1 68 DÁIL ÉIREANN 1103 Dé Máirt, 10 Deireadh Fómhair, 2006 Tuesday, 10th October, p.m. ORD GNÓ ORDER OF BUSINESS 9. Tairiscint maidir le Róta na nairí i gcomhair Ceisteanna Parlaiminte. Motion re Ministerial Rota for Parliamentary Questions. 10. Tairiscint maidir le Ceadú beartaithe ag Dáil Éireann i ndáil le díorma de na Buan- Óglaigh a chur chun bealaigh le bheith ar fianas le Fórsa Eatramhach na Náisiún Aontaithe sa Liobáin (UNIFIL) a tharchur chuig Roghchoiste. Motion re Referral to Select Committee of proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the despatch of a contingent of the Permanent Defence Force for service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). 17. Ráitis maidir leis an bpáipéar Uaine ar Fhuinneamh. Statements on Green Paper on Energy. GNÓ COMHALTAÍ PRÍOBHÁIDEACHA PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS 52. Tairiscint maidir le Géarchéim na ndrugaí. Motion re Drugs Crisis. P.T.O.
2 1104 I dtosach GNÓ PHOIBLÍ AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS Billí ón Seanad : Bills from the Seanad 1. An Bille um Chistí Infheistíochta, Cuideachtaí agus Forálacha Ilghnéitheacha 2006 [Seanad] An Dara Céim. Investment Funds, Companies and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2006 [Seanad] Second Stage. Tíolactha: Presented: Billí a thionscnamh : Initiation of Bills 2. An Bille um Binsí Fiosrúcháin 2005 Ordú don Dara Céim. Tribunals of Inquiry Bill 2005 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do dhéanamh Bill entitled an Act to provide for the socrú maidir le binsí a bhunú ó am go ham establishment of tribunals from time to time chun nithe a fhiosrú a bhfuil tábhacht phoi- to inquire into and report on matters of blí atá práinneach agus suntasach ag baint urgent and significant public importance; to leo agus chun tuarascáil a thabhairt orthu; provide for the powers of such tribunals and do dhéanamh socrú maidir le cumhachtaí na their suspension and dissolution; to repeal mbinsí sin agus maidir lena bhfionraí agus the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Acts lena ndíscaoileadh; d aisghairm na nacht to 2004; and to provide for related anna um Binsí Fiosrúcháin (Fianaise) 1921 matters. go 2004; agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara. AnTánaiste agus Aire Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí. 3. An Bille um Sheirbhís Bhuiséadaithe agus Comhairle Airgid 2002 Ordú don Dara Céim. Money Advice and Budgeting Service Bill 2002 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do dhéanamh Bill entitled an Act to provide for the socrú maidir le seirbhís bhainistithe fiachais development and implementation of a debt a fhorbairt agus a chur chun feidhme management service to assist individuals in d fhonn cuidiú le daoine aonair le linn managing, reducing and discharging fiachas tomhaltóra a bhainistiú, a laghdú consumer debt; to facilitate co-operation agus a urscaoileadh; d fhonn comhoibriú between persons and the Minister for idir daoine agus an taire Gnóthaí Sóisia- Social, Community and Family Affairs for lacha, Pobail agus Teaghlaigh a éascú chun the purpose of establishing companies to cuideachtaí a bhunú chun an tseirbhís a provide the service; to provide for those sholáthar; do dhéanamh socrú maidir leis na companies to enter into agreements with cuideachtaí sin do dhéanamh comhaon- the Minister to provide the service as local tuithe leis an Aire chun an tseirbhís a service providers; to provide for the sholáthar mar sholáthraithe seirbhíse áitiúla; principal objects of local service providers; do dhéanamh socrú maidir le príomhchus- to confer on the Minister functions in póirí soláthraithe seirbhíse áitiúla; do thabh- respect of the funding, monitoring and airt feidhmeanna don Aire maidir le cistiú, evaluation of the service; to establish a faireachán agus measúnú na seirbhíse; do National Money Advice and Budgeting bhunú Coiste Comhairleach Náisiúnta um Service Advisory Committee to consult Sheirbhís Bhuiséadaithe agus Comhairle with and advise the Minister on matters of
3 1105 Airgid chun dul i gcomhairle leis an Aire policy relating to the service, and to provide agus comhairle a thabhairt don Aire i for related matters. dtaobh nithe a bhaineann le beartas i ndáil leis an tseirbhís, agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara. An taire Gnóthaí Sóisialacha, Pobail agus Teaghlaigh. 4. An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Fiche ar an mbunreacht 2005 Ordú don Dara Céim. Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2005 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht chun an Bill entitled an Act to amend the Bunreacht a leasú. Constitution. An taire Gnóthaí Eachtracha. 5. An Bille um Pleanáil agus Forbairt (Leasú) 2004 Ordú don Dara Céim. Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2004 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do leasú an Achta Bill entitled an Act to amend the um Pleanáil agus Forbairt 2000 chun socrú a Planning and Development Act 2000 to dhéanamh maidir le húdaráis phleanála do make provision for the refusal by planning dhiúltú cead pleanála do dhaoine a mhain- authorities of planning permission to nigh san am a caitheadh cead pleanála a persons who in the past failed to comply deonaíodh a chomhlíonadh. with planning permission granted. Michael Noonan. 6. An Bille chun na hachtanna um Chiontaí in aghaidh an Stáit (1939 go 1998) a Aisghairm 2004 Ordú don Dara Céim. Offences Against the State Acts (1939 to 1998) Repeal Bill 2004 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht d aisghairm na Bill entitled an Act to repeal the nachtanna um Chiontaí in aghaidh an Stáit Offences against the State Acts 1939 to 1939 go Aengus Ó Snodaigh. 7. An Bille um Chomhairle (Leasú) 2004 Ordú don Dara Céim. Comhairle (Amendment) Bill 2004 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do leasú an Achta Bill entitled an Act to amend the um Chomhairle 2000 chun feidhmeanna Comhairle Act 2000 to amend and extend Chomhairle a leasú agus a leathnú, do the functions of Comhairle, to make certain dhéanamh athruithe áirithe ar a comhaltas changes to its membership and to provide agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe for related matters. gaolmhara. An taire Gnóthaí Sóisialacha agus Teaghlaigh. 8. An Bille um Chosc ar Thrialacha Núicléacha 2006 Ordú don Dara Céim. Nuclear Test Ban Bill 2006 Order for Second Stage. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do thabhairt Bill entitled an Act to give effect to the éifeacht don Chonradh um Chosc Cuim- Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty sitheach ar Thrialacha Núicléacha arna adopted by the General Assembly of the P.T.O.
