Archive for the ‘Parliamentary Questions’ Category
To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that the national broadcaster has met the legal and regulatory requirements under the Broadcasting Act 2009 with regard to the outsourcing of programming by RTÉ. – Clare Daly.
To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the discussions his department had with the RTÉ authorities prior to the announcement that the broadcaster would outsource all young person’s programming; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 6th December, 2016.
Ref No: 38623/16
RTÉ is an independent national public service broadcaster whose remit and obligations are set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009.
Section 114 (1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 states the principal objects and associated powers of RTÉ and Section 98 provides that it shall be independent in the pursuance of these objects, subject to the requirements of the Act.
As such, I have not had any discussions with RTÉ in relation to its recent announcement that it intendeds to commission its young people’s programmes from the independent sector. The decision is solely a matter for the Board and management of RTÉ and, while it remains subject to discussion with the RTÉ Trade Union Group, I am satisfied that the decision is in compliance with RTÉ’s obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009.
The decision is a reflection of the difficult financial challenges being faced by the broadcaster and the need for it to examine all options to ensure that it is operating as efficiently as possible.
I welcome RTÉ’s statement that the decision does not reduce its commitment to young people’s programming which is vital in ensuring that our children can continue to watch content with Irish voices and Irish stories.
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if her attention has been drawn to an incident on 26 November 2016 (details supplied) during which a number of dogs were put down after breaking into the club compound and killing a number of hares; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.
Ref No: 38358/16
R E P L Y
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Ms. Heather Humphreys, T.D.):
My Department is aware of the occurrence of a recent incident relating to hares captured and in captivity for the meeting in question. It is understood that the meeting was scheduled to take place on 10 and 11 December but that, following the incident, the coursing club has proposed that it be rescheduled for next January.
While full details are not clear at this stage, I have asked for a comprehensive report on the incident from the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) from both the perspective of the ICC and of the local coursing club. Officials of my Department are separately investigating the matter locally and have visited the club on several occasions over recent days.
In the meantime, pending completion of investigations and full consideration of the matter, I have directed the ICC, without prejudice, that the rescheduled meeting should be suspended and that no further hares should be captured for the meeting.
Clare recently asked the Minister a number of questions relating to incidents at hare coursing clubs which present significant evidence that regulations are not good enough and muzzled dogs continue to cause huge harm to a protected species.
To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the recruitment of additional conservation rangers to monitor animal welfare issues at hare coursing events is likely to take effect in view of the fact that the new season is underway.
To ask the Minister for Finance his views on plans to distribute the value of the assets held by a credit union (details supplied) to its members, in view of the fact that the statement issued by the Central Bank on 2 November 2016 made reference only to the return to members of deposits held with the credit union; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly T.D.
The decision to apply to the High Court to wind up Rush Credit Union Ltd was made by the Governor of the Central Bank. The legal grounds under which the Governor made this decision are set out in the Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) Act 2011.
I have been informed by the Central Bank that it made an application on 2 November 2016 to the High Court to have joint provisional liquidators appointed to Rush Credit Union Limited. Jim Luby and Tom Rogers of McStay Luby were appointed as joint provisional liquidators on that date by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Peter Kelly. The full application will be heard on 21 November, when the Central Bank will seek the winding up of Rush Credit Union Ltd. The Central Bank took this action in order to ensure the protection of members’ savings. The credit union will not re-open and all issues relating to the wind down of services will be managed by the Joint Provisional Liquidators.