Archive for the category: ‘Views’

10. 10. 2013

Criminal Justice (Forensic Evidence and DNA Database System) Bill 2013

Dáil Éireann 9 October 2013   Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this Bill.   Harnessing scientific developments for the good of society is a key element of scientific advancement and this Bill seeks to do exactly that […]

10. 10. 2013

Private Members’ Business – Discretionary Medical Cards

Dáil Éireann 8 October 2013   Thank you for the opportunity to speak on Private Members’ Business.   Since July, I, like many other Deputies in this chamber, have met on a daily and weekly basis with constituents affected by […]

3. 10. 2013

Pedestrian crossing needed for Portumna residents – Connaughton

The lives of elderly residents in Portumna are being put at risk by the lack of a proper pedestrian crossing on the N65 in the vicinity of Portumna Retirement Village, according to Deputy Paul Connaughton. ‘In recent months I have […]

3. 10. 2013

Private Members Business – Mortgage Restructuring Arrangement Bill 2013

Dáil Éireann 2 October 2013   Firstly let me welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue of mortgage restructuring that this Bill presents.  However, I must oppose Deputy Collins’s Bill, which I believed to be flawed in that it fails […]

11. 7. 2013

Private Member’s Motion – Mortgage Arrears

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this motion. At the outset, I wish to state my support for the counter motion in this debate.  This Government took office following an economic crash of unprecedented proportions, which not alone […]

27. 6. 2013

Private Members’ Business: Motion re Special Educational Needs

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this Motion.   Firstly, I have to say that I very much welcome the decision by the Minister for Education  to sanction the 500 additional posts needed to maintain the current level […]

31. 5. 2013

Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013

Dáil Éireann 30 May 2013 Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this Bill. Following the economic crash of recent years thousands of people who never previously availed of Social Welfare payments found themselves forced to seek funds from […]

29. 5. 2013

Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013

    Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this Bill.  As this country continues to spend more than it earns, storing up debt for future generations, we must take on the difficult task of decreasing our expenditure until […]

13. 5. 2013

PMB – Organ donation

  Dáil Éireann 30 April 2013   I wish to support this motion and want to recognise the fact that much work has already been done on this issue and the Heads of Human Tissue Bill are an at an […]

13. 5. 2013

PMB Fodder Crisis

  Dáil Éireann 7/5/13   Thank you for the opportunity to speak on this motion.   Firstly, I would like to commend Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney on the action taken to date in terms of the fodder crisis, especially given […]