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The Labour Party in Bray is hosting a meeting covering the area of NAMA &

The Irish Economy next Wednesday, April 7th at 9.00pm in the Strand Hotel,

Seafront, Bray. The guest speaker will be Pat Rabbitte TD, former Labour

Leader and currently Spokesperson on Justice.

Liz McManus active in the Dail

 

Liz McManus , Dail activities during the week  24.01.2010- 29.01.2010

 

 
Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Last year broadcasting legislation was passed by the two Houses and the Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was charged with carrying out a selection process for appointments to the boards of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and RTE. That process was completed before Christmas. We all know the Minister, Deputy Ryan, has an eccentric view regarding appointments to the public services. He seems to think a telephone call and a chat is enough.
We now have a situation where, I understand, four Cabinet meetings have been held and yet these appointments have not been made. I have no idea what is going on, but the committee on which I sit carried out its duty in an exemplary fashion. We made our recommendations to the Minister, Deputy Ryan. He does not have to accept them, but we have no word—–
 

Question 48: To ask the Minister for Finance if the public sector pay cuts apply when contract employees in a university here have their funding 100% sourced from philanthropic or private sources; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Brian Lenihan Jnr
(Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act, 2009 makes provision for the reduction in the pay rates of all persons employed by public service bodies with effect from 1 January 2010. Universities come under the definitions within the Act as public service bodies, contract researchers where they are employed by such a public service body are subject to the pay reductions provided for under the legislation.

Question 89: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when digital closed circuit television will be provided to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Wicklow to replace the out of date analogue system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

John Curran
(Minister of State, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the recording equipment currently employed for the existing Garda CCTV system in the station referred to by the Deputy will be replaced with digital recording equipment during the first quarter of 2010.

 Question 115: To ask the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will give assurances for continued funding in 2011, 2012 and onwards for a community development project (details supplied) in County Wicklow in order for it to continue its work with the County Wicklow partnership; if the current level of funding will continue into the future; his views on the important work being carried out by the community development projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter

John Curran
(Minister of State, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)

As I outlined previously to the House, my Department has seen the need to redesign its community development/social inclusion programmes, particularly the Local Development Social Inclusion (LDSIP) and Community Development Programmes (CDP), drawing on good international practice and to support the ongoing evaluation of the programmes. Both programmes have a community development element and were delivered through separate local delivery structures. These programmes came to an end on 31 December 2009 and have been superseded by a new programme, the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

The aim of the new programme is to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities.

The new programme will preserve elements of good practice from the CDP/LDSIP Programmes and will enable groups to objectively demonstrate the positive impacts they are securing for local communities. An implementation strategy, involving the stakeholders, is underway in preparation for LCDP roll-out over the course of 2010.

In advance of proceeding to establish a single programme across CDPs and Partnerships, my Department undertook an evaluation of individual community development projects. Many of these projects span across two decades, with quite diverse activities. The objective of the review was to identify those projects that produce tangible, appropriate benefits for the communities they serve. The vast majority of projects, including the project referred to by the Deputy, fall into this category and have been offered funding under the new programme in 2010. Where projects were not recommended for continued funding, an appropriate appeals mechanism has been provided.

I am pleased to have been able to ring-fence funding for community development projects for 2010 and to maintain it at 2009 levels. In few other areas of public spending has it been possible to do this. The Deputy will appreciate that ongoing funding for 2011 and beyond will be subject to budgetary considerations at the appropriate time.



 

Forget the minimum wage and work for nothing!

Work Placement Program (WPP)

Languishing on the Dole for the last 12 months and not in receipt of any payments (because I was self-employed) I heard about this program, and thought I would go down to the local FAS office here in Wicklow Town and enquire about this possibility for myself!

As usual I was met with the usual courtesy .The FAS officer reminded me that they were always available, no appointment was necessary and we got down to business

I wanted to know if there was a possibility I could take advantage of this program.

Cheerfully she informed me I would be eligible for this program (now we are getting places I thought!)

Then out of the blue I was told that whilst I could theoretically get a placing for up to nine months in a company, I would be working without pay for those nine months.

As I am not in receipt of any payments from the department of social welfare or FAS itself.

I would not receive any funds from these state bodies nor would I receive any payment from the company I was working for!

