DÁIL QUESTIONS WITH MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT ON MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF DISQUALIFIED DRIVERS

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to his correspondence with the Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our roads group in October 2015, in which he said that a new agreement to provide for the mutual recognition of driver disqualification was signed on 30 October 2015 by Ireland and the United Kingdom, that legislation to underpin this agreement was at an advanced stage of drafting with the Office of Parliamentary Counsel and that a Bill was expected to be published in November 2015 and enacted by the end of 2015, if the drafting of this legislation has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [44883/15]

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: After the UK pulled out of the EU Convention on Driving Disqualifications this time last year, the Minister undertook to use the planned road traffic legislation, which he brought to the Cabinet on Tuesday, to bring about a regularisation of this country’s arrangements with the UK. It has taken the Government a full year to legislate for this issue, which is of great importance to the Border region, in particular. I understand most of that time was spent renegotiating our mutual recognition agreement with the UK. A number of further months have passed since that was concluded. I accept that the other key part of this legislation, which relates to drug-driving, is very important. The Government has stuck mutual recognition in with that. Organisations like the PARC road safety group are asking why the mutual recognition aspect of the proposed Bill has not been advanced more quickly on its own. They believe that should have been done because this is such an important issue. Has the Road Safety Authority been informed of Northern disqualifications? If so, how many such disqualifications has it been informed of in the current year? Have we informed the Northern Ireland authorities in reverse?

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy knows, saving lives by improving road behaviour is at the heart of the road safety measures that have been taken here and in the UK. In the past, it was possible for a driver who committed a serious road traffic offence in one jurisdiction and was detected and prosecuted, resulting in a driving disqualification, to return home and continue to drive without any recourse being available to apply that disqualification in his or her home country. Arrangements for the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications between Ireland and the UK, based on the EU Convention on Driving Disqualifications and primary legislation in both jurisdictions, were in place from January 2010 to November 2014, with an average of 140 disqualifications being transferred between the two jurisdictions each year.  Those arrangements changed for the reasons outlined by the Deputy. When they were in place, a driving disqualification received in the other jurisdiction was recognised in the driver’s home country or country of normal residence.  A new agreement between Ireland and the UK on the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications was signed on 30 October 2015. I am taking the first opportunity available to me – the road traffic Bill that was agreed by the Cabinet yesterday – to make provision for that in legislation. The drafting of the Bill has been completed and the Government approved it yesterday.  My aim is to publish the Bill soon. I hope to have it published before the end of the year. While it will not be passed by the Oireachtas early in the new year, I assure Deputy Broughan that I aim to have it introduced in the Oireachtas in January so that its passage through these Houses may begin. I believe a number of measures in the Bill will make a prompt contribution to better road safety for 2016.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: While I welcome the commitment to introduce this Bill, it is a pity the part of it that is the subject of my question could not have been passed more quickly. I accept that the other issue is very important as well. Ten years ago, I proposed in this House that we should adopt the drug-driving regime that was being used in the state of Victoria in Australia. It has taken a decade for legislation to be introduced to address this issue. Surely the Minister could have fast-tracked the mutual recognition aspect of this legislation to get it passed before this House is dissolved in the new year. A number of us will not be in this House after the general election. The Minister and I might not be Members of the 32nd Dáil. The legislation to which I refer is of great importance in Border areas. How will this process actually work? When the Road Safety Authority gets the information from Northern Ireland, will it go to the District Court to seek to have someone who has been the subject of a disqualification in Northern Ireland disqualified here? I think that was the older mechanism that was used. Will it be used again under this process? I have raised some of these matters on Topical Issues on two occasions. The Minister was not able to attend those debates because he was on European business. The Minister of State, Deputy English, deputised for him. I asked two critical questions about disqualifications, but I did not receive any satisfactory answers. I would like to put those questions again briefly. First, we often hear from solicitors etc., that there is no actual requirement in law for the Courts Service to record the licence of a disqualified driver. Is that the case? If so, do we need legislation? Second, the Minister has told me we do not need legislation on the question of breathalyser results in English and Irish. Prosecutions are not proceeding as a result of the chaotic situation that exists in this regard. Can the Minister tell us what will be done about that, particularly in light of Judge Marie Keane’s recent judgment? She threw out 21 cases over summonses that were wrongly worded, in her view.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: Before I answer the Deputy’s questions, I would like to anticipate the possibility that I will not get an opportunity to speak about all of these road safety matters after Christmas.

