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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions

Yesterday I received another large bundle of freedom of information documents on the selection of primary care centres and the addition of centres at Swords and Balbriggan. One might be suspicious...More Button

That is not the point.More Button

No. Read that one, that is the key one.More Button

Not that one.More Button

I am not.More Button

No. You keep giving a different answer.More Button

The Taoiseach keeps on answering questions he was never asked. That is his favourite tactic in this House. I refer to what is in black and white. I am not making this up.

  Th...More Button

We had to wait until December to get a freedom of information document which tells the truth.More Button

I will read it again. It states: "site location decided - latest is that the price is agreed". Therefore, the Minister did interfere.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Unfortunately, it is in black and white that the Minister interfered in a commercial arrangement.More Button

He decided for some reason - and I do not know why - to switch this on the eve of a Cabinet meeting after the Taoiseach had signed off with the Tánaiste on 33, not including these two.More Button

No one knew up to the Monday evening or indeed Tuesday morning. The Labour Ministers clearly did not know either, but for some reason they allowed their Minister of State to take the fall and resi...More Button

There is something wrong here. At the very minimum it is wrong for a Minister to interfere in moving a project that is significant for private sector stakeholders from one model to another which c...More Button

A Labour Party Minister of State resigned over this.More Button

He did not tell us the truth. He told a pack, a tissue of them.More Button

And no propriety.More Button

The former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall, saw this and she raised the alarm. All these documents show that she was raising alarms about this the whole way along the line.More Button

The Taoiseach is not glad I got it because he would not give it.More Button

The Taoiseach would not give the information. With all his talk about transparency and all his talk about "Paddy wants to know", he would not give me the information.More Button

The Taoiseach is not glad. It is no thanks to him that I got the information.More Button

Order of Business

It seems a long time.More Button

I read a headline this morning that may cause some reflection. It indicated that a delay in enacting legislation is destroying lives. This relates to the Personal Insolvency Bill. I remember pre...More Button

Will the Taoiseach provide an update? Will it be operable before the new year?More Button

Will the regulations be in operation?More Button

That sounds like it will be the new year.More Button

Budget Statement 2013 (Continued)

Only two copies of the Minister's speech have been distributed.More Button

Perhaps there have been some late changes.More Button

What about child benefit? What about the respite grant?More Button

What about Trinity College Dublin?More Button

No wonder the Minister, Deputy Howlin, is smiling. He will not stand up to the Minister, Deputy Joan Burton.More Button

It is only one budget.More Button

We had a proposal for it.More Button

The Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Quinn, launched it.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 2: Tobacco Products Tax (Continued)

As regards the alcohol proposal, I concur with our finance spokesperson, Deputy Michael McGrath, that the emphasis is the wrong way around. There is a fundamental problem with how alcohol is sold ...More Button

The safest place to have a drink now is in a pub. We must re-examine this matter again but the problem is that the public house has been outbid on pricing by other centres. We have youngsters b...More Button

Our document contained an interesting proposal on tobacco which we received from the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation. They made the point that the tobacco sector's revenue fr...More Button

We have endorsed the proposals of the Irish Heart Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society that tobacco prices should be controlled in the same way as energy prices and taxi fares. With such a ch...More Button

Business of Dáil

On a point of order, while I do not wish to discommode the Ceann Comhairle in any way, it was presented as a fait accompli that the resolutions were to be grouped for voting purposes. ...More Button

The subsequent group will also be decided together. My party opposes one resolution but supports another and is being forced to choose which way to vote on a number of resolutions.More Button

Financial Resolution No. 14: Capital Acquisitions Tax (Continued)

He is being interrupted incessantly.More Button

The Labour Party did.More Button

Will Deputy Stagg stop acting the bully?More Button

Since I have entered the Chamber, Deputy Stagg has been shouting at everyone.More Button

I know, but this is Parliament.More Button

Deputy Stagg attacked Deputy Broughan.More Button

I am sorry, and I do, but what is going on? It is outrageous.More Button

The Deputy is terrified of Labour's own.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I had signalled before Deputy Nulty.More Button

I was but I could not get the Chair's attention.More Button

We are supportive of these resolutions in so far as they go, but they do not go far enough in terms of redressing the imbalance at the heart of this budget.More Button

I have witnessed this evening a degree of intolerance and bitterness in the contributions from Labour Party Members towards their former members, which I have not heard previously in this House.More Button

Members have left our party-----More Button

-----but we always allowed them the right to speak in this Chamber, and it should be a cherished right.More Button

The degree of attack on Deputy Broughan by the Labour Whip as I entered the Chamber was unacceptable and at a low level.More Button

In terms of the imbalance at the heart of this budget-----More Button

-----workers on €25,000 will witness from today a 36% increase in their PRSI-----More Button

-----whereas a worker on €175,000 will witness a mere increase of 3.9% on their PRSI.More Button

That is the imbalance at the heart of this budget.More Button

I respectfully suggest that is the problem for many members of the Labour Party. Regarding the two meanest cuts, I appeal to the Government to re-examine the respite grant-----More Button

-----because there was no need to cut that, and also the clothing allowance.More Button

Regarding the resolutions before us, I will not act in a patronising manner, as Deputy Donohoe has just done. No one needs lectures from him because Fine Gael and the Labour Party opposed every si...More Button

They reversed many of the commitments they made.More Button

One of the Ministers present stood on the steps of Trinity College and made a solemn promise to the students of Ireland that he would reverse student charges, not increase them. He broke that sole...More Button

In many ways these resolutions are progressive and we support them but they do not redress the wider imbalance in the budget proper. I am reminded of one of the sayings from the great leader, Seán...More Button

It is not over there.More Button