Organ Donation and Transplants

[Speaking in the Seanad on SI 325 of 2012 – European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012: Motion] I generally compliment the tone of the debate. I note, however, that it has been commented by one of my colleagues that Senator Daly, who deserves huge credit for his initiative … Continue reading

EU-proposed changes to clinical trials approval and data protection which could adversely effect cancer research; drug pricing strategy of pharmaceuticals; campaign to end tobacco trade

Speaking during the Address to Seanad Éireann by Nessa Childers, MEP I welcome Ms Childers, who has been a wonderful ambassador for our country in the European Parliament. I speak as a committed European and, in many ways, as an anti-nationalist with a small “n”. I have this theory that, in 50 or 100 years … Continue reading

‘Emergency’ legislation & the liquidation of Anglo

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All I can say at this hour of the morning is that I hope that poisoned chalice everybody refers to is full of Red Bull. Otherwise, we will have some difficulty getting through the next hour or so. There have been frequent references to how inadvisable it is to have people making critical decisions in … Continue reading

Predicting Earthquakes…..

italian scientists earthquake

Will the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade express his concern to our Italian European colleagues about the conviction yesterday of a group of scientists and seismologists who committed the offence of not being able to predict an earthquake? This is perhaps one of the most bizarre bits of modern jurisprudence I have … Continue reading

Addressing the Taoiseach in relation to the EU and Ireland’s Presidency of the European Council

EURIRE

This son of a Leitrim emigrant who became a taxi driver in New York is honoured to have the opportunity to address the Taoiseach in this House. I ask him to put one big picture item on his agenda for the Presidency, namely, a more fundamental investigation of the real nature of the current economic … Continue reading

If our bankers had been doctors they’d have told us all to smoke

The Taoiseach needs to tell the Germans their banks’ mad gambles were to blame as well. WHILE I believe that Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s comments at Davos have been exploited by those with political axes to grind, the remarks themselves were inaccurate, and the venue chosen to utter them — the World Economic Forum — was … Continue reading

Call for ‘democracy’ debate to discuss surrender of national sovereignty to EU and parliamentary reform

I propose that … the Taoiseach might come before the House to discuss the future of democracy in this country. I do not wish to be overly dramatic but the Taoiseach is a member of a party which prides itself on having — with some small exceptions during its history — a great adherence to … Continue reading

We have no duty to pay debts of international gamblers

While stopping short of unilaterally defaulting, the time has come to renegotiate with our creditors. “Si vis pacem, para bellum — If you want peace, prepare for war” — Vegetius To read some of the commentary over the last week, one would be forgiven for reaching the conclusion that Ireland was about to be plunged … Continue reading

Robin Hood, Monty Python and the IMF

Robin Hood

Anyone remember the Monty python sketch about the somewhat confused and incompetent highwayman, Dennis Moore, who in a reverse take on Robin Hood, robbed from the poor and gave to the rich? It would appear that Monty Python’s influence extends to the economic policies of our government, and to its Euro-IMF-Banking-Puppeteers. The Minister for Finance … Continue reading