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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Death of Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Ar dtús báire, ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann Nicky McFadden, leis an Taoiseach agus le Páirtí Fhine Gael as ucht bás Nicky. Níl aon amhras ach gur oibrigh sí go dian dícheallach...More Button

On behalf of my party, I sympathise with the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael Party on the very sad loss and the passing of Nicky McFadden. We extend our sympathy to her family, her daughter, Caren, ...More Button

Deputy Robert Troy speaks highly of Nicky McFadden's basic human characteristics. She was a very nice person who got on well with all those who came into contact with her. She bore a difficult ...More Button

Leaders' Questions

The morning began with the announcement by Commissioner Martin Callinan that he was resigning from his post. I noted that with regret. He is a man who gave a lifelong commitment to An Garda Síoch...More Button

It is regrettable that things have come to this pass. The Taoiseach briefed the leader of Sinn Féin, Deputy Gerry Adams, and I on yet another emerging situation that goes to the very heart of th...More Button

I am sorry. It was an incorrect statement and a wrong statement and the Minister should withdraw it. He should apologise to the Garda whistleblowers. On 12 March when Bryan Dobson put a question...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

-----he compounded the hurt inflicted on these men when he said it was a very serious issue when a member - implying Mr. McCabe - was "liberally accessing confidential information on the PULSE syst...More Button

That is not an adequate response. I asked what the Taoiseach is going to do about it. Has he spoken to the Minister for Justice and Equality and has he asked him to correct the record? Last week...More Button

That is becoming an increasing phenomenon all right I have noticed.More Button

It depends on which Minister of course.More Button

European Council Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: if he had any bilaterals at the December European Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if the Ukraine situation was discussed at the European Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has had discussions with President Barroso recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the position regarding the European Council statement following the June 2012 meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if youth unemployment was discussed at the December Council meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has met or had discussions with President Hollande recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has had discussions or met with the Prime Minister of Latvia; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel; the issues they discussed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if the European Council agreement of June 2012 was discussed with Chancellor Merkel on 7 March when they met; if there was a response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

European Council Meetings (Continued)

Yes.More Button

We are dealing with questions Nos. 1 to 35, which address a broad range of issues.More Button

After last December's meeting of the Council of Europe the Taoiseach said again that all of the agreements meant that the toxic link between sovereign and banking debt had been broken. What he h...More Button

What exactly is Ireland looking for in terms of the debt situation and the breaking of the link between sovereign and financial sector debt?More Button

Yesterday my party revealed letters from Mario Draghi to our finance spokesperson, Deputy Michael McGrath. Essentially, Mr. Draghi said that he does not agree with the Government's claim that ev...More Button

On the issue of Ukraine, I welcome the decision to go to stage three sanctions. Russia's behaviour effectively partitions a former colony and that cannot be let stand with what I consider to be ...More Button

The Taoiseach referred to the issue of surveillance in his reply. At the time of December's European Council meeting, the bugging of European governments was a very big issue. Much of that surv...More Button

Does the Government believe the sanctions should be stronger?More Button

I was referring to the bugging of European governments.More Button

Did the Taoiseach ask the British Government if it had bugged us?More Button

I have a brief supplementary.More Button

The so-called banking union will only provide enough money to cover less than 1% of the capital base of the banks. Is that adequate?More Button

Nobody thinks it is adequate.More Button

Order of Business

A growing scandal is emerging relating to the administration of justice, and a range of issues are evident regarding the penalty points saga, the undermining of whistleblowers and the Garda Inspect...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

It was a very considered and detailed statement in which he said the whistleblowers were distinguished and so on. That was followed by the Tánaiste and almost all the Labour Party Ministers. We t...More Button

I am going to ask a question. These are very serious issues.More Button

I have a lot of experience in the House. It beggars belief that there is no statement in the House - that the Minister for Justice and Equality has not come before the House to comment on the resi...More Button

The Taoiseach asked me and the Leader of Sinn Féin to meet him approximately 20 minutes before Leaders' Questions and briefed us on another emerging issue that goes to the heart of the administra...More Button

-----and that no formal mechanism is provided for the Minister for Justice and Equality to come in to answer basic questions about why the Commissioner is resigning now. He left certain things in ...More Button

There is a lot of cynical stuff going on here. The only way the Taoiseach can cut through that is by making this House relevant to the issues of the day.More Button

Deputy Adams is correct. This was all fed to the media. That is fine. The Government does that all the time. We are becoming-----More Button

That is fine. Surely the Taoiseach agrees that in any other Dáil – I have been here – the Minister would have come in here on the day? Will the Taoiseach make time available today?More Button

About what?More Button

I am talking about the Garda Commissioner’s resignation.More Button

I do listen.More Button

What is the Taoiseach saying?More Button

That is semantics.More Button

Every radio programme in the country is saying the Commissioner resigned.More Button

The Minister for Justice and Equality should come in here.More Button

The Taoiseach is being cynical. He has not responded to me.More Button

This is appalling.More Button

I listen.More Button

We have raised a point-----More Button

-----and the Taoiseach has refused it. The Taoiseach has not said where he stands on this issue. He is the one member of the Cabinet who has not said where he stands on this issue.More Button

Does the Taoiseach believe the Minister for Justice and Equality is correct? Does he believe the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Varadkar, is correct?More Button

The Taoiseach has not responded to any of the questions I asked him in three weeks on this issue. He has ducked and dived on it all the time. He owes it to the country and he owes it to the Dáil ...More Button

It is because I am long-serving that I know a private notice question would have been accepted in any other Dáil before today. There would have been a private notice question.More Button

I have asked a very simple question.More Button

With the greatest respect, I have asked a very simple question.More Button

That is a different statement.More Button

I only want to know whether the Taoiseach agrees with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Varadkar. That is all.More Button

We did not.More Button

I agree with the Tánaiste and with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Varadkar, and many other Ministers.More Button

Narcolepsy Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: if the situation regarding narcolepsy not being recognised as a disability is under review as part of the future supports and requirements promised to sufferers as a result of receiving the Pandemr...More Button

Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on a matter in relation to a person's living support arrangements (details supplied) More Button