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Kenny, Enda

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

I do not know the details of the issue the Deputy has raised. Clearly, we had discussions in the House about the extraordinary levels of pay paid to the chief executives of a number of the banks. ...More Button

In regard to the Mercer report, the Minister recommended to the banks that they make a substantial contribution from pay and pensions in the order of 10%. The Government has not yet considered t...More Button

In regard to the TSB, this is an internal decision that has been taken by management and it has nothing to do with the Minister for Finance. I understand the matter is before the Labour Court; t...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I reject Deputy Martin's assertion that the Government is washing its hands of this. This Government set down a limit for the pay of senior bankers. The previous Administration allowed situations...More Button

The pay levels set by the Government have not been breached in any case.More Button

For Deputy Martin to say that the Government is washing its hands of this is just not real. The Minister commissioned the Mercer report in order that there would be a requirement to have a substan...More Button

Deputy Martin is asking me to intervene in a case involving Permanent TSB that is the consequence of an internal management decision and that is before the Labour Court.More Button

Deputy Martin is asking the Minister for Finance to intervene in that. The Minister is well aware of what is going on. As Deputy Martin well knows, the Labour Court is part of the machinery of th...More Button

This dispute is not a consequence of the Minister's decision.More Button

It is an internal management decision of Permanent TSB. Yesterday Deputy Martin wanted the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to intervene in the planning process. Today...More Button

In respect of services for older people, until 2011 in the republic of which Deputy Adams speaks there was no national approach to the procurement of home care providers to supply indirect services...More Button

Some €392 million was allocated in 2013 to provide these services to approximately 100,000 older people. Approximately 20% of the population over 65 years received some element of home care or d...More Button

The programme for Government commits to developing and implementing national standards for home support services because, as Deputy Adams is aware, people generally want to be able to stay in the...More Button

For the information of Deputy Adams, there are approximately 10,800 home care packages for 2014, approximately 5,000 new home care packages for clients, more than 10.3 million home help hours and...More Button

This is the implementation of last year's budget. The decision was to reduce the annual respite care grant by €325 from €1,700 to €1,375 for new and existing recipients. The savings were to be €2...More Button

Nobody denies that this has not been an easy budgetary decision to make, but it has been a necessary step as part of our country's economic renewal. While it is difficult to have to implement thes...More Button

-----it is important to bear in mind that the half-rate carer's allowance was maintained. The grant is still considerably higher, even after the reduction, than it was in 2006, before the economic...More Button

A couple under the age of 66 with a joint annual income of up to €35,400 can qualify for the maximum payment of carer's allowance while such a couple earning €59,000 will qualify for the minimum ra...More Button

These are high rates.More Button

Carers will receive additional supports in the form of free travel.More Button

Carers who live with those for whom they care will receive house benefits.More Button

An annual respite care grant is also paid in respect of each person who is cared for.More Button

People who are getting qualifying social welfare payments, and also providing full-time care and attention to another person, can keep their main social welfare payment and get the half-rate carer'...More Button

They can also receive an extra half-rate carer's allowance if they care for more than one person in the same house.More Button

I have made it perfectly clear that Governments are elected to govern in compliance with their constitutional responsibilities. Equally, I have made it clear that the members of the Government par...More Button

First, the Government takes its legal advice from the Attorney General, who is the legal adviser to the Government in a formal sense. That is where the Government takes its advice from.More Button

Second, the Government is required to legislate for the X case. The Government does not have a requirement to legislate arising from the A, B and C case but it does have a requirement to provide l...More Button

That is what Government will do. I want Deputy McGrath to understand that on two occasions in the past the people were consulted. The people are the masters here, and they confirmed-----More Button

They confirmed and re-endorsed the constitutional rights of women in this country to have a termination of a pregnancy in specific circumstances. Those specific circumstances are where there is a ...More Button

-----the termination of a pregnancy will mean the birth of that child and the saving of both lives - the mother and the child.More Button

I want the Deputy to understand that this is a sensitive issue. I am now being branded by personnel around the country as being a murderer, and that I am going to have on my soul the death of 20...More Button

-----and it is not confined to me.

