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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Seanad Referendum

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will provide an update on the planned referendum on the abolition of Seanad Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Seanad Referendum (Continued)

I wish to pass on my best wishes to Deputy Higgins and his mother.More Button

Fianna Fáil's abysmal failure to institute political reform and its double standards when it jumps up and down now about political reform are apparent to people. However, the issue is about this G...More Button

Will the Taoiseach listen to the public in the context of the forthcoming referendum and link the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad to a serious debate on democratic reform and how we enh...More Button

  Can the Taoiseach convince them it is not just about "Yes" or "No" to the existing Seanad but that he seriously intends to listen to their views and put forward and ...More Button

I support the abolition. That is absolutely clear.More Button

The public wants much more.More Button

I am next on the list.More Button

I am in favour of the abolition of the Seanad because it is unrepresentative. However, does the Taoiseach not think the enhanced committee system, about which he talks, could replicate the problem...More Button

We need representatives of civic society who are genuinely representative of all sectors of society, unlike Members of the current Seanad, who are directly elected from those different sectors, p...More Button

From what the Taoiseach is saying, there is a real danger that the Government of the day will end up putting its favourites onto the committees, but that does not resolve the problem we are tryin...More Button

Sectorally based.More Button

European Council in Brussels: Statements (Continued)

The utterly shocking revelations arising from the Anglo Irish Bank tapes obviously provided a critically important context to last week's European Council meeting. Much of the discourse and media ...More Button

It is telling that they sought to use a poor imitation of the gangster language of the streets in order to stylise their activities. The language used on the Anglo tapes brought to mind the RTE ...More Button

  It begs the question after these shocking revelations - I know this is the feeling among ordinary people - why the hell are we paying the debts of this gang? There is no other word to ...More Button

Tax Code

Asked the Minister for Finance: in the aftermath of recent revelations about the very low level of corporate tax paid by a number of high-profile companies based here, if he intends to change Ireland's corporate tax regime; and i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he has had any discussions with Prime Minister Cameron recently in relation to Ireland's tax affairs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Mortgage Arrears Proposals

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he believes additional measures beyond the recently passed personal insolvency legislation is now necessary in order to deal with the worsening mortgage crisis; and if he will make a statement o...More Button

School Transport Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will consider a free school bus service across the cities of Ireland in the interest of the environment and traffic congestion; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button