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Adams, Gerry

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It is more in sadness than in anger that I must say the Taoiseach just does not get it. The budget is all about the Fine Gael Party and the Labour Party. It tells us everything we need to know ab...More Button

Those listening to the Taoiseach will not be encouraged that he has a sense of their plight. Ministers take home over €3,000 a week. The Government has broken the cap for special advisers and ref...More Button

I never thought the Taoiseach would make me laugh on this day, but his stupid remark about the Northern Bank in response to a serious question made me laugh. Second, he referred to events in my li...More Button

The difficult choice is to tackle the powerful elements. However, it is the interests of the more powerful that the Taoiseach's party acts and - shame on it - that increasingly the Labour Party ac...More Button

I asked him if he would listen to the woman who spoke at last night's public meeting in Dundalk if she was standing here today appealing to him to reverse this cut. He will not listen to me - he p...More Button

The Taoiseach should do something about it.More Button

If the Taoiseach arranges a special debate, we can talk about that issue.More Button

We are talking about carer's allowances, for which the Taoiseach is responsible.More Button

I will express, as I have done before-----More Button

-----my sincere regret for what happened to Jean McConville.More Button

I will ask the Taoiseach again to deal with-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, when this issue was raised before, you said to me you would ensure these types of things were not said in the Chamber.More Button

On a point of order, a serious charge has been made by the Taoiseach.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, you are there to defend my right to represent the mandate I was given by asking questions of the Taoiseach.More Button

I did not raise it.More Button

What are they?More Button

I am not breaching them.More Button

I went to your office before.More Button

I want the Taoiseach to withdraw that remark.More Button

I know you cannot force anybody, but the Taoiseach is diminishing his office.More Button

It is so easy for people to make-----More Button

-----totally unsubstantiated allegations in order to disguise their own responsibility-----More Button

-----for what they are doing to working people in the State.More Button

The Minister should not dare to talk about hypocrisy.More Button

On a point of order, the Ceann Comhairle has spoken about keeping to the rules.More Button

If the Taoiseach can make the type of remark he made-----More Button

I want the Taoiseach to withdraw his remark.More Button

No, I will not.More Button

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

I would like you to ask the Taoiseach to withdraw his remark-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle-----More Button

Can I just-----More Button

Excuse me, can I please make my point?More Button

Can I please make my point?More Button

Then tell me what procedure I can use to ask you very reasonably-----More Button

Let us do it openly.More Button

I am not lecturing the Chair; I am asking you a question.More Button

I am looking for guidance.More Button

I am making a request of the Chair-----More Button

I am making a request of the Chair to ask the Taoiseach to withdraw his remark.More Button

Official Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: the role of the protocol section of his Department in organising non-party political events.More Button

Official Engagements (Continued)

The Taoiseach stated he had a table of these events. Perhaps he might give us a random example of the type of non-party political events the protocol department is involved in organising.More Button

I have a letter from the Taoiseach's Department refusing a meeting with Justice for the Forgotten. I am glad he has changed his mind. I raised the matter recently with the Taoiseach in the Chambe...More Button

At the risk of being ruled out of order I give notice to the Ceann Comhairle, fraternally and respectfully, that under the Order of Business I intend to return to my request that the Taoiseach wi...More Button

Social Partnership

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will provide an update on his process of social dialogue.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the groups he has met as part of his process of social dialogue.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: his plans regarding the future of the National Economic and Social Council.More Button

Social Partnership (Continued)

The public service unions have agreed to engage in initial discussions with the Government in respect of its proposals for an extension to the Croke Park agreement. It would be useful to obtain so...More Button

The Taoiseach uttered a few sentences with regard to the review of the NESC. If I understood what he said correctly, this review has already begun. Perhaps he might elaborate further on the pos...More Button

I would not hold my breath waiting for any of that to materialise. The reason I asked a specific question about the groups the Taoiseach has met as part of the process of social dialogue was to ge...More Button

I asked a specific question in my initial response to the Taoiseach's answer. I pointed out that the health budget for 2013 contains estimates of €458 million in pay-related savings and that the...More Button

Before we move on to the Order of Business, I want to raise a point of order.More Button

I want to make a point of order while you are in the Chair, a Cheann Comhairle, and while the Taoiseach is still in the Chamber.

  Given his defamatory remarks earlier, I want to...More Button

I am referring to the remarks he made about Jean McConville and the defamatory allegation that I was in some way involved in that poor woman's death.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, can I just elaborate on my point, please? I was making a perfectly salient and pertinent point earlier about the Government's budget, particularly its effect on the carer's all...More Button

I will.More Button

Gabh mo leithscéal. The pertinent point is that it says the Ceann Comhairle shall direct that the utterance be withdrawn without qualification and I asked the Ceann Comhairle to do that. I am her...More Button

I am not standing, a Cheann Comhairle-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle-----More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, can I make another point, please?More Button

This is from the salient rulings of the Chair to assist the Ceann Comhairle-----More Button

I am not trying to give the Ceann Comhairle a lecture.More Button

I am standing up for myself. It says that when a Member is making a disclaimer against an allegation made against him, he should be given a good hearing.More Button

I do not consider-----More Button

The Taoiseach knows better. Rather than go through this row - I do not want to be fighting with the Ceann Comhairle - the Taoiseach should be a man and withdraw that remark.More Button

They were not.More Button

Order of Business

I rarely have much sympathy for An Teachta Martin's view of what the Government is doing because, after all, it is implementing Fianna Fáil policy, but in this case I believe he has a point. We ma...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Tomorrow the report of Desmond de Silva, QC, on the murder of the human rights solicitor Mr. Pat Finucane will be published in London. This will be followed by a formal statement by the British Pr...More Button

Perhaps on Thursday or Friday evening.More Button

Tributes to Staff Member

Ar mo shon féin agus ar son Sinn Féin, go n-éirí an t-ádh le Barry, a bhean chéile agus a theaghlach. Gabhaimid míle buíochas leis.More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the way in which he will address the decision in the European Court of Justice MM case in the intervening period before the publication of a new Immigration Bill.More Button

Domestic Violence Incidence

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the date on which he will introduce a consolidated Bill on domestic violence.More Button

Departmental Staff Rehiring

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has made an external appointment of an economist to head up his Departments Budget and Economic Policy Division.More Button

Mental Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: if the €35 million for mental health services is in addition to the €35 million for mental health announced last year; the amount of the €35 million allocated for mental health in 2012 that was spe...More Button

Health Services Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of vacancies currently in mental health nursing positions; he location of these vacancies; and if those vacancies are currently covered by agency or other staffMore Button