4 1106 ghlacadh ag Comhthionól Ginearálta na United Nations on 10 September 1996; and Náisiún Aontaithe an 10 Meán Fómhair to provide for related matters. 1996; agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara. An taire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil. Fógraí Tairisceana : Notices of Motions 9. D ainneoin aon ní i Rún an 6 That, notwithstanding anything in the Meitheamh, 2002, ón Dáil inar leagadh Resolution of the Dáil of 6th June, 2002, amach an róta ar dá réir a chuirfear setting out the rota in which Questions to Ceisteanna chun comhaltaí den Rialtas, go members of the Government are to be ndéanfar Ceisteanna le haghaidh freagra ó asked, Questions for oral answer, following bhéal, a leanfaidh iad sin is neasa a bheidh those next set down to the Minister for curtha síos don Aire Airgeadais, a chur síos Finance, shall be set down to Ministers in d Airí san ord sealadach seo a leanas: the following temporary sequence: An taire Cumarsáide, Mara agus Minister for Communications, Marine Acmhainní Nádúrtha and Natural Resources An taire Oideachais agus Eolaíochta Minister for Education and Science An taire Gnóthaí Eachtracha Minister for Foreign Affairs agus air sin leanfar den ord a bunaíodh le where upon the sequence established by the Rún an 6 Meitheamh, 2002, le Ceisteanna Resolution of 6th June, 2002, shall continue chun an taire Ealaíon, Spóirt agus with Questions to the Minister for Arts, Turasóireachta. Sports and Tourism. Tomás ÓCeit, Aire Stáit ag Roinn an Taoisigh. 10. Go ndéanfar an togra go gceadaíonn That the proposal that Dáil Eireann Dáil Éireann, de bhun alt 2 den Acht approves the despatch, pursuant to section Cosanta (Leasú) (Uimh. 2) 1960, arna chur 2 of the Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act chun feidhme leis an Acht Cosanta (Leasú), 1960, as applied by the Defence 2006, díorma de na Buan-Óglaigh a chur (Amendment) Act 2006, of a contingent of chun bealaigh le bheith ar fianas le Fórsa the Permanent Defence Force for service Eatramhach na Náisiún Aontaithe sa with the United Nations Interim Force in Liobáin (UNIFIL), arna bhunú an 19 Márta, Lebanon (UNIFIL), established on 19th 1978 faoi Rúin 425 (1978) agus 426 (1978) ó March, 1978 under UN Security Council Chomhairle Slándála na Náisiún Aontaithe Resolutions 425 (1978) and 426 (1978) and agus de réir an tsainordaithe feabhsaithe in accordance with its additional enhanced breise atá aige mar atá leagtha amach i Rún mandate as set out in UN Security Council 1701 (2006) an 11 Lúnasa, 2006 ó Chomh- Resolution 1701 (2006) of 11th August, airle Slándála na Náisiún Aontaithe, a thar- 2006, be referred to the Select Committee chur chuig an Roghchoiste um Dhlí agus on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women s Ceart, Comhionannas, Cosaint agus Cearta Rights, in accordance with paragraph (1) of na mban, de réir mhír (1) d Orduithe Tag- the Orders of Reference of that Committee, artha an Choiste sin, agus go ndéanfaidh an which, not later than 12th October, 2006, Coiste sin, tráth nach déanaí ná an 12 shall send a message to the Dáil in the Deireadh Fómhair, 2006, teachtaireacht a manner prescribed in Standing Order 85, chur chuig an Dáil ar an modh a fhor- and Standing Order 84(2) shall accordingly ordaítear i mbuan-ordú 85, agus go mbeidh apply. feidhm dá réir ag Buan-Ordú 84(2). Tomás ÓCeit, Aire Stáit ag Roinn an Taoisigh. 11. Go gceadaíonn Dáil Éireann, de That Dáil Éireann approves the despatch, bhun alt 2 den Acht Cosanta (Leasú) pursuant to section 2 of the Defence (Uimh. 2) 1960, arna chur chun feidhme leis (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1960, as applied
5 1107 an Acht Cosanta (Leasú), 2006, díorma de by the Defence (Amendment) Act 2006, of na Buan-Óglaigh a chur chun bealaigh le a contingent of the Permanent Defence bheith ar fianas le Fórsa Eatramhach na Force for service with the United Nations Náisiún Aontaithe sa Liobáin (UNIFIL), Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), arna bhunú an 19 Márta, 1978 faoi Rúin 425 established on 19th March, 1978 under UN (1978) agus 426 (1978) ó Chomhairle Security Council Resolutions 425 (1978) Slándála na Náisiún Aontaithe agus de réir and 426 (1978) and in accordance with its an tsainordaithe feabhsaithe breise atá aige additional enhanced mandate as set out in mar atá leagtha amach i Rún 1701 (2006) UN Security Council Resolution 1701 an 11 Lúnasa, 2006 ó Chomhairle Slándála (2006) of 11th August, na Náisiún Aontaithe. An taire Cosanta. 12. Go gceadaíonn Dáil Éireann an Stát That Dáil Éireann approves the exercise d fheidhmiú an roghnaithe, arna chur ar fáil by the State of the option, provided by le hairteagal 4 den cheathrú Prótacal atá Article 4 of the fourth Protocol set out in leagtha amach i gconradh Amstardam, the Treaty of Amsterdam, to notify the fógra a thabhairt don Chomhairle agus don Council and the Commission that it wishes Choimisiún gur mian leis glacadh leis an to accept the following measure: mbeart seo a leanas: Treoir 2004/82/CE an 29 Aibreán, 2004 ón gcomhairle maidir le hoibleagáid a bheith ar iompróirí sonraí a thabhairt mar gheall ar phaisinéirí, Council Directive 2004/82/EC of 29th April, 2004 on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data, ar beart é ar leagadh cóip de faoi bhráid a copy of which measure was laid before Dháil Éireann an 25 Iúil, Dáil Éireann on 25th July, AnTánaiste agus Aire Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí. 13. Go gceadaíonn Dáil Éireann téarmaí That Dáil Eireann approves the terms of an Phrótacail ar Fhuílligh Phléascacha the Protocol on Explosive Remnants of Chogaidh (dá ngairtear Prótacal V ) den War (referred to as Protocol V ) of the Choinbhinsiún ar Thoirmisc nó Srianta ar Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions Úsáid Gnáth-Arm Áirithe a mheasfar a on the Use of Certain Conventional bheith Ródhíobhálach nó Éifeachtaí Weapons which may be deemed to be Neamh-Idirdhealaitheacha a bheith acu, Excessively Injurious or to have Indis criminate Effects, An taire Cosanta. 14. Go ndéanann Dáil Éireann, de réir That Dáil Éireann, in accordance with alt 31(6) den Acht Míchumais 2005, na section 31(6) of the Disability Act 2005, pleananna earnála arna n-ullmhú ag na approves of the sectoral plans which have hairí seo a leanas a cheadú: been prepared by the following Ministers: An taire Sláinte agus Leanaí, Minister for Health and Children, An taire Gnóthaí Sóisialacha agus Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Teaghlaigh, An taire Iompair, Minister for Transport, An taire Cumarsáide, Mara agus Minister for Communications, Marine Acmhainní Nádúrtha, and Natural Resources, An taire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, P.T.O.
