Fitzgerald, Frances

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Dealing with these issues is a priority for the Government. It is a priority for the Minister for Health, as every action he has taken supports that. This is shown by the budget that has been giv...More Button

There is much work to be done. Nobody questions that. I ask the Deputy to look at four hospitals with the lowest numbers on trolleys since 2006, Beaumont, Mayo, Cavan and Connolly. It is impor...More Button

No doubt there is a huge challenge. Given the demographics, the fact people are living longer and the demand on the health services, and as we develop more primary care centres, of course, the d...More Button

The truth in regard to waiting lists is that the latest NTPF figures show that the number of patients waiting for a procedure has fallen by over 2,000 in the past month and it is the third month ...More Button

I accept the Deputy's point that more needs to be done - we cannot relax for one moment in regard to this because of the level of demand - but let us look at what is happening in the context of t...More Button

On the Deputy's point that patients were suspended because their doctors had decided they were unfit or unable to attend for clinical or personal social reasons, that is a reasonable thing to do ...More Button

The Minister has accepted the Deputy's broader point about the accuracy of waiting lists and how waiting lists in this country compare with those internationally. Trinity College is conducting a...More Button

The Deputy referred to individual cases. Of course, nobody wants to see anybody waiting a day longer than is necessary.More Button

It is extremely important that the Deputy accepts that every effort is being made to deal with the waiting lists. The trend is going in the right direction. I accept that is no help for the indiv...More Button

The point is that it is an absolute priority to deal with this issue in a variety of ways. First of all, real money is being put in to deal with the 500 more operations for those who need hip an...More Button

In terms of Deputy Kelleher's point about people informing citizens of their rights as EU citizens-----More Button

-----it seems reasonable to me that that should be done.More Button

Is Deputy Kelleher suggesting that they should not be told what their rights are as EU citizens? The Deputy will be aware we have always had, and encouraged, cross-Border health care initiatives. ...More Button

We accept that this is a huge challenge. I reiterate it is an absolute priority.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

We care every bit as much as the Deputy about people who are on waiting lists, which is why we are making every effort to make sure people will spend less time on waiting lists and that the necessa...More Button

The Deputy raises an issue about a drug that women have been prescribed during pregnancy. As she said, this is not the first time issues have arisen about drugs prescribed during pregnancy which p...More Button

As the Deputy said, the European Medicines Agency has started a review of the approach to use of this drug. Very strict warnings are in place in prescribing it for women and girls. It is a drug t...More Button

I was disturbed by and disappointed to read the decision of the Workplace Relations Commission. I read it again this morning. It is absolutely clear that the Minister of State's questions during ...More Button

He will give a more detailed statement in regard to some of the issues the Deputy has raised and in regard to some of the discrepancies the Deputy mentioned. As I said, the Deputy has raised a num...More Button

My Department this morning issued an email to all Department staff to remind them again of the policies and procedures that are in place. It is important to note they are in place across the Civil...More Button

The ICIJ leaks make a number of points about changes in the Irish tax system. It rightly points out that Ireland has already acted to address definitively the issues around stateless and double Ir...More Button

Ireland continues to take a very active part in that global work to reform the international corporate tax system. The publication, for example, of the OECD base erosion and profit shifting, BEPS,...More Button

Ireland has already begun that process by introducing country-by-country reporting and the OECD-compliant knowledge development box. Ireland is playing a strong role in ensuring that this issue is...More Button

Ireland is taking strong action at international level-----More Button

-----as I have made clear. Indeed, we are one of the leaders internationally. It needs to be addressed internationally.More Button

Regarding Deputy Boyd Barrett's point on the escrow account, the Minister has made it clear that the Department of Finance is working on this matter. It is one of the most complex international ...More Button

At international level, the focus is on examining whether new rules are needed to reflect the increasing digitalisation of global business. This issue needs to be examined internationally. The ag...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

I welcome the fact that a statement has been signed by the cultural institutions. They are already bound by strong governance protocols. The key point is to ensure that those are implemented. As...More Button

I will ask the Minister to answer.More Button

This is priority legislation. My understanding is that there was some discussion at the committee yesterday as to whether it required pre-legislative scrutiny. I will communicate directly with th...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

I will bring the concerns raised by the Deputy to the attention of the Minister and the Minister of State and ask them to respond to him directly. Hurricane Ophelia had various impacts. It is imp...More Button

I am having discussions with the Attorney General on the report which raises complex legal issues. Therefore, I am not in a position to confirm when and if I will be in a position to publish it.More Button