So we have now reached the bottom in the Irish labour market, forget the minimum wage, with the new changes to the FAS rules at the last budget in December.

Brian Lenihian now expects the unemployed to work for nothing!

The sense of injustice is just sickening, as I have worked all my life and paid my taxes and yet I see people who have not contributed to the state collect payments!

It’s almost a crime to be Irish in Ireland now! FAS may not have any more money to pay

For the training and up skilling of the unemployed as a result of their incompetence

And questionable financial practices.

I appeal to the minster concerned to ratify this obvious abuse of the Unemployed and I call on all TD’s to demand that this practice be immediately revoked

I particularly call on the local TD’s for my area, to publicly show their support for the unemployed of Wicklow and support this petition.

Liz McManus TD liz.mcmanus@oireachtas.ie,

Joe Behan TD joe.behan@oireachtas.ie

Andrew Doyle andrew.doyle@finegael.ie

Billy Timmins billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie

Dick Roche dick.roche@oireachtas.ie


Social welfare fraud

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Question 86: To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the estimated fraud rate within each scheme and the target savings she is setting for each scheme in 2010.

Mary Hanafin
(Minister, Department of Social and Family Affairs; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)

In order to identify fraud and error levels in schemes the Department carries out detailed fraud and error surveys on individual schemes. These surveys provide evidence based indicators for the levels of fraud and error within those schemes at that particular time.

As reported by the Comptroller and Auditor General the percentage of expenditure resulting from fraud identified in these surveys ranged from 0% for pensioners, to 0.1% for Illness Benefit, 0.8% for the Family Income Supplement, 1.8% for Child Benefit, 2.3% for the Disability Allowance and 6.4% for the One Parent Family Payment. A fraud and error survey is currently underway on Jobseeker’s Allowance and the results of that will be available by quarter 2, 2010.

Although the level of fraud on most schemes is very low, within schemes, some categories of claimants can be a much higher risk than others and when these are identified the Department moves to address the issue.

Because of the resources involved, the Department’s goal is to carry out fraud and error surveys on each of the major schemes every two years. This frequency is considered reasonable having regard to the need to consider the impact of measures taken to address issues raised in previous surveys.

The amount of money recorded as control savings by the Department at the end of 2009 was €484 million. This represented an increase of €8 million on 2008 figures.

In 2009 over 750,000 claims were reviewed, 20% more than the target for the year. The total control savings target for 2010 is €533m.

Additional savings are being sought on the One Parent Family and Illness Benefit payments, bringing the total targets for these schemes to approximately €100m and €110m respectively. A target of €110m has also been set for pensions, including additional savings on the non-contributory scheme.

Over €82million is being targeted on Child Benefit, approximately €81m is being targeted on jobseeker’s payments and €16.5m is expected to be saved on carers payments.

The remaining sums are €17m on the Family Income Supplement, €10m on the Supplementary Welfare Allowance and €6m in the PAYE and PRSI areas.

The vast majority of people who seek a Social Welfare payment are doing so correctly and within their entitlement. However, I am determined to ensure that abuse of the social welfare system is prevented and is dealt with effectively when detected. To this end, the control programme of the Department is carefully monitored and the various measures are continuously refined to ensure that they remain effective. The 2010 targets take account of the extra anti-fraud powers provided in the Social Welfare Bill.

Stop this slaughter now!

 

Denmark’s hidden shame!.

The sea is stained in red and in the mean while it’s not because of the climate effects of nature.

It’s because of the cruelty that the human beings (civilised human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.

This happens every year in Feroe Iland in Denmark . In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.

WHY?

A celebration, to show that they are adults and mature!

In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty “supporting like a spectator”

Is it necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, it’s near extinction and they get near men to play and interact. In a way of PURE friendship

They don’t die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child.

But he suffers and there’s no compassion while this magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood

Stop this slaughter now!


We will send this mail until this email arrives in any association defending the animals, we won’t only read. That would make us accomplices, viewers.

Take care of the world, it is your home!

