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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions

The public is genuinely shocked by the revelations of last week in regard to operational activities by An Garda Síochána, in particular the fact that 146,000 people were wrongly summoned to court f...More Button

Second, 1 million breath tests were falsely put up on PULSE. Essentially, in four years 1 million were actually done but gardaí were saying they did 2 million. It is a completely false figure. ...More Button

Of course, data and information of this kind informs policy, so the impression is out there that there is constant major attack on drink-driving, and that we are on top of it as we are doing 2 mi...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Is it to create promotion opportunities? What is it? We do not know. We have not been told why the figures were falsified. The language in all the press releases is cautious, careful and design...More Button

There are fundamental questions. Why did the Garda Commissioner not inform the Policing Authority? She met its representatives six times in the last year but did not inform them that an audit w...More Button

The Taoiseach did not answer the questions I asked. Why did the Garda Commissioner not inform the Policing Authority? The Taoiseach spoke in his reply about the close oversight of the Policing Au...More Button

Yesterday, we were told this was an administrative oversight. That is not credible. I asked the Taoiseach whether he could defend that. How does he explain it? Does the Taoiseach believe it i...More Button

I also asked the Taoiseach when the Minister for Justice and Equality was informed about all this. This has been going on since 2014. In 2015, Professor Cusack said that instead of 200,000 case...More Button

I am insisting that the Minister for Justice and Equality comes before the Dáil today to answer questions, not during the Topical Issue debate or anything like that. It should be done under priv...More Button

I am asking the Taoiseach to volunteer the Minister and make her answer the questions directly.More Button

The Minister will not answer questionsMore Button

They are not. There is no questions and answers format during the Topical Issue debate. The Taoiseach should stop misleading the House.More Button

The Government was informed.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

It is not agreed.More Button

There have just been three Leaders' Questions dealing with revelations that go to the core of public confidence in the credibility of An Garda Síochána and the administration of justice. The House...More Button

-----crisis that is engulfing the administration of justice. It has been passed on to the Garda Commissioner. The Garda Commissioner passes it on to an assistant commissioner. The cynicism is br...More Button

On a point of order, during Leaders' Questions, I invited the Taoiseach to volunteer the Minister for Justice and Equality to come to the House, do the honourable thing, make a statement on what is...More Button

On a point of order, it might not necessarily have been out of order.More Button

Would it not have been done through ultra vires Standing Orders?More Button

The next item on the agenda is Taoiseach's Questions which is about 45 minutes so at the end of that session it should be clear whether a resolution has been found.More Button

If there is no resolution we could get back to the floor of the House.More Button

Could I make a suggestion for a compromise?More Button

Is it possible to adjourn the taking of the Order of Business until after Taoiseach's Questions, for the latter to proceed and for the Business Committee to meet in the interim? We could then take...More Button

Government-Church Dialogue (Continued)

There seems to be a marginalisation of the contact or engagement in interfaith dialogue between the Taoiseach and the churches. The point I want to specifically zone in on relates to a case I rais...More Button

The Taoiseach inadvertently misled the House last week when he said the European Court of Human Rights had decided on the idea of prior complaint. It did not. It is the Government that decided ...More Button

I put it to the Taoiseach there is a need to engage with the religious orders in regard to this cohort of our population right now. They went to the Supreme Court and they were threatened with c...More Button

Constitutional Convention Recommendations (Continued)

Over the years, the approach of the Government in preparing for referendums has been inconsistent. It was once accepted practice that a detailed consideration of policy implications would be publi...More Button

I was referring to the cost implications once a referendum is passed.More Button

We do not have the time.More Button

What about the next group of questions? We cannot do that. We do not have enough time.More Button

Yes.More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he and his departmental officials have carried out an assessment of the legislative changes that will have to be made following the British Government triggering Article 50.More Button

I do not think the Taoiseach responded to my question. Basically, the Article 50 process will begin tomorrow and it is absolutely clear that we are not prepared for it. I accept that there has be...More Button

The British Government has accepted that Brexit will involve an enormous legislative workload. I noted last week that the UK Government is now grappling with the fact that it may not have enough...More Button

Business of Dáil

Fianna Fáil had a Private Members' debate some weeks back but we would be open to another.More Button

Deputy Coppinger is probably not too accurate herself.More Button

Valuation Office

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: if her attention has been drawn to the effects commercial rates are having on a small family hotel (details supplied) in County Wexford; her plans to address this issue in general; and if she will ...More Button

Immigrant Investor Programme Administration

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: the status of a query (details supplied) regarding the immigrant investor programme.More Button

Local Authority Rates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: the increases in commercial rates that each county and city council has imposed in each area in 2016 and 2017; his views on the impact they are having on small and medium sized businesses; and if h...More Button

United Nations

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if his attention has been drawn to the resignation of a person (details supplied) from the UN due to its failure to accept two ESCWA reports describing an apartheid regime being applied in Israel; ...More Button

Dormant Accounts Fund Management

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: if she expects to be in a position to allocate funding from dormant accounts to Foróige; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Help Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the HSE providing home support to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button