Food Provenance Bill

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I support my colleague’s Bill. Few people can speak with as much authority on the subject as Senator Quinn. Few people have looked at the food supply industry as well as considered the needs and wants of consumers. Food, water and energy are the big three in determining our … 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


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

Health issues to raise during Ireland’s EU Presidency

I am a little newer to the political arena than the Minister but I am a fast learner, so while he is in the House I will shamelessly tack on some questions for the Minister’s consideration. Ireland will assume a senior role in Europe in January as the country takes on the European Union Presidency … Continue reading

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


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

Family Home Bill 2011

The key message that must go out from this House is that, collectively, the body politic understands the effect, at a micro level, of what has happened at the macro-economic level. We must demonstrate an understanding that decisions made at high levels which led to major economic problems have had serious consequences for individuals. The … 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