Monthly Archives: November 2013

CLOSURE OF MSD A SHOCKING BLOW TO THE NORTHSIDE – BROUGHAN

The planned closure of pharmaceutical company, MSD Swords, with the reported loss of 570 jobs down to 2017 is a shocking blow to North Dublin and Fingal. I understand that employees have been informed this afternoon that 130 employees are to lose their jobs in 2014 (starting mid-year) and that the site will be phased out as a production facility by 2017.

DAIL SPEECH ON MOTION REGARDING ANGLO BOND REPAYMENTS

Motion presented by the Technical Group, Independent TDs and Sinn Féin:

That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government:

— to immediately lobby the European Central Bank for a one-off exemption from the
rules of monetary financing, to allow the Central Bank of Ireland to destroy the €25
billion in sovereign bonds issued in February of this year, in lieu of the remaining
Promissory Notes, plus the €3.06 billion bond also being held by the Central Bank of
Ireland in payment for the 2012 Promissory Note; and
— to cease any and all interest payments currently being made on those bonds.

DAIL SPEECH ON FORTHCOMING EXIT FROM EU AND IMF PROGRAMME

Looking at the euphoric faces of some Government Deputies last week when the announcement was made about the exit from the troika programme on 15 December, I was reminded of Martin Luther King’s great speech at the Lincoln Memorial in August 1969, when he said “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”. However, we are not free at last.