Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 728 No. 7

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Leaders’ Questions

During yesterday’s statements on the Moriarty tribunal, the Taoiseach spoke for half an hour and during that time he managed many attacks on Fianna Fáil but he did not make a single statement concerni...More Button

I am well aware of the constitutional situation and I am well aware that the Dáil cannot force a Member out in circumstances such as this. However, a motion of censure makes it very clear the unanimo...More Button

Forget that now. The Taoiseach should answer the question.More Button

We all know that.More Button

Does the Taoiseach accept the findings?More Button

Does the Taoiseach accept them?More Button

That is all agreed.More Button

Does the Taoiseach accept the findings of the Moriarty tribunal?More Button

I accepted it already; it is on record.More Button

No it is not actually, Deputy Shatter.More Button

I know all that. Does the Taoiseach accept the findings or not?More Button

It is extraordinary that the Taoiseach would not go on the record in terms of the findings of the report.More Button

It is an extraordinary position that the Taoiseach of this country will not say whether he accepts findings of fact of the tribunal.More Button

It is not acceptable. It is unprecedented.More Button

This is the——More Button

——biggest political scandal in the history of the State and the Taoiseach cannot comment on——More Button

——the findings of fact of a judge of a tribunal that was established unanimously by this House.More Button

It is a disgrace.More Button

We dealt with all of that in here.More Button

How come?More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Cabinet Sub-Committees

In terms of the programme for Government, in the Taoiseach’s opening remarks in establishing a Government he emphasised the necessity for joined-up Government. Nowhere is that more critical than in t...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Social Partnership

Asked the minister: his views on social partnership and his plans for social partnership over the coming years.More Button

I understand we are taking all the questions on social partnership together. We have asked for the Taoiseach’s views on social partnership. I have listened carefully to what the Taoiseach has said a...More Button

Does the Taoiseach intend to re-establish social partnership as we knew it, in terms of engaging with the farming organisations, the trade union movement, the employers’ representatives and the commun...More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions - Official Engagements

Asked the minister: if he discussed with US President Barack Obama the withdrawal of funds for the International Fund for Ireland; and if he has any plans to pursue this matter further with Congress.More Button

It is welcome that the visit to the United States was a success on many fronts. It bears out the importance of such visits. When I was Minister for Foreign Affairs, they were subject to attack from ...More Button

Yes.More Button

Order of Business

I do not want to deliberate too long on this matter but it is incorrect to say that Dáil Éireann cannot express its belief that a Deputy’s behaviour merits his or her resignation from the House. On p...More Button

No, no.More Button

At least the Taoiseach said it with a smile.More Button

Bord Fáilte.More Button

Moriarty Tribunal Report: Statements (Resumed)

I seek clarification——More Button

I suggest that we suspend for five minutes until the Taoiseach arrives.More Button

The reason is that the Taoiseach indicated there would be——More Button

We did communicate with the Ceann Comhairle’s office.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle——More Button

The position of the Opposition parties should be respected.More Button

If I may make a comment——More Button

The Taoiseach made it clear that he would come to the House. I will explain why this is important. We have only 60 minutes and we have not been given any indication of how this will be divided betwe...More Button

I want to put on the record that it is unacceptable that the Taoiseach is not present. He said he would be here to answer specific questions about Fine Gael funding.More Button

Yes. As I outlined yesterday in my speech, on 2 March 1995 a memorandum went to Cabinet setting out the process for the awarding of the mobile licence. The guidelines were clear, as outlined by the ...More Button

I am not adding to the report.More Button

May I just raise——More Button

Will the Ceann Comhairle explain how this question and answer process will work?More Button

Is the Ceann Comhairle not going to explain it?More Button

I do not think the Ceann Comhairle is being fair.More Button

We made suggestions in advance as to how this should proceed. The Taoiseach has just arrived in the Chamber and I have been denied an opportunity to ask him a question.More Button

This is not being done in a satisfactory manner.More Button

I happen to be leader of the main Opposition party and the Ceann Comhairle should take this on board.More Button

This is farcical at this stage.More Button

Earlier in the debate I was in my office reading and I watched a procession of Ministers come forward to speak in the debate, ably led by the ever-constructive Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dep...More Button

Will the Taoiseach deal with the question I asked him?More Button

The Taoiseach does not understand its seriousness.More Button

It is about a contract with the Taoiseach’s Government.More Button

Was the party fund-raising wrong?More Button

We just want answers to the questions. There is no point in having——More Button

There is no point in asking questions if we do not get the answers.More Button

All I want is answers.More Button

Ceann Comhairle, you have asked for co-operation——More Button

I want to say it on the record.More Button

I want to place it on the record that we communicated with your office, a Cheann Comhairle, before this debate and you did not respond.More Button

It is a farcical way to do business.More Button

The Ceann Comhairle should communicate and allow the Whips to communicate with your office.More Button

That is not the point. It is the manner and nature of the debate that got us all into this farce.More Button

An attempt was made to clarify this that would have made for a smoother operation if we were responded to by your office, a Cheann Comhairle, and by the other Whip, but there was no response.More Button

I did not do that; the Moriarty report did that. Is the Minister talking to me?More Button

I did not say that.More Button

It is in the Moriarty report, the substance of my contribution. The Minister has studiously avoided it.More Button

The Bill is there.More Button

Written Answers - Programmes for Government

Asked the minister: the major policy documents (details supplied) developed by the previous Government which will be pursued by the current Government. More Button

Asked the minister: the major policy documents (details supplied) developed by the previous Government which will be pursued by the current Government. More Button

Asked the minister: the major policy documents (details supplied) developed by the previous Government which will be pursued by the current Government. More Button

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