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Monthly archive November, 2013
Forgive us our tresspasses, i.e. the promissory note

Forgive us our tresspasses, i.e. the promissory note

On November 27 I spoke on motion to destroy the bonds formerly known as the promissory notes. It read as follows. “That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the...
What does the Taoiseach make of Anglo Irish Bank's debts?

What does the Taoiseach make of Anglo Irish Bank’s debts?

On November 26, 2013 the technical group put forward a motion saying the following: “That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the €25 billion in sovereign bonds issued in...
Tanaiste agrees that we should legislate for Assisted Suicide

Tanaiste agrees that we should legislate for Assisted Suicide

Yesterday a woman was charged under Section 2 of the 1993 Criminal Law Act with the crime of assisting the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer. The case is of particular interest to me as a constituent of mine, Marie Fleming, has had lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years. Earlier this year, Marie and...
Post Bailout: no safety net required

Post Bailout: no safety net required

On November 14, 2013, the Government announced that Ireland would be exiting the bailout programme without availing of any precautionary credit line. It’s a bold decision, which isn’t without its risks. The above clip is my response to the announcement in the chamber, moments after it was made.
Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Myself and Minister Brendan Howlin discuss the need for exemptions in the new Freedom of Information legislation. I’m not sure why exemptions are needed given that the legislation also covers commercial sensitivity, so I asked the Minister. His answers offered little clarity.
Who needs international expert opinions?

Who needs international expert opinions?

I asked Enda Kenny what he made of the international expert opinion that was scathing about the Government’s proposed Freedom of Information Legislation. The Taoiseach wasn’t convinced of their bona fides, but here’s what some of them had to say: ARTICLE 19, a Human Rights organisation that focusses on FOI: ARTICLE 19 strongly opposes the...