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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Business of Dáil (Continued)

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Confidence in Taoiseach and Government: Motion (Continued)

There is something completely shambolic and surreal about holding a confidence vote in this Government in the Dáil when everybody knows the real confidence vote will take place on the streets tomor...More Button

They will vote against the injustice of the water charges and the Government's failure to listen to what the people have said on that issue. They will vote against the equally cruel, unjust and re...More Button

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Economic Management Council Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when the last Economic Management Council meeting took place.More Button

Economic Management Council Meetings (Continued)

If the Economic Management Council has a function, I presume it is to try to set out the economic priorities of this Government, to look at value for money when it comes to big projects and to deci...More Button

I do not doubt - the Taoiseach can correct me if I am wrong - that the Economic Management Council must have discussed the response to the unprecedented popular protest after the budget, particul...More Button

There will be a minimum of 50,000 people there. It will be probably be a hell of a lot bigger than that.More Button

I remind the Deputies that tomorrow is a weekday. It will be probably be a lot bigger than that. For that to happen on a weekday, after the Economic Management Council has signed off on the packa...More Button

I have to make a further comment on the whole issue of value for money and metering, etc. I do not know who is writing this spin for the Taoiseach. If he wants to talk to a plumber about meteri...More Button

It is true.More Button

I did not ask Deputy Durkan.More Button

Has the Taoiseach discussed district meters? Plumbers and people who work in the water infrastructure system tell me-----More Button

I did not ask you, Bernard.More Button

People who have worked in the water infrastructure system for decades have told me that just one district meter, rather than hundreds of meters, could cover all the households in an estate or a loc...More Button

They can be used to determine how much water is going into that locality.More Button

The Deputy does not want to hear this because it drives a coach and horses through the Government's argument.More Button

Will you please ask him to shut up, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle?More Button

They know what the average usage for a household is. If it exceeds the amount of water going into a particular area, they can work it out.More Button

By the way, it measures the amount of water in the pipes going into the area, rather than the amount of water between the meter and the household. It is more effective. A much smaller number of m...More Button

My fundamental point is about how the Economic Management Council, EMC, has got it wrong. Has that not been proven by what we have seen on the streets and what we will see there again tomorrow? W...More Button

It is about the Taoiseach's role in it.More Button

No, I am not saying that.More Button

The State should have paid for that, too.More Button

They should not have to.More Button

Will the Taoiseach also investigate the possibility of installing the district meters to which I refer?More Button

Water Services Bill 2014: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

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We know where he is.More Button

Palestine: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Sinn Féin Members for sharing their time with us and raising this issue. I commend the Government for not opposing the motion. It is absolutely vital to recognise the legitimacy of the Pa...More Button

I would not have become involved in politics were it not for this very issue. As an 18 year old, I travelled to Palestine and happened to walk into the middle of the first Palestinian intifada, ...More Button

One of the great ironies in this whole tragedy is that of the two greatest crimes committed against people in the past 100 years, one has been committed against the Palestinian people since 1948,...More Button

I would not vote against the motion, but it is always important to inject a critical note into any discussion such as this. I do not believe a two-state solution can work because it is predicate...More Button

The United Nations approved a partition and it legitimised the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians; it could not have happened without the partition of Palestine and as long as we fail to challeng...More Button

It is a difficult issue. On the one hand, recognising the right of Palestine to statehood is vital in establishing the legitimacy of that people's struggle against the brutal oppression they fac...More Button

Water Services Bill 2014: Committee Stage (Continued)

One of the reasons people are absolutely furious and have come out onto the streets in recent weeks and will come out again in huge numbers tomorrow - it is not just about paying water charges - is...More Button

There is a commitment not to privatise when they know that the people have stated clearly that they do not want to see their water services privatised and they want cast iron guarantees that they...More Button

As for the off balance sheet stuff, we listened to the people from Detroit who described it as "financialisation", another word for bonds. They said the issuing of bonds in Detroit had led direc...More Button

National Internship Scheme Administration

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection: her views on the recent downgrading of the STEP Enterprises service run by St. John of God's; the relationship between the JobBridge scheme and this service; if allowances are made to allow persons...More Button

Social and Affordable Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: regarding the recent social housing strategy if he will provide a breakdown of the 35,000 homes that are planned for the period to 2020; if he will also provide a breakdown of the number of these t...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: regarding the approved housing bodies taking an expanded role in social housing delivery; if he will be putting in place more comprehensive transfer policies to allow for families that grow in size...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide the details of new PPPs that he proposes will play a role in the new social housing strategy.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: regarding the social housing leasing initiative that he proposes will play a larger role in the delivery of social housing, if he will provide full details of this initiative; the length of these l...More Button

Housing Assistance Payments Administration

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: his plans to move 75,000 families and persons from rent allowance to the housing assistance payment scheme by 2020; if he will provide the full details of this scheme; the number of applicants per ...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: regarding the expansion of the housing assistance payment scheme, the new resources he will be providing to local authorities to deal with the increased work load this will bring.More Button

Local Authority Housing Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of families and persons on the housing waiting list broken down by local authority and showing the same figures for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013; and the month-on-month increase in differe...More Button