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White, Alex

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 Nbr. 1


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

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

The Deputy should calm down himself.More Button

Exactly. The Deputy should listen to his own advice.More Button

The Deputy is shouting and roaring.More Button

Perhaps the Deputy should take the time to read the treaty.More Button

I have found colleagues’ contributions to the debate this evening both interesting and informative. I was not aware, for example, that it was the view of Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan th...More Button

I respect his view although I disagree with it. I would be interested to hear Deputies Flanagan and Joan Collins say whether they would consider us to have a better chance of running our affairs i...More Button

It is not for the optics that I acknowledge that the treaty is not perfect. In fact, I do not accept it is the solution to the problems in the eurozone. Moreover, I very much agree with some of t...More Button

It is not difficult to ascertain the impetus behind this treaty. The design of the euro currency in the early part of the last decade was incomplete and arguably flawed. Member states thought the...More Button

This is the main response the European Union has had to the crisis in the eurozone. To reiterate, while I am of the view that it is necessary that this should be done, it is not sufficient because...More Button

That is not to say that Keynes is dead, as some have claimed. Nor does it mean that neoliberalism is in the ascendant, as Deputy Clare Daly claimed, and there is no room for any other politics. I...More Button

There is no future for this country on its own. I have made the point to Sinn Féin Deputies in the past that sinn féin as a concept — ourselves alone — is ludicrous in th...More Button

One could ask why the new rules are being introduced. The rules were strengthened and corrective mechanisms were put in place, but one might still ask what the treaty is about. Again, there is mu...More Button

There has been much misinformation and misunderstanding about the rules. For example, I refer to the notion that the corrective mechanism which would be invoked were the deficit rule, or debt brak...More Button

He did not interrupt me. He interrupted someone else.More Button

I would not have allowed him to do so.More Button

I would not have allowed the Minister of State to interrupt me. It was someone else he interrupted. Of course, it is completely untrue that the corrective mechanism is the draconian regime sugges...More Button

On the 3% target, I again remind colleagues that Ireland is already committed in this regard. I acknowledge Members opposite disagree with this and I certainly disagreed strongly with the decision...More Button

In respect of the debt brake, in a genuine spirit of debate I seek to discover the origin of the annual 5% reduction cited by Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, as well as the source of his figures...More Button

On sanctions, there is a belief abroad that the treaty states the European Court of Justice can impose sanctions on countries that do not implement the rules. This is completely untrue. The invol...More Button

The treaty is about more than stability. It is also about solidarity and trust between the peoples and governments of Europe. I state to Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and other Members that j...More Button

As for the imbalances and all the other crucial issues that must be addressed, Deputy Mick Wallace referred to uneven development. He is absolutely right in this regard and has put his finger on t...More Button

If people are not convinced, they will be by the following point. There is uncertainty almost everywhere one looks in the world, certainly in Europe. Consequently, one should apply a test and bal...More Button

That is the sort of proposition that is being put forward.More Button

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I am of the view that we should remain at the heart of both the European Union and the eurozone. We should also work hard — by means of the rules contained in the treaty and also through oth...More Button

Cuireadh an díospóireacht ar athló.More Button

Debate adjourned.More Button