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O'Rourke, Mary

Wednesday, 28 February 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 462 Nbr. 3


Order of Business.

That does not follow, Deputy.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Oil Company Takeover.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the reason for refusing the Statoil takeover of Conoco; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

On behalf of Fianna Fáil, on the first occasion we have had an opportunity to do so in public, I convey our sympathy to you, a Cheann Comhairle, on the recent sad event in your life.More Button

I thank the Minister for his comprehensive reply. I understood from his press announcement on the figures — a subsequent reading of the Competition Authority report confirmed this — th...More Button

Will the Minister confirm that the proposed takeover was notified on 9 November?More Button

As the Minister decided on 22 December to refer the matter to the Competition Authority I wonder about the long timelag.More Button

What is now the accepted norm for the number of players in the market? Business people must know whether they are operating satisfactorily within the rules of the Competition Authority. For instanc...More Button

The Minister spoke about the need for justice for the consumer on whose side I am on, but there is also the matter of natural justice for the person who does not know who made the complaint against...More Button

I understand the need for confidentiality, but not with regard to who made the complaint. In ordinary concerns, for example about planning permission, the aggrieved person writes to the local auth...More Button

There are blanks on every page of the report. Some of these are justified, but natural justice is not served when the complainants are not referred to by name, company or whatever. This is just ...More Button

During the recent debate on the amendment to the Competition Act, 1991, I put forward an amendment, subsequently moved by my colleague, Deputy Ned O'Keeffe, to the effect that the Minister would en...More Button

I agree with the Minister on the matter of price, but I disagree with him on how the conclusions were reached or on the authenticity of the data which led to the conclusions.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Employer Subsidy Scheme.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: if his attention has been drawn to the comments of the chairperson of the National Economic and Social Forum in relation to the shortage of funds for the £80 a week subsidy scheme; and if he ...More Button

In The Irish Times of Tuesday, 13 February, the chairperson of the forum warned that the long-term unemployed could only hope to get the jobs if adequate resources were given to the local em...More Button

Why was there a decision to wait until July to give the £80 per week subsidy to employers for taking on long-term employed people when, according to the Minister for Finance, it will operate ...More Button

I thank the Minister for his honesty because in the blurb accompanying the budget it was announced that 5,000 long-term unemployed people would get jobs. I warn consumers to read the small print o...More Button

The Minister said time was needed to ensure that the right people would benefit. Some ten months ago he stated that he had £6 million for local employment services and that he would work wit...More Button

Of the £6 million the Minister received last year for local employment services, how much was spent?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Retail Price in Ireland of UK Publications.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the terms of reference and timeframe he has set for the Director of Consumer Affairs' investigation into the distribution of magazines, books and recorded music following concerns about the absence...More Button

I thank the Minister for his frank reply. The reason I put down the question was to ascertain the terms of reference of and timeframe for the investigation. Is the Minister concerned that the int...More Button

The Minister will have been as interested as I was in the immediate reaction of one of the two distributors as reported in the newspapers the following day. I welcome the concern expressed about c...More Button

That is a nice way of putting it.More Button

How was the Competition Authority obstructed in making a finding?More Button

Does the Minister believe in fairy tales?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Press Group.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the plans, if any, he has to ensure that the vacuum left by the Irish Press Group is filled; the contact, if any, he has had with the former Irish Press management or Independent Newspapers in rela...More Button

The Minister will have seen the reports of increased readership of all of the newspapers, who obviously picked up the lost readership of the Irish Press. I know the Minister does not wish t...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - County Enterprise Boards.

They might get up earlier.More Button

I am very much for stimulating enterprise, but I agree with Deputy Harney on the complexity of agencies, an issue I have raised publicly and in regard to which the Government of which I was a memb...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Cork Consumer Affairs Office.

Read the small print.More Button

I am very pleased to tell Deputy Lynch that it was I who took the decision in 1992-93 to locate offices of the Director of Consumer Affairs in Cork, Limerick and Athlone and I thank the Minister fo...More Button

When will the office be opened in Athlone?More Button

Has the Minister of State heard of Athlone?More Button

Deputy Harney, when in Government, will follow in the Minister's footsteps.More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Proposed Third Banking Force.

Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle, for giving me the opportunity to raise this matter. I raise it because of controversy on the issue which was reported in last weekend's newspapers. The programme fo...More Button

The latest instalment of this long-running saga came to light last weekend when the Tánaiste was reported to have scuppered the plans of the Government sub-committee. That report has been d...More Button

The chaos and confusion which has existed for the past 12 months cannot continue. The Government should announce its decision, even if it is that the Cabinet cannot make up its mind and that the ...More Button

Written Answers. - Prison Officer Recruitment.

Asked the Minister for Justice: when the next public advertisement for applications for the position of prison officer will be made; the mechanism, if any, there is whereby a person can make application between times of formal ad...More Button

Written Answers. - Athy (Kildare) Job Losses.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the efforts, if any, that are being made to find a new employer to replace the 35 lost jobs which occured consequent upon the move of Sherwood Medical Limited from Athy, County Kildare, to Tullamor...More Button

Written Answers. - White Paper on Human Resource Development.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the reason for the delay in the publication of the White Paper on Training; if the paper is still being prepared by his officials; the terms of reference set for the preparation of the paper; and w...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the officials, if any, from a State agency that have been or will be transferred or seconded to his Department; the work they are or will be performing; the consultations, if any, that have taken p...More Button

Written Answers. - Tallaght (Dublin) Plant.

Asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment: the contact, if any, he has had with unions and management at Packard Electric in relation to the 400 workers who are, according to the 1995 rescue plan, due to be rehired in March 1996; and if he ...More Button

Written Answers. - Disability Pension Claims.

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will review the case of the disability pension claim for a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath in view of the fact that he is extremely and increasingly disabled.More Button