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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Official Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he discussed with Mr. David Cameron the issue of the proposed financial transactions tax and the possible implications for the City of London and the IFSC; and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Perhaps we could also deal at this point with Question No. 9.More Button

I want to return to the financial transactions tax. This is one of the instances in which people from the United Left Alliance have a very different view from the political establishment on both s...More Button

I find it amazing that the Taoiseach, like the previous Government, has rammed poisonous destructive austerity down the throats of the people, ordinary citizens who bear no responsibility for the e...More Button

How will we ever have a financial transactions tax if this is the attitude? The previous Government which bankrupted the country made similar arguments about the property sector; it called on us t...More Button

All other speakers were allowed to continue and I am nearly finished.More Button

I put it to the Taoiseach and ask him to respond——More Button

Leaders’ Questions ran over time.More Button

Is it not the case that any perceived short-term advantage — the Government has not given any statistics or figures to back up the assertion that jobs will be lost in the Irish financial serv...More Button

Yes.More Button

The Taoiseach responded to Deputy Martin——More Button

——and mine was a supplementary on his response to Deputy Martin.More Button

No one answered that question.More Button

That is because he agrees with the Taoiseach. That is why it is a valid question.More Button

Does the Taoiseach intend joining the rest of Europe in doing it?More Button

I was here.More Button

So there will never be a financial transaction tax here.More Button

Wait until it goes back.More Button

International Agreements: Motion

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

International Co-operation: Motion

As the present Government and its predecessor have sought to justify Ireland’s participation in these battle groups, they try to present the case as though Ireland is doing something that com...More Button

If one considers the European Defence Agency’s vision documents and various position papers over the years, which are all part of the growing military-industrial complex that is being promote...More Button

The Minister obviously has not read the documents to which I refer.More Button

Has the Minister read the European Defence Agency’s vision documents?More Button

Has the Minister read them?More Button

No, the Minister is——More Button

The Minister is totally wrong there. I am 100% on the side of the people fighting for democracy against the brutal Assad dictatorship and have joined with——More Button

The Minister just cannot resist it.More Button

Funnily enough, only the other week we had a meeting at Liberty Hall, with Syrians involved, talking about how we supported the Syrian uprising against the Assad dictatorship.More Button

The difference is that we are consistent in our support of the democratic and revolutionary forces across the Middle East whereas the Minister is selective. While he claims he supports them in Syr...More Button

The Minister is selective because the real agenda behind his interventions in such situations, as well as the interventions of the European Union and United States, is to pursue their interests and...More Button

In addition, the financial cost of this measure is extraordinary. The Minister is closing down the barracks of soldiers and their families in the face of significant opposition from those soldiers...More Button

I apologise; the cost was €850,000.More Button

I do not believe we should participate in battle groups.More Button

I believe Ireland should participate in genuine humanitarian missions but battle groups are not designed or equipped for this.More Button

Will the Minister inform the House with regard to the equipment the battle group will be using? Will there be tanks involved? If so, will they be used for humanitarian purposes? How much is our ...More Button

——to serve with the new European army, which the Minister obviously supports.More Button

The Dáil divided: Tá, 96; Níl, 23.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Bretton Woods Agreements (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2011: Report and Final Stages

There is an amendment.More Button

What? Since when? Will somebody explain this?More Button

May I——More Button

On a point of order——More Button

I just want clarification on what the Leas-Cheann Comhairle said. It is a regular occurrence in the Chamber that the Government deletes the entirety of a Private Members’ motion and replaces...More Button

But——More Button

On a point of order, I also wish to point out the thrust of the Bill purports to be some level of democratic reform of the institution of the IMF. My amendment proposes to achieve exactly the same...More Button

I just want an explanation as to why it is out of order.More Button

The Government, in my opinion, has been extremely dishonest in how it has presented the Bill. On Second and Committee Stages and whenever it has commented on the Bill, it has suggested it is purel...More Button

7 o’clockMore Button

This Bill, and these so-called reforms, purport to be recalibrating the IMF in a reformist or more democratic direction but it leaves the US veto intact and a situation where the 27 industrialised ...More Button

Our Government is rubber stamping what is a con job, and it is not just left wingers or activists who are saying that. The Brookings Institution, a right-wing think tank in the United States, desc...More Button

In other words, it is a purely cosmetic exercise with no attempt to address the substantial and deep democratic deficit within the IMF that allows it to be dominated by the United States and the ma...More Button

It is also worth putting on record again what Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel prize winning economist, said about the IMF. He stated:More Button

That is what Stiglitz said and that is the reality. Our Government is giving succour to this institution and is trying to give it the stamp of renewed legitimacy precisely at a time when its entir...More Button

In terms of the IMF’s policies and the undemocratic nature of that institution, which remains unchanged, it is now trying to apply its witchcraft in this country and in Greece, with devastati...More Button

On a point of order, will the names of those Members who opposed the Bill be recorded?More Button