O'Shea, Brian

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 681 Nbr. 4


Priority Questions - Overseas Missions.

Asked the Minister for Defence: the restrictions placed on Defence Forces personnel serving in Chad in terms of sporting activities in which they are permitted to engage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Minister said the decision was taken in light of the need to have all troops ready for duty and that permanent repatriation was not something that could be countenanced. How many troops have b...More Button

If I understood the Minister correctly, the two sports that are banned are soccer and volleyball. Are other physical contact sports banned or is it possible for troops to play them?More Button

I was puzzled how volleyball could be one of the sports that is restricted. What sports are restricted? Is this bad for morale? Physical contact sports, be they in Chad or in Ireland, are a good...More Button

I understand that there was a significant cost in repatriating one soldier who was working in Chad. I also understand that he had to be accompanied by a medical person. Is that the real reason? ...More Button

The Minister’s reply only goes so far. He has not told me how many people were repatriated due to sports injuries.More Button

Were they all repatriated due to sports injuries?More Button

The question was about the number sent home due to sports injuries. Can we overdo the health and safety aspect? Deputy Aylward would be very much aware of a serious enough injury to one of the Ki...More Button

The Minister is not providing evidence that there was a great number of injuries. As far as I am aware, only one such injury has been recorded. Is this sufficient reason to deny physical contact ...More Button

Priority Questions - Defence Forces Equipment.

Asked the Minister for Defence: the way the saving of 48% will be achieved in Air Corps equipment and expenses in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My recollection is that the October budget called for a reduction of 44% and it has now moved to 48%. Where is the additional reduction of 4% implemented? Between the fixed-wing aircraft and heli...More Button

How will the 4% saving in payroll costs be achieved?More Button

Is the figure as high as 4%? If pensions are counted under a separate head, the 4% figure is not a net saving in the Department’s overall budget. Or is it the case that, if the Air Corps is...More Button

To achieve the 4%, how many positions in the Air Corps will not be replaced?More Button

Other Questions - Defence Forces Recruitment.

I received representations from an individual in south Tipperary who indicated that there were 20 people in the recruitment process. The recruitment process has stopped because of the announcement...More Button

Some people have indicated they would go without the payment.More Button

Other Questions - Naval Service Vessels.

I was surprised to discover that there is not a preventative maintenance manual for each vessel. I would have thought that such manuals would be provided as a matter of course. Are makers’ ...More Button

So the management team has been established.More Button

I take the Minister’s point with regard to the fact that restrictions have not been placed on him in the context of proceeding to acquire the three new vessels that are needed. However, shou...More Button

Other Questions - Reserve Defence Force.

Asked the Minister for Defence: if there will be recruitment into the Reserve Defence Force during 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Regarding the members of the Reserve Defence Force who were scheduled to engage in action with the Permanent Defence Force later this year, that plan has been abandoned.More Button

Overseas, yes. Is there any possibility that decision can be reviewed? Does the Minister intend communicating with the Minister for Finance on that issue or is the only reason it was abandoned fi...More Button

Written Answers - Defence Forces Equipment.

Asked the Minister for Defence: the way the €30 million reduction in defence spending, announced in the 7 April 2009 supplementary budget, will be achieved; the instances in which plans to acquire new equipment during 2009 w...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding.

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: the way the EU Globalisation Adjustment Fund which was launched two years ago under Regulation 1927/2006 is being promoted here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: her proposals to make it mandatory for all employers to have appropriate personal insurance cover for all of their employees; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment: her proposals to provide compensation for employees injured at work when the [854]employer goes into receivership and no employee liability insurance was in place before...More Button

Written Answers - Coastal Erosion.

Asked the Minister for Finance: the funds that have been provided in 2009 for works to combat coastal erosion in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Nursing Home Subventions.

Asked the Minister for Health and Children: her proposals to improve the length of time it is taking to process nursing home subvention applications in Waterford city and county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button