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McDonald, Mary Lou

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Minister is making a very lame attempt to defend the indefensible, which is the Mercosur agreement. It should be remembered that Fianna Fáil agreed the mandate for negotiations for this deal b...More Button

The Minister will be aware that Sinn Féin has spent the past five years calling on the Minister and Fine Gael to withdraw support for this mandate. Now we have this deal-----More Button

I am sorry to offend by putting the facts of this matter on the record. Yet, here we find ourselves faced with this deal. The Taoiseach's position is that if it is good for Ireland, we will suppo...More Button

They do not need any long-winded analysis or any fig leaf. They are well aware this is a bad deal, particularly in respect of beef, but also for the poultry and pigmeat sectors. Their criticisms ...More Button

They are bad news in and of themselves but, when combined with the sustained decline in beef prices over the last number of years, and also, as the Minister has acknowledged, the unfolding risk o...More Button

-----that the Government would be prepared to sign up to a deal with Brazil, whose President has committed to destroying the Amazon and the indigenous communities who live there, in order to increa...More Button

Will the Minister make himself abundantly clear on this deal? Has the Taoiseach made it clear to the European Commission that Ireland will oppose this deal? Has he indicated that the Irish Stat...More Button

The Minister is right to acknowledge that we have opposed this deal and negotiation from the get-go, from as far back as 1999 when Fianna Fáil agreed the mandate-----More Button

-----and, as I said, in the course of the last five years. We have urged Government to stand by farming families and rural Ireland and, also, to stand by that which is sustainable and sensible and...More Button

The Government is going into this agreement with its eyes wide open. It knows that for the beef sector in particular, but also the poultry and pigmeat sectors, this deal is really bad news. It ...More Button

That is a matter of common sense. I again call on the Minister-----More Button

He has hidden behind legal interpretations of the trade deal in terms of whether it is mixed or not. I have to insist that, as the elected representatives of the Irish people, we have our say on t...More Button

I have to insist that a Government-----More Button

-----that has failed Irish farming families and rural Ireland, at a minimum, allows us, the people's elected representatives in this House, the opportunity to defend their interests where it will n...More Button

That is rubbish.More Button

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Yes, but with greater brevity. In addition to more time, it would be better if the Minister presented himself to answer questions.More Button

It is not sufficient simply for the Minister to skate over this matter with a statement at the beginning and a statement from the Government at the end. This is a very serious issue. We need the ...More Button

At the risk of annoying you, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, I think the better use of the hour would be to have questions and answers rather than statements in the time allotted to us on Wednesday. I th...More Button

Statements is one thing, but questioning the Minister------More Button

I wish to raise the Public Service Pay Commission report on pay and recruitment issues for the Defence Forces. It is unfortunate that consideration of the matter has been postponed due to the abse...More Button

Departmental Reviews

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by her; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research project is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by her; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by her; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by her; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Departmental Projects

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed.More Button

Domestic Violence Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the funding allocated to domestic violence emergency refuges accommodation for 2019.More Button

Gender Balance

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 25 June 2019, her plans to undertake a gendered analysis of full employment to establish the gap between male and female participation in the workforce s...More Button