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English, Damien

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Death of Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Shane truly was a unique person, colleague and friend. He was a committed and passionate man whether for family, politics, football, community or, as Shane would say, parish. He was a gentle gian...More Button

I remember canvassing throughout the county and it did not matter whether one was in Donore near Drogheda or in Ballinabrackey, Enfield or Navan, Shane was known. Knocking on doors I assumed peo...More Button

Shane was a proud Meath man who entered politics for all the right reasons. He genuinely wanted to improve things for the people of Meath and for his country. Shane believed in public service a...More Button

Throughout his career in politics, Shane threw his energy into fighting for his people. He did not win every battle but he made sure, at the very least - be it in opposition or in government - t...More Button

As a colleague in Meath, I had the pleasure of working with him on some of these campaigns, including road safety, pylons, pyrite and our local hospital. Shane always set the bar high for all of...More Button

Shane was a key campaigner for rural Ireland and its heritage. He took on a leading role on many issues, including hunting, farming and the right to live and work on one's land. On these issues...More Button

Shane was a good friend to all of us here in Leinster House. I will miss his visits to my office where he would pop in for five minutes and stay for an hour. One would always hear Shane coming ...More Button

Promissory Notes: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

Should I put that on my CV? I welcome the chance to say a few words on this matter. If I had more time I would go into bashing those who tabled the motion, but I will not do so. I understand wha...More Button

I share it and hate every bit of it. I wish that none of the debt had anything to do with us. Intelligent Members of the Opposition, which most of them are, will recognise that when the previous ...More Button

We are now regarded as stable and sound. If we really want to make the country unstable again we will see what happens to investments. As historical research proves, if one reneges on debt, the...More Button

The Government is trying to make debt more sustainable in the short term. Hopefully tonight we might hear more news about the negotiations over the next couple of weeks. The aim of these talks ...More Button

One must accept that these deals are never done in a week, a month or a year. It takes time. Deputy Stanley said earlier that the public are growing tired. They are growing tired but they stil...More Button