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Collins, Niall

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to this debate which is of immense importance to the future development of Shannon and the mid-west region, including my constituency, Limerick. ...More Button

It is fair to say that the policy of successive Governments incentivised the establishment and creation of economic activity in the area. I will be up-front about this. I have said publicly that ...More Button

The position articulated by our spokesperson, Deputy Timmy Dooley, is perfectly reasonable. He put forward a proposition for Aer Rianta International which has been well aired and it has been we...More Button

The growth of Aer Rianta International, where the idea was conceived and where the company was registered are well documented. It is a fair proposition to seek for some of the cashflow and profi...More Button

We have not heard from the Minister although I listened to him over the audio on my way to the Chamber. Who will be the head of corporate affairs in the airport? We have not heard from the Mini...More Button

There have been several job announcements on foot of memorandums of understanding, but the public is entitled to hear a little more detail. As a former MEP who served the Limerick area, the Mini...More Button

An example is PayPal's decision to locate in County Louth. The Minister of State, Deputy Kelly, was involved in the campaign in respect of Dell, the facility of which is now idle. We all know tha...More Button

While I welcome this proposal in principle I have reservations about it. It is hoped that what is proposed will work. However, we are living in the real world and Shannon Airport is losing €8 m...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Garda Policing Plans

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: his plans for the closure of Garda stations in 2013; his plans for Garda recruitment; his plans for the total number of Gardaí in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

When they come to write the political review of the year, the Minister, Deputy Shatter will, as a result of how he disseminated this information on budget day last week, be dubbed the most cowardly...More Button

This is part of a larger agenda on the part of the Government, which has done the same with small schools and community welfare offices, has closed down bank branches and is merging credit unions. ...More Button

It ill behoves the Minister to cite what was done by previous Governments. In 2010, when he was Opposition spokesperson on justice, the Minister stated: "We presently have 14,500 members of An Gar...More Button

-----for reducing the presence of An Garda Síochána throughout the country. The Minister has still not indicated what will be the minimum number of gardaí on the force. That number could potentia...More Button

Up to 1,200 members of An Garda Síochána can retire in the coming 12 months.More Button

It takes two years to train new members.More Button

I want to make a point.More Button

It was exceptionally cowardly of the Minister to make the announcement in this regard on budget day.More Button

As the Minister well knows, we did not sign up to closing Garda stations.More Button

It is about providing a presence. Does the Minister not appreciate that?More Button

Garda Policing Plans (Continued)

It ill behoves the Minister to cite the example of Northern Ireland and Scotland as a reason to support this crazy decision which he knows is wrong. He also knows that 40% of the population of thi...More Button

The Minister's decision means he has removed the Garda presence from communities all over the country. If he thinks that is a positive policing innovation then he is completely out of touch. I re...More Button

I am reflecting what communities think about it.More Button

The closure of Garda stations is not in the agreement.More Button

There is nothing in the troika agreement about closing Garda stations.More Button

He should be truthful in what he is saying. He should stick to the facts.More Button

Closing down Garda stations is not making them available.More Button

It means they will be sitting in community centres instead.More Button

Gangland Killings

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps being taken to address the increase in gangland crime and murders over the past number of months; if his attention has been drawn to a recent United States Congressional Research Service ...More Button

When the Garda Commissioner appeared before the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality recently, as the Minister will be aware, he outlined up to 25 criminal organisations operating in th...More Button

Linked to that, the Minister needs to nail his colours to the mast in stating what will be the minimum number of members of An Garda Síochána in terms of the strength of the force.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the steps he has taken to tackle the increase in gangland murders over the past number of months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Gangland Killings (Continued)

How low will the Minister allow the numbers in the force to drop to before he states that is the minimum and that the force needs to be properly resourced by way of personnel? People are, rightly,...More Button

We are seeing murders in broad daylight in the presence of minors and children nearly every day. These started well before the murder of Alan Ryan with the murder of Declan O'Reilly and other ti...More Button

Before he counters with the argument that it is all due to the memorandum of understanding with the troika, the Government can change it, as it has gone back on some of its original provisions.More Button

No, I am not.More Button

I am, sadly, addicted to facts and reality.More Button

I am not shouting at the Minister.More Button

On a point of order, I am not shouting at the Minister. I am sticking to the facts.More Button

If the Minister wants to give an answer, he can avoid a personal insult. I know if he tries, he can do it.More Button

It would be good if, for once, the Minister was honest with the people. To what personnel level is he going to allow Garda numbers fall before he realises the force is reaching a stage where it ca...More Button

When the Minister claims up to 60 members of criminal gangs in the Limerick area are in jail, I must remind him that is the case because of legislation introduced by the previous Government. He ...More Button

I do not resent it. I was just pointing it out.More Button

On a point of order-----More Button

The Minister cannot claim I resent the extra numbers in the Defence Forces because I do not.More Button

People outside the House are rightly asking how the Minister can recruit an extra 600 personnel for the Defence Forces, yet he will not do the same for An Garda Síochána.More Button

Why will the Minister not answer that question?More Button

I know the Minister cannot answer the question.More Button

I do not get upset.More Button

Yet the complement of gardaí will fall below 12,000.More Button

The Government can change this.More Button

The Minister has still not stated to what level he will allow the complement of gardaí to drop before he recruits more members.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

That is because they stayed bought.More Button

I would not believe Time magazine.More Button

It is about protecting the rich.More Button

Blame the Labour Party when it is on the backs of carers. Is that it?More Button

Order of Business

The Government should do what it said it would do.More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the reason for the delay in locating a new site for the provision of a new school building (details supplied) in County Cork, a site that funding was ring fenced for in early 2012 and to date no pr...More Button

Single Payment Scheme Application Numbers

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown on a county basis of the number of farmers who received single payment in 2011 in each of the categories €100,00 or more, €75,000 and less than €100,0...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide in tabular form on a county basis a breakdown of the number of farmers who have single farm payment entitlements in excess of €1,000 per hectare; the number of farmers with entit...More Button