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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

I am opposed to this motion because it will put Shannon Airport under further pressure to maintain itself by facilitating the US military war machine. By removing the most profitable component of ...More Button

I note that Michael O'Leary is opposed to the changes because he wants full privatisation of the airport.More Button

Sadly, Michael O'Leary's concerns are ill-founded because, like with many of these quangos or established semi-State operations, moving them a little further away from direct State control into som...More Button

The idea that Shannon Airport will be able to increase civilian passenger numbers significantly is pie in the sky. What will happen is that Shannon Airport will be pushed into further dependence ...More Button

It is worth pointing out what the terrible cost of this has been for a country that is supposed to be militarily neutral and which has asserted in its Constitution that we should in no way play a...More Button

With the austerity, the economic crisis and all the other terrible things happening in society, this matter will pass under the radar for most people. In some ways this is understandable, but it...More Button

I oppose this motion strongly and appeal to the Government to understand that what airports should be is part of our vital civilian infrastructure. They deserve to be subsidised - this goes for ...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I am sure the public looking on find this whole spectacle pretty depressing.More Button

I am not going to do that. The people of this country are not worried about political spats between parties-----More Button

The people of this country are not interested in political spats at the moment, they are interested in survival, a fact confirmed by the ESRI today, which shows that more than one in five household...More Button

The Taoiseach's budget has chosen to attack precisely this group yet again. He has attacked children, he has attacked women, he has attacked the disabled and he has attacked low paid workers. I...More Button

Can the Taoiseach seriously claim this budget is fair? Is he not ashamed to have betrayed the trust of the people who voted for him and the people who voted for the Labour Party in visiting thes...More Button

People are protesting today and they will be protesting tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. These protestors understand that unlike the Clearing House Group, whose members sit down with officials of th...More Button

My question to the Taoiseach is very simple. Does he accept that his party has betrayed the solemn promises it made in the last election to protect the vulnerable, particularly the disabled, and...More Button

Social Partnership

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on any recent or planned meeting with social partners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on any recent or planned social dialogue with civil society groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will provide a list of the groups he plans to meet as part of his commitment to social dialogue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Partnership (Continued)

I ask the Taoiseach about his prospects for engagement with outside parties in the context of framing the budget. Is it not the case that, when examining the balance struck in the past two budgets...More Button

State Street is a speculator.More Button

I apologise; it is even closer to the Taoiseach.More Button

We all want to move on.More Button

Order of Business

I add my voice to the protest against the guillotine being imposed on this issue. In the programme for Government, the Taoiseach promised a democratic revolution, no less, a new type of politics a...More Button

Child Protection Issues

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will outline the measures in place to ensure the safety and welfare of children in direct provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Third Level Fees

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the doubling of registration fees for non-EEA nationals to €300; the basis for giving five days' notice to non-EEA nationals of the increase; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Departmental Strategy Statements

Asked the Taoiseach: the way he is monitoring progress on his Department's strategic priorities as set out in his Department's strategy statement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mental Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: with regards to the Health Service Executive's fourth annual report of child and adolescent mental health services and the announcement in it that on 4 September 2012, the HSE management team appro...More Button