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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business (Continued)

I also object to the guillotine being imposed on this legislation. It is clear that the banks are not willing to engage in the sort of debt write-down that is necessary to deal with this suffocati...More Button

The Government Chief Whip is beginning to look a bit like Madame Defarge, with his predilection for guillotines coming down on important legislation.More Button

The guillotine should be lifted to allow for proper scrutiny of this most important legislation.More Button

The sale by Coillte this week of 1,000 acres of public land, bringing to 40,000 the number of acres of public forestry sold by the company in the past 20 years or thereabouts, indicates that our fo...More Button

European Council Brussels: Statements (Continued)

Before I make my main points, I must correct the record. In a telling comment, Deputy Martin claimed Fianna Fáil was the first party to call for a referendum on the fiscal treaty. This is interes...More Button

It is not true. Second, it indicates that even Fianna Fáil, notwithstanding its support for all the referendums, knows there are serious problems at the heart of the European project that are affe...More Button

While the European elite throws out a few token mentions of youth unemployment and growth, the key watchwords that were repeated again at the most recent summit, the real priorities that are emergi...More Button

To add to Deputy Donnelly's point, we bemoan the failure of the banks we bailed out to deal with the mortgage crisis, to lend to the SME sector or to behave in any way, as if they give a damn abo...More Button

The resulting costs are very clear in Irish society. Despite all the European of the year awards, the backslapping and hugs between leaders at these summits, the Taoiseach is delivering nothing in...More Button

We are getting nothing to deal with the unemployment crisis. The Government's own medium-term fiscal framework tells us that even if the budget projections work out for the next two years, unemp...More Button

I have two questions.More Button

The Acting Chairman should not worry. I will not take as long as Deputy Martin did.More Button

The development of the banking union and supervision of the banks by the ECB is being presented as a sort of panacea to which we should look forward. Why is that being presented as some sort of ...More Button

Approximately two weeks prior to the latest Council meeting, the biggest general strike in European history, if not in world history, took place. Much as the Government likes to blame me and cer...More Button

Our unions are planning on doing something early in the new year. What can the Tánaiste say to them? Is there anything coming out of this summit that offers them anything when the Government's me...More Button

What does that offer us?More Button

Personal Insolvency Bil 2012: From the Seanad (Resumed) (Continued)

On behalf of the United Left Alliance, I wish to express our concern and disappointment. In general terms, we all want to achieve some relief for those in mortgage distress or who are otherwise st...More Button

In the amendments we tabled on Committee Stage - pretty much all of which were ruled out of order - we urged a model whereby the insolvency agency the Government intends to establish would have t...More Button

It is disappointing that the Government has not taken that road, as is the case in some other countries.

  The model the United Left Alliance considered was that which obtained i...More Button

Care Services: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Deputy Halligan for tabling this motion and recognising in it the incalculable service which carers provide to our society and to some of the most vulnerable in it. I must say I am a bit b...More Button

That is a very telling comment-----More Button

-----which in a way reinforces one of the main points I want to make. There is no economic rationale or logic to justify making life worse for carers and consequently making life worse for those f...More Button

I say again nothing - no economic rationale, no talk of the troika and no talk of difficult decisions confronting the Government - can justify making life worse for those carers, and without ques...More Button

People in the Government say rightly that money is not the issue for carers, and it certainly is not because they would not be doing it if it was given the amount they receive, but the Government...More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: the cuts he intends to make to reach the target of €780 million; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 530 of 11 December 2012, if he is satisfied that he has no obligation to ensure detailed consultation and full engagement between the Health Service Executive,...More Button