Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill


I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, to the House. I have always found it a great pleasure to deal with her as she is helpful, co-operative and respectful to us here. I will say a few words about the Bill and ask the Minister of State to go on the record with … Read more

Generic drugs, pharmaceuticals, reform of the health service.

[Speaking on the Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2013] … I speak from the perspective of having worked in the health service. The issue of drugs is deadly simple. The Government should pass a law to make it mandatory to use generic drugs unless there is a specific doctor-ordered exception to the rule, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more