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McNamara, Michael

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Continued)

I concur very much with what Deputy Donohoe said and it is something I have spoken about directly to the Minister of State in the Chamber. Along the lines of what Deputy Donohoe stated, at a recen...More Button

Deputy Maloney mentioned we would very much like to see a greater number of houses being built by local authorities and everybody would agree, whether on the left or right of the Chamber, that th...More Button

I wish to discuss the great difficulty housing arrears cause local authorities with regard to their budgets and financing. I am aware the Department has sought to address this since the Minister...More Button

Of course, that puts further pressure on the local authority and on other people who could be benefiting from local authority housing but are not because others decide to take advantage of the syst...More Button

I have received various assurances on this issue from Ministers. I do not expect an update today from the Minister of State on what will be done regarding existing tenancies, but I hope that in ...More Button

Commemorative Coins

As the Minister of State will be aware, The Gathering is taking place this year as Ireland seeks to attract visitors from around the world, including in particular people with family connections to...More Button

It also allows us to remember our connection with Scandinavia. Dublin is largely a Viking settlement and the Irish gene pool bears a remarkable similarity to that of Iceland. Either Irish peopl...More Button

Commemorative Coins (Continued)

In any event, Brian Boru died immediately after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 and next year we will mark the passing of a millennium since that important event. This provides an opportunity to ar...More Button

It is good news that Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf will be commemorated by the Government next year. I am also anxious that any celebration of the life of Brian Boru will include Killaloe ...More Button