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Collins, Joan

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Road Traffic Offences

The Minister says we are making big assumptions on this issue and that this is an everyday occurrence. That cannot be the case considering the number of cases Deputy Daly has mentioned as having b...More Button

This is not a question of a few celebrities such as Ronan O'Gara, Paul Williams or Mary Devins, whom I mentioned last week, or other judges or multiple gardaí.More Button

The Minister is the person who is supposed to protect the people and the law of this State. This is not a question of individuals.More Button

Why is that?More Button

It is not an abuse of privilege. Perhaps the Acting Chairman should check that with the Ceann Comhairle. I do not think it is.More Button

We have taximen who have lost their ability to protect their livelihoods because of penalty points.More Button

Well, I call for an independent public inquiry on this important issue.More Button

Road Traffic Offences (Continued)

I will be brief. Deputy Daly has made most of the points I wish to make. We need a public inquiry to reveal any discrepancies or malpractice that might exist in the system. If the Minister is so...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2012: Second Stage (Continued)

I propose to share time with Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan, Finian McGrath, Mick Wallace, Catherine Murphy, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath.More Button

It is a pity the Minister, Deputy Joan Burton, is not present in the Chamber for my contribution and those of my colleagues. The ESRI report published today includes shocking data on the concentra...More Button

The children of these households are entirely dependent on social protection, including child benefit, the back to school clothing and footwear payment and the fuel allowance. These cuts, togeth...More Button

In its election manifesto the Labour Party gave an undertaking, as one of the main features of its campaign, that there would be no reductions in child benefit payments on its watch. In last wee...More Button