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Monthly archive September, 2011

Donnelly welcomes prioritisation of N11 upgrade

Wicklow Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has welcomed the statement by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar that the N11 upgrade is the first priority nationally for upgrades to the roads network. At a meeting yesterday, the Minister confirmed that the upgrade of the N11 from Arklow to Rathnew was due to go ahead within 12-24 months....

Dáil Speech: European Financial Stability Facility

Noonan Indicates Support for Quantitave Easing

At the Committee Stage of the EFSF Bill, Stephen questioned the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, on his thinking on some of the key issues underlying the Bill. The Minister, speaking diplomatically, indicated support for Stephen’s position that quantitative easing should be a key response to the eurozone debt crisis. “I will put the issue...

Dáil Speech: European Financial Stability Facility

Deputy Stephen Donnelly: This Bill, taken on its own, is worthy of support. It will bring about a significant increase in the lending capacity of Europe. It will give Ireland a significant interest rate reduction and a much-needed decrease in our annual payments on our debt. It will give the fund the ability to intervene in...

Ireland’s Education System in Crisis

This article was originally posted on thejournal.ie and it received a huge response. Click here to view the response. If you’re trying to understand what has Ireland into the state it’s in today, the recent revelations about maths standards in our schools are a good place to start. It’s not simply that we’re bad at...

Finance Committee: Stephen & Brendan Howlin

The following is an excerpt from the debate at the Finance, Publin Expenditure & Reform Committee, on 21 September 2011. Stephen Donnelly I view the change management remit as one of the most important within the new Government. I am slightly concerned that it appears as if things are happening slower than was planned in...