Quinn, Feargal

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 205 Nbr. 9

Order of Business

A British politician once said that the duty of the Opposition is to oppose, which I have never supported or quite understood. It is the duty of every elected person to ensure legislation to prote...More Button

We are faced with a serious situation. However, we faced as tough and difficult a situation 23 years ago in 1987. The Leader of the Opposition stated at that time that if the Government did the r...More Button

I would like to take up one other matter with Senator Boyle. We must have an open mind on certain matters. I note there are three Members of the Green Party in the House today. I am concerned ab...More Button

Those who say that our minds should remain closed to this will damage opportunities for Irish agriculture and farming. We must remain open minded and consider whether genetically modified foods ha...More Button

European Council: Statements

I welcome the Minister of State and endorse the point made by the Senator Leyden on the attendance of the Minister of State. The attendance of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister of ...More Button

The European Council agreed to tighten the Stability and Growth Pact which promises to impose much harder sanctions on countries that fail to abide by the rules. In addition, the European Council ...More Button

As to a potential change to the Lisbon treaty which is high on the agenda and for which a referendum may be needed in Ireland to give effect to these changes in the financial sector, there are indi...More Button

As regards the bilateral deal on an EU treaty change struck at the summit between Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, said the...More Button

The European Commission recently presented a number of options to fuel the Union’s future budget, including an EU value-added tax, a tax on air transport or a share of new financial, corporat...More Button

Germany has been advocating a more permanent financial crisis mechanism which incorporates a sovereign debt restructuring procedure in order that the private sector also foots part of the bill for ...More Button

On a related note, Portugal is among the countries suffering a similar debt crisis to our own. It is now gaining help from the Chinese to tackle it. Hu Jintao, the President of China, said that C...More Button

China has previously bought Spanish Government bonds and has made a similar offer to buy Greek Government debt when Athens resumes issuing bonds.More Button

The deal between China and Portugal seems to be a very interesting development. One could ask whether this country should be courting the Chinese. The Minister of State, Deputy Roche, might give ...More Button

There was an interesting article in The Wall Street Journal on the situation in this country. Mr. Oliver O’Connor wrote about Ireland’s strengths. He concluded by writing:More Button

They are healthy, strong words. Mr. John Bruton also got it right when he wrote yesterday: “The speculators who are betting that Ireland won’t pay its sovereign debts on time, and who are th...More Button

We had an interesting debate on consensus on the Order of Business. I referred to a quote from a British statesman of some years ago who said that the duty of the Opposition is to oppose. I have ...More Button

It was interesting to hear what the Minister of State, Deputy Roche, said today. I am interested in the report of the Council meeting. Like Senator Leyden, I hope we will have more such debates i...More Button