6 1108 An taire Fiontar, Trádála agus Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Fostaíochta, Employment, ar pleananna iad ar leagadh cóipeanna copies of which were laid before Dáil díobh faoi bhráid Dháil Éireann an 20 Iúil, Éireann on 20th July, AnTánaiste agus Aire Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí. 15. Go gceadaíonn Dáil Éireann an That Dáil Éireann approves the report by tuarascáil ón Aire Cosanta de bhun Alt 4 the Minister for Defence pursuant to den Acht Cosanta (Leasú) 1993, ar leagadh Section 4 of the Defence (Amendment) Act cóipeanna di faoi bhráid Dháil Éireann an 1993, copies of which were laid before Dáil 4 Aibreán, Éireann on 4th April, An taire Cosanta. 16. Go dtugann Dáil Éireann dá haire an That Dáil Éireann takes note of the Seachtú Tuarascáil ón gcomhchoiste um Seventh Report of the Joint Committee on Shláinte agus Leanaí An tardleibhéal Health and Children The High Level of Féinmharaithe i Sochaí na héireann. Suicide in Irish Society. John Moloney, Chairman of the Committee. ORDUITHE AN LAE ORDERS OF THE DAY. 17. Ráitis maidir leis an bpáipéar Uaine ar Fhuinneamh. Statements on Green Paper on Energy. 18. (l) An Bille um Thruailliú na Farraige (Forálacha Ilghnéitheacha) 2003 [Seanad] Ordú don Tuarascáil. (a) Sea Pollution (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2003 [Seanad] Order for Report. 19. Ráitis maidir le hiompar 21 (atógáil). Statements on Transport 21 (resumed). 20. An Bille Sláinte (Tithe Banaltrais) (Leasú) 2006 Ordú don Tuarascáil. Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Bill 2006 Order for Report. 21. An Bille Fuinnimh (Forálacha Ilghnéitheacha) 2006 Ordú don Tuarascáil. Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2006 Order for Report. 22. Tairiscintí Airgeadais ón Aire Airgeadais  (Tairiscint 2, atógáil). Financial Motions by the Minister for Finance  (Motion 2, resumed). Tairiscint (atógáil): Motion (resumed): 23. Go ndéanann Dáil Éireann, de bhun That Dáil Éireann, pursuant to Standing Bhuan-Ordú 63A, Order 63A, 1. Á thabhairt dá haire an fhaisnéis seo a 1. Noting the following information from leanas ón Aire Dlí agus Cirt, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí: Law Reform:
7 1109 (a) go ndearna an Garda Síochána,imí (a) that the Garda Síochána in August Lúnasa 2001, ar fhaisnéis a fháil ó 2001, on receipt of information from Interpol ar faisnéis í a fuair The United Interpol obtained by the United States Postal Inspection Service le linn States Postal Inspection Service cuardaigh ar áitreabh in Fort Worth, during a search of premises in Fort Texas, a bhain le mionsonraí cust- Worth, Texas, concerning details of aiméirí líomhnaithe cuideachta a alleged customers of a company raibh rochtain á tairiscint aici ar offering access to child pornography shuímh idirlín pornagrafaíochta websites, commenced an operation leanaí, tús a chur le hoibríocht i ndáil in relation to persons allegedly so le daoine ón dlínse seo a líomh- identified from this jurisdiction, naíodh a bheith aitheanta amhlaidh, (b) go raibh san áireamh sna mionsonraí (b) that these details included the sin ainmneacha, pasfhocail agus names, passwords and credit card mionsonraí cárta creidmheasa agus and charge card details of certain cárta muirir daoine áirithe, persons, (c) go raibh duine darb ainm Brian Curtin, 35 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, ar dhuine de na daoine ón dlínse seo a ainmníodh amhlaidh agus gur léirigh fiosrúcháin dá éis sin gurbh é Brian Curtin, Breitheamh den Chúirt Chuarda, agus seoladh tí cónaithe 24 Ard na Lí, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí aige, an duine sin, (c) that one of the persons from this jurisdiction so named was a Brian Curtin, 35 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry, and that subsequent enquiries indicated that this person was Brian Curtin, Judge of the Circuit Court, with a home address of 24 Ard na Lí, Tralee, Co Kerry, (d) go ndearna an Chúirt Dúiche (d) that a warrant to search Judge barántas chun teach cónaithe an Curtin s home under section 7 of the Bhreithimh Curtin a chuardach faoi Child Trafficking and Pornography alt 7 den Acht um Gháinneáil ar Act 1998 issued from the District Leanaí agus Pornagrafaíocht Leanaí Court on foot of an application by a 1998 a eisiúint de bhun iarratais ó member of the Garda Síochána on chomhalta den Gharda Síochána an 20 May 2002, 20 Bealtaine 2002, (e) go ndearnadh cuardach ar theach (e) that Judge Curtin s home was cónaithe an Bhreithimh Curtin dá éis subsequently searched on foot of the sin de bhun an bharántais sin agus said warrant and that Gardaí took gur ghlac Gardaí seilbh ar ríomhaire possession of a personal computer pearsanta agus ar ábhar eile le linn and other material during the search, an chuardaigh, (f) gur chuir údaráis an Gharda comhad (f) that an investigation file was imscrúdaithe faoi bhráid an Stiúr- submitted to the Director of Public thóra Ionchúiseamh Poiblí i mí Prosecutions by the Garda Dheireadh Fómhair 2002, agus gur authorities in October 2002 and that threoraigh an Stiúrthóir Ionchúi- the Director of Public Prosecutions seamh Poiblí go ndéanfaí an Breith- instructed that Judge Curtin be eamh Curtin a ionchúiseamh as prosecuted for knowingly having in pornagrafaíocht leanaí a bheith ina his possession child pornography sheilbh go feasach contrártha d alt 6 contrary to section 6 of the Child den Acht um Gháinneáil ar Leanaí Trafficking and Pornography Act agus Pornagrafaíocht Leanaí 1998, 1998, (g) gur thosaigh triail an chúisimh sin an (g) that the trial of the said charge 20 Aibreán 2004 i gcúirt Chuarda commenced on 20 April 2004 at Thrá Lí agus go bhfuarthas an Tralee Circuit Court and that on 23 Breitheamh Curtin neamhchiontach April 2004 Judge Curtin was found P.T.O.
