Dail Speeches

30 Jun

Welfare of Greyhounds Bill 2011: Second Stage (30 Jun 2011)

  I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. This Bill became necessary because of the enactment of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010. This legislation was rushed through the House on 8 July 2010 by the previous Government. All Stages of the Bill were taken in one afternoon having spent four months in […]

31 May

Criminal Justice Bill 2011: Second Stage “White Collar Crime” (31 May 2011)

  It should not go unnoticed that the first significant piece of criminal justice legislation introduced by the Government concerns white collar crime. This legislation sends out a clear message, that white collar crime will no longer be tolerated in this country. Let us make no mistake, peoples tolerance of white collar crime is wearing […]

24 May

Private Members Motion : Agriculture (24 May 2011)

Food Harvest 2020 outlines the potential future for Irish agriculture. It contains ambitious targets in relation to the dairy, beef, pig and sheep sectors. I have some reservations about what is happening and on how Irish farmers are to be facilitated to meet the targets to which I refer. A 50% increase in milk production […]