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Martin, Micheál

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions

The second Fennelly report into the telephone recordings at Garda stations has been published. It outlines clearly that these recordings were unlawful, but it must also be said that the consequenc...More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

It is extraordinary that an Attorney General would have bypassed a Minister for Justice and Equality in that context. I would appreciate the views of the Taoiseach on the propriety, both constitut...More Button

Would the Taoiseach accept that it was wrong to send the then Secretary General to the Garda Commissioner to tell him that the Cabinet could not have expressed confidence in him arising from thes...More Button

The Taoiseach knows that the Attorney General knew about this issue as far back as October 2013 but it was March by the time the Taoiseach had been informed. Clearly, the Attorney General was al...More Button

The Taoiseach avoided answering the key questions I put to him. He is, perhaps, the only person who has that view on the removal of the former Garda Commissioner. Irrespective of one's views on t...More Button

Essentially, a Garda Commissioner was removed and the law governing the removal of a Garda Commissioner was bypassed. That eventually led to a resignation which covered all the technicalities. ...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Was that agreed by everybody at the meeting?More Button

I did not even object to the two weeks.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, could I make a point?More Button

It seems to me that Deputy Ó Snodaigh faithfully read out what the Business Committee had agreed this morning. We are happy to go along with that, but within a minute, Deputy McDonald disagreed wi...More Button

It is just ridiculous carry-on.More Button

We did not, actually. The point I made is that within a minute, we got conflicting propositions on the Sinn Féin Party's position. One would have thought the Sinn Féin position would have been cl...More Button

We have no difficulty with the statements this evening and we have no difficulty with a debate-----More Button

-----on Thursday and Friday-----More Button

-----because we did most of the heavy lifting on this work over many weeks, far more heavy lifting than Sinn Féin has ever done on the water issue since this Dáil was formed.More Button

It happened before though. There is a different reaction from everybody here. Let us be honest. There is a lot of hypocrisy now.More Button

I want to put on the record that normally when there is a dispute about the debate it goes back to the Business Committee. I want to make it clear that we have no objection to having a debate on a...More Button

My understanding all along was that there was to be a debate on the report. I propose-----More Button

Hold on a second. An attempt is being made here to imply that somebody somewhere mystically is blocking something. It is very simple. The Business Committee should be reconvened if there is such...More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the breakdown in talks in Northern Ireland; if he has spoken to the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, regarding same; if this deadlock will be overcome; his views on the fac...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has spoken with Prime Minister May regarding the ongoing talks on the Northern Ireland Assembly and the way in which legacy issues will be addressed. More Button

As the Taoiseach knows, it is my view that the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Executive should never have collapsed in the first instance. I believe that it was an engineered decision for elect...More Button

I ask that the Taoiseach reports on the progress of the talks.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the contributions he will be making on the Brexit negotiations at the April EU Council meeting.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: the way he and his Department are deepening the links with Ireland's EU partners following Article 50 being triggered.More Button

It is all about Brexit.More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he has met the UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU.More Button

Brexit Issues (Continued)

Yesterday, I believe, Sinn Féin started demanding an election if there is no agreement by Friday. For its part, the DUP appears still to be refusing to give an unambiguous commitment to implementi...More Button

It is clear to me that the policy of disengagement from the process that was developed over the last six years by the two Governments has to end as it simply does not work. It has failed miserab...More Button

Sinn Féin's leader in the North promoted the ash scheme.More Button

Sinn Féin's leader in the North promoted it.More Button

No one is more corrupt than your gang.More Button

No one is more corrupt than Deputy Doherty's gang --- Sinn Féin and its colleagues.More Button

No one could be more corrupt in terms of the destruction of Ireland politically than Sinn Féin-IRA.More Button

It is a very touchy subject for Sinn Féin.More Button

Sinn Féin appointed a spin doctor one month before the collapse-----More Button

I want to make a point through the Chair. The Northern Ireland Executive and the Assembly were deliberately scuttled on an issue that everyone knew about six months in advance, namely, the renewab...More Button

I want to make the point that what we got in the last all-island Brexit forum was a clear message from the civil dialogue people from Northern Ireland. It was simply this: there is an absence of...More Button

I would agree overall with Deputy Burton's point. I am concerned about the level of capacity behind the effort both diplomatically and in key areas, as well as in regard to bringing back people wh...More Button

The Taoiseach will have noticed that, yesterday, a large number of southern member states held the latest in a series of summit meetings on their approach to the Brexit negotiations. The idea th...More Button

I also put it to the Taoiseach that he seems to be refusing to ask for a reference to the continued full EU citizenship of both current and future Northern Ireland citizens. I have been making t...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has spoken to or met Chancellor Merkel since Article 50 was triggered. More Button

Northern Ireland

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will report on the ongoing outstanding requests with the British Government regarding inquiries into the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, the Kingsmill massacre and the murder of a person (details s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he and his departmental officials are preparing legislative scenarios required for working towards a united Ireland in the context of the Good Friday Agreement.More Button

North-South Ministerial Council

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will report on the North-South Ministerial Council and ensure that the treaties and agreements between Ireland and the UK will be fully implemented.More Button

Middle East Peace Process

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if officials in his Department are reviewing the two-state solution in Israel and Palestine as they support international policy, as outlined in his Department's strategy.More Button

Undocumented Irish in the USA

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: his views on comments made by the Boston mayor during St Patrick's Day festivities in the USA on the undocumented Irish.More Button

Mental Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent of the staff shortages in the CAMHS services in Cork; the efforts being made to resolve this; the interim measures he and HSE officials are putting in place to address this issue; and if...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the detail of the shortages in CAMHS across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button