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McDonald, Mary Lou

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

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Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I recognise the intent behind Deputy Sean Fleming's amendments. For the purposes of underscoring inclusivity and putting paid to any concern relating to the Government delivering a ready-up in the...More Button

I am not even sure that this is the right place in which to engage in this discussion. However, I could not allow the Deputy's commentary to pass without stating that for its part, my party reco...More Button

If we were to adopt the definition of bias as enunciated by some here, we would never get to question anyone because we are on the record on many issues, such as the HSE and virtually every public ...More Button

If anyone were to stand up in the House, our friends in Fianna Fáil included, and criticise this legislation and any inquiry which may emanate from it on the basis it is too limited, he or she mi...More Button

Let us remind ourselves that whoever is on any would-be bank inquiry and whatever its terms of reference, we simply legally cannot make findings of fact. I wonder why the Fianna Fáil benches are...More Button

One would never guess so.More Button

I support the spirit of a lower threshold to trigger and sanction inquiries. If the Minister accepted some or all of these amendments, it would offset concerns about majoritarianism in the establi...More Button

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Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

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Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I move amendment No. 14:

    In page 4, line 1, after "Government” to insert ", to include all cabinet members".
We discussed this matter at Cabinet-----More Button

I am getting ahead of myself. That was quite a Freudian slip.More Button

We discussed this matter on Committee Stage and I proposed two amendments to clarify that where the legislation states, "Each financial year the Government", this should include all Cabinet members...More Button

There is certainly a view that the core of power in Cabinet now resides in the hands of the four Ministers on the Economic Management Council. The four men involved in the group have the balance...More Button

That being the case and given this clarification - of course, I know the constitutional definition of the Government - this definition should be borne in mind when budgetary decisions are being mad...More Button

I move amendment No. 15:

    In page 4, line 7, after "year" to insert the following:
      "with due regard of the State’s equality and...More Button

      If the Government is serious, as it should be about honouring the State's equality and human rights obligations, then those very obligations must be knitted as a constituent part into the budgeta...More Button

      The Private Members' Bill that will continue to be debated this evening is concerned with amendments to the Equal Status Acts and the matter of equality budgeting. The Government is opposing the l...More Button

      The disagreement we had on Committee Stage was not so much about the Minister’s use of the term “technical”, because I accept that this is technical legislation. He might recall that the differe...More Button

      Although this is a technical Bill, we must be conscious at every turn that technical processes such as this have real, lived consequences and outcomes for citizens. The reason we set budgets and...More Button

      I move amendment No. 16:

        In page 4, lines 23 and 24, to delete “as soon as may be” and substitute “immediately”.
      The Minister will be familiar with the amendment bec...More Button

      Just to clarify then, "as soon as may be" is terminology that means, in effect, immediately and without any delay.More Button

      That is as clear as mud.More Button

        Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

        Amendment No. 17 not moved.More Button

      I move amendment No. 18:

        In page 4, line 34, after “concerned” to insert the following:

        “with due regard of the State’s equality and human rights obligations”.<...More Button

        I move amendment No. 20:

          In page 4, line 42, after “concerned” to insert the following:
            “with due regard of the State’s equality and human ri...More Button

              Amendment No. 21 not moved.More Button

            I move amendment No. 22:

              In page 5, between lines 12 and 13, to insert the following:
                “(c) the State’s equality and human rights oblig...More Button

                The Minister might, when replying to the amendment, spell out in plain English the difference or similarities between the macroeconomic forecast and the official forecast.More Button

                Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

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                Third Level Funding

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide an update on the report he has ordered the State Examinations Commission to make into the typographical errors and mistakes that were made on leaving certificate papers; and if h...More Button

                Special Educational Needs Services Provision

                Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide a guarantee that he has shelved plans to include assets such as farmland and business premises in the means tests for third level students.More Button

                Organ Donation

                Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 901, 902 and 941 for 11 June 2013, if the Health Service Executive concluded its consideration of the Intermune offer in relation to the pricing of Pirfenido...More Button