Assine contra essa crueldade:

Sign Against this cruelty:

1.- Ana kARINA Rivas (m) Mexico DF

2.- Carlos Enrique Bulle-Goyri. DF

3.- Alejandra Nabarro ( Mexico Cuernavaca )

4.- Esteban criz mejia. Mexico DF

5.-ANDREA GONZALEZ ALVAREZ ( MEXICO )

6.-González Alvarez Victor Rodrigo

7.-Ines Garcia Perez (México)

8.-Stella Morales (México)

9.-lgarcia (México)

10.-Leticia Cuéllar (México)

11.-Salma Urbina Aguilar (Quintana Roo, México)

12.-DIANA LUCELLY POOT PUC (quintana roo, mexico )

13.-Josue Acero Gonzalez ( Quintana Roo , Mexico )

14.-Micaela Medina ( Argentina )

15.-sofia bidondo( Argentina )

16.- Ma. Marta Soruco ( Argentina )

17.- Cyntia Mariela Roitman ( Argentina )

18.-Aldana Martínez ( Argentina )

19.- Adriana Salomon ( Argentina )

20.-fernando valussi( argentina )

21.-MARIANELA SANCHEZ( ARGENTINA )

22.- Leyes Alberto Fabian ( Argentina ).-

23.- Augusto Patricio Mateos ( Argentina – Chaco )

24.- Maria Alejandra Bury ( Argentina – Chaco )

25.- Claudio Alexis Agnesio ( Argentina – Chaco )

26.- Cesar Abel Falcon(Argentina-Chaco)

27-MARIANA GOMEZ MARTINEZ

28-SILVIA CLAUDIA GIMENEZ

29-NELIDA BEATRIZ MARTINEZ

30-MARIA ESTHER URSU

31- NATHIA JUDKEVICH ( Argentina )

32-MARINA JUDKEVICH ( Argentina )

33-MARIANA JUDKEVICH (Aregentina)

34- Bogado Espinoza, Lorena Abi ( Argentina )

35- Ortiz, Natalia Muriel ( Argentina )

36- Marcelo Rodrigues de Rezende (Sorocaba-Brasil)

37- Thais Chenchi Santana (Sorocaba-Brasil)

38- Lilian Yoshie Kato ( Sorocaba – Brasil)

39 – DIOGO CRISTO ( Sorocaba – Pindorama – Gaya )

40 – DANILO GOMES ( Sorocaba – Cidade de Mentiras)

41- Tiago Holtz Guerreiro (Sorocaba- Brasil)

42 – Laura Nunes Garcia Vieira ( Sorocaba – Brasil)

43 – Anderson Schmitt Junkes (Jandira – Brasil)

44 – Eronides Santos Filho (Jandira – Brasil)

45 – Suzana Lopes Ribeiro ( Jandira – Brasil )

46 – Paulo Henrique Ferreira (Cotia/SP Brasil)

47 – André Luiz da Fonseca Roberto ( Carapicuiba/ Brasil )

48 – Jean Paulo Camargo Costa (CARAPICUIBA/ BRASIL)

49 – Rodrigo de Jesus Ferreira (Jandira – Brasil)

50- Bárbara Tabain Seslija de Sá (Jandira – SP – Brasil)

51 – Ana paula Morina Ferreira (Barueri – SP – Brasil)

52-Bárbara Louise (São Paulo-SP-Brasil)

53-Diego Lima (Carapicuíba-SP-Brasil)

54 – Wanda leila de Oliveira marra ( Osasco – SP –Brasil )

55 – Joilva Duarte (Osasco-Brasil)

56 – Patricia M. Dias ( São Paulo – Brasil)

57- Eduardo M. Dias ( São Paulo – Brasil)

58 – Wagner R. Franco (São Paulo – Brasil)

59- Ruth Cristina Serafim (São Paulo – Brasil)

60- Thiago Silva (São Paulo – Brasil)

61 – Cristiano S. de Moraes (Rio de Janeiro – Brasil)

62 – Kelly Lopes Dias (São Paulo – Brasil)

63 – Fábio Ferreira / São Paulo – Brasil

64- Fábio Araujo / São paulo – Brasil

65- Marcia Stevaux/ São Paulo – Brasil

66 – Débora Gisele Ferraz – Brasil

67- Andrea Alexandre de Carvalho

68 – Adilson dos Santos Pinto (Cruzeiro SP)

69 – Francisco ReZende (Lorena-SP)

70- Mislane Souza Prates( São Paulo-Brasil)

71 – Janderson Dutra (Rio de Janeiro-RJ – Brasil)

