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Monthly archive April, 2012

Speech | Lack of transparency & accountability in plans for Irish Water

Stephen’s speech on the establishment of Irish Water in the Dáil on Thursday, April 26, 2012. At its most elementary this measure is about charging people for water.  Solid arguments have been made for charging people for water but 1.6 million people in this country live in households that are left with less than €100...

Questioning Noonan | On NAMA’s role in the promissory notes deal

Stephen asked Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance: if, in view of his statement in Dáil Éireann on 18 March that the money which we accessed for bridging finance from the National Assets Management Agency was money which is due to be repaid to the ECB for the loans it gave to NAMA to acquire...

Questioning Noonan | On Bank of Ireland’s role in the promissory note deal

Stephen asked Michael Noonan: in view of the arrangement on the March 2012 promissory note payment, if it is the case that, instead of borrowing the money for this payment from the Troika facility at 3.5%, the Government and State owned corporations will now be borrowing it at 2.35% from Bank of Ireland; if it...

Over 300 people attend debate in Bray on fiscal compact

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly has said that he is delighted with the public meeting he held in Bray last Friday to discuss the upcoming European referendum. Over 300 people attended and in a first for a meeting of its type, the event was streamed live on the internet, watched by over 1,000 people around Ireland...

What most needs to change? | Here’s what you said

I recently asked in my weekly email what you thought were the most urgent changes needed in Irish politics. Here’s what you thought. If you don’t already get the email, you can sign up here. Continue to question the system and involve citizens in the debate. Mahon and Moriarty have described a political landscape which...

Questioning Hogan | On the tendering process for Irish Water

Stephen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:  if he will provide a full report on the tendering process for the contract to run the Irish Water company; the number of entities that competed for the tender and the public sector, semi State or private sector breakdown.