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McGrath, Mattie

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Ar an gcéad dul síos, ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis an Teachta Tom Hayes. I would like to compliment my colleague and thank the Taoiseach for appointing him to the high office of Mi...More Button

That is from my heart.More Button

Last Saturday, an estimated 40,000 people attended a march in peaceful opposition to the proposed protection of life Bill 2013. They included people of all ages from all sections of society. They...More Button

They also raised the issue of freedom of conscience and the need for the State to respect the principles of its citizens, including politicians, on the issue of abortion. It is not too late for th...More Button

I am nearly finished, a Cheann Comhairle. Does the Taoiseach understand why a growing number of people simply do not believe his repeated claim that this Bill is pro-life? Nothing could be furthe...More Button

In light of the mass demonstrations against this Bill that we are witnessing, does the Taoiseach accept that he is acting contrary not only to the best medical practice but also to the expressed wi...More Button

I am not playing politics. I am speaking on behalf of people with sincerely held views.More Button

The Deputies can laugh if they like. I can tell them that this is no laughing matter. The right of the unborn is a basic human right. It is the most fundamental right of all.More Button

I am not sure if the Taoiseach really believes we have to legislate on foot of the X case. Perhaps he is trying to convince himself that we do. I am not sure.More Button

Either way, the Labour Party has certainly succeeded in moulding the Taoiseach in its image. That is a sad day for this country.More Button

I reiterate that contrary to what the Taoiseach has insisted, in fact there is no legally compelling reason for us to legislate in this manner.More Button

Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

I am trying to. I would like to refer to what Dr. Maria Cahill of the faculty of law at UCC said before the recent Oireachtas hearings.More Button

I sat through those hearings.More Button

What the Bill asks us to do, as legislators, is to set aside entirely the medical knowledge we have and to legislate instead in defiance of science, and explicitly to contradict the best medical pr...More Button

I put it to the Taoiseach that, for all his warm assurances, we can have absolutely no confidence that the State will act in the best interests of the unborn child-----More Button

-----especially when the State has a litany of historical failures already existing regarding the lives of unborn children.More Button

From start to finish, this so-called debate has been a sham and a charade.

  Finally, we saw the Minister for Health last night on "Prime Time"-----More Button

I am finished. We saw him last night. My question is this. Will the Taoiseach listen to the people? Will he give a free vote? Will he not go to the country, ask the people for their opinion an...More Button

It is a form of words.More Button

Guidelines.More Button

Why not give them the chance again? Third time lucky.More Button

The Minister, Deputy Reilly, could not answer as to what happens then.More Button

What about his campaign promise?More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

On behalf of the Technical Group and Independent Deputies, I offer a fior fáilte den clann Morley. I express our sympathy on the passing last October of former Deputy P. J. Morley. I welcome his ...More Button

Like other speakers, I did not know P. J. Morley, but I have heard much about him and it was all about his good humour, hard work, honest endeavour and keen intellect. He served the public for 4...More Button

I can say to P. J. Morley's family that there are many monuments to his achievements in County Mayo, but, in particular, there is the testament of Knock regional airport, with which he was associ...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

We had a discussion earlier on Leaders' Questions on the protection of life during pregnancy Bill. What is the timescale for its passage, which the Taoiseach said would involve the Bill going back...More Button

I will ask them as well but this is a pressing issue. The Minister had a presentation while we were here but hopefully the anomalies will be straightened out.More Button

When will it be published?More Button

It will be guillotined again. That is the normal way.More Button

I am not being flippant.More Button

Schools Building Projects Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary was not approved and or considered for a major funding grant in the latest round of funding investing in infrastructure and jobs; if his a...More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the fact that her decision to cut rent allowance rates throughout the country will directly result in homelessness, especially for single persons and couples with...More Button