Quinn, Feargal

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

Just after the August bank holiday weekend last summer, an announcement was made about decisions made by Aer Lingus in respect of Shannon Airport. The people of Shannon and the west received a con...More Button

We must remind those people in business and elsewhere, particularly if they are paid by the State, that we in a competitive marketplace. Shannon is in competition with Frankfurt, London, Paris and...More Button

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Forestry Issues: Statements.

In what way would the Senator like to divide the time?More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

I welcome the Minister of State although I am not sure I entirely welcome all his words. I am pleased this debate is taking place because it is an important issue. I have had a very interesting f...More Button

I was very impressed at what I learned and at the enthusiasm and ambition of the Panamanians and what they intend to achieve. To take one example which illustrates the competitiveness of the marke...More Button

We were so with it 15 or 20 years ago that we managed to create the Celtic Tiger. However, today there is a degree of complacency, as referred to by Senator Ross, which can certainly be seen in th...More Button

When I was in Panama one of the questions I was asked was how I saw the future of Ireland. I said that what we had done in the past would not work in the future and that we must re-invent ourselve...More Button

In today’s conditions, the issue of competitiveness has begun to bite. I and others have been talking about our eroding competitiveness for many years but the reality of what has been happen...More Button

In the new world into which we are moving, we cannot ever again rely to the extent we did in the past on overseas companies to provide the lion’s share of our growth. We must still work hard...More Button

As the motion suggests, we must recognise the crucial importance of education in preparing Ireland for the future. I was interested to hear the figures the Minister of State gave the House, but he...More Button

It was interesting to hear where we are in terms of higher education and that Trinity College is among the top 100 universities while UCD is in the top 200 and others are in the top 300, but we hav...More Button

The Minister spoke about pay and how it was important to get value for the money we pay staff to deliver such services. He said that over recent years wage increases have exceeded productivity gro...More Button

I was very concerned about what happened last week at Shannon Airport, which called out to us only six or eight months ago and evoked such sympathy. What does it do? It allows a small number of S...More Button