Cummins, Maurice

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 205 Nbr. 9


Order of Business

Is that consensus?More Button

European Council: Statements

Ba mhaith liom fáilte a chur roimh an Aire Stáit. I thank him for his attendance here and at General Affairs and External Relations Council, GAERC, meetings for quite some time.More Button

We are where we are is a cliché used quite often concerning the current state of the economy. It is used by Government to try and absolve itself from the reckless and cavalier policies it a...More Button

In 2007, Deputy Richard Bruton, then Fine Gael spokesman on finance, when replying to the budget, stated:More Button

What a pity Deputy Bruton’s words were not listened to or reported sufficiently to jolt people back to reality at the time, but the powers that be, Government, bankers, property developers an...More Button

The European Council’s task force of member states was set up to address the mismanagement of public finances in Ireland and other member states. It examined options to strengthen the framew...More Button

The European Council, through President Van Rompuy, endorsed the recommendations of the high level task force on economic governance, which introduce greater financial discipline with an enhanced f...More Button

The recommendations of the task force chart a course for greater financial stability in the eurozone. An item which has been mentioned in this House on many occasions, mainly by Senator Norris, is...More Button

The Minister of State mentioned the Doha development round and the greater liberalisation of world trade. The cornerstone of this must be fair trade, in agriculture in particular, where Irish beef...More Button

The word “consensus” seems to have become the buzzword in recent weeks. The Minister of State can be assured that my party will not be found wanting when it comes to the national interest, but con...More Button

I look forward to the Minister of State returning to this House at a later stage where we can have further deliberations on the European Council’s meeting in December.More Button