  I want to say this clearly. Everybody in this country is entitled to have their say. I saw the response from the meeting at the weekend. I...More Button

That is not confined to any sector of the people - it is for all of the people.More Button

Therefore, I am proud to stand here as a public representative, as a Taoiseach who happens to be a Catholic but not a Catholic Taoiseach. I am a Taoiseach for all of the people - that is my job, w...More Button

That is my duty; that is my responsibility. The Government that I am proud to lead will act strictly in accordance with our constitutional responsibilities and inside the law. What we are doing h...More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

P.J. Morley was a lovely man. He was a most genuine personality and I regarded him as a great friend in politics although he came from a different political persuasion. I served with P.J. as a co...More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. 11a, motion re ministerial rota for parliamentary questions; No. 19, Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; No. 20, Health Serv...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Work on the child and family agency legislation has progressed well and it is expected to be taken this session. The child care Bill, Children First, is also listed for this session but the commit...More Button

Some work has been done on this but I cannot provide an accurate date. Recently, I attended the launch of the ManUp programme, which is to deal with the so-called macho men who beat up women and c...More Button

I understand the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill passed the Dáil last night and will go to the Seanad tomorrow. With regard to the protection of life during pregnancy B...More Button

We will publish it as soon as we finalise the wording of the Bill. It will probably be today or tomorrow. It will come before the Dáil and it is an issue I do not want to rush so that we give eve...More Button

This is an issue not to be flippant about.More Button

The Bill will receive proper and thorough consideration from Members of the Oireachtas.More Button

There is no date for the publication of the bail Bill. The Minister for Justice and Equality has done some work on it and I will ask him to communicate directly with the Deputy.

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The Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013 is going through the House and will be followed by another general housing Bill, in which the Minister of State, Deputy O'Sullivan, hopes to include a tenant purch...More Button

That referred to and dealt with puppy farms and the microchipping of pups and dogs. I did not see the programme last night, but I will ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine or the ...More Button

The heads of the Bill have not yet been cleared but the Bill is due to be published this year.More Button

With regard to the current scheme, people would have to have applied for it by now for it to take effect by the end of June. In the next general housing Bill the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Su...More Button

The Government decided yesterday on the mobility allowance question. The moneys are in place but the scheme was deemed to be illegal. The Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, is moving on ...More Button

The commitment in respect of the guillotine stands. As I said yesterday, on a significant number of occasions there were no speakers where debates on Bills were listed to be shortened. I would be...More Button

However, the Chief Whip will shortly bring forward a number of recommendations which will hopefully improve how the Dáil does its work. The Ceann Comhairle has many years of experience here and ...More Button

No, it is not listed for before the recess. Some work has been done on it but I cannot give the Deputy an accurate outline on it now. The Deputy has raised it on a number of occasions and I will ...More Button

I am talking about that Bill.More Button

That is a Private Members' Bill. I cannot answer the Deputy's question now, but I will advise him later.More Button

That Bill is currently before the Seanad. I cannot say when it will deal with the Bill but the Bill will come to this House as part of the normal progress of legislation. I will ask the Minister ...More Button

Deputy O'Reilly has expressed an interest in the criminal justice (miscellaneous provisions) Bill and the criminal justice (proceeds of crime) Bill on previous occasions, as has Deputy Bernard Durk...More Button

The Construction Contracts Bill is on Committee Stage and obviously it is a matter for the members of the committee as to when they conclude their deliberations, at which point the Bill will come...More Button

The Bill is not due until the middle of next year but given the Deputy's keen interest in the matter, I will ask the relevant Minister to update him on whether it can be expedited.More Button

That Bill is due for publication later this year and I assume it will be considered in the session beginning in September.More Button