8 1110 sa chúiseamh sin an 23 Aibreán 2004 not guilty of that charge without gan fianaise a bheith tugtha i ndáil le evidence being given in relation to hábhar an chúisimh, tar éis don the subject matter of the charge, the Chúirt Chuarda Choiriúil a chin- Circuit Criminal Court having neadh go raibh an barántas sin a determined that the aforesaid dúradh imithe in éag nuair a warrant was spent when executed at forghníomhaíodh é i dteach cónaithe the home of Judge Curtin. an Bhreithimh Curtin. agus and 2. A éileamh go ndéanfar, de bhun 2. Calls for the removal, pursuant to Article Airteagal 35.4 den Bhunreacht agus alt 35.4 of the Constitution and section den Acht Cúirteanna Breithiúnais of the Courts of Justice Act 1924, of His 1924, an tonórach an Breitheamh Brian Honour Judge Brian Curtin, Judge of the Curtin, Breitheamh den Chúirt Chuarda, Circuit Court, from office for stated a chur as oifig de dheasca mí-iompair a misbehaviour, being his conduct in and luafar, arb é atá i gceist ann a chuid in relation to subscribing to, accessing iompair maidir le síntiús a thabhairt do and use of websites containing child shuímh idirlín ar a raibh íomhánna pornographic images and thereby pornagrafaíochta leanaí, rochtain a fháil rendering himself unsuitable to exercise ar na suímh sin agus na suímh sin a úsáid the office of a Judge of the Circuit agus i ndáil leis na nithe sin agus é féin a Court. fhágáil mí-oiriúnach dá dheasca sin chun oifig Breithimh den Chúirt Chuarda a fheidhmiú. An Tánaiste agus Aire Dlí agus Cirt, Comhionannais agus Athchóirithe Dlí. 24. Tairiscintí Airgeadais ón Aire Airgeadais  (Tairiscint 5, atógáil). Financial Motions by the Minister for Finance  (Motion 5, resumed). 25. Tairiscintí Airgeadais ón Aire Airgeadais  (Tairiscint 5, atógáil). Financial Motions by the Minister for Finance  (Motion 5, resumed). 26. Tairiscintí Airgeadais ón Aire Airgeadais  (Tairiscint 11, atógáil). Financial Motions by the Minister for Finance  (Motion 11, resumed). 27. Ráitis faoin Tuarascáil maidir le Saincheisteanna Áirithe Bainistíochta agus Riaracháin sa Roinn Sláinte agus Leanaí a bhaineann leis an gcleachtas i dtaobh táillí do dhaoine i gcúram fadchónaí i bhforais Boird Sláinte agus le nithe gaolmhara (atógáil). Statements on the Report on Certain Issues of Management and Administration in the Department of Health and Children associated with the practice of charges for persons in long-stay care in Health Board Institutions and related matters (resumed). Gnó a ordaíodh: Business ordered: GNÓ COMHALTAÍ PRÍOBHÁIDEACHA PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS 28. An Bille um Misin Síochána Idirnáisiúnta 2003 An Dara Céim. International Peace Missions Bill 2003 Second Stage. Gay Mitchell and Dinny McGinley.
9 An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Fiche ar an mbunreacht 2006 An Dara Céim. Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2006 Second Stage. Michael D. Higgins. 30. An Bille Iomaíochta (Comhaltas Ceardchumann) 2006 An Dara Céim. Competition (Trade Union Membership) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Michael D. Higgins. 31. An Bille um Stuaic-Scéimeanna 2006 An Dara Céim. Pyramids Scheme Bill 2006 Second Stage. Kathleen Lynch. 32. An Bille um an gcoimisiún Neamhspleách Faireacháin (Aisghairm) 2006 An Dara Céim. Independent Monitoring Commission (Repeal) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Seán Crowe. 33. An Bille Toghcháin (Ullmhú Chlár na dtoghthóirí) (Forálacha Sealadacha) 2006 An Dara Céim. Electoral (Preparation of Register of Electors) (Temporary Provisions) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Eamon Gilmore. 34. An Bille Sláinte (Cigireacht Ospidéal) 2006 An Dara Céim. Health (Hospitals Inspectorate) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Liz McManus. 35. An Bille um Chionta Gnéasacha (Aois Toilithe) (Forálacha Sealadacha) 2006 An Dara Céim. Sexual Offences (Age of Consent) (Temporary Provisions) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Brendan Howlin. 36. An Bille um Fhorbairt Pheitriliam agus Mianraí Eile 2005 An Dara Céim. Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Bill 2005 Second Stage. Thomas P. Broughan. 37. An Bille Loingis Thráchtála (Bratacha Áisiúlachta a Sheachaint) 2005 An Dara Céim. Mercantile Marine (Avoidance of Flags of Convenience) Bill 2005 Second Stage. Thomas P. Broughan. 38. An Bille um Gháinneáil ar Leanaí agus Pornagrafaíocht Leanaí (Leasú) (Uimh. 2) 2004 An Dara Céim. Child Trafficking and Pornography (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2004 Second Stage. Jim O Keeffe. P.T.O.
