Boyle, Dan

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

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Control of Exports Bill 2007 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil]: Report and Final Stages.

I welcome the inclusion of this amendment, its passage in Dáil Éireann and it being reported to Seanad Éireann. This amendment was recommended by the Green Party and I am glad...More Button

I accept the Minister of State’s explanation for the need for this amendment as the Bill has taken some time to go through both Houses of the Oireachtas and the elections to both Houses was p...More Button

I too will welcome the final passage of this Bill into enactment when it is signed by Uachtarán na hÉireann as it represents an important development in legislation in this area. Thi...More Button

Nevertheless, it is only part of a policy approach aimed at ensuring the arms industry does not develop a strong base here. We need to consider introducing legislation or ethical investment guidel...More Button

Northern Ireland Issues: Statements (Resumed).

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Belfast on the occasion of the annual conference of the Green Party in Northern Ireland. The Green Party in Northern Ireland is a regional council of th...More Button

The visit was an opportunity for me to get a feel for life in Northern Ireland and express a note of regret that it was one of all too infrequent visits I make to that part of this island. I felt ...More Button

I arrived in Belfast on Friday to visit my colleagues in Stormont. It was my first visit to the facility and I found it to be an impressive building. I visited both Chambers of what had been the ...More Button

Earlier contributions have acknowledged that collusion was a two sided street. This State and agencies representing the State must answer questions and provide information. If the ongoing debate ...More Button

In South Africa the truth commission was the mechanism used. Victims’ rights groups on this island have advocated this as a possible mechanism to be considered. I personally support it but ...More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

I sense a huge dichotomy between the motion presented to us this evening by Fine Gael and the opening contributions of its members. On the surface I cannot disagree with the wording of the motion ...More Button

Senator Twomey’s opening contribution was nothing short of a rant. It is nonsense to argue that everything that is economically negative is the fault of the Government. The argument is part...More Button

I am the spokesperson for the party which produced the most prudent economic platform at the previous general election, one which anticipated that the rate of economic growth would slow down. Howe...More Button

I am referring to the rate of economic growth used by the Fine Gael Party, not whether two sides of the balance sheet added up. More Button

The Fine Gael Party produced an exaggerated rate of economic growth, which it was not possible to achieve, either then or now. We are not in a national or international recession, nor is the econo...More Button

Valid criticisms can be made of the way in which resources are apportioned in our economy and the transfer of decision making responsibility from the Government to external agencies. The health se...More Button

I am a few decibels short of my ranting voice. More Button

If my words are so offensive to the Senators opposite, the truth must hurt. More Button

Since 1982, the Fine Gael Party has been found wanting in seeking the confidence of the electorate.More Button

The reason it has been found wanting is that it has not been honest economically.More Button

In the current international economic climate we are still projecting an annual economic growth rate of 2.7% this year, which is well above the European average and double that of most of our compe...More Button

Did the Senator not hear Senator MacSharry’s contribution? The EU said exactly what I said. More Button

The EU referred to lower rates of growth. The Fine Gael Party can complain when it is in Government and achieves economic growth every year. If one does not have economic growth, one does not hav...More Button

I read it avidly. Senator Buttimer might do the same when he understands economics. More Button

My confidence is based on the fact that the structure of the economy has changed and our relationships with trading partners are much different. For instance, when we joined the European Economic ...More Button

This change is not the sole responsibility of any Government or political party. Structural decisions made over the years on education and taxation policy have boosted economic growth. The Single...More Button

In his contribution, which I described, perhaps in unparliamentary language, as a rant, Senator Twomey referred to the Green Party, of which I am the finance spokesperson. Our proposals to restruc...More Button

He will give them though.More Button

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