I am not in a position to say when I will publish it. I have received some legal advice from the Attorney General and will have further conversations with the Attorney General and my officials.More Button

I understand it will be published next Tuesday.More Button

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) (Amendment) Bill 2017: First Stage (Continued)

No.More Button

Multi-Party Actions Bill 2017: First Stage

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Banking Sector

Was asked: the further steps she is taking to prevent anti-competitive collusion in the banking sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for the enforcement of competition and consumer law in the State. Section 9(5) of the Competition and Co...More Button

Policy responsibility for the banking sector is a matter for the Minister for Finance while the regulatory authority for the banking sector is the Central Bank.More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: the funding paid to the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, which was formerly the Crafts Council of Ireland, in 2015 and 2016; the allocation for 2017; if her Department received a copy of its a...More Button

The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland is a company limited by guarantee and is therefore established under and regulated by the Companies Act.  The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland receives ...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 56 of 6 October 2017, the Exchequer funds given by her Department to the organisations to conduct this study.More Button

Further to the Deputy's question of 26 October, I am informed by IDA Ireland that spending on market analysis on property solutions is covered by the IDA’s capital budget. For 2017...More Button

Economic Competitiveness

Was asked: the details of Ireland's ranking overall when compared with small economies in the latest World Bank Doing Business rankings available for 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The World Bank’s annual Doing Business report sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business when complying with relevant regula...More Button

The most recent report (published on October 31 2017) shows Ireland has achieved an overall ease of doing business ranking of 17th out of 190 economies, an improvement of one place on last year. ...More Button

This is a positive result for Ireland. It is positive that Ireland’s ranking on starting a business has improved by 2 places to 8th. As benchmarked by the World Bank, Ireland is in the top ten i...More Button

The Institute for Management Development measure of competitiveness ranks Ireland 6th most competitive out of 63 economies. Most importantly, the strong performance of clients supported by the e...More Button

While we are improving our performance, we cannot be complacent. Other economies continue to reform and we must continue the implementation of high-level reforms to improve the environment for b...More Button

Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Reports

Was asked: when the report by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement into a trial (details supplied) will be published.More Button

I received a report under Section 955(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2014 from the Director of Corporate Enforcement on 23 June.  This Report addresses the issues highlighted by Judge Aylmer in his rul...More Button

The Report has been the subject of detailed consultation with the Office of the Attorney General. I received further advice from the Attorney General recently, which I am considering with my off...More Button

Legislative Programme

Was asked: when Second Stage of the Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017, which will transpose a 2014 EU directive, will take place in Dáil Éireann.More Button

The Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017 was published on 6 November 2017.  The necessary requirements of the EU Audit Directive and Regulation were transposed in June 2016 to meet the EU deadlin...More Button

Foreign Direct Investment

Was asked: her views on a report (details supplied) on the way in which the housing crisis and the severe housing shortages could harm Ireland’s competitiveness and the ensuing impact this may have on attract...More Button

The Government is fully committed to increasing the supply of affordable and quality housing.  That is why it has published the ‘Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan’ which includes financing measures, b...More Button

These steps will first and foremost ensure Irish people are better able to buy and rent suitable homes.  They will also serve to reinforce our national infrastructure in terms of its capacity to ...More Button

My Department's in-depth engagement in the development of the new National Planning Framework (NPF) over the last 18 months provides an example of efforts to attract foreign direct investment bei...More Button

The  Department of Housing Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) are developing the NPF and my Department has been heavily involved in that process.More Button

IDA Ireland

Was asked: further to the confirmation by the IDA chief executive (details supplied) that over the past number of months there were concerns about a project in view of the time it was taking to get planning a...More Button

Was asked: the details of each occasion and date that a company (details supplied) raised the matter of the planning process for a project in Athenry since 2015 with her, her predecessor, the IDA and her Depa...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 39 and 40 together.More Button

In respect of the facility referred to by the Deputy, IDA Ireland has been engaged in ongoing discussions with the company involved. This included continuous engagement regarding the initial pla...More Button

The delays that have beset this project have underlined the need to have an efficient and speedy planning process in place in this country. The Government wants to ensure that similar such proje...More Button

Brexit Issues

Was asked: if an application for a rescue and restructure scheme has been sent to the Directorate General for Competition; the details of the scheme; and the likelihood of approval.More Button

A Rescue and Restructure scheme was recently notified to the Directorate General for Competition as one element of my Department’s response to the challenges posed by Brexit. 

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