Dáil Éireann - Volume 637 - 26 June, 2007

Written Answers. - Agreements with Members.

Deputy James Bannon asked the Taoiseach if the cost of deals with independent TD’s valued at hundreds of millions will be reimbursed to the taxpayer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16995/07]

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Taoiseach if his Department was consulted in regard to the special arrangements made to meet the requirements of individual Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas in return for the support for the Government; the extent to which the total costs involved have been assessed, the arrangements made or expected to be made to meet the necessary financial requirements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17637/07]

Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Taoiseach the cost to his Department of the agreement between the Government and independent TDs Finian McGrath, Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry; the breakdown of same; the projects involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18033/07]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach, further to the agreement reached with Deputy Michael Lowry in relation to support for the Government, the changes to his Department’s plans caused by this agreement; the line items of the agreement that fall within his portfolio; the increases, decreases or reallocations of spending caused by this agreement; the cost of each line item in this agreement in so far as it affects his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16932/07]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach, further to the agreement reached with Deputy Beverly Flynn in relation to support for the Government, the changes to his Department’s plans caused by this agreement; the line items of the agreement that fall within his portfolio; the increases, decreases or reallocations of spending caused by this agreement; the cost of each line item in this agreement in so far as it affects his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16947/07]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach, further to the agreement reached with Deputy Finian McGrath in relation to support for the [283] Government, the changes to his Department’s plans caused by this agreement; the line items of the agreement that fall within his portfolio; the increases, decreases or reallocations of spending caused by this agreement; the cost of each line item in this agreement in so far as it affects his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16962/07]

Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Taoiseach, further to the agreement reached with Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae in relation to support for the Government, the changes to his Department’s plans caused by this agreement; the line items of the agreement that fall within his portfolio; the increases, decreases or reallocations of spending caused by this agreement; the cost of each line item in this agreement in so far as it affects his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16977/07]

  The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 to 148, inclusive, together.

These are political agreements that I have entered into as Leader of the Fianna Fáil Party with individual independent Deputies. These agreements are confidential but I am happy to confirm to the House that they are as always based on the Programme for Government which incorporates the National Development Plan, approved Government Programmes and Annual Estimates for capital and current expenditure.

As Deputies will be aware, such arrangements have existed over the past ten years and, in all instances, I have used my best endeavours to deliver them.