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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

I am sure the Taoiseach will agree that Cabinet collegiality is important in terms of the smooth running of Government and honesty between colleagues, in particular, is important. When Fianna Fáil...More Button

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Did the Taoiseach meet the Minister, Deputy Quinn, and has he asked him to confirm or deny that he made those comments at the Labour Parliamentary Party about a ministerial colleague?More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I have made no claims or allegations.More Button

I was not at the Labour Party meeting. I asked the Taoiseach a simple question. I know that the Minister, Deputy Quinn, has come out to say he has confidence in the Minister for Health, but did h...More Button

That is the simple question I asked the Taoiseach, but he avoided answering it yet again, just as the Minister, Deputy Quinn, avoided answering it yesterday.More Button

He neither confirmed nor denied making those comments. We know that the Labour Party Deputies agree with opposition Deputies on the Minister for Health's performance, including all those whose hom...More Button

Many Fine Gael Deputies and Ministers do not either.More Button

We are on the cusp of yet another major health Estimate that will wreak further damage on health services. I just want to ask this simple question: did the Minister, Deputy Quinn, confirm to the T...More Button

What does the Taoiseach mean by that?More Button

Neither the Taoiseach nor the Minister, Deputy Quinn, has denied it, so it must be the truth.More Button

He said he cannot be seen to be looking for a head. That is dangerous for the Minister, Deputy Reilly.More Button

We know where Deputy Buttimer's head is.More Button

Where is the Labour Party?More Button

The Taoiseach is in very bad form.More Button

Diplomatic Representation Expenditure

Asked the Taoiseach: if he held any bilateral meetings on his recent trip to America; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I take it that as Ireland will hold the EU Presidency, the Taoiseach will be invited to participate in the G8 summit. Will the Taoiseach confirm that? Prime Minister Cameron's decision on the loc...More Button

The positive relations between the US and Ireland are beneficial in an ongoing sense, taking in social culture and economic life in both nations. I welcome the fact that the Taoiseach made the v...More Button

As we can see from the debates leading into the American presidential election, corporation tax loomed large in rhetoric and articulation of policy by President Obama and his team. Has the Gover...More Button

Diplomatic Representation Expenditure (Continued)

This occurred during the previous presidential election when the Government of the time put key IDA personnel in our embassy in Washington to lobby effectively on Capitol Hill and among political c...More Button

On immigration, the Taoiseach met representatives of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. When I was Minister for Foreign Affairs my Department launched the E3 visa initiative which, owing to politi...More Button

I am pleased the Taoiseach met representatives of Zenith Technologies. Having met representatives of the company many years ago, I am pleased to note it continues to make good progress in the Un...More Button

In terms of corporate tax, the issue is not so much our policy, which is clear, in terms of maintaining the rate but that in previous times the Administration did issue documentation suggesting we ...More Button

It is not.More Button

Constitutional Convention Agenda

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has approached persons to chair the Constitutional Convention and the responses that have been received; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has met the new Chairman of the Constitutional Convention; the areas that were discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the date on which the Constitutional Convention will convene its first plenary meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I welcome the appointment of Mr. Tom Arnold. On Saturday, it became clear that there is a restricted agenda imposed by the Government on the work of the convention. It has undermined the idea of ...More Button

I am pleased with the chairperson but I am concerned there is no formal requirement that groups on whom decisions of the convention will have an impact are involved in all stages of discussions. ...More Button

There is a major suspicion that marriage equality is being put into the convention to be kicked down the road for a while. Is it the understanding of the Taoiseach that groups affected by issues...More Button

The recommendation should go straight to the Dáil, for the Dáil to have an opinion on whether it is good idea. The Taoiseach is proposing the Government takes possession of it and that the Dáil do...More Button

I asked a question about marriage equality.More Button

I asked a question on whether particular groups would be invited.More Button

Order of Business

We oppose these motions on the basis that they relate to three Supplementary Estimates, one of €685 million for the Department of Social Protection, another of €360 million for the Health Service E...More Button

There have been savage cutbacks in home help hours in recent months because of the absence of a Supplementary Estimate coming through and because of the absence of a proper HSE Estimate in the be...More Button

There is a request for a Supplementary Estimate of €360 million. Given the flawed nature of the Estimate given to the House last November, there is a need for a plenary discussion before the Est...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Taoiseach denied vehemently to me some months ago on Leaders' Questions that there would be any Supplementary Estimate for the Department of Health. We have consistently raised the failure of ...More Button

The Taoiseach indicated that he would not oppose a debate on this.More Button

I am trying to reach a consensus on this. The Taoiseach said that Paddy wants to know but he is the last person who knows round here.More Button

In the programme for Government, the Government made very strong commitments to Dáil reform. It is very regrettable, therefore, that the Supplementary Estimates for the Department of Social Protec...More Button

The whistleblowers Bill is intended to give freedom to officials and people working in our public services to articulate issues. There is fear and anxiety across the health service in so far as ...More Button

Can the Taoiseach indicate when we will get the whistleblowers Bill? In respect of the Government's commitment to change legislation in respect of Cabinet confidentiality-----More Button

That is a very good point.More Button

The people would like to know where stands the commitment to Cabinet confidentiality because the public would dearly love to see Cabinet confidentiality. The absence of confidentiality in the Cabi...More Button

We saw that.More Button

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

I welcome the holding of this debate and the opportunity to address the report of the expert group. It is appropriate that time is allowed for legislators, medical bodies and the wider public to c...More Button

Ireland is very far from being the only state where there is an active debate about abortion. It is an issue which can cross through ideological and party boundaries like almost no other.

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It is not the case that there is no guidance at all available at present and that there is a deep uncertainty in all cases. Doctors follow the Medical Council guidelines that were most recently up...More Button

It did. There was legislation and a referendum.More Button

That is not correct.More Button

Rural Development Policy

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he has a role in the new Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Educational Disadvantage

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will ensure that DEIS schools in Tallaght West, Dublin 24, will continue to receive special funding to allow the schools respond effectively to disadvantaged communities; and if he will make ...More Button

Teacher Training Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will reassure staff, students and prospective students of a college (details supplied) in County Sligo of the future of home economics initial teacher education at the college with reference ...More Button

Unemployment Levels

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will detail options open to her, within the remit of her department, to respond to the serious unemployment figures in Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Care of the Elderly

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update on efforts to retain all services at St. Brigid's Hospital, Crooksling, Brittas, County Dublin; if he will appreciate the concerns of the wider community on this issue;...More Button