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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

Last Monday night, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, signed the commencement order to the State Airports Act giving power to the trustees of the pension scheme ...More Button

The active members have been bullied into an inferior pension scheme under the new order. The Tánaiste indicated to interested parties and stakeholders that she was working with them to bring abou...More Button

The alternative the Taoiseach has put forward is not the only alternative. How would the Taoiseach like it if somebody arbitrarily decided to halve his pension entitlements?More Button

Nobody represented the deferred pensioners in any of the negotiations or discussions, and they have taken the biggest hit.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Taoiseach can work that out for himself because it is fairly obvious what happened. The pensioners have taken a hit as well, amounting to six weeks' pay. In addition, the pension levy which w...More Button

Two years ago, the Social Welfare Bill facilitated single insolvencies, which basically allows profitable companies to run down their pension schemes. In essence, a roadmap has been given to suc...More Button

By any objective yardstick or criterion, the way this is being worked out simply is not fair. I do not see how anybody could suggest it is fair if those in a particular grouping lose 50%-plus of...More Button

That happened between 2011 and 2013. Tell the truth.More Button

On your watch.More Button

There have been.More Button

It panicked a little also.More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion

Is there a copy of the motion?More Button

It is farcical that the content of the motion is not before the Members of the House before the debate starts. The entire lead-up to the debate was farcical in the sense that there was no presenta...More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Continued)

It is unbelievable the Minister has left the Chamber. We had the same on budget day. There has been a lot of talk about upholding and underpinning parliamentary democracy, but what the Minister h...More Button

Will the Leas-Cheann Comhairle agree to a suspension in order to protect the integrity and dignity of the House? We will not put up with what is happening.More Button

The least the Leas-Cheann Comhairle should do is to suspend the sitting to protect the integrity and dignity of the House. Otherwise, I do not think we are going to hang around here too much longe...More Button

Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Resumed) (Continued)

The Acting Chairman should calm down.More Button

He is making it up as he goes along.More Button

That has nothing to do with Irish Water.More Button

That was always going to be the case.More Button

Do not talk nonsense.More Button

For the tenth time we are looking at Government proposals on this issue, so we have been looking at them time and again. For over six months the Government has been saying it understands the scale...More Button

Yet for all of this, the crisis will continue, because the Government will still not acknowledge that its entire water policy is a shambles and should be scrapped.More Button

This will not be the final announcement, because it leaves in place a policy that wastes large amounts of public money, is inefficient and obliges people to pay for unacceptably poor services and p...More Button

It is not that.More Button

I would scrap the whole thing. It is being done for the sake of €100 million. Nobody has ever witnessed this before. On the one hand, a bill will issue for €260, and on the other, a water conser...More Button

Less than a year ago the Government was pushing through legislation with claims that it would herald a new and positive era for water services. The speeches we are now hearing were last heard a ye...More Button

It is a very serious issue.More Button

No amount of camouflage will take away from the reality that €500 million is being spent on contracts that we cannot escape. There is no transparency around this, because commercial sensitivity is...More Button

That is no answer to this issue.More Button

It is no answer to the fundamental point I am making about €500 million. We are also paying for the construction of a billing infrastructure which is not needed. We have a regulator that will not...More Button

The only credible policy is to call a halt to Irish Water and scrap the charges in order to stop the damage now, rather than wait for the inevitable final climb-down next year. Today was suppose...More Button

This is no accidental shambles. It is not an unexpected policy error. The establishment of Irish Water and everything it has done was set out by Fine Gael before the general election. It is on...More Button

The scale and intensity of public resistance to Irish Water and these charges has been clear since Deputy Barry Cowen began forcing the former Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Go...More Button

Even though some candidates and parties have tried to exploit the issue, there is a genuine, widespread and entirely legitimate public opposition to this policy. The aggressive behaviour seen on...More Button

At the core of this shambles of a policy is Fine Gael’s NewERA policy, which was first launched in 2009. This policy introduced the idea of placing services into commercial holding companies and...More Button

There has been no recognition that, for a small and peripheral country such as Ireland, the impact of commercial monopolies in public services could prove disastrous in terms of both costs and serv...More Button

Ministers prefer to pick tens of billions out of the sky without giving any specific information about what is needed or what will be spent. The Government has to wait until next March before bein...More Button

The former Minister of State, Deputy Fergus O'Dowd, was right in his assessment of the situation. Does the Tánaiste wish to interrupt me and comment on that?More Button

Deputy O'Dowd described the setting up of Irish Water as an "unmitigated disaster". Unless the Government stops all of this now, we will have more of the same into the future.More Button

School Catchment Areas

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if it is the case that her Department is imposing catchment areas on Educate Together schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button