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McGrath, Mattie

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


Leaders’ Questions

It is in the Bill.More Button

It is a death wish.More Button

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, we cannot hear the Deputy.More Button

The Minister should go back to the GRA.More Button

Inside or outside?More Button

Order of Business

Where is he now?More Button

It does not know its intent.More Button

Today.More Button

Big Phil has them terrorised.More Button

That is a fact.More Button

With regard to the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill, there is to be a review of community employment schemes but the review is not taking place. This is directly affecting people’s work. Sc...More Button

No, this is part of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill, which is being debated in the House at present.More Button

I did so last night, at 11 o’clock.More Button

They are not happy.More Button

Medical Treatment (Termination of Pregnancy in Case of Risk to Life of Pregnant Woman) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

I am pleased to be able to speak to the Bill today. I compliment all speakers to date. I watched the entire debate last night. Every elected Member is entitled to come to the House. It is incum...More Button

I welcome the fact that the Government has set up the expert group. I am fundamentally and totally opposed to abortion except in extremely necessary cases which are life-threatening. This much is...More Button

There are 14 members in the expert group. We must all hope, believe and have faith in the ability of the group to examine thoroughly the implications of the cases with which they must deal. Those...More Button

The life of the mother already takes precedence and rightly so. It is an emotive issue now, as it has always been. I thank the many people who contacted me from throughout the country and I thank...More Button

I have spoken to medical experts and listened carefully to the contributions of Deputy Tom Barry and others. The unfortunate reality is that there have been and can be incorrect diagnoses. It was...More Button

The sponsors of the Private Members’ Bill argue that the State is obliged to legislate for abortion on foot of the recent judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in A, B and C v...More Button

Any revisiting of the X case decision must take on board the evidence from new studies that abortion involves significant risk for women. In fact, the evidence over the past 20 years contradicts m...More Button

Supporters of the Bill seem to be wilfully disregarding this important evidence. Many of those pushing for abortion act as though they alone speak for women going through unwanted pregnancies. Ho...More Button

This Bill is premature in a context in which the expert group is already at work. I accept that there was a vacuum for a long time and that successive Governments failed to address it. We are dea...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed)

The Minister is good at keeping a straight face while roaring out obscenities.More Button

I also am delighted to have an opportunity to speak on the legislation on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic Monetary Union. The latter is quite a mouthful in its...More Button

Like previous speakers, I wish to be as rational and as calm as possible during my contribution to the debate on the Bill. However, when one hears some of the accusations that have been levelled a...More Button

I refer to the Minister for Justice and Equality who almost single-handedly sank the ship when it came to the referendum on Oireachtas inquiries. I hope the Government sends him on a holiday &mdas...More Button

The Bill before the House relates to the fiscal treaty. People in this country are entitled to a degree of fair play. Ireland joined the EU in 1973. I was in favour of it doing so and, as a youn...More Button

I find myself obliged to ask whether the Government has even a shred of credibility left to it. During the past four years — and, in particular, during the 18 months prior to the general ele...More Button

The people are sick and tired of trickery. They obtained the exact opposite of what they voted for in the election. They cannot take any more austerity. What they want is fair play and recogniti...More Button

The position is the same in respect of the Referendum Commission. Ordinary people are being both forgotten and disenfranchised. Both parties in government have given them the two fingers. Those ...More Button

The Government has a great deal of work to do if it wants to ensure the referendum will be passed. The arrogant attitude displayed by some will not be of assistance in that regard. The Minister h...More Button

I do not condone the protest which took place at the Labour Party’s conference last weekend. Protests should not be allowed at Ard-Fheiseanna or party conferences.More Button

Sorry?More Button

Deputy Buttimer continues to compete with Deputy Durkan for heckler of the year.More Button

I accept that the fiscal compact treaty is a serious document. I have not made up my mind in respect of it and I am waiting to see what we can extract from Europe. We have an opportunity to get s...More Button

I might. I did not state that I would not read it. I said that I have not made up my mind on it.More Button

I object to the vitriol being directed at me from those on the other side of the House, with the exception of Deputy Mathews, who is a reasonable individual and who possesses a great deal more know...More Button

Is my time exhausted?More Button

I thank the Acting Chairman for his forbearance.More Button

We are exporting Tipperary horses.More Button