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Archive for March, 2006

Gay Byrne the Right Man to Promote Road Safety to Young Drivers?

If those to whom problems are addressed, in this case the young people who are the main culprits and offenders in road accidents, do not identify with the people appointed to administer and regulate those problems, we may have made a wrong appointment.

Anyone reading three of this morning’s newspapers will see a photograph on the front pages of the Minister for Transport and Mr. Gay Byrne. Certain people get a great political advantage for a day in making appointments of high-profile people who are charismatic on television. However, it may not necessarily be more than a gimmick in terms of the good of the nation. It is an extremely serious problem.”

Apologies for Terrorism from Government should not be Tolerated

Reacting to comments by Senator Mary White in the wake of ETA’s ceasefire, I told the Seanad that apologies for terrorism from Government benches should not be tolerated.

I am concerned about the apologies for terrorism emanating from the Government benches. If Senator White wants to use the Seanad to praise the president of Sinn Féin and his 14 years striving for peace, she should join that party. (more…)

Government Fails to Understand the Importance of Broadband

A special committee report published last week concluded that Government progress on broadband has been ‘almost non-existent’.

It reveals the Government’s startling ignorance of the importance of broadband provision. (more…)

What Plans are there to Prevent Deaths from TB?

Following reports of an outbreak of TB in Dublin, the time has come to pose this difficult question. As a child, I had TB and was in hospital for quite a long time. It was a depressing time and a lot of people died in beds around me. I would hate to see that sort of situation arise again, particularly concerning children. It was a real epidemic. [TB] is an extraordinarily infectious disease. I would like the Tánaiste and Minister for Health to attend the House to state how she intends to prevent an outbreak of TB, which could be very serious and totally unnecessary.

Oireachtas and Government, not Unions and Employers, should take Decisions on Aer Lingus

I am seeking a debate on Aer Lingus. I gather that a decision on the privatisation of the airline is due shortly. I want such a debate because I fear that the decision will be taken outside this House. It will be taken at the partnership talks and there is a coincidence of timing here. The decision, however, should be taken by the Oireachtas and the Government – not by the unions and employers.

Opposition to the Nitrates Directive is Opportunistic and Sacrifices Public Health Concerns

The nitrates directive was first meant to come into force in 1991. It amazes me that it did not come into force much earlier and that successive Governments have resisted its implementation for so long. The Minister should be commended for hastening this in his early days in office, and the directive should have been implemented a long time ago.

It is not particularly easy for a Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to put such a directive in place because he is quite certain, particularly given the constituency he represents, to meet the sort of resistance which we are coming across in the House today. That resistance is purely opportunistic and panders to the farming lobby at the expense of the rest of us. (more…)