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Donnelly, Stephen

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

I move amendment No. 5:

    In page 23, between lines 3 and 4, to insert the following:

    “(5) Notwithstanding any rules referred to in this section, one quarter of t...More Button

    Right. As we are aware, no amendments ever get accepted on Report Stage anyway.More Button

    It has been true in the two and a half years I have been in the House. The point is a relevant one. I appreciate that the proposal might not be constitutional and that a referendum might be requi...More Button

    The point is a very important one. As the Minister is aware, this is common practice in many European parliaments. Seven European parliaments have in place a system whereby between one quarter ...More Button

    The Minister made a comment that the Oireachtas can do whatever Westminster does. We have seen some excellent inquiries there, for example, the Leveson inquiry, among others. The Minister said ...More Button

    It was not party political. The X case legislation is one of deep conscience.More Button

    I was on parliamentary business in Turkey.More Button

    What does the Minister mean?More Button

    I was representing the Oireachtas at the annual meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.More Button

    I was one of only two Members left when the Government called home its Deputies for a show of strength. It was a total waste of money.More Button

    Yes. It seemed pretty silly to me.More Button

    This House cannot do the work Westminster does. Let us look at what happened when four Government Deputies said they could not vote with the Government on an issue of conscience. In Westminster t...More Button

    I put it to the Minister that I would like the Dáil and the Oireachtas to be able to do some of the stuff that can be done in Westminster, but until the Government relinquishes the obsessive cont...More Button

    I do not for a second suggest that there should be no Whip. Of course there must be a Whip to do the business of politics but not the way it is applied in this House. Therefore, these amendments ...More Button

    Only when the committee asks for a committee of inquiry to be established.More Button

    Is the Bundestag an extraordinary situation?More Button

    It is too hard for me to understand.More Button

    Nobody suggested that every vote should be free.More Button

    Yes-----More Button

    -----and I will interrupt the Minister as much as he interrupted me.More Button

    No doubt we will continue to debate this matter. However, it is a bit like coming to a meeting of the flat earth society. One comes in here and everybody says, "No, it has to be done this way, it...More Button

    Heaven forbid that in our national parliament Deputies in the same party would be allowed to disagree with each other. The reality is that the current rules, which give an Irish Cabinet more con...More Button

    On national radio recently, the Government Chief Whip described the Government's efforts at political reform as deplorable. The result is that nobody trusts us. The Irish people trust us less t...More Button

    The Minister's argument is that the Government will do the right thing if there is an overwhelming demand from the people, but what happens if there is not an overwhelming demand? What happens i...More Button

    Or you know, Minister.More Button

    I think not.More Button

    I do.More Button

    I move amendment No. 6:

      In page 23, to delete lines 5 to 9 and substitute the following:
        “(a) subject to subsection (3), the on...More Button

          Question, "That the words proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

          Amendment declared lost. More Button

        I move amendment No. 7:

          In page 23, to delete lines 21 to 23 and substitute the following:
            "(b) if the committee is a joint commi...More Button

              Question, "That the words proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

              Amendment declared lost.More Button

            Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

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

            No IndicatorVoted No More Button

            I have two quick questions. The first relates to the definition of a principal private residence. The question probably applies to the entire Bill. Will the Minister clarify one point? When we ...More Button

            Essentially, they are renting out their principal private residence and are living in rented accommodation. In the context of the Minister's amendment and the Bill, does "principal private residen...More Button

            I thank the Minister for his reply and for leaving open the door that people who are renting and renting may have the protections afforded to them under section 2. The Minister referred to my Fami...More Button

            I take the Minister's point that this might be available in some situations. The reason I emphasise this issue is because a great number of people are in this position. Most of my friends are i...More Button

            The purpose of section 2 essentially is to stop the bank from repossessing homes when a sensible personal insolvency arrangement, PIA, could be constructed. Financially, and economically, that i...More Button

            I will conclude on this point. I do not refer to those who have bought a new home and are renting. I am talking only about people who bought a home, have moved out of it, who still nominally only...More Button

            I take the Minister's points on board but I support Deputy Collins's amendment. I would disagree with the Minister's economic analysis. He may be right but I do not think he is for two reasons. ...More Button

            They informed me that they had split their banks in two, namely, into good banks and bad banks and that the former retained the functioning assets. I am currently involved in drawing up a paper on...More Button

            In the context of the mechanism under discussion, I would like to consider the case of a couple who engage with a personal insolvency practitioner who then engages with their bank on their behalf...More Button

            The bank then states that while other financial institutions are restructuring in circumstances such as those I have outlined, it is not doing so. It further indicates that it is not interested ...More Button

            Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

            Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members]

            I wish to share time with Deputies Joan Collins, Boyd Barrett and Mattie McGrath.More Button

            I support the Bill before the House, which aims to put equality budgeting on a statutory footing and is a welcome proposal. This means that in preparing Bills relevant to the budget and other oper...More Button

            The Cabinet handbook states that regulatory impact assessments should be conducted for all significant legislation. As every Member of this House is aware, this does not happen. However, it mus...More Button

            I encountered equality analysis in the form of gender-proofing in the course of policy work I was undertaking in the United Kingdom. It was the first time I had seen it and it was highly effecti...More Button

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

            Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

            Homeless Persons Supports

            Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: if he will reassure Dáil Éireann as to the security of the e-mail systems in his Department subsequent to recent reports of US intelligence agencies accessing e-mail and other digital content; and ...More Button