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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Shannon Airport: Motion (Continued)

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Leaders' Questions

Most people across the country agree that last week's budget was deeply unfair and a very brutal one on the poorest and lowest income families. Today sees the commencement of the Social Welfare Bi...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

We were told over the weekend that the Labour Party members walked out of that fateful Cabinet meeting on the budget because of Fine Gael's insistence that welfare rates across 31 schemes would hav...More Button

Did it walk back in to add taxes on lower paid workers and cut child benefit, jobseeker's benefit and the respite grant for 77,000 people? In so doing it has broken every promise it made to the pe...More Button

The respite grant has been cut for 77,000 people. It is a slap in the face to these individuals and it undermines their value in society. Every Deputy in this House will say, either privately o...More Button

Or that of the Labour Party.More Button

I never said that.More Button

Another columnist this morning described the interview that the Taoiseach conducted last Wednesday evening regarding the budget as "a stream of banal inanities", a "crumbling of lang...More Button

We did not predict anything that he suggested. At exactly this moment last year, he reversed the budget decision on the disability allowance and DEIS schools. The Minister for Education and Skill...More Button

He is parading around as some sort of new Ireland chancellor, determined to get his way and giving in to nobody.More Button

I urge the Taoiseach to stand back, reflect on his decision and reverse this cut because it sends out a message that the budget is mean-spirited and shows utter contempt for those who care for the ...More Button

On the respite grant.More Button

Over the decade.More Button

Is that the note from the Minister, Deputy Rabbitte?More Button

The poor Labour Party.More Button

It was the Taoiseach who leaked it. He told the journalist.More Button

We had the most regressive budget last year and again this year.More Button

Official Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of non-party political events which he has attended in each month during 2012 which have been handled by the protocol section of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

I have not yet seen the table referred to in the reply. It is a good thing for a Taoiseach to make himself or herself available for a large number of events, but there is an important question as ...More Button

Official Engagements (Continued)

Will the Taoiseach explain why he did not give the same level of access to any group involved in respite and caring issues? The disgraceful and avoidable cuts, in particular to the carer's respite...More Button

In my view, the Taoiseach's focus is wrong and is more about photo opportunities than dealing with the groups who are bearing the brunt of the attacks reflected in the budget.More Button

I have not seen the table but appreciate it is normal and therefore do not complain about it. I will look at it later. However, I am conscious that the Justice for the Forgotten group has made nu...More Button

Social Partnership

Asked the Taoiseach: the progress there has been on his plan to abolish the National Economic and Social Development Office and place the National Economic and Social Council on a statutory basis; and if he will make a...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has met the social partners recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Social Partnership (Continued)

I refer to the nature of the Government's dialogue with the social partners and also with outside groups and bodies. The four members of Government who form the economic management council have no...More Button

The Taoiseach referred in his reply to the reform programme and the freedom of information legislation. I spoke to nurses last week who told me that they can no longer speak up on behalf of pati...More Button

The same applies to the freedom of information provisions. The only reason I have raised the issue of freedom of information in the House is that it is the only avenue remaining to the Oppositio...More Button

The Taoiseach's new approach to dialogue is not working. I refer to examples in the areas of health and education. In my view, last year's cuts to DEIS schools and to the disability allowance w...More Button

I will give an example from the education sector. The colleges of further education suffered a sneaky and underhand cut in the budget with the raising of the pupil-teacher ratio from 17 to 19. ...More Button

That budget measure could have the effect of wiping out courses in colleges of further education. If the Government - and, particularly, the economic management council - had engaged in proper str...More Button

The Taoiseach's current dialogue with groups external to the Government is not working. The Government is becoming progressively out of touch with the reality of people's lives.More Button

That is not true.More Button

We increased the payments dramatically, including the respite grant, when the money was available.More Button

I asked a question on the consultation there had been with social groups to gain a full understanding of the reality of the impact of the cut to the respite grant for people on the ground. Has the...More Button

Did the Taoiseach meet with the federation of organisations involved in disability for example? We learned in the past week that the Economic Management Council did not even consult with other Min...More Button

The National Economic and Social Council is there to facilitate dialogue. The Government is meant to be putting it on a statutory footing and getting rid of NESDO, the National Economic and Soci...More Button

It must be remembered the ESRI stated the last budget was the most unfair of the previous five. This budget is perceived as extraordinarily unfair. It taxes low incomes more than higher incomes...More Button

Any pharmacist will tell one that many pensioners are on considerable amounts of medication, yet the Government has substantially increased their burden.