72 – CECÍLIA SANTOS (SÃO PAULO) – BRASIL

73- KÁTIA I. SANTOS ( SÃO PAULO ) – BRASIL

74- Maria L Lima – (Rolândia – Brasil)

75 – Marilise G.Z. Solle (Rolândia-Brasil)

76- Luis Fernando Silva de Almeida (Rolândia Pr- Brasil)

77- Adriana Amaral de Souza (Rolândia Pr – Brasil)

78 – Carlos Alberto Ferreira do Amaral (Rolãndia PR – Brasil)

79 – Lilian Carla de Souza Gonzalez ( Londrina – Pr. – Brasil)

80 – Ailton Valdivino da Silva – (Uberlândia – MG – Brasil)

81 – Heliza Piosiadlo (Uberlândia – MG – Brasil

82 – Patrícia Cordeiro ( Joaçaba-SC-Brasil)

83 – Danielle Argenton (Herval D’ Oeste – SC – Brasil)

84 – Valdirene Soares ( Joaçaba – SC – BRASIL )

85 – Luiz Sérgio Belló – Joaçaba SC Brasil

86- Eduardo Wieser -SC- Brasil

87- Julio Pancera ( Navegantes , SC – Brasil)

88- Fredi Goede ( Pomerode , SC Brasil)

89 – Mario L.Fanton

90 – Valério Littig ( Curitiba – Brasil )

100-cassia cavalheiro

101 – Paulo Terumitsu Ishii [ Curitiba – Paraná – Brasil]

102- Caroline Niro ( Curitiba – Paraná – Brasil

103-Alexandre Batista(Londres-Inlaterra)

