Ross, Shane

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

I endorse what Senator de Búrca said. It is important and relevant to the point I want to make. I heard what Senator Ormonde had to say about the media covering the Seanad. We should not ...More Button

I was the butt of one of those pieces and I sent the journalist a short e-mail yesterday saying I did not know he was writing for The Sunday Business Post. The way to deal with this is not ...More Button

——and for some reason we, the Members of the second House of the Oireachtas, cannot even discuss it. That is crazy and if someone from the press tells us we are irrelevant and that we ...More Button

There is one procedure in this House which does work in terms of bringing in Ministers, namely, the Adjournment but that takes place at the end of the day when nobody notices anything happening. T...More Button

That may be so but they are not. We should raise the issue on the Order of Business or later in the day when members of the press are here.More Button

It is no coincidence that some of those very relevant issues, including autism, which we will debate tomorrow — I thank the Leader for allowing time for a debate on autism, which is a major i...More Button

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Economic Outlook: Motion.

I have supported the Government’s economic policy in almost every debate for some years. Not only have I spoken in favour of its policy, I have voted with the Government in this House, altho...More Button

I think this motion is timely because while the Government side of the House is correct that the management of the economy has been strong, deft and beneficial to the country, what was said today w...More Button

The indications are that those who judge us with the kind of clinical independence we ought to respect are casting a negative verdict on us. Senator MacSharry rightly referred to the European Comm...More Button

The Irish stock market was one of the worst performing stock markets in the world last year and, while this might not be accurate as a final judgment of the Irish economy, it indicates a change of ...More Button

I am concerned by what the international community has seen happen to the property market, one of the pillars of the economy, which has more or less collapsed, despite the anaesthetic words of spin...More Button

There was a debate in this House recently on broadband and the Broadband Infrastructure Bill went on the Order Paper today, but the Government’s complacency on the issue says it all. Ministe...More Button

The Government is depending greatly on social partnership and we must be careful of this. It tells us not to worry in the hope that talks on the issue go well, but social partnership does not matt...More Button

It is convenient to place great credence in social partnership because, without doubt, a deal will be done — a deal is always done — because it suits all those involved to create a char...More Button

I warn against the sort of complacency the Government has shown today. I point out to the Government that multinationals are probably the most important prop to the economy and no major multinatio...More Button

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