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Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Ceann Comhairle has made a decision in respect of the Minister answering questions in the House today. She will address the Topical Issue matter put forward by several Deputies.More Button

Questions will apply under the Topical Issue debate.More Button

Deputy Martin does not attend for the Topical Issue debate. Questions are asked by Deputies at the end of their first contribution.More Button

Deputy Martin raised the issue of why the Policing Authority was not informed. However, the Government was not informed either.More Button

The Minister for Justice and Equality received a letter in June 2016. The audit was ongoing. The Department was back to the Garda Síochána on several occasions. The deputy commissioner, Mr. Twom...More Button

I am very unhappy about this situation. We now know that systems are in place to deal with these kinds of circumstances from now on.More Button

How do we deal with a situation where we have 153% over-estimation in figures in terms of breathalysers and so on? That issue, no more than the issue of people not receiving a letter, should be th...More Button

The Deputy's last comment was the subject of a sworn inquiry, which determined the outcome there. In respect of these issues here, it was pointed out at the press conference held by the senior mem...More Button

-----reformation of ongoing issues is undertaken. That is why the Government today reflected very seriously, despite Deputy McDonald's shaking of her head, on the structure and nature of the Garda...More Button

We need to get this right and the Deputy and her party will have a part to play in this. The authorities will talk to the Deputy about it and to her leader, as with the leaders on this side. I ho...More Button

-----will have pride in the uniform.More Button

Deputy Howlin and I agreed on several issues relating to this previously and he has been clear on that. It is not acceptable that people were wrongly convicted. It is not acceptable that people d...More Button

When the law was changed to allow for that option to apply, that should have been known and understood by every garda throughout the country. It was common sense that if somebody was caught for ...More Button

I am talking about a system that will restore integrity, as well as public confidence and trust in An Garda Síochána. It is not just about a cultural analysis but about a perception of the peopl...More Button

The systems have been put in place, as was evidenced by gardaí in the past few days, to deal with that for next year and beyond. We need to find out what happened in this case? That can only be d...More Button

The Deputies opposite may well shake their heads. Somebody has to find it out, however, and that is what the Government decided this morning. It is not good enough that nobody is answerable here....More Button

The Deputy made the point that these are facts.More Button

That is true but we need to find out how those figures were accumulated because if breath tests were carried out on the roadside, there was a process involved and there is clearly a major differenc...More Button

If these figures are accurate in every region of the country-----More Button

-----then we need to know how that happened and on whose instructions that happened. I think that is a fundamental issue that goes to the heart of confidence-----More Button

-----and integrity in An Garda Síochána and I am sure Deputy Howlin would think likewise.More Button

While the figures in terms of discrepancy speak for themselves, the question that needs to be answered is how those figures were accumulated. In what circumstances were those figures put down? In...More Button

These are the issues that need to be addressed not internally but externally.More Button

That is an issue that the Government decided should be done today and for the future. It is not a question of bringing in legislation for the Policing Authority. It has its oversight role by law-...More Button

-----and the inspectorate's report and the other reports are being overseen and implemented by the Policing Authority.More Button

My understanding is that the Policing Authority chairperson will meet the Garda Commissioner later this week and I am sure that is a matter that will be discussed by the two of them.More Button

It is important to note that the trade unions and the management of Bus Éireann - both sides - have publicly acknowledged that there are efficiency issues in Bus Éireann. This is precisely why the...More Button

I understand Deputy Smith's legitimate comment about the drivers and those who work for Bus Éireann. Last year, the taxpayer provided €230 million to Bus Éireann across the public service obliga...More Button

-----by increasing PSO funding. The Minister, Deputy Varadkar, is doing his by examining the funding of the free travel scheme.More Button

Where the Minister, Deputy Ross, can act and where it is appropriate to do so, he has done so.More Button

Realistic negotiations between management and the unions are required to solve these internal issues, and that opportunity is available to them at the WRC. Very many people are inconvenienced by...More Button

The Minister will be before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport tomorrow at the time the protest is taking place. The Government has increased the public service obligat...More Button

Today is 28 March-----More Button

-----the fifth day of all out strike at Bus Éireann. The biggest impact is on Bus Éireann's PSO network because on the Expressway network, which is the root cause of this particular problem, there...More Button

The Expressway service, which is the root cause of this problem-----More Button

-----is least affected by this.More Button

The Expressway service is least affected because there are other buses travelling on that route. Apart from some spillover strike action on Friday which impacted on Iarnród Éireann, the other CIE ...More Button

SIPTU announced on Monday that it will ballot its members on Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann for industrial action.More Button

No date for balloting has been set but people are perfectly entitled to protest and protest can send powerful signals, when it is legitimate of course.More Button

The solution and resolution of this strike does not lie outside the gates of Leinster House but around the WRC table. Both sides have admitted that there are issues that need to be discussed. Tha...More Button

The Deputy knows that a Minister cannot sit at that table because everybody else would then say the Government is stepping in for all of these issues. The Deputy knows that very well.More Button

The Minister is doing his duty with the PSO by increasing it. The Minister for Social Protection is doing it in terms of the rural transport scheme. The unions and management say there are effici...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

A Cheann Comhairle, we changed the rules in this House so that business could be conducted in a more open way. The Ceann Comhairle has made a decision here that the Minister should answer two Topi...More Button

That is a decision of the Ceann Comhairle, and the Minister is quite willing to attend.More Button

Gabh mo leithscéal, I understand there was an attempt to submit a special notice question by the Fianna Fáil Party spokesperson. The Ceann Comhairle made a ruling, and his decision was that the Mi...More Button

At the invitation of Deputy Ó Caoláin, the justice committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning with the Garda Commissioner to answer a range of questions.More Button

We have the Garda Commissioner meeting with the Policing Authority. I have said the Government made a decision to have an independent analysis of all these figures and to examine a broader issue a...More Button

I say to Deputy Howlin that she will be very happy to give the same briefing to the House that she gave to the Cabinet this morning.More Button

This afternoon in the Topical Issue debate.More Button

Perhaps the Deputy should let the Minister answer. She has already been invited by the Ceann Comhairle to answer questions in the Dáil and give a briefing to the House. She is prepared to do that...More Button

Government-Church Dialogue

Was asked: if he will report on his meetings with religious leaders.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on any recent meetings he has held with church leaders and faith communities.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his meetings with church leaders and faith communities.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1, 2 and 3 together.

