O'Donovan, Patrick

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Legislative Programme

The draft general scheme of the Data Sharing and Governance Bill was approved by the Government and published in August 2015. The purpose of the Bill is to promote and encourage data sharing betwe...More Button

Pre-legislative scrutiny hearings on the Bill were held in April and May by the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach. Officials of the Department of Public Ex...More Button

The Government reform unit in the Department is responsible for progressing the Bill. In conjunction with other duties, three members of staff of the unit, in consultation with colleagues in the...More Button

Legislative Programme (Continued)

The Deputy is correct. There were many recommendations made, of which the Department is cognisant, as is the Data Protection Commissioner, and they were taken into account in many of the discussio...More Button

We welcome the Deputy's support. He is correct. The regulations from the European Union are time sensitive and we want to make sure we progress the Bill. Because so many concerns were raised at ...More Button

Public Services Card

Deputy Calleary is embarrassing me now.More Button

We will have to leave Deputy Calleary out of the finance committee.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Deputy Dara Calleary knows that only too well.More Button

Special Educational Needs

I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister of State, Deputy Finian McGrath. I have some knowledge of this service because it is not far from my area. I am based almost as close to the cent...More Button

I am pleased to outline the position on services for young people with disabilities who need continuing supports from the health services. The Government is committed to providing services and s...More Button

The HSE disability services engage in a detailed and person-centred process with a wide range of agencies every year to identify the most appropriate service provider and quantum of service to me...More Button

Some 291 applications were submitted to the Cork Kerry community health care disability services under the 2017 school leavers process, including four from Nano Nagle school in Listowel.More Button

Special Educational Needs (Continued)

A placement was offered to each and every one of these applicants. However, 57 deferred their placement, chose another option or the individuals remained in school for another year.More Button

Notwithstanding that, the Cork and Kerry community health care organisation, CHO, acknowledges that there are some shortcomings in the school leaver process. In order to enhance the process, the...More Button

The Minister of State acknowledges that there are still a number of deficits in the school leaver process that are common to all parts of the country. The available funding does not provide for ...More Button

On behalf of the Minister of State, I wish to inform the House that the assessment of needs for each individual school leaver who will require a day service in 2018 has already commenced and a va...More Button

I do not disagree with anything the Deputies have said. Every Deputy will have encountered the parents of children who face personal difficulties in life. The disability sector is one of those ar...More Button

As Deputies Brassil and Ferris suggested, if logistical and practical elements can be changed on the ground through dialogue without requiring a pile of money or, indeed, any additional money, th...More Button

I have some knowledge of this area because I know a great deal of the west Limerick terrain, and the next closest town to Glin, Athea, Mountcollins and Abbeyfeale is Listowel. No less than is th...More Button

This is an emotive and sensitive issue. I welcome the fact that the Deputies have raised it in the House in a constructive manner. The Department involved is not mine, so the only commitment th...More Button

Tax Avoidance (Continued)

I am taking this issue on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Donohoe. The Minister is aware of the publication by media outlets of infor...More Button

The Minister asked that I reiterate that the sooner the ICIJ makes the papers publicly available, the better. Revenue has already spoken to the Minister. As far as I know, the Minister was with t...More Button

Everybody in the House would agree that the Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform will not and has not been found wanting in respect of issues in the past. We do not have ev...More Button

As he stated in the reply I have given to the House, the sooner these papers are published and made available the better because it will allow Revenue and other tax authorities around the world, ...More Button

We have no interest in having a question mark over our reputation and it is certainly not the way the Revenue Commissioners operate. Deputy Burton was a Minister and knows it is in Ireland's best ...More Button