10 An Bille Toghcháin (Leasú) (Toghchóras Príosúnach) 2005 An Dara Céim. Electoral (Amendment) (Prisoners Franchise) Bill 2005 Second Stage. Gay Mitchell. 40. An Bille um Chúlchiste Náisiúnta Pinsean (Infheistíocht Eiticiúil) (Leasú) 2006 An Dara Céim. National Pensions Reserve Fund (Ethical Investment) (Amendment) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Dan Boyle. 41. An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Fiche ar an mbunreacht (Uimh. 2) 2006 An Dara Céim. Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (No. 2) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Dan Boyle. 42. An Bille Fluairíde (Achtacháin a Aisghairm) 2006 An Dara Céim. Fluoride (Repeal of Enactments) Bill 2006 Second Stage. John Gormley. 43. An Bille chun Mangairí Ticéad a Thoirmeasc 2005 An Dara Céim. Prohibition of Ticket Touts Bill 2005 Second Stage. Jimmy Deenihan. 44. An Bille Fíneálacha 2004 An Dara Céim. Fines Bill 2004 Second Stage. Jim O Keeffe. 45. An Bille um Bainistiú Dramhaíola (Leasú) 2003 An Dara Céim. Waste Management (Amendment) Bill 2003 Second Stage. Arthur Morgan. 46. An Bille um Pleanáil agus Forbairt (Leasú) (Uimh. 3) 2004 An Dara Céim. Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2004 Second Stage. Eamon Gilmore. 47. An Bille um Thoghcháin Áitiúla 2003 An Dara Céim. Local Elections Bill 2003 Second Stage. Eamon Gilmore. 48. An Bille um Atáirgeadh Daonna 2003 An Dara Céim. Human Reproduction Bill 2003 Second Stage. Mary Upton. 49. An Bille um Chlárú Brústocairí 2003 An Dara Céim. Registration of Lobbyists Bill 2003 Second Stage. Pat Rabbitte.
11 An Bille Cosanta (Leasú) 2005 An Dara Céim. Defence (Amendment) Bill 2005 Second Stage. Billy Timmins. 51. An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Fiche ar an mbunreacht (Uimh. 3) 2006 An Dara Céim. Twenty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution (No. 3) Bill 2006 Second Stage. Dan Boyle. Fógraí Tairisceana: Notices of Motions: 52. That Dáil Éireann: notes: the heroin drugs crisis that continues to cause appalling human misery in Ireland today; the spiralling drug related crime and feuding drug gangs that are a cause of great fear and concern in many communities; the huge wealth involved in the drug trade exploited by a small number of major crime gangs; the increasing numbers of young people in disadvantaged areas being attracted into drug crime by the lavish lifestyles enjoyed by relatively minor drug dealers from within their own communities; the unprecedented seizures of heroin in recent months, notably a consignment with a street value of \7,000,000 seized in Rathoath, County Meath, and a further consignment worth \10,000,000 intercepted in Belgium en route to a private Irish airfield via private jet; the fact that the latter consignment was almost twice the value of all drugs seized during the whole of 2005 at Dublin Airport; the fact that drug seizures account for on average a mere 10% of drug availability; the scale of the potential risk to society in this state posed by the trafficking of such vast amounts of heroin; and the health implications for drug users and other vulnerable young people and the collateral damage caused to families and communities; deplores the failure of the Government and of the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform: to formulate an effective strategy to combat the worsening drugs crisis; and to provide the Gardaí with sufficient funding to continue running Operation Airwaves which, until its cancellation, monitored the movements of small aircrafts at a number of the country s private airfields and led to the seizures of quantities of drugs; deplores the failure of the Government and of the Minister for Finance: to respond to the lack of customs cover in 27 private airfields in the State and particularly to the situation at Weston Aerodrome brought to his attention in Dáil Questions in December of last year, February of this year, and again in September of this year; and P.T.O.
12 1114 to show regard for basic security measures at Weston Aerodrome where there were only 16 customs inspections during 2005; calls on the Government: to acknowledge the grave error they have made and continue to make in failing to provide adequate Customs and Garda cover at private airfields which allowed drug traffickers to import large drug consignments into this State; to immediately deploy a permanent Customs and Garda presence at Weston Aerodrome and other similar private airfields to prevent their use for drug trafficking and other crime; to immediately provide sufficient funding to the Gardaí in order that they can reestablish Operation Airwaves to specifically monitor and prevent the importation into the State of drugs via small aircraft and airfields; to initiate immediate reform of the Customs & Excise function of the Revenue Commissioners supported by any necessary budgetary increase to fill this serious gap in customs cover; to request the Criminal Assets Bureau to investigate all those connected with the major heroin seizure referred to; to expand the Criminal Assets Bureau to include regionalised structures to ensure that middle ranking drug traffickers are targeted at local level throughout the State; to radically increase the numbers of Community Gardaí participating in disadvantaged urban areas; and to review the manpower needs of Garda Drug Units in drug black spot areas and the resources available to them in order to extend the strategy used in Operation Marigold to all areas where heroin drug crime poses a serious risk to the community and so develop a new impetus in the supply-control aspect of the overall response to the drugs crisis. Tony Gregory, Catherine Murphy, Paddy McHugh, Seamus Healy, Finian McGrath, James Breen, Jerry Cowley, Marian Harkin, Paudge Connolly, Joe Higgins. [10 October, 2006] 53. That Dáil Éireann, recognising that: there is consistent neglect by the Government of the Ballina and north Mayo region; the upgrade of the Ballina sewage scheme is vital to the future development of this county town and general area; despite the Celtic tiger Ballina remains a notorious employment black-spot area; investment in infrastructure is needed in the western area of the country; there has been a gross under-spend in the BMW region as outlined in the mid-term review of the NDP; and there is a lack of rail freight services from the Mayo area, discontinued earlier this year but as yet there has been no replacement despite much hype over the replacement. calls on the Government to: ensure the upgrade of the Ballina sewage scheme: ensure the necessary infrastructure investment takes place in Ballina and Mayo by addressing the underspend;
13 1115 establish a tax incentive area in Ballina and surrounding areas; ensure the IDA fulfil their promise of establishing adequate employment in Ballina; take special steps to re-activate this once thriving town; and maintain balanced regional development. Jerry Cowley. [7 November, 2005] 54. That Dáil Éireann, concerned at the race to the bottom in terms of employment rights and industrial relations standards in certain sectors of the economy; recognising the obligations of the public sector as both employer and recipient of services provided by contractors who are employers; recognising in particular that the general standards required of a contractor in providing services to or on behalf of a public body, including a Government Department, have governance implications for that public body, that nonperformance by a contractor, or performance by a contractor at less than acceptable delivery or behaviour standards, or both, has particular implications for the public body concerned and that, for its own protection, a public body must have the means both to take action in such circumstances and to be seen to be capable of taking such action when required; believing that, in the interests of good governance, when