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McDonald, Mary Lou

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Resumed)

Thank you, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, for reminding me of the rules.More Button

The people faced the Taoiseach down on water charges. They called a halt to the Government's plans and privatisation agenda and the Taoiseach did not like it one bit.More Button

Yesterday, the Government and Fianna Fáil cobbled together a deal that seeks to subvert the will of the people and their democratically expressed wishes on the future of our water services. The ...More Button

The antics of the Government and Fianna Fáil to save the Government's rejected water policy have been truly a sight to behold. The political choreography was set. Senior counsel came to the com...More Button

The connivance is provided by the Taoiseach's party in its blatant undermining of the democratic and political processes within the Oireachtas. The cute-hoorism is, as ever, provided by Fianna Fái...More Button

When it comes down to it, Fianna Fáil will look after itself first. That comes as no surprise but many people will be glad of the reminder. The truth is that this debacle has absolutely nothing t...More Button

These proponents of new politics call themselves the centre ground. However, they have demonstrated that it is only a brand name for business as usual. There is nothing new about what happened ye...More Button

In this report, Fine Gael has its levy for excess use. This is a way of keeping the back door open for the return of charges.More Button

Fine Gael also has metering. Here are my questions.More Button

Can the Taoiseach explain what wilful abuse of water supply is? Who are the wilful abusers of this supply?More Button

Who are the chronic wasters of water?More Button

Can the Taoiseach tell us how they will pay these levies?More Button

Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

The Taoiseach should not worry about my outrage.More Button

It is not me that he should be concerned about; it is the outrage of people that I represent-----More Button

-----who pay their taxes and who pay for everything.More Button

I notice Deputy Donohoe is laughing. These are people who live in the community that he also represents.More Button

There is nobody looking for something for nothing. That is not the debate here. What is at issue is who prevails in a democratic society.More Button

What we have seen is a textbook example of the Parliament, the Dáil and elected representatives-----More Button

-----conniving to abandon their democratic mandate and, rather than seeking to represent the people, seeking to face them down. That is what they are all about. That is what their new politics - ...More Button

Who are the chronic water wasters? Who are these people? How will they pay these levies?More Button

I am outraged, but my outrage is the least of the Taoiseach's worries.More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

I congratulate everybody who campaigned for it and I commend the Minister on the decision to make Orkambi available to cystic fibrosis patients.More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

I do not need one. On 29 April, the Taoiseach will go to the European Council meeting and the guidelines for the negotiations with Britain on Brexit will be agreed. We have raised with the Taoise...More Button

I am disappointed that time has not been made available for a debate in advance of the Taoiseach's attendance at that meeting. I asked him before about his willingness to accept an amendment to ...More Button

It is also a bilateral agreement.More Button

Garda Commissioner: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors has been meeting at its annual conference in Killarney over the past number of days. The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality did not at...More Button

It does not help the morale of gardaí either that the Commissioner has felt the need to place the blame for many of the recent debacles that have happened on her watch on the shoulders of more ju...More Button

Now, shockingly, we hear today, in addition to the falsification of breath tests, that an examination is being carried out into Garda figures relating to homicide and incidents of domestic violen...More Button

It is clear that the administration of policing and justice in this State stands at a crossroads. Decisions taken now will shape our citizens' relationship with An Garda Síochána for generations t...More Button

The malpractice and arrogance that has so dominated the leadership of An Garda Síochána must be replaced with transparency, accountability and a renewed commitment to the ethos of public service....More Button

That is a ludicrous point.More Button

Nor are we pretending to be. Deputy O'Callaghan should read the motion.More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: when a person (details supplied) will receive a decision on their application for naturalisation.More Button