éireann adopt the "EU Scrutiny Work Programme 2013, Joint Committees' Prior...More Button

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9 shall be decided without debate. It is further proposed that the Dáil on its rising today shall adjourn until...More Button

Deputy Martin has raised an important point, the details of which I will not go into. In October last year, the orthopaedic outpatient service in Limerick had a waiting list of 10,900 people. In ...More Button

The health information Bill is not due until early next year.More Button

It is due this year. I congratulate Bord Gáis Energy's new chief executive, who took up office today.More Button

When I entered the House in the 1970s, the Minister of the day, as the Ceann Comhairle will recall, could be in situ answering questions for six months. As a case in point, the Ministe...More Button

Deputy Martin asks the questions and I try to answer them. Everybody else asks questions. Deputy Boyd Barrett is on his austerity rant all the time, and so on.More Button

We will discuss this matter again.

  We are waiting for Report Stage of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill in the House. It is part of dealing with the legislation pr...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The hospital groups have not been discussed by the Cabinet yet but I expect the Minister will bring his report and recommendations to Cabinet next week. It will be published immediately afterwards.More Button

Yes, but he has not brought the report to Cabinet. I expect he will bring it next week. It will be discussed, decided upon and published immediately.More Button

This case was referred by the High Court to Europe for clarification on a number of technical issues. These issues have been clarified by the European court so it returns to the High Court and we ...More Button

No, but the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, is doing an enormous range of activities in suicide prevention, counselling, psychological care and the employment of personnel in the mental h...More Button

The case has been made clearly. We had a meeting in the constituency of Deputy Kirk with members of different groups. The point has been made clearly by the Tánaiste at a meeting in Belfast with ...More Button

Banking Sector Remuneration

Was asked: further to comments from the chief executive officer of a company (details supplied), at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2013, if, when he met with the person, he gave any commitment o...More Button

During a conversation I had with Mr. Howard Lutnick, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald at an event in Davos organised by IDA Ireland with over 40 executives of major international companies, there were no ...More Button

Departmental Properties

Was asked: if his Department and agencies under its aegis, who own or rent property in commercial developments are in compliance with their responsibilities under the Multi Unit Development Act 2011; if he wi...More Button

Neither my Department nor the National Economic and Social Development Office, which is the only body under the aegis of my Department, own or rent property in commercial developments.More Button