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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

Brexit will be damaging to the Irish economy, the British economy and Europe in general. Therefore, we must do everything possible to limit the damage through thorough preparations in order to mak...More Button

The Taoiseach did not answer even one of the questions I asked. I have read the ESRI report and am fully aware of our open, foreign direct investment-based economy, which has been successful and e...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Will the Taoiseach confirm that the detail and content of the Government memo that was brought by the Tánaiste and revealed in the Irish Examiner on 28 November truly reflects the case?More Button

Only 33% of exporting companies have a plan.More Button

What about Rosslare Europort and Dublin Port?More Button

Will the Taoiseach publish all of that?More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí (Atógáil) - Leaders' Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

That is the reason the Taoiseach did everything he could to stop it initially.More Button

Death of Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy

Polaiteoir gníomhach grámhar ab ea Paddy Harte. Fear lách, láidir, agus neamhspleách a bhí ann. Thuig sé tábhacht gach traidisiún ar an oileán seo. D'oibrigh sé go dian dícheallach Domhnach is d...More Button

Paddy Harte has left a lasting mark on Irish politics not only through his work as a Deputy representing the people of Donegal north east but as a builder of bridges. As Fine Gael spokesperson o...More Button

Death of Former Members: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

He was Minister of State in the 1981 to 1982 Government in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, but he was not the type of politician who felt he needed ministerial status to make a contribution...More Button

While he was a stalwart and steadfast member of Fine Gael, he was very much his own man. Indeed, when violence broke out in Northern Ireland in 1969 he crossed the floor of the House and met the...More Button

Bean agus polaiteoir faoi leith ab ea Monica Barnes. Bá dhuine le prionsabail í a bhí chun tosaigh maidir le cearta sibhialta ginearálta agus cearta sibhialta mná na tíre seo ach go háirithe. B...More Button

The following year she was one of two Fine Gael Deputies to oppose the wording of the legislation and the insertion of the eighth amendment in the Constitution. Monica agreed with the advice of ...More Button

Fearless yet courteous, she made friends across the political spectrum and the loss of her seat in 1992 was greeted with disappointment by many outside Fine Gael. She never held ministerial offi...More Button

Monica's family's grief can be tempered with pride in her great achievements in public life. I offer my sincere sympathy and that of my party to her husband Bob, daughters Sarah and Joanne and h...More Button

It must all be in some Russian archive somewhere.More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

As the Taoiseach knows, the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality concluded pre-legislative scrutiny on the reference to a woman's place in the home in Article 41.2 of Bunreacht na hÉireann. The...More Button

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

According to current legislation, Brexit will take effect in 107 days. The deal on the table was reached after two years of tortuous and repetitive negotiations. It is a deal which reflects the c...More Button

In the nearly three weeks since the deal was agreed we have all witnessed an escalating political crisis in London. It was the intention of the UK Government to hold a vote last night. There i...More Button

It would be wonderful to be able to dismiss what is happening in London as a sideshow but we cannot do so. Ireland and Europe are directly affected. Regardless of whether Prime Minister May sur...More Button

The only thing which is clear is that no one has the faintest idea what the course of Brexit will be in the coming weeks and months and potentially for much longer than that. With the exception of...More Button

Let nobody be in any doubt, every single piece of evidence suggests that the impact of Brexit is under way and may escalate significantly. Far more worryingly, the evidence also shows that Irela...More Button

According to the Central Bank and others, the impact of Brexit is already here. The bank’s latest report has identified evidence of trade with the United Kingdom being hit and causing a slowdown...More Button

Analysis by State agencies suggests that sterling devaluation is the biggest threat to many exporters, especially Irish-owned companies. Some 47% say they face serious difficulties as a result o...More Button

Brexit has been a core political issue for my party since before the referendum was held. In the past two years I, as well as our spokespeople, Deputies Donnelly and Chambers, have regularly pus...More Button

The facts published by Government show that only a minority of impacted companies have preparations in place. Few have currency hedging strategies. Few have begun procedures for essential freig...More Button

The Taoiseach yesterday mentioned a series of actions which are required for a no deal scenario, none of which has had funding allocated or legislation published. The situation is that Ireland i...More Button

Can we show our ability to put the national interest ahead of party interests? As things stand, the first period of the agreement, which allowed the formation of this Government, is ending. My ...More Button

While the Taoiseach has announced that there is no problem with an unfunded €3 billion tax give-away, his Minister for Finance will not justify this claim. The chronic deficit in delivery, the f...More Button

To replace this Government would require a lengthy election campaign and most likely a lengthy period of Government formation. In 2016, this entire process took four months to complete. Fianna ...More Button

This is why Fianna Fáil will extend a guarantee that Government will be able to operate throughout 2019. This will allow the introduction of any emergency legislation and budgets, as well as the f...More Button

We have all seen in Northern Ireland what happens when political parties undermine the functioning of government at a moment of critical risk. Northern Ireland's position has suffered dramatical...More Button

Tomorrow morning, I will meet colleagues from throughout the European Union, including eight members of the European Council. I will tell them that Ireland will be a stable and reliable partner ...More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will report on recent comments by the Advocate General to the European Court of Justice on Article 50; and his views on whether the UK could revoke its withdrawal without approval by member s...More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: if her attention has been drawn to the percentage of companies that export to Britain that will be Brexit ready by 29 March 2019.More Button

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: the contingency plans for companies if sterling falls by 3% or more.More Button

Brexit Negotiations

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if his officials have assessed the advice of the UK Attorney General regarding the backstop provisions in the Brexit draft withdrawal agreement; and if he has sought legal advice on same.More Button

Constitutional Amendments

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the Citizens' Assembly will be requested to consider Article 41.2 of the Constitution.More Button

Referendum Campaigns

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will report on the involvement of his Department on plans for the forthcoming referendum on divorce in May 2019.More Button

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if he will report on the involvement of his Department on plans for the forthcoming referendum on plebiscites in May 2019.More Button

Disabilities Assessments

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason there are staff shortages in the offices of the National Disability Complaints Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that parents of children who have exceeded the waiting times for disability assessment in the south Lee area of County Cork are receiving letters from t...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the HSE has undertaken an investigation into the reason assessments for disability are longer in the south Lee area of County Cork; if the service providers provide private assessments on the sa...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to address the long waiting times for disability assessments in the south Lee area of County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a waiting list regarding complaints on delays in disability assessments in the south Lee area of County Cork; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to difficulties in providing inpatient services for women with breast cancer in CUMH due to constant overcrowding; if there are undue delays for women; the way in wh...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the recent letter that concerned staff in the breast care unit wrote to management to outline access problems and capital funding deficiencies for diagnostic equipment together with ot...More Button