  I do not see any strat...More Button

-----structured dialogue with the social partners is evident. As I asked in my question, when did the Taoiseach last meet with them? I am conscious the Taoiseach has used up 20 minutes in his rep...More Button

Fair enough but the Taoiseach had no discussions at all.More Button

That is a separate matter.More Button

Will the Taoiseach give it a miss? We have heard all this for two years and it has got worse.More Button

The Taoiseach should look at the Order Paper for the week and then talk about debate.More Button

We did not design it.More Button

The Taoiseach should not mislead the House.More Button

The edifice nearly crumbled last Saturday week across there.More Button

Yes, but the Taoiseach does not make them.More Button

Order of Business

It is not agreed. We are opposing the Order of Business today as a protest against how the House is being dealt with and organised this week. There is an extraordinary attempt to suppress any mea...More Button

Our spokesperson has estimated that in respect of the amendments tabled for the Social Welfare Bill each Deputy will only have 13 minutes and there are probably only four or five Deputies who wil...More Button

In the programme for Government, the Government promised more effective financial scrutiny, that the Dáil would be in a position to hold the Executive to account and that it would tackle the exte...More Button

The Government wants to ram this thing through this week, suppress dissent and use the guillotine until it gets this thing safely through by Friday evening.More Button

It can be changed.More Button

I do not want a debate. This is a serious issue.More Button

There will be agriculture questions at 8.50 p.m. on Thursday night.More Button

That is how farcical and ridiculous this entire programme is for the week.More Button

It can be changed.More Button

Never mind anything else. The Government should do what it said it would do.More Button

We have not had our say. We want a reasonable opportunity to debate the Social Welfare Bill which we are not getting.More Button

Deputy Keaveney wants to speak. Deputy McNamara wants to speak.More Button

They will not get any opportunity to discuss it.More Button

They will not.More Button

The Chief Whip is ordering business but there is no consultation with anyone.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Chief Whip is not consulting anybody. It is his way and no one else's.More Button

Today saw the publication of the Chief Justice's judgment on the competence of the Government in its handling of the children's referendum, particularly with regard to the booklet, website and adve...More Button

I know that, but this is a serious issue-----More Button

-----that goes to the very heart of our Constitution. It is the question of who decides how to change or amend the Constitution. It is a serious judgment, and I ask the Taoiseach, in line with co...More Button

-----and incompetent approach was adopted by the Government, in which it broke every rule in the book in terms of the material it published.More Button

We have been fobbed off before. When the initial judgment came out we had no debate. In the Seanad they had a special notice question immediately on the publication of the first judgment. There ...More Button

-----regarding the holding of the referendum and the material it published.More Button

There is nothing done through the Whips.More Button

It does not happen. The Chief Whip-----More Button

Get off the stage.More Button

Was it really?More Button

The Government issued its materials after the writ was moved.More Button

A disgraceful performance.More Button

He changes the story all the time.More Button

The Taoiseach should acknowledge that he was wrong.More Button

Tributes to Staff Member

On behalf of my party, I thank Barry for his unfailing courtesy. I ask him to avoid watching "Oireachtas Report" every evening.More Button

Human Rights Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will raise the status and whereabouts of Ayman Taleb Abustah a prisoner in the Israeli prison system with the Israeli authorities.More Button

FÁS Training Programmes

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will arrange for FÁS to offer language courses to unemployed persons in Tallaght, Dublin 24; if he appreciates the importance of such courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Schools Building Projects Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: his plans for the proposed second level school at Kingswood Heights, Tallaght, Dublin 24; if any decision has now been taken in respect of the management of the school; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Schools Building Projects Status

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding the building of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the proposals his Department have for the school site at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Management

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the differences in board structures for community schools and community colleges; the nominating bodies for board positions; the number of positions ascribed to each nominating body; and if he will...More Button

School Staffing

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of chaplains in Dublin post primary schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the Dublin schools that have lost the service of a career guidance counsellor; the Dublin schools that are sharing the service of a career guidance counsellor; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

School Curriculum

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the steps he has taken to address the matter of teenage suicide in Dublin post primary schools; his views on whether wellness is a topic that ought to be provided for at second level; and if he wil...More Button

Office of Public Works Projects

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the current or planned works being undertaken at Rathfarnham Castle Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if his Department is dealing with a funding application for South Dublin County Council to allow the authority purchase an apartment block on Cookstown Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24; and if he will mak...More Button

Local Government Structures

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the consideration he has given to the increased costs of additional council seats in the four Dublin local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will justify his proposal to increase the number of council seats in any of the four Dublin local authorities on grounds other than population ratio; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will outline the increased costs of administering additional members of the four Dublin local authorities on the basis of the terms of reference issued to the Local Election Boundary Committe...More Button

Electoral Boundary Changes

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the date on which the electoral boundary changes proposed for the new Dáil constituencies will be enacted into law; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Fishing Fleet Modernisation

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will detail the various schemes including hardship funds and their eligibility criteria for the decommissioning of fishing vessels as permitted by the relevant authority here; and if he will ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the funding available for decommissioning fishing vessels here; the eligibility criteria for the decommissioning of a fishing vessel (details supplied) in County Wicklow which has been deemed unfit...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will investigate the concerns of a person (details supplied) in relation to a fishing vessel; if he appreciates the difficulties facing the person; if he will meet with the person to discuss ...More Button

Medicinal Products Licensing

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a company (details supplied) in County Cork which is accredited by the Irish Medicines Board as a pharmaceutical wholesaler and which has made a total of 14 submissions to the Health Ser...More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he has had any contact with the Board of Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, regarding the challenging budgetary situation at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospitals Patronage

Asked the Minister for Health: the names of the hospitals in the greater Dublin area that are under the direct managerial control of the Health Service Executive; the managerial structures that are in place in other Dublin hospi...More Button