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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Estimates for Public Services 2015 (Continued)

These Supplementary Estimates are a belated recognition, prompted by a looming general election, that one of the major slogans deployed by the Government in its first years in office was completely...More Button

I referred to underinvestment.

  In recent years, we argued that the Government could get the money to obviate the need for cuts from a number of sources, including the corporate...More Button

What we proposed was dismissed as rubbish and it was said that it would threaten our national economy. We could not say "boo" to the multinationals. It was only because a small number of people o...More Button

Lo and behold then, the pot of gold the Minister said did not exist suddenly appeared - the unexplained €2 billion in extra corporate tax receipts which the Minister laughably claims is to do wit...More Button

I am very glad some of this money is being put into extra spending in the areas the Government has butchered over the past number of years. However, is this just a pre-election stunt or is there...More Button

  Votes put and agreed to.More Button

  Sitting suspended at 1.32 p.m. and resumed at 2.32 p.m.More Button

Establishment of Independent Anti-Corruption Agency: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

I was not surprised but I was completely nauseated by the "RTE Investigates" special on corruption. It was quite stunning to see a Fianna Fáil councillor, a Fine Gael councillor and a pro-business...More Button

It is worth remembering the cost of this for society. It is this kind of behaviour that contributed significantly to the economic collapse of this country because much of the political system wa...More Button

The Mahon tribunal reports and commentary suggested that many councillors were screaming foul about many of the development plans and the corruption going on around them, but they were told to sh...More Button

We had a small example of this in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the past year when one of our own councillors was approached by a developer who was trying to get rezoning for a development he was try...More Button

This is not only going on at local level. Deputy Twomey said that it is different at local authority level or with officials doing procurement, but it is not really in the Dáil. I do not accept...More Button