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Higgins, Joe

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 Nbr. 3


Order of Business.

(Dublin West): I would like to speak on this matter.More Button

(Dublin West): That is an Ceann Comhairle's interpretation.More Button

Question, “That the proposal for dealing with item No. 69 be agreed to”, put and declared carried.More Button

Order of Business (Resumed).

(Dublin West): The Minister of State at the Department of the Environment and Local Government has managed to make a pig's ear out of a proposal with which the vast majority of peopl...More Button

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill, 2001: Report and Final Stages.

(Dublin West): Where are they going to go when they are thrown out?More Button

(Dublin West): There are 1,000—More Button

(Dublin West): This is an incredible way to attempt to progress legislation in Dáil Éireann. It is highly insulting to the elected representatives of all the Irish peopl...More Button

The evident lack of consultation on this measure with those who represent Travelling people is also shameful in the extreme. This is the Government, joined by Fine Gael on all occasions, which clai...More Button

The same concept was, supposedly, in play with regard to social issues, with the members of the Travelling community and their support groups being consulted in so-called partnership with Governmen...More Button

This is entirely the wrong way to deal with a problem. Everyone accepts that a problem is created when a group of Travelling people or traders pull onto public amenity land, but the Government is a...More Button

It is incredible that in 2002, in the land of the so-called Celtic tiger, when we speak of information highways and the last word in technology with regard to most areas of life, more than 1,000 Ir...More Button

Deputy Olivia Mitchell from her comfortable affluent home in suburbia has spoken many times on this issue. I have never heard her and others like her championing the urgent need for emergency measu...More Button

The clear solution to the accommodation needs of the Travelling people is a combination of Travelling people being given homes in settled communities, group housing schemes or halting sites, whiche...More Button

The solution to the question of that section of the Travelling community who engage in trades of different kinds is obvious, but not a finger has been raised to take the obvious action. The answer ...More Button

Furthermore, it is clear that an ethnic group which has been marginalised in our society for centuries needs special assistance with regard to the provision of resources to enable them to go forwar...More Button

The establishment politicians are utterly blind to the needs of this section of our people in real terms. The Minister for Finance, backed by Fine Gael, a few months ago slashed corporation tax to ...More Button

I have been a member of a local authority for about 11 years. Before I was on the local authority, a major controversy erupted in the area in which I live in Mulhuddart in 1990 when the local autho...More Button

The problems that have arisen need to be addressed. They will be addressed primarily by providing the type of resources needed. Repressive legislation is not the answer. Let us be quite clear about...More Button

Bringing families to the District Courts on foot of injunctions was not a constructive way to resolve the disputes that arose. However, one could say that if such a dispute came before a judge, at ...More Button

Deputy Roche spoke about the problem of dumping in Wicklow. There has been an incredible problem with dumping in Wicklow. Hundreds of tonnes of the most horrific rubbish, probably toxic and other m...More Button

I with to refer to land, the sanctity of private ownership, business land and so on. Again, here we have the sickening double standards of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. There has been a grotesq...More Button

For over ten years I have listened to and have never ceased to be amazed by the assumptions of the establishment politicians. Some time ago I heard politicians in my local authority demand that the...More Button

What we have here is a continuation of the same old story, prejudices and failures. I want to see the problems of the Traveller community and their accommodation needs resolved. It is in the resolu...More Button

Mar chríoch, tá an Rialtas ag teacht isteach anseo inniu agus ag tabhairt isteach reachtaíochta a bhaineann le daoine atá faoi chois sa tír seo leis na cianta &nd...More Button

(Dublin West): Ariel Sharon has perfected it.More Button

(Dublin West): This legislation has serious implications for trade unionists and for environmental activists but, unfortunately, there is not enough time to go into that aspect. I wil...More Button

Ceisteanna–Questions. - Official Engagements.

Asked the Taoiseach: when he next expects to meet the British Prime Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the official visits he intends to undertake abroad during the remaining period of this Dáil; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the measures he intends to take to raise awareness of the recent report of the National Forum on Europe among the general public; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Economic and Social Council.

Asked the Taoiseach: the studies which are currently being carried out by the National Economic and Social Council.More Button

Written Answers. - Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Drugs.

Asked the Taoiseach: the number of times the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion and Drugs met in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Relations.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: the reason no investigation was initiated into complaints by a construction trade union of serious breaches of the laws concerning workers' entitlements and Revenue matters on the major constructio...More Button

Written Answers. - Construction Contract Inquiry.

Asked the Minister for Education and Science: if he will institute an inquiry into the widespread use of black economy practices in a major construction contract at Dublin City University.More Button