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Adams, Gerry

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The ongoing revelations from the Anglo tapes continue to anger and outrage citizens. When I raised this issue with the Taoiseach last week, much of the focus was on who from within Fianna Fáil met...More Button

There has been no response from the Fianna Fáil leadership.More Button

I also asked the Taoiseach whether tapes from any other banks exist-----More Button

-----and he told me that he did not know. I then asked if he would find out if other tapes existed. Does the Taoiseach know now, a week later, if there are similar tapes in the other banks affect...More Button

We all know that Anglo Irish Bank received €30 billion of taxpayers' money and that the other banks between them received almost €35 billion. This means more than €64 billion has been taken from...More Button

Do we know if phone calls between these banks and the Central Bank were recorded by the Central Bank? The Taoiseach said that there are no files of any value in the Department of the Taoiseach, ...More Button

I am sure the Taoiseach has met real and understandable cynicism from many people about whether the Government proposes to address these matters. I suppose that is inevitable given the close rel...More Button

In terms of regaining public confidence, central to that is knowing if there are tapes available in relation to the other banks and files on the matter in the Department of Finance and Central Ba...More Button

The Taoiseach will excuse me if I am a little discommoded by the fact that the Minister is to write to the banks tomorrow.More Button

This all happened four or five years ago. The Government did not know last week if any tapes existed. Conveniently, the Minister for Finance is going to rush out of the Chamber now and write a le...More Button

I do not believe what the Government is doing at this late hour is sufficient. I also do not believe anyone else will be persuaded about its intentions in this matter. The Government's handling o...More Button

The Government did not even know they existed.More Button

Does the Garda Síochána have copies of the tapes?More Button

Seanad Referendum

Asked the Taoiseach: if a date has been agreed for the holding of a referendum on the abolition of Seanad Éireann.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: his plans for the holding of a referendum on the abolition of Seanad Éireann.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the consultation process he intends to hold in relation to his plans to hold a referendum on the abolition of Seanad Éireann.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the timeframe for the referendum on the abolition of Seanad Éireann. More Button

Seanad Referendum (Continued)

I also wish to send best wishes to Teachta Higgins's mother and to the Higgins family. I will give my own take on what politics should be about. It should be about empowering citizens, systems of...More Button

Then one comes to the issue of the abolition of the Seanad. The Seanad is not representative, is exclusive and is not elected by universal suffrage and so clearly it must go. However, the propo...More Button

There is cynicism abroad within society about politics and politicians for very good reason. However, we still retain the tradition of the meitheal and of cabhair na gcomharsan. There remains a...More Button

Does the Taoiseach not agree that a rebalancing of power within the Oireachtas between the Executive and the Legislature is required? Does he not agree that real reform of local government is re...More Button

Korea.More Button

My question is very straightforward and brief. Why does the Taoiseach not give the citizens the option of a preferendum of abolition, retention or, more important from our point of view, root and ...More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Ba mhaith liom mo chómhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann Pádraig Faulkner agus le Fianna Fáil. Ní raibh aithne agam ar Phádraig Faulkner. Mar a dúirt ceannaire Fhianna Fail, an Taoiseach agus an Tánaiste...More Button

On behalf of Sinn Féin I extend my deepest condolences to the family of former Ceann Comhairle and Fianna Fáil Minister, Pádraig Faulkner, who died a year ago. I also extend my sympathy to Fiann...More Button

Mr. Faulkner was born in Dundalk and represented the constituency of Louth which I now have the honour of representing. He did so with great diligence for 30 years from 1957 to 1987. I never me...More Button

Mr. Faulkner was also a husband, father and grandfather and it is particularly poignant and fitting that a third generation of his family is here to listen to his achievements. To his wife Kitty...More Button

Order of Business

Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur faoi reachtaíocht atá geallta. Will the Taoiseach provide an update on the child and family agency Bill and the Children First Bill? He may be aware that independent a...More Button

European Council in Brussels: Statements (Continued)

Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh.More Button

Last week's European Council summit marked the end of our Presidency.More Button

Lads, an bhfuil seans ar bith agam?More Button

While I disagree with the Taoiseach's policy on many issues, I commend the great energy he brought to these challenges. Some progress was made on several issues, such as the Common Agricultural ...More Button

Consequently, while the Irish Presidency of the European Union bears all the hallmarks of austerity, the outcome will be to see more of what everyone has experienced in the recent past. Were fur...More Button

Moreover, the chances of a deal on our legacy banking debts faded in recent times. This is the same deal the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Gilmore...More Button

That was dismissed as fairy tale economics, yet last week the European Union adopted the position of burning bondholders when the banks fail. It is too late for the people in this State.

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Budget Consultation Process

Asked the Minister for Finance: the consultations he will hold, here and with other EU countries and institutions and any others, before announcing the budget. More Button

Promissory Note Issues

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has considered freezing the issuing internationally of the converted promissory notes, currently held at the Central Bank, pending an investigation into the handing of these notes to Anglo Ir...More Button

European Parliament Elections

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: when the boundaries for the forthcoming European elections will be confirmed following the accession of Croatia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Criminal Prosecutions

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he has received reports from An Garda Síochána or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in relation to the investigation into the banking collapse; if he is satisfied with the prog...More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: if a person (details supplied) in County Waterford is on the waiting list for a gastric bypass; the steps being taken to progress their health situation; the length of time they will be expected to...More Button