Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Coppinger, Ruth

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


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

In 1991, my Socialist Party colleague, Deputy Joe Higgins, was elected to Dublin City Council. When he got there, he found a nest of vipers going to the local pub, Conway's, and getting brown pape...More Button

The Taoiseach and the leader of the Fianna Fáil Party have expressed their shock. They are the only ones in the country who are shocked - the Minister of State, Deputy Dara Murphy, can take that...More Button

We are essentially talking here about members of the two big parties, plus one so-called Independent. I ask the Minister of State where were the swarms of gardaí conducting dawn raids on the hom...More Button

I also take issue with some comments on social media. This is not gombeen politicians getting small amounts of money. The amounts of money that we are talking about regarding the potential for ...More Button

I spent 11 years on a council, and the rewards are large if one wants to be in the big parties, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, some independents and, occasionally, but less so, the Labour Party. Developm...More Button

One Deputy who spoke here said it was difficult for a Deputy to be corrupt and asked what a Deputy would get from it. As long as one is in a party that accepts donations from big business, the p...More Button

Why are councillors allowed to get work from a council to which they are elected? Why is a councillor who is elected to a council able to receive money from the council? Will this practice be b...More Button

What action will be taken against the councillors who, when they were filling in the disclosure forms which we all have filled in for 11 years, forgot that they owned a house, land or other prope...More Button

People are thrown off the housing list if they fill out their forms incorrectly.More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on extending the eligibility for medical cards to all children in receipt of a domiciliary care allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: his views on the decision of the United Kingdom to engage in military actions in Syria; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button