104-udson bergues de almeida

105 – Inês Calazans, Alemanha

106 – Anabela Martins – Portugal

107 – Luisa Sequeira – Silves / PORTUGAL

108 – Alzira Rodrigues – Silves / Portugal

109 – Cremilde Ribeiro – A.. de Pêra / Portugal

110 – Augusto Miguens – Elvas / Portugal

111 – Natália miguens – Elvas / Portugal

112 – Manuela Santos – Carcavelos / Portugal

113 – Carla Santos – Oeiras / Portugal

114 – Maria Carlos Barreto de Carvalho – Carcavelos / Portugal

115 – Eliete Mendes – Lisboa / Portugal

116 – Conceição Oliveira – Lisboa / Portugal

117 – Mariana Domingues – Portugal

118 – Joana Murtinha – Portugal

119 – Filipa Almeida – Portugal

120 – Iolanda Fontes – South Africa

121 – Kalen Viljoen – South Africa

122 – Wendy Golding – South Africa

123 – Inge Strugnell – Botswana

124 – Philippa Lee – Botswana

125 – Ilse Swart

126 – Miche de beer

127 – Celeste Smit

128 – Jeneane Fourie

129. Stefnie de Beer (SA) Human beings ? How can we call ourselves that !

130 Corné van Staden

131 Anna-Marié van Staden

132. Sheralee Scott ( South Africa )

133 Bev Hindmarch ( South Africa )

134. Ian Pardy (SA)

135. Dominic Porter (SA)

136. Carl Bennett (SA) Sick Bastards!!

137 Dieter Rossler South Africa uncivilised idiots

138. Vigie Naidoo, Johannesburg South Africa (how far western man??)

139. Rodney Reddy S.A. — lily-livered, sure they’l never dare try this with some tiger or bull sharks

140. Mira Naidoo, Johannesburg South Africa (shameful specimens called humans)

141. Rocco Steffannelli, Bari Italy (senseless killing)

142. Christian Hoffer, Mank Austria (Neanderthals!)?

143. Sarah Caine (SA)

144. Lorraine Caine (SA)

145. Elaine Caine (Sa)

146. Lorraine Isaac (SA)

147. Ronnie Isaac(SA)

148. Angelique Mason(SA)

149. Alysha Isaac (SA)

150. Mary Joe Emde (SA)

151. Nalisha Gangadien SA)

152. Charlene Gangadien (SA)

153. Cordelia Soobramoney

154. Nicholas Soobramoney

155.. Gabriela Pillay

156. Sarah Pillay

157. Jaeden Chetty

158. Sam Chetty

159. Dean Prinsloo

160. Nicole Pillay

161. Janine Geldenhys

162. Noeleen Pillay

163. Vigie Naidoo, Johannesburg South Africa (Nordic barbarism!! – Climate Change?- go figure?)

164. Colette Boyd

165. Tanya Scheffel

166. Rob Armstrong

167. Megan Adriaanzen – Jhb S.A. This is the most appallingly, disgusting thing I have ever seen!!!

168. Gareth Adriaanzen

169. Aldorette Swanepoel

170. Steve Maree – Durban , South Africa

171. Karen Robjant – and they are supposed to come from a civilised country – very sick people

172 Gerhard Janse van Rensburg – Durban South Africa

173 Keagen Janse van Rensburg – Durban South Africa

174 Trent Janse van Rensburg – Durban South Africa

175 Graham Robjant – Durban South Africa

176 Tamaryn Robjant – Durban South Africa

177 Beryl Robjant – Durban South Africa

178 Joan Austin – Durban South Africa

179 Simone Heijmans-Durban South Africa

180 REMON HEIJMANS-DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA

181 RENTIA HEIJMANS-DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA

182 RICKIE HEIJMANS – DURBAN SA

183 LEANIE HEIJMANS – DURBAN SA

184 JACKIE HEIJMANS – DURBAN SA

185 KEANU ROBERTSE – DURBAN SA

186 MALISSA ROBERTSE – DURBAN SA

187 BRIGITTA STEYN –DURBAN SA

188 MATTHEUS STEYN –DURBAN SA

189 MARCEL HEIJMANS-DURBAN SA

190 WOUTER HEIJMANS-DURBAN SA

191 EMIEL HEIJMANS-DURBAN SA

192 PASCALLE CLOETTE -DURBAN SA

193 EDWIN HEIJMANS-DURBAN SA

194 JESSICA HEIJMANS – DURBAN SA

195 LEN CLOETTE – DURBAN SA

196 GEOFFREY CLOETTE –SA

197 Janice Wittrup SA

198 Tempest Hindman (Aus)

199 Gary Hindman (Aus)

200 Eben van der Watt (UK)

201 Jeandre van der Watt (UK)

202 Armand van der Watt (UK)

203 Jetro Smith ( UK )

204 Morne du Preez ( UK )

205 Joey Wasiliew ( USA )

206 Willie Olivier, Cape Town (uncivilized barbarians)

207 Andre’ Groenewald, Durban (SA)

208 Chris Goldmann Carvoeiro, Portugal

209 Gary Fonternel – Australia

210 Simon Lewis – Australia

211 Scott Wetherall – New Zealand

212 Jeremy Cusiel – Perth

213 Victoria Verity – Perth

214 Karen Stockin – New Zealand

215 Monika Merriman- NZ

216..Linda Jennings Sydney , Australia

217. Margaret Burgess , New South Wales , Australia

218 Merrill Duffy Australia

219. Margaret Ward – Australia

220 Sandy Jones, NSW Aust

221 Jacqui Bright N.S.W. AUST.

222 Penelope Chambers, Qld , Australia

223 Kim Grant, Sydney , Australia

224 Pua Soliola, Sydney , Australia

225 R’Chee Saipele, Auckland , New Zealand

226 Kim Watts, Auckland , NZ

227 Jenny Korff

228 John Baker, Auckland , New Zealand

229 Paul Baker Auckland New Zealand

230 Jocelyn Dutton Auckland New Zealand

231 Michael Dutton Auckland New Zealand

232 Susan Mann Auckland New Zealand

232 Brian Mann Auckland New Zealand

233 Philip Harris Auckland

234 Eden Moss, Auckland , New Zealand

235 John Moss Auckland New Zealand

236 Pat Moss Auckland New Zealand

237 Mel Orange, Wellington , New Zealand

238 John HOLLAND , South Australia

239 Pauline Macdonald South Australia

240 Helen M south Australia

241 Deidre Coulthard Sth Australia (gee some humans can be sick-bastards alright…..you wonder what planet they come from??…..WE ARE DOOMED!!)

242. Veronica Coulthard , South Australia (sick alright, poor dolphins)

243. Rachel Salmon , South Australia , Australia (how can anyone be called a human to do such senseless acts to such beautiful creatures!!)