hiring a contractor a public body should therefore include certain provisions in its contracts; calls on the Government to ensure that Ministers and public bodies acting under their aegis adhere to the following policies in relation to the hiring of contractors for the provision of services to or on their behalf: (1) A public body should explicitly reserve the means to terminate a contractor s contract on grounds of either non-performance or of less than acceptable standards of performance or behaviour by the contractor. A public body should make explicit the level of performance and behaviour required of a contractor and the contractor s management and staff in the provision of services under each particular contract. (2) Each contractor should be obliged to make an annual Governance Assurance Report to the public body concerned, signed by the Chief Executive of the contracting company and dealing, at the least, with the following matters: adherence to the full and complete terms of the contract; certification of compliance by the contractor with all relevant legislation including in particular health and safety legislation, fire authority regulations, environmental protection, fiscal obligations and employment law obligations, together with full disclosure of any complaints received or investigations carried out during the year and details of any remedial action taken; the appropriate insurance cover carried by the contractor; and the contractor s certification in relation to the application of good standards in human resource management practice. (3) A public body should provide an annual report: in the case of a Minister, to the Dáil; in any other case, to the board of the body concerned and to the relevant Minister; and P.T.O.
14 1116 in every case, to its employee trade unions; on compliance by its contractors with the requirements of paragraph 2. (4) A public body is not confined to the reporting requirements measures set out above and may extend the content of governance assurance reporting measures, as required. (5) In appropriate cases, a public body should have an additional term in its contracts with contractors, providing for a random spot check obligation. In such a case, a contractor would be obliged to facilitate and co-operate with the public body if it wishes to check on the accuracy of any or all of the governance assurance reporting measures. A public body should consider appointing a competent independent party to carry out and report back on such spot checks. (6) While it is not appropriate that a public body be expected or requested to police the employee relationships of its contractors, it is nonetheless responsible that a public body explicitly provide in its contracts that: the contractor will abide by the code of practice scheduled to the Industrial Relations Act 1990 (Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures) (Declaration) Order 2000 (S.I. No. 146 of 2000) in regard to grievance and disciplinary procedures; the employees of the contractor will have the same right of access to the Labour Relations Commission conciliation service, the Labour Court and the Rights Commissioners service, as appropriate, as do the body s own employees; and the contractor will commit to giving the determinations and/or recommendations of these bodies their due regard under Irish law and in accordance with best industrial relations practice. Brendan Howlin, Pat Rabbitte, Liz McManus, Emmet Stagg, Thomas P. Broughan, Joan Burton, Joe Costello, Eamon Gilmore, Michael D. Higgins, Kathleen Lynch, Breeda Moynihan-Cronin, Brian O Shea, Jan O Sullivan, Seamus Pattison, Willie Penrose, Ruairi Quinn, Seán Ryan, Joe Sherlock, Róisín Shortall, Mary Upton, Jack Wall. [17 November, 2005] 55. That Dáil Éireann, recognising that Ireland West Airport Knock; is essential for the proper development of the BMW region; has never been allowed to achieve its full potential due to under funding by the Government and has the potential to service 13 counties very easily; is capable of expansion if allowed to by the Government and that Dublin is already grossly over populated considering that the recent CSO report expressed alarm at the over development of the Dublin Area; and is constantly increasing its passenger numbers and its airline and tour operators; calls on Government to: invest the necessary \15 million required for to meet infrastructure needs; acknowledge the vast potential of this airport with the third longest runway in Ireland; immediately invest the \3 billion under-spend in the objective 1 status BMW area, thus recognising the central role of this airport will play in overall BMW development; develop a realistic financial investment package for Ireland West Airport Knock, taking into consideration that in 2004 this airport supported 500,000 bed nights and a \37 million tourism spend; and
15 1117 award a CAT11 navigational status to the region, which is currently not available so that the BMW region can reverse its enormous deficiency in direct air access, given that Ireland West Airport Knock presents the most viable and realistic opportunity in achieving this. Jerry Cowley. [6 December, 2005] 56. That the Animal Remedies Regulations 2005, Statutory Instrument No. 734 of 2005, be and are hereby annulled under the provisions of section 28 of the Animal Remedies Act Denis Naughten, Seymour Crawford, Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton, Bernard Allen, Pat Breen, Paul Connaughton, Simon Coveney, John Deasy, Jimmy Deenihan, Bernard J. Durkan, Damien English, Olwyn Enright, Tom Hayes, Phil Hogan, Paul Kehoe, Padraic McCormack, Shane McEntee, Dinny McGinley, Paul McGrath, Gay Mitchell, Olivia Mitchell, Gerard Murphy, Dan Neville, Michael Noonan, Fergus O Dowd, Jim O Keeffe, John Perry, Michael Ring, David Stanton, Billy Timmins, Liam Twomey. [13 December, 2005] 57. That Dáil Éireann notes the following important matters that have arisen during the five week Christmas recess: record breaking queues at Accident and Emergency departments belying the claims of the Health Services Executive that the situation is improving; new reports of exploitation of workers and a drop in trade union membership leading to grave concerns for the rights of workers, whether Irish or foreign; the threat to gas supplies that arose from the dispute between Russia and the Ukraine; a renewed campaign of misinformation arguing that nuclear power provides a solution to global warming which, if heeded, will only ensure that this generation compounds the crime of squandering the Earth s oil resources by also leaving a legacy of nuclear waste for future generations; the simultaneous reports of leaks in the Dublin Port Tunnel and problems with the Luas tracks, following on from cost overruns and missed completion deadlines, have compounded public distrust in the Government s ability to deliver much needed infrastructure; the report into childcare facilities in the West that showed 85% did not comply with legal standards; over 100,000 primary school children are in classrooms with over 30 per room; concern that, in spite of promises to increase Garda resources, some areas have fewer Gardaí than in 1988, even though the local population has more than doubled in that time; heightened concerns regarding the possibility that CIA extraordinary rendition flights, involved in the illegal transfer of prisoners to foreign countries for interrogation involving torture, are passing through Irish airports, notably Shannon and Baldonnel; continuing widespread corruption in sea fisheries with a management system that is impossible to police, leading to totally unreliable catch records on which the 2006 quotas announced in Brussels in December are based; the Madden Report into organ retention; the exposure of the Government s attempts to accommodate incinerator company Indaver s objections to waste management rules; P.T.O.
