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Boyd Barrett, Richard

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

Not agreed.More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

The Standing Order which was used to rule out a number of the proposed amendments states that the basis on which they can be ruled out of order is that they are in conflict with the principle of th...More Button

On something as important as this the public needs to know.More Button

In the programme for Government the Taoiseach said that the provision of affordable housing to those who need it would be a "priority" and that the Government should be tested on its ability to del...More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Taoiseach: the role of his Department in contingency planning for Brexit; and the number of meetings that have been held on this issue since September 2018. More Button

By far the most dangerous potential outcome of a no-deal Brexit is the reinstallation of a border between the North and South of this country. Amendments that my colleagues and I put forward to th...More Button

All-Island Civic Dialogue

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the all-island civic dialogue on 15 February 2019. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the all-island civic dialogue held on 15 February 2019. More Button

All-Island Civic Dialogue (Continued)

I also attended the dialogue and while dialogue is, of course, important in this current situation of Brexit, it is not much good if some of those involved are not in full possession of the real st...More Button

Another important item of information I seek in this regard is whether the Taoiseach has had any discussions with EU Commissioners, Barnier, Juncker or leaders like Macron and Merkel about what t...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on his recent meeting with the Portuguese Prime Minister.More Button

Did the Taoiseach discuss with the Portuguese Prime Minister Portugal's model for dealing with illicit drugs? There are major parallels, historically and socially, between Portugal and Ireland in ...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

People Before Profit has long advocated for that approach. It is long overdue that we move in that direction because criminalisation has not worked. As shown in Portugal, decriminalisation and wr...More Button

National Children's Hospital Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his views on whether public procurement processes are fit for purpose in view of the cost overruns at the national children’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I also want to discuss public procurement and the lessons that we may learn from the debacle of the national children's hospital. Has the debacle of going from an initial estimate of €400 million ...More Button

Can I ask a simple question? Is profit included in the bid process? I presume BAM or anybody else would require a profit margin. Are these things examined? Does the Minister look at how its bid...More Button

When bids come in and, as in this case, the lowest bid is €170 million less than the next bid, does anyone say that perhaps we should probably take a look at this? If it was a difference of €10 ...More Button

I find it interesting that when doing this, it is completely outside the realms of consideration for the Minister to contemplate whether the State should do things directly itself. It would not re...More Button

Somebody who worked in industry, not particularly a socialist incidentally, made another point to me. He said that in his experience, the main contractor gives a certain price but is getting a m...More Button

Then there are issues such as quality. How forensic is the comparison between tenders?More Button

National Children's Hospital Expenditure (Continued)

The housing projects are not built directly.More Button

The councils were already doing that work.More Button

  Question No. 51 answered with Question No. 47.More Button

Public Procurement Contracts

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to review the public procurement process in view of the cost overruns at the national children’s hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Passport Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the reason a passport for a person (details supplied) has not been issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: when the HSE will roll out the HPV vaccine programme for boys; if there will be a catch-up programme for all school age boys over the age prescribed by the programme; if priority is given to boys w...More Button

Personal Injury Claims

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which a person (details supplied) can pursue compensation and justice from his Department in relation to complications regarding an operation post-childbirth in 1967; and if he will make...More Button

Early Childhood Care and Education

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the preschool options available to a family with a child that will be two years and seven months in September 2019, missing the ECCE first year by one month and that cannot afford to pay privately ...More Button