Monthly Archives: February 2012

Senator Mark Daly Speaks on the Proposed Referendum

Order of Business

29th of February 2012

Like everyone else, I welcome the proposed referendum. One of the main concerns in respect of the treaty is the role of the European Central Bank and the democratic deficit with which we could be left. Also, there is no reassurance in regard to our common consolidated tax base. There will be a great deal of scaremongering in the run up to the referendum. However, that is part of any debate. Issues such as Ireland being thrown out of Europe, the euro and the EU will be up for debate.

It was stated by a colleague opposite that in my comments I was castigating the Germans. However, I was in that regard quoting German Ministers. The German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schåuble, has proposed that Greece should delay its elections and that a technocrat cabinet should be put in place to run Greece. It is little wonder people are saying the Germans are running Europe. It is little wonder they are saying that when the Germans themselves are proposing that Europe will be run according to their wishes.

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Senator Mark Daly Speaks on the Need for a Referendum

Tuesday 28th February 2012

Order of Business

On the issue of the democratic deficit, another German Minister said today that an offer would be made to Greece that it could not refuse to get out of the euro. The Germans are running the show. They already got rid of the Prime Minister of Greece and the Prime Minister of Italy and are telling Greece it will be given a chance and an offer it cannot refuse. Only the Italian mob would make an offer one could not refuse. The German Ministers are telling Greece they will make an offer. We are turning ourselves into a federal Europe but it is not a federal Europe being run by the EU states, it is being run by Germany. I hope the Government gives us the opportunity to have a referendum in order that the people can have their say because the people of Greece and Italy do not have a say. If the Government has its way the people of Ireland will not have their say.

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Research Paper on Irish Senate Representation for the Irish in the North, Overseas and our 70 million strong diaspora

In my role as Senate Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora I have been involved in the ongoing discussions and debate on Senate Reform, An element of these discussions has been looking at ways to have Senate Representation for the Irish in the North, Overseas and our 70 million strong diaspora.

Procedures for opening up voting to citizens residing abroad

 

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Senator Daly Speaks on speaks on the Fiscal Compact Treaty

Order of Business

23/02/12

Senator Mark Daly:

According to the German Minister for European affairs the Attorney General was consulted on the fiscal compact. He said she knew all about it and was consulted every step of the way to ensure that we avoided a referendum. The Government tried hard to avoid a referendum and it might well succeed, which is a failing of democracy because if it was afraid of facing the people that does not say much about this country or the proposal being put before them on the fiscal compact.

Under Article 56 of the Constitution the Attorney General can come into this House and explain to us whether she was consulted every step of the way on the fiscal compact. Is the German Minister for European affairs telling us the truth when he says that we were consulted or is our Minister lying to us?

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Senator Daly calls on the Leader to Arrange for a Debate on the New Constitutional Convention

Order of Business

22 of February 2012

Senator Mark Daly:

Ireland and the EU have a democratic deficit. The direction the EU is taking is not democratic in nature. Since the failure of the euro started, we have seen that it was designed to fail. According to many commentators, it was not structured correctly. The new EU structures being put in place are also designed to fail. They lack consultation with—–

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:

The Senator is living in his own world.

An Cathaoirleach:

Could we have Senator Daly without interruption, please?

Senator Mark Daly:

If Senator Healy Eames believes that a lack of consultation with the citizens of Europe—–

Senator Fidelma Healy Eames:

The Senator stated, “designed to fail”.

An Cathaoirleach:

Senator Daly without interruption.

Senator Mark Daly:

If one designs a democratic structure without consulting the people—–

Senator Darragh O’Brien:

Senator Healy Eames complains about education cuts in her constituency, but then she enters the House to vote for them. That is apparent.

Senator David Cullinane:

Will Fianna Fáil support the referendum?

An Cathaoirleach:

Could we have Senator Daly without interruption, please?

Senator Mark Daly:

I am not saying that the Senator opposite is part of the political elite, but the political class and the bureaucrats are telling the citizens of Europe how it should be run.

An Cathaoirleach:

Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:

Yes. We need a debate on this issue. I welcome the constitutional convention, which is a positive step taken by the Government. It is consulting the people. It will select 100 people from all walks of life to feed into this welcome process. I suggest that Europe should travel in a similar direction when designing its new structures instead of following its current path, whereby the French and Germans are telling everyone how Europe should be structured—–

An Cathaoirleach:

Has the Senator a question for the Leader?

Senator Mark Daly:

Will the Leader arrange for a debate on the new constitutional convention? It is important that the issues under discussion and the proposed changes be debated in the House. We could have a series of debates. To the Senator opposite, Europe—–

Senator Marie Moloney:

Senator Daly must address the Chair.

Senator Mark Daly:

If she replied to me, I will reply to her.

An Cathaoirleach:

The Senator has asked his question and has gone over time. I call Senator Paul Coghlan.

Senator Mark Daly:

If Senator Healy Eames believes that Europe is democratic in nature while the Germans and French dictate to everyone how it should be run, she is the one who is not living in the real world.

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