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McGrath, Mattie

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

I am ready and willing, a Cheann Comhairle. My first question relates to the electoral (amendment) (referendum spending and miscellaneous provisions) Bill. I am glad the Minister for Children and...More Button

There has been no debate in this House on the issues arising from that unanimous decision of the Supreme Court. Does the Government intend to ignore it?More Button

The Government is simply ignoring it.More Button

I have a second question, if the Ceann Comhairle will allow it.More Button

Perhaps I will not ask it, after all.More Button

I want a proper answer to both questions, not one half-answer and the second question ignored. When is it proposed to publish the criminal procedure Bill to provide for the reform of pre-trial pro...More Button

People are aghast at what is happening. When will the Bill be introduced to bring some clarity to court procedures?More Button

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage

On a point of order, I received a letter this morning about amendment No. 3.More Button

It is in that grouping.More Button

I know it is not.More Button

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Continued)

No problem.More Button

We can hear the Deputy.More Button

Report Stage.More Button

On a point of order, I think our eminent friends in the Press Gallery can do a good job in relaying to the public what we are saying. We depended on them years ago before there was any broadcasting.More Button

I wish to refer to amendment No. 18, which seeks to delete "which has regard to the need to preserve unborn human life as far as practicable” and substitute “which has regard to the need to preserv...More Button

While it is fine to stand up here and criticise people for putting up billboards, holding marches and issuing communications – that is our job and we are here every day of the week – I am sure som...More Button

I would also like to refer to amendments Nos. 48 and 72. The Minister is here today, although that he was held up and arrived late. He was not held up the morning of the committee hearings. He a...More Button

Of course I will, but the Minister referred to the committee himself when he spoke, and I am referring to the hearings as well. The Minister looks surprised. He fled from the hearing that morning.More Button

It has to do with the sabotage of the whole Bill. A person resigned from the expert group, but we never found out why. Did the Minister meet the person or brief him or her?More Button

I am referring to amendments Nos. 48 and 72. The Minister referred-----More Button

I am sorry. I am talking about amendment No. 48. Others are well able to stray from the amendments, so I can stray a small bit as well. The Minister's script was 13 minutes long. He mentioned t...More Button

We are rated as the fifth safest country in this area. One would not think that if one was to listen to people in here and people outside, but we are. God help us, it was so sad what happened t...More Button

I apologise. I was referring to amendment No. 48.More Button

I am not finished. The amendment proposes to delete "an unborn human life" and substitute "a pregnancy". All the words put in here are there for one reason, which is to make this Bill more libera...More Button

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed)

I wish to seek clarification.More Button

This morning I received a letter in which the Ceann Comhairle stated he regretted he had to inform me that amendment No. 3 would have to be ruled out of order as it was declaratory in nature. Will...More Button

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

The amendment relates to the Title which is false and erroneous in the extreme. It should be called what it is.More Button

It is not about the protection of life during pregnancy. It is about the deliberate killing of unborn children.More Button

It should be called the termination of pregnancy Bill.More Button

Obviously, the Bill is rushed and could not be done fast enough. The Minister is going to stay here all night but now we find out that the arrangements for the institutions are not even made. I k...More Button

Of course it is being rushed.More Button

This morning the Taoiseach said he wanted to get rid of the Bill before tonight. What does the Minister of State call that?More Button

These amendments are using words lightly and glibly. We were told by Women Hurt by Abortion, a group which was not allowed to give its evidence at the committee hearings on the Bill, that they wou...More Button

In particular, my input is directed to amendment No. 23. I compliment the bravery, understanding and research of colleagues across the floor who cannot accept the decision based on the X case. It...More Button

I note that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is in the Chamber. The Government has kept going back to a Supreme Court decision from a long time ago but it ignored a recent Supreme Cou...More Button

A further contradiction is that where a person facing deportation claims suicide, it is to no avail. A person that is suicidal needs treatment. Abortion is the last treatment any pregnant woman n...More Button

Two too many at that.More Button

  Progress reported; Committee to sit again.More Button

  Sitting suspended at 7 p.m. and resumed at 7.30 p.m.More Button

Mortgage Arrears Proposals: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

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Business of Dáil (Continued)

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Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I have a point of order.More Button

He is entitled to have his say.More Button

He is being interrupted.More Button

Good man, Peter.More Button

What about the whistleblower legislation?More Button

I wish to place on the record of the House a matter of the utmost importance in respect of the constitutional validity of the proposed Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. It has been br...More Button

These provisions must be removed from the Bill currently before the Oireachtas before it is subjected to a final vote. The decision also puts these provisions out of the reach of the Government. ...More Button

-----in the 2002 referendum to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The proposal to delete sections 58 and 59 of that Act, which this Bill seeks, would require a ...More Button

-----yet this Bill presumes to legislate for protecting a stage of human life.

  In light of these facts which I have placed on the record of the House I am calling for a suspens...More Button

I am speaking on the legislation. I am asking for it to be delayed to respect the sovereign decision of the people.More Button

The Taoiseach said this morning that he wanted to get rid of this tonight. Those are the words he used. We are getting lectures all night about unsuitable descriptions. He wanted to get rid of i...More Button

He never replies to us. He spent 12 minutes at the committee hearing, which was an insult to all those who came forward.More Button

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I want to support Deputy Naughten's amendment. It is a matter of concern that regulations or statutory instruments could be passed without coming before the House. That is my worry.More Button

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