Collins, Michael

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I thank the Minister for bringing forward the Bill. There are certain aspects of it on which I would like further clarity but it is a move in the right direction and one we should have made long a...More Button

As regards verge cutting, rural Ireland, and in particular a huge percentage of the area I represent in Cork South-West, is in a state of disarray in respect of overgrowth on roadsides. I put fo...More Button

People, and Deputies in particular, in urban Ireland do not have a clue what is going on in rural Ireland. They go on about birds and bees but do not understand that the farmers of west Cork and...More Button

There should be no trial basis. It is common sense to cut verges and I will prove it to the Minister. Fair play to Cork County Council - I give praise where praise is due - it has come up with a ...More Button

When grant application forms were put on the table, every community council, all of which have a lot of environmental protection thoughts on their minds, jumped at the opportunity because they kn...More Button

This is a move in the right direction, but it should not be done on a trial basis. It should be simple and solid. We should cut verges because lives will be lost if they are not cut. It should...More Button

I will move on to another issue on which I seek clarity. It is the issue of burning. I am a farmer and met officials of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Portlaoise before I...More Button

We are lucky that Muintir na Tíre and Mr. Diarmuid Cronin are arranging for controlled burning. I hope that in the next few weeks all stakeholders will be around the table or rather on the groun...More Button

It is fine to talk about burning; it sounds beautiful for those living in an urban area who look out and see the Luas and beautiful taxis. They will not have to worry about briars, bushes and tr...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation (Continued)

It was agreed in the programme for Government that there would be rural-proofing of all Government policies. Where is the rural-proofing of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and the Road Traffic Bi...More Button

What about rural-proofing?More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 Report: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak about this extremely important issue which has been brought to light in the last year by a very brave Cork woman, Vera Twomey. She highlighted the p...More Button

I am aware that certain provisions of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 are unclear and that there are numerous technical issues with the legislation, including unintended legal...More Button

However, I do not accept the committee report outcome that the Bill should not advance to the next Stage because there are too many technicalities and problems facing the legislation in its current...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to reinstate the pension bands to their pre 2012 levels; his further plans to correct the pension anomalies that affected approximately 35,000 women; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

I have examined this matter and it has been going on for a number of years. It is shockingly unfair that the Minister will only seek to address it in the year 2020. It is totally unfair. These w...More Button

As I have pointed out, this is a violation of thousands of women's rights. We fight for women's rights every day. This is a complete violation of the rights of the women who worked hard in their ...More Button

General Practitioner Services

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to reverse the Financial Emergency Measures in Public Interest cuts on general practices which has had a devastating impact on rural general practitioners; the steps he will take to addre...More Button