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McGrath, Mattie

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Permanent Structured Co-operation

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: if he will address concerns that Ireland's neutrality is being compromised by participation in Permanent Structured Co-Operation, PESCO; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Will the Minister of State address serious concerns that Ireland's neutrality is being compromised by participation in PESCO? People are genuinely concerned, including the families of Defence Forc...More Button

Our neutrality is being compromised by PESCO. I accept the view that in light of the changing security arrangements, member states must agree to step up the EU's work in the area and I acknowledge...More Button

The Minister of State mentioned different groups within the EU coming together and the issue being debated in the context of the Lisbon treaty. I recall that referendum campaign well, following ...More Button

I respect the Minister of State's views all right but are his views and opinions being listened to in Europe? Are we going down a dangerous road? The Minister of State said PESCO was discussed du...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

I note that the Minister has again expressed his confidence in Mr. Tony O'Brien today and I think that is incredible. Can the Minister assure this House that Mr. O'Brien had no involvement in the ...More Button

In the context, of course it is.More Button

Of course it is.More Button

This is very important. Can the Minister also-----More Button

Of course it is, and this is the most important legislation of all.More Button

Are we going to let our citizens die? It is the healthcare of our women, children and families. Can the Minister further assure the Dáil and myself that neither Mr. O'Brien nor any of his family ...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

I asked questions.More Button

We are not.More Button

We are talking about corruption.More Button

We are looking for the truth.More Button

Topical Issue Matters

The Minister will not do it for the humans.More Button

Yes. When is the Minister going to do it?More Button

Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (Continued)

I welcome that this Bill is being brought forward, however belatedly. I would like to know the reasons for the delay. Why did we have to wait until action was taken by the EU to bring this legisl...More Button

This Bill's Title refers to money laundering and terrorist financing and I note terrorism has been brought into a new realm in recent weeks by the Minister's colleague, the Minister for Transport...More Button

That is not very funny. I hope to be covered by most Bills, as I am entitled to be in a democracy. I am entitled to act within the legislation and obey it, as I and my colleagues do. It does not...More Button

The Bill was first published here on 25 April 2018 and proposes to give effect to provisions of the EU's fourth money laundering directive, Directive (EU) 2015/849, which is required to be transp...More Button

The EU Commission has commenced enforcement proceedings against Ireland and 16 other member states for failure to transpose the fourth directive. The Bill forms part of a group of measures to co...More Button

There are a number of countries in the EU that are a kind of cabal. They are elected individually but they act as a cabal and dictate what happens in Europe. We have permanent structured co-ope...More Button

I am talking about the people of Ireland here. I am talking about the Minister showing leadership, and passing this legislation, introducing it, debating it and taking amendments in a timely fash...More Button

European directives can be used to prosecute farmers for breaking slurry deadlines and so many other things. European directives and their statutory instruments are unbelievable. They are piled...More Button

The fourth directive creates an anti-money laundering, AML, and counter-terrorist financing, CTF, regime that is premised on the identification, assessment and mitigation of risk by member states...More Button

I am told that she is entitled under European law to have a second judge, independent of the first one who found her in contempt. There must be a separate individual justice in order to imprison...More Button

I have mentioned the categories of people designated by the Bill. They include, as I said, bankers, dealers in high-value goods, financial professionals and estate agents. There is a lot of roo...More Button

I appreciate the Leas-Cheann Comhairle's guidance.More Button

I am not saying I am always in order. I would never say that. I can be out of order as well as anyone else. I am only an ordinary Teachta Dála here. I am just wondering in my own brain what the...More Button

The member states are obliged to keep public records and have them available. When the legislation, which I totally agree with, has passed at the request of the European Parliament, and under th...More Button

The risk-based approach is intended to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach, which often fails to address or resolve challenges posed by changes in technology, economic activity or patterns of crime...More Button

  We should not have to read articles like the one in The Irish Times reporting that the European Commission has begun infringement proceedings against Ireland for failing to ...More Button

Hospitals Building Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress of the new national children's hospital; when it will become fully operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the anticipated number of medical personnel who will staff the new national children's hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of children that are waiting more than six months for scoliosis treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Assisted Human Reproduction

Asked the Minister for Health: if twin to singleton reductions will be permitted under the provisions of the assisted human reproduction Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the practice of genome editing will be permitted under the provisions of the assisted human reproduction Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Housing Estates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the preparation and finalisation of a national protocol with regard to taking estates served by developer-provided infrastructure, DPI, in charge will be finalised in order that local authorit...More Button