16 1118 Minister Roche s trumpeting of improved recycling rates while we still produce more waste per head than any other country in Europe and three-quarters of material retrieved for recycling is exported; Minister Parlon s advice to those living in areas liable to flooding to avoid having expensive carpets or other valuables in ground floor rooms; the publication of a report from the Pensions Board advocating more state subsidy of private pensions when the state already forgoes more in tax reliefs on private pensions than it spends on state pensions; concerns that the Dormant Accounts Fund will be used by Minister Ó Cuív for political advantage in the run up to the next General Election; the release of yet another report on the regulation of charities while the sixteenth year of inaction by the Government clocks up since legislation was promised in 1990; the introduction of civil partnerships in Northern Ireland and Great Britain; and calls on the Government to: face the fact that the Accident and Emergency Crisis is primarily caused by a shortage of beds in the system and provide the resources necessary to increase the capacity; provide for the proper enforcement of employment regulations rather than trying to reduce immigration at a time when there is a shortage of skilled workers; join with the Green Party in seeking an all-party approach to secure the country s long-term energy requirements over several terms of Government; provide serious support for renewable energy technologies, such as biofuels and wind power, and for energy efficiency measures, to reduce Ireland s contribution to global warming; establish proper control systems for major infrastructural projects to ensure that they deliver on time, on cost and up to standard, especially given the level of expenditure proposed in the Transport 21 plan; provide proper funding for childcare facilities to maintain acceptable standards and to make inspectors reports available to parents; fulfill its promise to have a maximum of 20 pupils per classroom; tackle crime and anti-social behaviour at source with more Gardaí out and about in the communities; honour our international human rights obligations and heed the call of the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Council of Europe to inspect all CIA controlled aircraft passing through Irish airports; seek radical reform of the fisheries policy at EU level before many species are wiped out and set catch quotas that recognise the real crisis in levels of stocks; instigate a statutory inquiry into organ retention as requested by Parents for Justice and to expedite legislation recommended by the Madden Report; abandon the discredited policy of incineration as the main plank of waste management policy; promote a strong campaign for waste reduction and to provide supports for recycling enterprises in Ireland so that we are not exporting jobs as well as waste; take climate change seriously and provide proper protection against flooding and ensure that new development is not allowed in areas liable to flooding;
17 1119 examine reform of the state pension which is proportionally one of the lowest in Europe; set up an independent allocation board to oversee the dispersal of the Dormant Accounts Fund; prioritise the long awaited Charities Regulation Bill so that the public can be confident that the hard-earned cash they donate will be properly used; and establish a facility in the Republic of Ireland for the registration of civil partnerships. Trevor Sargent, John Gormley, Dan Boyle, Ciarán Cuffe, Eamon Ryan, Paul Gogarty. [23 January, 2006] 58. That Dáil Éireann: noting that, the cost of renting buildings for State Departments and agencies has risen by more than 80% in the past two years to over \183 million annually; more than 90% of the total State rent spend being concentrated in the Dublin area, with an uneven distribution of state rents nationwide; a considerable portion of State rents are wastefully expended on unallocated properties; financial institutions and pension funds account for more than \56 million of the State s lease expenditure; property developers and speculators are the principal beneficiaries of the State s annual leasing and rental bill; calls on the Government to: abandon its ill-advised policy of disposing of the psychiatric hospitals, as proposed in the recent report A Vision for Change ; prepare an audit of the assets contained in each hospital complex, with a view to assessing their adaptability and feasibility for use by Government Departments and agencies; examine the value for money aspect of purchasing property for State use, as opposed to leasing property; establish an independent State agency to oversee the management of State accommodation requirements, with a view to securing optimum value for taxpayers money. Paudge Connolly. [28 February, 2006] 59. That Dáil Éireann, noting that the City Development Plan adopted by Dublin City Council in 2005 prohibits any thermal treatment on the Poolbeg Peninsula; calls on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure that the democratic wishes of the elected members of Dublin City Council are upheld and that no further work is carried out in relation to the development of an incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula, Dublin 4 or it s surrounding environs. Arthur Morgan. [7 March, 2006] P.T.O.
