Monthly Archives: January 2014

DAIL SPEECH ON INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT (FORFAS DISSOLUTION) BILL 2013

I welcome the opportunity to participate in this debate. I recall, probably like the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, participating in debate on the Industrial Development Act 1993 which put the three industry support State agencies – Forfás, Forbairt, now known as Enterprise Ireland, and the IDA – on a secure legislative basis. The 1993 Act was enacted in response to growing concern that the existing IDA was placing too much emphasis on attracting and supporting foreign-based multinationals and the fear that indigenous industry and business were not receiving an adequate level of State support. That concern very much existed in the early to mid-1990s and it still exists today.

BROUGHAN CONDEMNS DISGRACEFUL CHANGES TO DISABILITY HOUSING SUPPORTS

Deputy Tommy Broughan has sharply criticised changes in eligibility criteria for disability housing supports including the disability adaptation grant scheme as effectively restricting the scheme to a very limited number of cases. Deputy Broughan was responding to media reports that the terms of the scheme were recently changed by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government.

BROUGHAN SAYS MORE INVESTMENT NEEDED FOR NANIKEN RIVER FLOOD RELIEF PROJECT

Deputy Tommy Broughan has called on Dublin City Council and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to invest adequately in the River Naniken Flood Relief project to prevent a future risk of flooding in some parts of the North Central Area of Dublin City. Deputy Broughan was commenting on a recent report he received from Dublin City Manager, Owen Keegan, about the Flood Relief project for the River Naniken.