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Adams, Gerry

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Dáil will break tomorrow for the Christmas festivities and most of us will go back to warm homes and our families. We are the very lucky ones. For many citizens, this Christmas will be especi...More Button

This morning, we heard news that the Bank of Ireland, in which the State has a 15% share and which has received nearly €5 billion of citizens' money, is to hike credit card fees by up to 4%. Thi...More Button

This is the Taoiseach's usual response when we raise a question about the banking sector. He says he cannot do anything about it but what he really means is that he will not do anything about it.More Button

The Government rushed through the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill at 11 p.m. last night. There were over 80 amendments but only one was taken.More Button

I am coming to that. Ná bí ag cur isteach orm arís. The point I am making is that there is one rule for the banking sector and another for citizens. This is the banks' Christmas present, while t...More Button

Has the Taoiseach asked these public interest directors who are there to protect the public interest and if not, why not?More Button

Does the Taoiseach intend to call the banks into the Economic Management Council or is it just a matter of, once again, wringing his hands and saying he can do nothing or, as I put it, is doing not...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Sinn Féin also opposes the imposition of a guillotine on the Personal Insolvency Bill. We had an example this morning, which I raised with the Taoiseach earlier, but he dealt with it in a very uns...More Button

One in four families is in mortgage distress. Those people will be affected by the family home tax which the Taoiseach rushed through here yesterday. The Personal Insolvency Bill clearly gives ...More Button

The Government can clearly vote this Bill through. We can vote against it and go through this little pantomime that we do all the time. I appeal to the Taoiseach, however, to give time for a pr...More Button

Yesterday the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights made its final report. The Taoiseach knows the work of this commission for the last two and a half years or so has been used by the British Governme...More Button

To clarify, there is no bill of rights, although there should be. The British Government set up a commission to examine the concept of a bill of rights for the United Kingdom and used that as an e...More Button

I am disappointed the Taoiseach has not been briefed on this matter, which is a very important and key outstanding element of the Good Friday Agreement. As co-guarantor, what will the Government d...More Button

European Council Brussels: Statements (Continued)

I propose to share time with Deputy Seán Crowe.More Button

Sinn Féin profoundly disagrees with the Government's attitude to the European Union and its failure to stand up for Irish interests. Sinn Féin wants to see a Union of equals, a social Union embedd...More Button

The latest European Council summit repeated the pattern of previous summits of broken promises and pledges, somewhat like the pre-election promises of Fine Gael and the Labour Party. The crisis ...More Button

President Van Rompuy's roadmap was supposed to set out the way forward for the reduction of national fiscal and economic sovereignty in the interests of deeper economic and monetary union. Sinn ...More Button

Last week’s European Council summit agreed to the establishment of a single supervisory mechanism and a single resolution mechanism for European banks. Sinn Féin supports the strongest possible re...More Button

In this context, I want to comment on Ireland’s forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the EU. On Monday, the Tánaiste outlined the priorities for the Presidency, which he said would be stabil...More Button

I welcome the Taoiseach's commitment to an all-Ireland element to the Presidency. I understand Government officials have liaised with officials from the Executive in the North, which is a good t...More Button

Sinn Féin has consistently argued that the Government should take a sterner line in negotiations with our EU colleagues on debt. We should be frank with them, which means telling them our debt i...More Button

During pre-summit statements last week, I asked the Taoiseach to raise the case of Mr. Pat Finucane, either formally or informally, in light of the publication of the de Silva review. I am disap...More Button

Prescription Charges

Asked the Minister for Health: the estimated sum to be raised by the trebling of prescription charges for medical card patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Prices

Asked the Minister for Health: his estimate of the savings to be made in 2013 from the agreement with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Budget 2013

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there will be any cuts to funding or supports for primary or post primary schools in County Louth as a result of the spending cuts in budget 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide an updated list, in tabular form, of the numbers of students in County Louth who have received from Student Universal Support Ireland payment of their third level grant or notifi...More Button

HSE Regional Service Plans

Asked the Minister for Health: when he expects the Health Service Executive's service plan for 2013 to be made publicMore Button

Asked the Minister for Health: when he expects the Health Service Executive service for the HSE North east region will be published More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 236 of 12 December 2012 if any of the reductions in staffing hours due to cuts in agency and overtime hours have been filled by the employment of full time con...More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if he intends to restore the home help hours and homecare packages which he has cut since he came to office from citizens in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button