18 That Dáil Éireann, having regard to the stated policy of the elected members of Dublin City Council, as set out in the Dublin City Development Plan made on the 14th February, 2005, to oppose the siting of an incinerator on the Poolbeg Peninsula, calls on the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, using his powers under section 24(c) of the Waste Management Act 1996, to require the managers of Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council to vary the replacement waste management plan for the Dublin region, made by them on the 11th November, 2005, by the deletion of paragraph 18.8 and the exclusion of the siting on Poolbeg Peninsula of a waste to energy (incineration) plant; and further calls upon the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to come forward with an environmentally sustainable and practical set of policies that will deal with the island of Ireland s waste management needs while respecting the distribution and location of the population of the island. Ruairi Quinn, Pat Rabbitte, Liz McManus, Emmet Stagg, Thomas P. Broughan, Joan Burton, Joe Costello, Eamon Gilmore, Michael D. Higgins, Brendan Howlin, Kathleen Lynch, Breeda Moynihan-Cronin, Brian O Shea, Jan O Sullivan, Seamus Pattison, Willie Penrose, Seán Ryan, Joe Sherlock, Róisín Shortall, Mary Upton, Jack Wall. [21 March, 2006] 61. That Dáil Éireann, in view of the outrageous remarks made by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in relation to John Gormley, T.D., during the course of Parliamentary Questions to the Minister on 9th March, 2006, notes that the Minister s behaviour was totally unbecoming for a member of this House and calls on the Minister to withdraw the remarks forthwith. Trevor Sargent, John Gormley, Dan Boyle, Ciarán Cuffe, Paul Gogarty, Eamon Ryan.. [21 March, 2006] 62. That Dáil Éireann, recognising the: high cost of gas and electricity to the Irish industrial and domestic consumer and the consequent implications for the economy; increasingly urgent need to foster and encourage the promotion and production of alternative or renewable energy; apparent failure of the Government through deregulation to meet consumer needs and security of supply; lack of a properly funded and co-ordinated plan for the production of bio-fuels, wind/hydro or other alternatives; likely penalties accruing from failure to meet the Kyoto Principles; need to encourage energy and emission labelling in respect of motor transport; need to promote and encourage conservation in respect of home heating; and failure of the Government to take the necessary steps to address these issues. calls on the Government to: introduce ambitious plans to promote and encourage the production of renewable energy; introduce a comprehensive and cross departmental plan to promote the concept of alternative energy with specific responsibilities on the Department of
19 1121 Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Department for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Department of Transport, Department of Agriculture and Food and Department of Finance; evaluate the implications arising from Kyoto and the options available; ensure the immediate provision of the required inter connectors to facilitate security of supply and sale of surplus power when available; encourage energy and emission labelling in respect of motor vehicles, domestic dwellings and public buildings, with the objective of achieving a reduction in consumption, import substitution and greater competition within the market; set up a centre of excellence incorporating Sustainable Energy Ireland and linked into third level institutions to co-ordinate research and development in the promotion and production of alternative energy; encourage the growth of a specific number of tree species with a high carbon sequestration capacity; and introduce an energy policy that will ensure that Irish consumers can avail of energy at competitive prices within Europe. Bernard J. Durkan, Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton, Bernard Allen, Pat Breen, Paul Connaughton, Simon Coveney, Seymour Crawford, John Deasy, Jimmy Deenihan, Damien English, Olwyn Enright, Tom Hayes, Phil Hogan, Paul Kehoe, Padraic McCormack, Shane McEntee, Dinny McGinley, Paul McGrath, Gay Mitchell, Olivia Mitchell, Gerard Murphy, Denis Naughten, Dan Neville, Michael Noonan, Fergus O Dowd, Jim O Keeffe, John Perry, Michael Ring, David Stanton, Billy Timmins, Liam Twomey. [4 April, 2006] 63. That Dáil Éireann: acknowledges the, central role of the postal services in the social and economic life of the country; commitment of the post office, collection and distribution services since the foundation of the State; ongoing need for the provision of a modern, efficient and competitive postal service through An Post, in keeping with the demands and requirements of the domestic and industrial consumer; potential value of the broadly based network of post offices, sub-post offices and staff; and need for the necessary legislative or management decisions required to facilitate the provision of postal, packaging and transmission services in the future; calls on the Government to: address the poor labour relations situation within An Post which has caused unease and distrust in the workforce and clarify the circumstances whereby salary or pension payments or increases, due or anticipated, have not been met; create the climate to facilitate the retention of the post office network including subpost offices and the provision of a modern, competitive, efficient postal service inline with the increasing needs of the consumer; recognise the existence of a public service obligation; provide for the modernisation of the collection, distribution and counter services using modern technology; P.T.O.
20 1122 facilitate the development and extension of a wide range of compatible services through the post offices; and encourage all Government Departments, including the Department of Social and Family Affairs to use the services of An Post for payments or other financial transactions or transmissions. Bernard J. Durkan, Enda Kenny, Richard Bruton, Bernard Allen, Pat Breen, Paul Connaughton, Simon Coveney, Seymour Crawford, John Deasy, Jimmy Deenihan, Damien English, Olwyn Enright, Tom Hayes, Phil Hogan, Paul Kehoe, Padraic McCormack, Shane McEntee, Dinny McGinley, Paul McGrath, Gay Mitchell, Olivia Mitchell, Gerard Murphy, Denis Naughten, Dan Neville, Michael Noonan, Fergus O Dowd, Jim O Keeffe, John Perry, Michael Ring, David Stanton, Billy Timmins, Liam Twomey. [27 September, 2006] 64. That Dáil Éireann, entering the last year of the 29th Dáil and the Government s last chance to tackle the major problems facing the country before they face the electorate, calls on the Government to: end their pro-developer policies in housing and put the needs of those searching for a home first, by committing, like the Green Party, to build 10,000 affordable and social houses every year until the waiting lists are cleared; provide secure long-term tenure for people dependent on the rental sector; deliver better primary care, provide more acute beds and step down facilities, and extend medical card eligibility to pre-1997 levels, in order to address the A&E crisis; provide more resources on the ground for Gardaí, especially for community policing, to tackle crime and declining detection rates, instead of the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform s approach of attempting to legislate the problems away in the Dáil chamber; finally realise that new housing developments need new schools and to plan properly so that a maximum class size of 25 can be achieved in primary schools without resorting to the virtual shift system that some overcrowded schools have been forced to adopt; immediately address the unacceptable burden on parents of childcare costs in this country, which according to the OECD are amongst the highest in Europe, and to initiate immediate reforms of the largely unregulated and underdeveloped childcare sector in Ireland; respond in a serious way to the looming energy crisis by setting a target that 50% of our total energy needs will come from renewables by 2020; adopt country-wide the high energy efficiency standards for buildings already successfully achieved by Green Party councillors in Fingal and Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown; end the ideological rift between Government parties that has held up the provision of extra buses and bring pressure to bear to solve the farcical delay in the introduction of integrated ticketing; bring forward plans for the Dublin Metro, Luas extensions, Cork suburban railway and the Western Rail Corridor which are more urgent than ever given increased road congestion around our cities and rising petrol prices; abolish tax relief schemes that have little social, economic and environmental purpose and are primarily being used by the super rich to avoid paying taxes; re-introduce the levy on the huge profits being made by the banks at 5%;
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