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Martin, Micheál

Friday, 14 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Order of Business

It is not agreed. In the strongest possible terms I oppose the manner in which the Government proposes to treat the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill by ramming it through the Dáil and the Seanad ...More Button

I do not understand why the Government is insisting on proceeding as proposed. We had a disgraceful situation yesterday on the Social Welfare Bill. Is the Government afraid of public interactio...More Button

-----oppose and fulfil the commitments given while in opposition?More Button

There seems to be a genuine drive by the Government to deny debate and discussion in the House on these issues. This morning I listened to the Minister, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, talk about that small ...More Button

It suggested to me the democratic centralist tendencies, so beloved of The Workers' Party, are alive and well and in control.More Button

The Minister and his ilk within the Labour Party-----More Button

-----have succeeded in driving out the last vestiges of old decent Labour into the cold.More Button

It is a sad scene to behold that the Trotsky of Tallaght has become the mudguard of Fine Gael in the Government.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

That is absolutely untrue.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, this is a disgrace.More Button

This House is being treated with contempt.More Button

We are not getting an opportunity to debate what is going on here today.More Button

We were promised a democratic revolution. Instead we have a sitting next Monday to deal with business that nobody on this side of the House requested.More Button

It is the usual ploy from this Government.More Button

No. Again, we are opposing the Government's proposal in respect of the sitting on Monday next. What is happening in this House is quite farcical. In the past week alone, we passed Supplementary ...More Button

The House will sit on Monday and there will be no Order of Business. Again, this is perhaps aimed at trying to deflect from the core issues of social welfare and the property tax. What is happeni...More Button

The report to which I refer was only published on Friday last in the aftermath of the budget. There should have been a specific discussion on that report in advance of the legislation being brough...More Button

The point I am making here relates to the suppression of debate. What is happening here is another attempt to shut down any form of discussion. This Government promised a democratic revolution an...More Button

This is, as far as we are concerned, an extremely important matter, particularly in the context of Deputies being given an opportunity to debate the legislation in detail. I wish to put an alter...More Button

The legislation to which I refer will have an impact on every household throughout the country and it could also have an impact on churches, charities, etc., and we need an opportunity to discuss it.More Button

I accept that what is happening is not the Ceann Comhairle's fault.More Button

The Government is intent on ramming the legislation through with unseemly haste. What it is doing is both wrong and disgraceful.More Button

Come off it.More Button

The Minister is only playing games.More Button

It was the Thornhill report.More Button

On a point of order-----More Button

I am raising a point of order. The Minister said-----More Button

I just want to-----More Button

This is outrageous. I am not responsible for what is happening this morning. The Government is driving all of this. What I am saying is that in the normal course amendments must be tabled before...More Button

We were informed that we had to submit amendments by Tuesday morning last.More Button