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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


Leaders’ Questions

Last week I asked the Taoiseach if the Government had a national plan to protect front-line services following the well flagged and expected exodus of public servants on 29 February. He responded ...More Button

It appears that the transitional teams are stable door closing committees. This illustrates the mismatch between what is being said in the House and the reality on the ground. This is what we are...More Button

Yesterday the Minister for Health finally admitted that public patients will have their surgery cancelled as a result of what is happening.More Button

These things would not be happening if there had been a planned approach to this particular issue. Why are we getting a constant drip feed of issues arising from the difficulties caused by this ex...More Button

The public and the workers are awaiting certainty and guidance from the Government on this issue. If there is a plan, will the Taoiseach agree to publish it? Will he publish all documentation in ...More Button

I take it from that reply that no transition teams are in place today. Last Sunday the Taoiseach said on RTE that the Government had set up transition teams. We have to move away from saying one ...More Button

I agree with the Taoiseach that health is the most vulnerable sector. It is clear that there is an absence of any planning in this area. Surgery would not be cancelled to the extent that has occu...More Button

If people were planning and had some idea of what was happening on the ground, at least they would immediately tell pharmacists to allow the medication while the application for the medical card is...More Button

Have any transition teams been established in any Department, or is it just something the Taoiseach invented on Sunday and is now going to follow through because it sounded good on “This Week”? Co...More Button

That is the stable door closing.More Button

There are no teams in place. Sunday’s announcement was not quite correct then.More Button

In spite of the rugby match, people were keenly listening to what the Taoiseach was saying on Sunday.More Button

We did it and it was a very good public health measure.More Button

But do they exist?More Button

It is the Taoiseach’s own regulatory impact assessment, the Government’s own document.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Appointments to State Boards

Asked the Taoiseach: if there have been any board appointments from his office in the recent past; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Is the Taoiseach made aware of or consulted on appointments made by each Department? Does he have an oversight role in ensuring a gender balance on State boards? What degree of expertise is requi...More Button

In the programme for Government the Government committed to amending the rules to ensure no former public servant, including political appointees, or a Minister could work in any area of the privat...More Button

It is a commitment made in the programme for Government.More Button

Is there an update and is the Government progressing the commitment?More Button

I accept that my question was specific, but I asked as a supplementary whether the Taoiseach was informed in regard to appointments to other State boards. In other words, was he kept in the loop a...More Button

Is the Taoiseach satisfied with the way State appointments are being made? Does he believe they correspond with what was committed to by him and his party in advance of the general election?More Button

One of the more radical initiatives in this area, which was introduced by the former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, was the giving of power and authority to ...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Official Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he discussed with David Cameron the banking regulation in general and specifically the City of London and IFSC competitiveness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the issues that were discussed and the outcomes of the most recent British-Irish Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I regret that Question No. 4 has been grouped with Questions Nos. 5 to 9, inclusive. Question No. 4 deals specifically with the issue of the IFSC transaction tax and the City of London, Question N...More Button

Life is as it is. I ask that I be allowed to respond first to the Taoiseach’s response to Question No. 4, following which I will come back on Question No. 8 in regard to the British-Irish Co...More Button

Yes, Question No. 9 deals with the same issue as Question No. 4. As regards the Taoiseach’s discussions with the British Prime Minister on the financial transaction tax, it appears the momen...More Button

I refer to a matter of greater importance. A statement was made in December that the common tax base was to be put on the agenda in the context of enhanced co-operation. The Taoiseach mentioned e...More Button

The corporation tax rate is central to Ireland and the International Financial Services Centre, IFSC, provides 33,000 jobs on foot of a very far-seeing initiative by a former Fianna Fáil-led...More Button

It disturbs me there was no discussion on the common consolidated corporate tax base, CCCTB, with the British Prime Minister because Ireland must work much more proactively on this serious issue. ...More Button

We have gone along with Europe on the basis that we had better be co-operative and so on, whereas up to approximately two years ago, Ireland’s position was to oppose the CCCTB as a policy and...More Button

I do not think Deputy Emmet Stagg should try to stifle debate, regardless of from where it comes.More Button

We live in a democracy.More Button

(Interruptions).More Button

No. I might disagree with people but I respect their right to——More Button

A Cheann Comhairle——More Button

I was only going to commend you, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, on the manner in which you chaired——More Button

No. I like a bit of to and fro.More Button

Written Answers follow Adjournment.More Button

Order of Business

On proposed legislation, in terms of the governance of the health service I am extremely concerned with what I would perceive to be an absence of overall governance and some serious issues emerging...More Button

There is a huge delay.More Button

The centralising has caused enormous delay.More Button

Rather than me giving the Taoiseach the detail there is a case to be made——More Button

——while people are in the process. Chemists are now refusing them the medication.More Button

That was always the way previously.More Button

The pharmacists are refusing them at the moment. They are waiting months.More Button

The Minister can make an order straight away.More Button

Just sort it. I am making a genuine request.More Button

It is related to a review of ports legislation.More Button

Would the Government support the restoration of the ferry?More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Social Welfare Code

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if recipients of disability [440]allowance will also incur a reduction in the rent allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Hazardous Waste

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the reason the southern part of Haulbowline Island and other polluted parts of the island will not be covered by the steering group’s Environmental Protection Agency licence application; and ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans for the polluted parts of Haulbowline Island outside of the eastern tip; and when these plans will be implemented. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if studies have been undertaken on pollution seepage from sites other than the eastern tip into other parts of Haulbowline Island. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: when the decision to exclude the southern part of Haulbowline Island from the Environmental Protection Agency licence application process was taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if the decision to exclude the southern part of Haulbowline Island from the Environmental Protection Agency licence application was his decision or made by the steering group; if he will make a dec...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if the decision to exclude the southern part of Haulbowline Island from the Environmental Protection Agency licence application process was discussed by the steering group or subgroups before and a...More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: when the legal advice about not being able to change the upward only rents became available to Government; if the commitment in the programme for Government is defunct; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Written Answers - Independent International Commission on Decommissioning

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if it was his decision to donate documents from the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning to Boston College, USA; his views on this decision; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: his views regarding the Health Service Executive’s decision to end in-house catering facilities at nursing homes, including Lusk Community Unit, County Dublin, and have food transported long ...More Button