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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 Nbr. 3


Leaders’ Questions

Who is getting that contract?More Button

My heart is very much in the debate about the fiscal treaty. I hope the Taoiseach will answer directly the questions I have for him. At the outset of the referendum campaign, the Taoiseach said t...More Button

Will the Taoiseach discuss the treaty? The treaty is about deficit and debt reduction. Will the Taoiseach inform the public and the House about it? What is a structural deficit? What will our s...More Button

What cuts will be required to meet the debt targets in the treaty?More Button

What will the impact be on all these forecasts if the Government’s current growth projections are too optimistic? How much larger will the cuts be?More Button

(Interruptions).More Button

Most important, who will the Government cut and tax? Will there be more property taxes, water charges, health cuts, special needs cuts, education cuts or more sales of natural resources?More Button

The Taoiseach should show us the cuts, tell us who will feel the pain and how much pain they will feel to meet the targets of the fiscal treaty which the Government is promoting.More Button

I said “national debt”.More Button

No, I have not.More Button

The Taoiseach does not know. What is the structural deficit?More Button

That was a master class in political deflection of which Bertie Ahern would be proud. The new Teflon Taoiseach has arrived. The Taoiseach’s definition of “structural deficit” is extraordina...More Button

He said the structural deficit was in the cyclical between the growth and the decline of the economy. That is the Taoiseach’s definition of “structural deficit”, and that is the target we mu...More Button

I asked the Taoiseach simple questions because this is on what we are voting, and it is compelling us to meet those targets. What are the targets?More Button

What will the structural deficit be in the year we exit the EU-IMF programme? Going on the Government’s figures, what cuts will be required to meet those targets? What will the national deb...More Button

Will the Taoiseach answer those questions? Who will he cut to meet those targets? Which sections of society will be cut? Will it be the unemployed, workers’ incomes, special needs or the v...More Button

Cuts.More Button

The Taoiseach will not give us the figures on the cuts.More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Programmes for Government

Asked the Taoiseach: his views on progress made in the implementation of the programme for Government after a year in office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: his plans to review or change any aspect of the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Taoiseach committed in the programme for Government to protecting the vulnerable and to burden sharing on an equitable basis. The programme also placed a big priority on job creation. Yesterd...More Button

Is it the new stance of the Government to be contemptuous of people like Gordon Hudson, contemptuous of the people who are forced out of the country, contemptuous of the fact that one in three youn...More Button

Those are fine words, but does the Taoiseach seriously believe that it is appropriate to tell a man who has worked for 30 years in a small business, and who only recently lost that business, that h...More Button

——because of the failure of this Government to deliver on its promise to protect the vulnerable and to get the country working again. The facts speak for themselves. I do not know peo...More Button

——and cannot believe that he finds himself in this situation now. He is like so many other people who want to work and contribute to society and cannot believe our Government is unable...More Button

Is the Taoiseach going to help people like Mr. Gordon Hudson and prevent the outflow of our talented, willing and able young people who want to contribute to our society and are being forced out of...More Button

The Taoiseach should have said that to the man in Athlone.More Button

What?More Button

Through cutting. Eight billion euro of cuts.More Button

There is the small matter of €3 billion in cuts this autumn.More Button

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Bill 2012: Second Stage (Resumed).

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Written Answers - Youth Services

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she has any contingency plans to deal with the fall-out of the cuts affecting disadvantaged young persons, cuts to drugs services, Travellers' education services, the Canal regional youth servic...More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Amendments

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the funds that were used to publish the stability treaty pamphlet that has been delivered to homes around the country; the amount the pamphlet cost; and the company that was used to deliver it. More Button