244. David Salmon , South Australia , Australia

245. Deb Frank , South Australia , Australia …….absolutely disgraceful!

246. Kathrine Kosmina , South Australia , Australia …words fail me!!!

247. Leanne Mudge , South Australia , Australia

248. Sandra Martin

249. Linda Raison , South Australia , Australia

250 Peter Dorsett, South Australia

251. Helli Meinecke , South Australia

252. Clair Marslen , South Australia

253. Frank Aarts , Australia

254. Deanna Dorward , Australia

255. Thea Aarts , Australia

256. Margie Aarts , Australia

257 Maree Bath , QUeensland , Australia ..

258 Jennifer Walker , Queensland , Australia

259 Jan Deacon, Queensland , Australia – so very very sad!

260 Judy Dixon , Queensland , Australia – unbelievable

261 Susan Jenkin, currently NT, Australia .

262 Del Aulich, Melbourne , Australia- This is unacceptable- must be stopped!w

263 Judith Shapland Melbourne Aust: Who the hell are these so called human beings I am outrages that this should be happening as a global community we need to ban together to stop it!!!!!!!!

264 Deborah Chubb

265 Ray Robinson, Melbourne , Australia . This will not stop until our tears of outrage mingle with the blood of these beautiful creatures.

266 Christina Higgs Melbourne Australia. Unbelievable and so horrible, this has to stop.

267 Diane Beck, Mansfield Australia

268 Christine Davis Redcar England

269 Maureen Tosh, Redcar, England

270 Sandra O’Shea, Nunthorpe England.

271 Moyra Gibb, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

272 Alan Gibb, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

273 Margaret Smith, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

274 Ian Smith, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

275 Anne Ward,Edinburgh, Scotland

276 G V Ward, Edinburgh, Scotland

277 D Johnstone, Sanquhar, Scotland

288 Janet Brown Edinburgh, Scotland

289 morag mccall ,scotland

290 Laura cowan Aberdeen Scotland

291 Marx Murdoch Aberdeen Scotland

292 vicki keraghan invergordon scotland

293 Mieke Horsburgh, Invergordon, Scotland

294 David Horsburgh, Invergordon Scotland

295 Moira Adam, Blackisle, Scotland.

296 Claire Russell, Daviot, Inverness, Scotland

297 Heather Sutherland-Fraser – Black Isle, Scotland

298 Alison McMillan – Inverness, Scotland

299 Gillian MacAskill, Nairn, Scotland

300 Lesley Moore, Nairn, Scotland

301 Davy Orr, Inverness, Scotland

302 Eleanor James, Johnstone Scotland – Once again males (not men) prove how cruel and idiotic they are. I’m ashamed to be human.

303 Dot Spragg. England

304 Barry Spragg. England

305 Sally Moorey, England

306 Paul Wallace, England

307 Trudi OConnor, England

308 Elaine Grayson, England

309 Elaine Whitehead, England

310 Lynn Chapman, England

311 John Moutrey, England

312 David Webb, England

313 Trevor Clayton, England

314 Paul Bowring, England

315 Paul and Jackie Edwards, Shropshire, England

316 Jeremy and Marie Ransom

317 Chris Barrow

318 Aileen Robertson, Edinburgh, Scotland

319 Nina Porter, Inverness-shire, Scotland

320 Margaret Le May, Nairn, Scotland

321 Iain & Kirstine McKenzie,iEast Linton, Scotland

322 Jim Merry,Dunbar,Scotland

323 Ken Riva, Livingston,Scotland

324 Brenda Riva, Scotland

325 Graham Parker, Scotland

326 Anne Morgan Scotland

327 HJ Kerr

328 T M Birch Wales

329 Charlie Kavanagh Ireland

330 Thomas Clarke Ireland
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331  Lauren Clarke   Wicklow Town /Ireland

332 Stephen Clarke   Wicklow Town /Ireland

Anybody who loves the sea cannot ignore this cruelty; this is truly shocking behaviour coming from the country that hosted the world’s largest climate change conference.

 Shame on Denmark!

I call upon the Minster of the environment Mr John Gormely and the Irish Government to immediately call upon the Danish Government to ban this barbaric activity

No sane person could condone this slaughter

Please help stop this madness!

