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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions

At the weekend, The Sunday Business Post, in particular, reported leaks from the recommendations of the trauma steering group that was established by the then Minister for Health, Deputy Var...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

There needs to be a re-evaluation of all of this, and of the trend, because by the time we are finished everybody will be going to Dublin for an emergency facility or a department. While there mus...More Button

I put it to the Tánaiste that the bottom line is that there needs to be a fundamental rethink of where we are going. Common sense and a bit of balance need to be brought into this equation in term...More Button

I asked about the emergency departments, rather than the waiting lists. I asked about the waiting lists last week and they have got far worse since then.More Button

Some of the waiting times are very poor. The Tánaiste has said that accident and emergency departments might not be closed down but I believe it is possible that there could be a dramatic change i...More Button

The Minister should brief himself on it.More Button

Tomorrow morning he will be told what is in the pipeline. That is what happens normally. The bottom line is that somebody here must push back. Tallaght hospital will not be able to take everythi...More Button

Does the Tánaiste accept the need for new thinking, to balance what medical personnel are bringing to the table with other studies and analyses of what has happened so far? Let us take the examp...More Button

-----but the experience of the acute hospital in Limerick has been very difficult and challenging for all concerned.More Button

I know that.More Button

We do have a major trauma network.More Button

There is Beaumont and Cork, as the Minister knows.More Button

That is unfair. This is in the public domain.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

"Bridge Over Troubled Water".More Button

Business of Dáil (Continued)

Absolutely. It is common sense.More Button

We should do that by agreement. It is common sense. Otherwise, legislation cannot pass-----More Button

-----and the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill is particularly important in regard to crime.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

That is a matter for the Business Committee.More Button

It has to be the Business Committee that decides it.More Button

Yes.More Button

That is impeccable logic from Deputy Howlin.More Button

Out of mischief I ask if, perhaps, the Tánaiste could confirm that calm has broken out on the western front. If not, I ask mischievously, given that Friday's activity is Government business and th...More Button

Only one?More Button

According to responses to freedom of information requests which Deputy Barry Cowen submitted to each local authority, there are still 2,751 vacant units in local authority ownership nationally. It...More Button

The programme for Government is very strong. It is clear that the housing and homelessness issue is one of its centrepieces. Can the Tánaiste indicate to me when the strategy is going to be annou...More Button

Garda Investigations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: if all accusations or allegations of any political interference relating to a case (details supplied) have been or will be thoroughly investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: if all the participants in a recently broadcast documentary (details supplied) were interviewed by the gardaí who are conducting an ongoing investigation of the case; and if she will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality: if she or her Departmental officials are aware of a documentary (details supplied) and the allegations made therein; if any investigations or extra resources will be put into the ongoing investigat...More Button

Corporation Tax

Asked the Minister for Finance: his plans to respond to the recent announcement by the United Kingdom Chancellor to reduce the United Kingdom's corporation tax rate to 15% as opposed to a previous announcement reduction to 17%; i...More Button

Iraqi Conflict

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: his views on the latest attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Baghdad that killed 157 persons; if the Government donated money to assist the non-governmental organisations that are tryin...More Button

Ministerial Meetings

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the detail of his attendance at a meeting hosted by the French Government on 30 June 2016 where 29 representatives from different countries and organisations were trying to relaunch the Israeli-Pal...More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the reason neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians were invited to a meeting hosted by the French Government on 30 June 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Foreign Conflicts

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: the response of the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, after a meeting on 30 June 2016 called for direct talks with the Palestinians without preconditions; if he considers this a reas...More Button

Alcohol Pricing

Asked the Minister for Health: if he or his Department have assessed the ramifications and the impact, if any of the ECHR's Advocate General's comments made in September 2015, about prescribing a minimum price for alcoholic drin...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he or his Department have assessed the ramifications and the impact if any of the ECHR's Advocate General's comments made in September 2015 about prescribing a minimum price for alcoholic drinks...More Button

Air Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he has had discussions with business leaders in the United States of America or Norway regarding the proposed Cork to Boston flights; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: his proposals for the Cork to Boston flights; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button