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Connolly, Catherine

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Flood Prevention Policies: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank the Minister. Are copies of his contribution available?More Button

We can check that because it is handy to have a copy for everyone. It is usually circulated.More Button

I call on Deputy Thomas Gould.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this. I come from Galway city and represent the city and the county. The Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, who is present, is well aware of the problems in...More Button

I have with me a report of the flood policy review carried out when Tom Parlon was the Minister of State in 2002. It is a detailed report on the flood measures that must be taken. The problems ...More Button

The Office of Public Works has done a brilliant job. I am one of its greatest admirers. It has worked for many years to produce various plans. Politicians were kept quiet when that was taking ...More Button

As has been mentioned, the local authorities have been starved of funding. There is a blame game taking place all the time. I have visited the county councils, as all Deputies have, and am told...More Button

Galway has been flooded many times. There has been a debacle over what looks like a long tube in the Spanish Arch. It has been subject to puncture and I have no idea of the cost involved. It i...More Button

I have a difficulty. I worked at local authority level for 17 years. The Wolfe Tone Bridge is the last bridge where one can see the powerful water from the Corrib going through. Three reports ...More Button

We must tell people openly and honestly that we have a problem here because of climate change. There is also a problem because we neglected it for donkeys' years. We left the OPW struggling and...More Button

We took away their staff and expertise and we set up Irish Water, which is another story. Now we have a climate change committee in Galway County Council and I am told it does not have staff.More Button

I am a blunt speaker and I appreciate bluntness. I will work with anyone who is straight and blunt with me for the greater good. That is what we need here. If Galway County Council is struggli...More Button

Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) Act 2020: Motion (Continued)

We will move on as no one from Sinn Féin is present.More Button

I thank the Minister for being here and for her approach in all of this. I will start on a positive note because I certainly do not agree with what she said. She has, however, taken the matter se...More Button

I will not support the motion. I see absolutely no reason for it. I am worried by some comments. When the Acting Chairman, Deputy Durkan, was not in the Chair and making his contribution, I di...More Button

The only public comment I heard the Commissioner make was that he was a good public servant and would do as he was told, which is not a resounding endorsement of the measures the Government was bri...More Button

The first sunset clause was inserted as a result of a debate in this Chamber, because we were extremely concerned. We also wanted a full debate on it and we are getting some measure of a debate ...More Button

When Covid struck Ireland, we were all in receipt of a letter from one of the unions informing us about the vulnerable state of the health system, to put it mildly, and the primary care system. ...More Button

Now a blaming exercise is going on but the Policing Authority has complimented the vast majority of the public in seven of its reports. Nothing could have happened without their compliance. The...More Button

This legislation also goes against all the research showing that we bring people on board through education and showing leadership. No leadership was shown by our leaders in Clifden during "golf...More Button

The Government has to stop the nonsense about wet and dry pubs. It has to stop turning language on its head. This legislation has the most serious implications for our democracy and the Governm...More Button

I am not letting the Deputy back in. The debate is over. If the Minister wants to clarify that point, it is up to her.More Button

In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time at 9.50 p.m.More Button

  Sitting suspended at 9.35 p.m. and resumed at 9.50 p.m.More Button

Forestry (Planning Permission) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members]

I must now deal with a postponed division relating to Second Stage of the Forestry (Planning Permission) (Amendment) Bill 2018 taken on Friday, 23 October 2020. On the question, "That the Bill be ...More Button

River Shannon Management Agency Bill 2020: Second Stage (Resumed) [Private Members]

I must now deal with a postponed division relating to Second Stage of the River Shannon Management Agency Bill 2020, which took place on Tuesday, 3 November 2020. On the question, "That the amendm...More Button

  Motion, as amended, put and declared carried.More Button

Flood Prevention Policies: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]

I must now deal with a postponed division relating to the motion regarding flood prevention policies. This morning, on the question that the amendment to the motion be agreed to, a division was cl...More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2020: Message from Select Committee

The Select Committee on Transport and Communications Networks has completed its consideration of the following Revised Estimates for public services for the service of the year ending on 31 Decembe...More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 10.45 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 5 November 2020.More Button