Liz McManus Dail action

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Question 86: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if she will introduce legislation governing in vitro fertilisation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Mary Harney
(Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Independent)

My Department is developing proposals for an appropriate regulatory framework, including legislation, in respect of Assisted Human Reproduction. The work involves, among other things, examining the approaches to regulation in other jurisdictions and considering the ethical and legal issues that arise. It will also take into account any report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children in response to the referral to it in 2005 of the Report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction and the forthcoming judgment of the Supreme Court in the RvR (frozen embryos) case.

The work that the Department of Health and Children is undertaking is intended to result in policy proposals for a legal framework for this area. This work involves exploring and examining areas such as:

legal parentage;

access to treatment services;

certain practices on gametes and in vitro embryos;

donations of sperm, ova and embryos;

arrangements for consent; and

many other areas that are impacted by this wide and complex area.

The development and use of Assisted Human Reproduction technologies raises legal, social and ethical issues that are complex and profound.

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Question 138: To ask the Minister for Health and Children if a derogation from the moratorium on staff recruitment will be applied in order that commitments given in the context of reconfiguration in the north east and in the mid-west can be fulfilled; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Mary Harney
(Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Independent)

In order to implement savings measures on public service numbers, the Government introduced a moratorium on recruitment, promotion, or payment of an allowance for the performance of duties at a higher grade with effect from 27 March 2009 to end 2010. A HSE circular has issued which gives effect to the Government decision in the public health services and other specific aspects of the employment control framework for the health services.

The HSE will be focusing on the scope that exists within the health services for reorganising and restructuring of work in order to minimise the impact on essential service delivery. The redeployment and reassignment of existing staff will also support the reorientation of care from hospitals to the community and to facilitate the development of integrated care. It is seeking a high level of flexibility from staff and unions to achieve this. The Government decision has been modulated to ensure that key services are maintained insofar as possible in the health services, particularly in respect of children at risk, older people and persons with a disability.

In addition, the employment control framework specifically exempts certain front line grades in the health sector from the moratorium and it allows for a growth in the number of those posts within the overall approved employment ceiling (111,800) for the health sector. The framework also includes provision for the creation of 225 new development posts this year for cancer, mental health and disability services. In addition, special provisions apply in relation to certain specialist grades under the National Cancer Control Programme. The focus on these key grades is in line with existing Government policy on the prioritisation of certain development areas, for which significant funding has already been provided. The overall result will be to assist in the reorientation of health employment to services delivered in primary and community care.

The operation of the framework, including the moratorium on recruitment, is kept under review by my Department, in consultation with the Department of Finance and the Health Service Executive.

Liz McManus in the Dail

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Question 32: To ask the Minister for Transport the status of all leases of port company lands; if all of the chairpersons of the ten State commercial port companies have replied to the request for this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Noel Dempsey
(Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)

As I indicated during the Dáil debates on the Harbours (Amendment) Act 2009, I wrote to all ten chairpersons of the State commercial port companies requesting details of all leases of port company lands.

I have now received responses from eight of the ten companies and I expect to receive the two outstanding responses shortly. The status of the leases is in the first instance a matter for the port companies themselves and would be subject to commercial sensitivity.

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Question 47: To ask the Minister for Transport the position regarding the development of Bremore Port, County Meath; if he has reviewed the recent viewing arrangements for key planning applications at Bremore; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Noel Dempsey
(Minister, Department of Transport; Meath West, Fianna Fail)

Drogheda Port Company, together with their partners Castlemarket Holdings, are continuing to progress their plans to develop a deepwater port facility at Bremore.

I understand that pre-planning consultations have taken place with An Bord Pleanála. However, to date no planning application has been lodged in respect of the development.

In July this year, Drogheda Port Company made an application to me for a ministerial order to extend the company’s harbour limits to the area around the Bremore site.

A public consultation with respect of such orders is not a statutory requirement. However, public consultation was carried out prior to a previous alteration of the company’s harbour limits in 2004 and the company conducted a similar consultation in this instance.

This is not a planning application and any order made has no consequence in terms of planning legislation.

The consultation period concluded on 9 September and the documentation has now been returned to me with a confirmation from the Gardaí that it was on public display from 19 August for a period of 21 days.

I have received a number of submissions in response to the consultation and am in the process of considering these before making my decision regarding the order.

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