  Like public representatives generally, I meet church leaders informally from time to time in the course of attending offic...More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations

Was asked: if he will report on outstanding recommendations arising from the Constitutional Convention.More Button

Was asked: his plans to hold referendums that arise from the outstanding recommendations of the Constitutional Convention.More Button

Was asked: his plans for referendums on constitutional amendments; and the issues that may be dealt with.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on recommendations arising from the Constitutional Convention that have not yet been implemented or that are still awaiting a plan for implementation.More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations (Continued)

I do not have an answer for Deputy Ó Snodaigh in respect of-----More Button

-----when we will have the wording on blasphemy. As I said to Deputy Micheál Martin, the Government has not actually decided whether to hold a referendum this year. We are waiting for the report ...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Was asked: if he and his departmental officials have carried out an assessment of the legislative changes that will have to be made following the British Government triggering Article 50.More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet committee on Brexit will next meet.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his recent meeting with the Welsh First Minister, Mr. Carwyn Jones, in Cardiff on 10 March 2017.More Button

Was asked: if he or his departmental officials have had contact with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, or officials in her office since 20 March 2017.More Button

Was asked: if he has met party leaders from Northern Ireland since the Assembly election on 2 March 2017.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on his conversation with the Prime Minister, Theresa May, in the aftermath of the events in London on 22 March 2017.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 to 13, inclusive, together. I spoke with Prime Minister May on Wednesday evening, 23 March 2017, following the horrific attack in London the previous day. I off...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Was asked: the number of private investigation firms hired by his Department in the past five years and to date in 2017; the names of the firms; the amount they were paid; if they supplied his Department with...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: the position regarding the establishment of an all-island dialogue to deal with issues arising from Brexit.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the details of payments made by his Departments, their agencies or bodies under his aegis to broadcasters here in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, inclusive; the broadcaster to which the funds were p...More Button

Protected Disclosures Data

Was asked: the process within his Department for dealing with protected disclosures under the 2014 Act; if the examinations of such disclosures are carried out by an independent authority or persons other tha...More Button

Was asked: the process within his Department for dealing with protected disclosures under the 2014 Act; if the examinations of such disclosures are carried out by an independent authority or persons other tha...More Button

Insurance Costs

Was asked: the cost of insurance under different insurance headings such as public liability, buildings cover, employer liability and so on for his Department and each body under its aegis; the name of the in...More Button

Was asked: the cost of insurance under different insurance headings such as public liability, buildings cover, employer liability and so on for his Department and each body under its aegis; the name of the in...More Button

Defence Forces Representative Organisations

Was asked: if there has been a review of the industrial relations process for Defence Forces representative associations, in view of the new arrangements being explored for Garda associations.More Button

Was asked: if he has initiated a review of the parallel process and internal sectoral conciliation and arbitration scheme of the Defence Forces, in view of recent Government policy with respect to similar arr...More Button

Military Medals

Was asked: if the State will officially recognise the involvement of a person (details supplied) in actions in Easter Week 1916; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Recruitment

Was asked: the extent to which promotional vacancies remain to be filled in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; the steps he is taking for recruitment throughout Ireland and especially in counties Sligo an...More Button

Defence Forces Reserve Training

Was asked: the degree to which all members of the Reserve Defence Force have access to training on an annual basis throughout the country and particularly in counties Sligo and Leitrim; and if he will make a ...More Button

Defence Forces Personnel Data

Was asked: the number of women currently serving in the Defence Forces; the number who have been promoted over the past five years throughout Ireland and particularly in counties Sligo and Leitrim; and if he ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Army units are inadequately staffed by commissioned officers, with less than 50% actual strength in station.More Button

White Paper on Defence

Was asked: the 88 actions to be progressed in the Government’s White Paper on Defence.More Button

Defence Forces Remuneration

Was asked: if arrears of pay due to members of the Army Ranger Wing, owed since 2010, will now be paid; the total amount due to persons and the numbers involved; the reason the payment due was not paid on tim...More Button

Defence Forces Strength

Was asked: the measures he has taken to resolve critical resourcing since being notified of restricted outputs due to manpower shortages in June 2016 in view of recent reports that confirm the inadequate reso...More Button

Was asked: the short, medium and long-term Defence Forces strategic human resource measures that are being considered to address the manning crisis in order to deliver the critical State outputs that are desi...More Button

Defence Forces Funding

Was asked: if the failure to address the manning crisis in the Defence Forces since 2013 is a planned measure to create the necessary payroll savings to purchase essential equipment platforms.More Button

Naval Service Vessels

Was asked: if Naval Service vessels are equipped to detect submerged submarines; and if they have the means to force submarines to surface when necessary.More Button

Was asked: when the LE Aisling was retired from service and the reason it took a year to put it up for sale. More Button

Defence Forces Properties

Was asked: the level of consultation he had with the Department of Education and Skills or the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board, ETB, regarding the future use of the Dún Uí Neill Army barracks ...More Button

Defence Forces Training

Was asked: the details of the new employment support scheme with the direct involvement of the Defence Forces; if social protection recipients have a choice of whether to join the scheme or not; the role his ...More Button