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Costello, Joe

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

It has been acknowledged independently.More Button

It is a fact.More Button

We are not saying it. It is what is being said around the world.More Button

This is not the minimum wage.More Button

Who abolished the minimum wage?More Button

There was not room to file them all away.More Button

St. Augustine. We want it, but not yet.More Button

Tá eolas ag Mattie.More Button

Deputy Martin should not be so silly. When he was Minister for Education and Science we got a number of complaints about grants and he never did anything about them. Grants were not available unt...More Button

SUSI is a new mechanism to improve the awarding of grants.More Button

Fianna Fáil had 15 years to get it right.More Button

This year was the first time a centralised system was introduced. The Deputy should look at the beam in his own eye.More Button

Who got us into this spending mess?More Button

Who introduced free third level education?More Button

The Deputy needs to give credit where credit is due.More Button

What is Fianna Fáil going to do?More Button

Why was Fianna Fáil not able to submit its pre-budget submission to the Department of Finance?More Button

It is based on parliamentary questions?More Button

Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in the A, B and C v. Ireland Case: Statements (Resumed) (Continued)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to say a few words on this difficult subject. At the outset, I listened carefully to Deputy Calleary and I respect his views and judgment. He is a serious p...More Button

We have been dealing with this serious issue for 30 years, with reproductive rights for women being the most contentious issue in the history of the State in the last century. The programme for ...More Button

It is essential that we, in this House, address in depth the findings of that report and that we give political direction as to how to proceed.More Button

We have reached a very sad situation where the lives of women were at risk down along the line. We have seen what has happened most recently with the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar. We wil...More Button

It was a terrible tragedy that reminds us of the tragedy of the X case 20 years ago where a girl of 14 was abused for two years and then raped. A case was taken in the High Court, which decided ...More Button

Clearly the result of the referendum on which the people voted was that the State should introduce laws that would vindicate that right. It states in a straightforward manner: "guarantees in its...More Button

When the matter was reviewed and attempts were made to limit it further by leaving suicide out of the equation, two further referenda enhanced the right by specifying the right to travel across t...More Button

When Article 40.3.3° of the Constitution is read in its entirety, it cries out to the Legislature to introduce legislation to act on the right ensconced in the Constitution. It is telling us tha...More Button

There are four options before us in the expert report and they are addressed very carefully. They are that we could have regulation, guidelines, primary legislation, or primary legislation and r...More Button

I state categorically that as far as I am concerned there is no other choice. We in this House have no choice but to be true to the Constitution, which means that we must legislate on the matter...More Button