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McGrath, Mattie

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

They fear big Phil.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

The Taoiseach should demand, not ask.More Button

Bring in the sheriff.More Button

For God's sake.More Button

The Government is doing that anyway.More Button

How many were lost?More Button

Order of Business

I will speak to an issue relating to Central Bank legislation. The code of practice agreed by the Central Bank for lending companies is not being adhered to. Militia groups are acting as agents o...More Button

It relates to Central Bank legislation.More Button

I was unable to be here.More Button

We have lines of communication. The issue must be dealt with or the legislation must be changed-----More Button

-----to stop marauding thugs. I have horrific photographic evidence of what happened in County Wexford.More Button

I know the Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, is trying to deal with this as well. I have asked for the matter to be taken as a topical issue but it has not been granted.More Button

Budget Statement 2013

They cannot afford a printer.More Button

Budget Statement 2013 (Continued)

Big Phil is not even here.More Button

That is robbery.More Button

They are regressive.More Button

Go on Big Phil.More Button

The Minister is some man.More Button

We are in a cul-de-sac.More Button

What about a standing ovation? Come on lads, clap.More Button

It would all leak beforehand.More Button

Who is he?More Button

Cá bhfuil sé?More Button

Shame.More Button

The Minister is leaving the bad news to the ladies.More Button

Cuts to home help.More Button

Will that include the Minister for Health, Deputy Reilly?More Button

Where will they get them?More Button

What does that have to do with public service reform?More Button

What overtime?More Button

Where is the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government?More Button

Many of them were fiddled.More Button

Where is he?More Button

What about the one in Moneygall?More Button

The Minister, Deputy Reilly, has one in Moneygall.More Button

The Minister has gone very quiet now.More Button

The Government could have changed it.More Button

I am delighted to be able to speak on the budget, but to stray from that topic I want to extend my congratulations to the Tánaiste on his recent visit to Clonmel to remember the founding of a decen...More Button

However, I completely differ with the Tánaiste on the budget. He made many promises prior to the election and made many attacks from this side of the House. I am disappointed because it is a ho...More Button

The back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance is a necessary scheme and can be the difference between people going to school and staying at home. Our young people have a right to education....More Button

The back-to-education allowance has been cut. We want people to return to education. Education now goes from the crèche to fourth level and I champion lifelong learning. The people in receipt ...More Button

Administrative savings have been promised due to the reduced costs for medical certificates and I hope we get them. I welcome increased funding for activation programmes and school meal provisio...More Button

I was down town earlier and I saw the protest outside. Those of us who choose to go out and get up on platforms must be careful. The protest was ending as I was coming in but it had been hijack...More Button

  Sitting suspended at 6.50 p.m. and resumed at 7.20 p.m.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 5: Excise (Continued)

What about the bicycle?More Button

Of course.More Button

This budget has been punitive for farmers. Whatever Deputy Tom Hayes says, it applies more to small farmers. PRSI, farm assist and this VAT measure make it very serious. The agriculture industry...More Button

With regard to motor tax, there is a total breach of faith and trust. It happened also in the previous two years beginning with the former Minister, Brian Lenihan.More Button

I did and we can all learn from our mistakes.More Button

I am also supporting the farmers in Wexford. How will we encourage communities, such as a school or a family, to do something for the environment? The Minister for the Environment, Community and ...More Button

-----but people voted with their pockets and bought cars with low emissions. I need a big car because I have a big family but the breach of trust is not fair.More Button

I cannot believe the vehicle registration measure. I am being magnanimous in that I do not know if Richie Ryan is late or if he is still alive. I do not want to be mean to him. The budget of Ric...More Button

It is punitive in the extreme. The Government has increased the tax on the hearse, the vehicle that will bury us all when we are deceased. Richie Ryan did not do that.More Button

I am not mixed up. The habit and the shroud are not safe.More Button

It is in the book.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme Oversight

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress he has made with the review of the fair deal scheme; if in this review, active consideration will be given to the role the sheltered housing provided by non-profit housing associations...More Button

HSE Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the bodies that are funded under section 38 of the Health Act 2004; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: the funding that has been allocated in 2012 for the transfer of residents living in congregated settings into supported housing in the community; his plans in the next three years in relation to fu...More Button