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Appointment of Taoiseach and Nomination of Members of Government (Continued)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 953 No. 4

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Paschal Donohoe: Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe] It was a statement used by others in the same debate, namely, that the centre must hold and that we must find a way of reassuring those who are looking for progress and stability that centrist, normal politics is capable of delivering them. The election of the Taoiseach, Deputy Varadkar, and a Cabinet that is honoured to serve him, is an important development that deserves the support of some in the House and, I hope, the interests of those outside the House. What the Taoiseach recognised in his contribution as a member of the Fine Gael Party in his efforts to become leader of Fine Gael is that in the face of the vacuous negativity that we hear on a constant basis from Sinn Féin and other Members of the far left, it is not enough to hold the centre, we must redefine, re-energise and renew it. That is what the election of this Taoiseach, whose life story and achievements in political life reflect the kind of Ireland that all of us aspire to create, is about. I salute and recognise Deputies who are willing to play their part, make the hard choices and seek to be constructive in electing a Government and at least to allow it to serve before condemning it and criticising it as a failure, as others seek to do.

The Taoiseach has asked us - it will be my privilege as Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform to do so - to look at what more steps can be taken to ensure that we have a republic of opportunity and to ensure we have a society and not just an economy that is capable of delivering opportunity for all, regardless of where one comes from, where one is born or one's age. That is the kind of Ireland that this Government, consisting of Fine Gael and colleagues in the Independent Alliance and other Independent Members, is committed to doing. Some of the contributors to this debate, including Deputy Mattie McGrath, Deputy Broughan and the Social Democrats, referenced the need for action but they showed no interest in coming into government. What we have heard from them tonight is a desire to point out what is wrong. We know what is wrong. We know what needs to be changed. We know the opportunities that our country has to meet. We know the anguish that we must seek to quench.

Some Members spoke about our national debt, with no recognition of the progress that has been made in reducing our deficit or of the fact that, as we move into next year, this Government will ensure that our country does not need to borrow to fund the public services on which we depend. As they point to what we need to achieve in regard to child poverty, for example, could they not also recognise that in 2015 a total of 13,000 children were lifted out of poverty. It is our desire and ambition to create a society in which more children, families and older people are lifted out of poverty and an Ireland that reflects the ambitions, hopes and worth of all citizens. That is what this Administration, led by the Taoiseach, is determined to do.

I heard so many members of the far left describe this House as a bubble. It is not a bubble. This is a Parliamentary Chamber in which the voices of the people of Ireland are represented and in which those voices are heard. This Administration will hear those voices, their dreams and their concerns. It will seek to build on what has been done and to achieve far more. I had the privilege this morning of attending the re-opening of the wings of the National Gallery of Ireland along with the outgoing Taoiseach, on whose foundations we will all seek to build. It is more than a place: it is a space in which people can come together to look at our arts and to reflect on it, all of which was facilitated by the changes in our economy that so many here tonight said would never happen.

Deputies: Hear, hear.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe This is a Cabinet and a Taoiseach that will be working night and day, conscious of what needs to be done and what we need to achieve but also conscious of the journey that our country has made.

  Cuireadh an ceist.

Question put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 57; Níl, 43; Staon, 35.

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Information on Colm Brophy  Zoom on Colm Brophy  Brophy, Colm. Information on John Brady  Zoom on John Brady  Brady, John.   Information on Mary Butler  Zoom on Mary Butler  Butler, Mary.
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P.   Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas.
Information on Peter Burke  Zoom on Peter Burke  Burke, Peter. Information on Pat Buckley  Zoom on Pat Buckley  Buckley, Pat.   Information on Jackie Cahill  Zoom on Jackie Cahill  Cahill, Jackie.
Information on Catherine Byrne  Zoom on Catherine Byrne  Byrne, Catherine. Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan.   Information on Pat Casey  Zoom on Pat Casey  Casey, Pat.
Information on Seán Canney  Zoom on Seán Canney  Canney, Seán. Information on Joan Collins  Zoom on Joan Collins  Collins, Joan.   Information on Shane Cassells  Zoom on Shane Cassells  Cassells, Shane.
Information on Ciaran Cannon  Zoom on Ciaran Cannon  Cannon, Ciarán. Information on Michael Collins  Zoom on Michael Collins  Collins, Michael.   Information on Jack Chambers  Zoom on Jack Chambers  Chambers, Jack.
Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe. Information on Seán Crowe  Zoom on Seán Crowe  Crowe, Seán.   Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John.
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Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael. Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty  Doherty, Pearse.   Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel.
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Information on Paschal Donohoe  Zoom on Paschal Donohoe  Donohoe, Paschal. Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.   Information on James Lawless  Zoom on James Lawless  Lawless, James.
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Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Martin Kenny  Zoom on Martin Kenny  Kenny, Martin.   Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael.
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Information on Alan Farrell  Zoom on Alan Farrell  Farrell, Alan. Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie.   Information on Aindrias Moynihan  Zoom on Aindrias Moynihan  Moynihan, Aindrias.
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Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose  Penrose, Willie.    
Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe. Information on Thomas Pringle  Zoom on Thomas Pringle  Pringle, Thomas.    
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Information on Josepha Madigan  Zoom on Josepha Madigan  Madigan, Josepha. Information on Seán Sherlock  Zoom on Seán Sherlock  Sherlock, Sean.    
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Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis.      
Information on Hildegarde Naughton  Zoom on Hildegarde Naughton  Naughton, Hildegarde.      
Information on Tom Neville  Zoom on Tom Neville  Neville, Tom.      
Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  Noonan, Michael.      
Information on Kate O'Connell  Zoom on Kate O'Connell  O'Connell, Kate.      
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Tellers: Tá, Deputies Joe McHugh and Tony McLoughlin; Níl, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Denise Mitchell.

Question declared carried.

  Faisnéiseadh go rabhthas tar éis glacadh leis an gceist.

  The Dáil adjourned at 10.50 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 June 2017.

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