I acknowledge that the Deputy and the other Deputies present today have made a significant contribution to addressing the issue of road safety in this Dáil. It is a matter that is treated differently from other matters we debate. As of earlier this week, 34 fewer people were killed on our roads compared to this time last year. That is a very significant change to which all the Deputies have contributed.

The Deputy asked me a number of significant questions. He asked why could I not do this sooner. The reason is that the agreement between both jurisdictions was signed on 30 October and the first opportunity I have had to bring it in is in the road traffic Bill, which I have just brought to Cabinet. On the issue of where we are in terms of the serving of statements regarding the electronic breathalyser test devices in Irish, when I dealt with the matter in the past, it was subject to a court hearing. I was advised that we would win that matter but, as the Deputy knows, we did not. We were ruled against. The next day I signed the statutory instrument to deal with that matter. A number of cases are before the courts and I will not comment on them because it is up to the judges to evaluate and make decisions on them. The Office of the Chief State Solicitor is considering what action could be taken on them and I await its response. I will not comment on any cases the courts are currently evaluating. I always do my best to take Topical Issue matters when I am here. I was not here, as the Deputy acknowledged, for the debate on that issue. I will find out what questions the Deputy raised and I will write to him within the next seven days with an answer on them.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: I would welcome that particularly on the two issues the Minister mentioned and whether legislation is required regarding the recording of licences by the Courts Service, given that there has been so much controversy about that. The Ceann Comhairle ruled out two questions I tried to ask about Judge Marie Keane’s judgment on 12 November 2015, when she dismissed 21 cases on the basis of failure to present licences because, as she said, the summonses were worded incorrectly. They did not include a reference to the penalties people would incur if they did not bring their licences or have them ready for presentation. I asked whether that has been appealed to the Director of Public Prosecutions. It seems there are many matters in regard to the broader issue under mutual recognition that need to be addressed and in respect of which we need to bring forward legislation.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: We have to acknowledge that the vast majority of road traffic cases are successfully prosecuted. To take the application of penalty points alone, more than 84% of penalty point cases before the courts—–

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The Minister is inadvertently misleading the Dáil—–

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: The Minister has the floor.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: I have asked a series of questions about this matter, about adjournments and about cases that are not completed, cases that are withdrawn and cases that are thrown out. He cannot cite that figure of 84%.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: This is the Minister’s time to respond.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Did the Minister read Judge Hamill’s speech to the Law Reform Commission in which he made some very pertinent points about what is a fairly chaotic situation?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Deputy, the Minister has the floor.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The Minister said this in the past when, unfortunately, I could not be present but that is not the case. We need more information from the Courts Service before we can start talking about percentages.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: I can understand why the Deputy wants to make that point given that he made a number of statements on the matter. The Courts Service then had to clarify the interpretation of statistics.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: That is a disingenuous answer.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Deputy, please.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: The Deputy has made his points. He put forward an analysis with respect to some of those statistics, which he is perfectly entitled to do. A week later the Courts Service gave a very different interpretation with respect to the figures he offered.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: It left out a lot of information.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Allow the Minister to conclude.

Deputy Paschal Donohoe: The advice the Deputy has just offered me is advice that goes both ways in regard to the analysis of statistics that come out of our court system. I stand by the point I made that any road traffic offence that goes before the courts is one the Judiciary independently has to evaluate and make its mind up on. The vast majority of such cases that go before the courts are successfully prosecuted.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Thank you, Minister. I must move on to the next question.

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Tommy's speech on Project Ireland 2040

Tommy's speech on Vulture Funds
Tommy's speech on Vulture Funds

Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Housing
Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Housing

Tommy's speech on Section 39 Organisations
Tommy's speech on Section 39 Organisations

Tommy's speech on teacher shortages
Tommy's speech on teacher shortages

Tommy PQs with Finance on LPT
Tommy PQs with Finance on LPT

Topical Issue on Carillion
Topical Issue on Carillion

Tommy's PQs with Minister for Business on Co-ops
Tommy's PQs with Minister for Business on Co-ops

Tommy's speech on the McCartan Report on the Stardust
Tommy's speech on the McCartan Report on the Stardust

Tommy's speech on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2017

Tommy's PQ to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Kurdistan
Tommy's PQ to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on Kurdistan

Tommy's speech on the Topical Issue Debate on joyriding and antisocial behaviour in DBN
Tommy's speech on the Topical Issue Debate on joyriding and antisocial behaviour in DBN

Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on the Civil Service
Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on the Civil Service

Tommy's PQs with Minister for Children on homelessness
Tommy's PQs with Minister for Children on homelessness

Tommy PQs with Defence on personnel
Tommy PQs with Defence on personnel

Tommy's speech on Social Welfare Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on Social Welfare Bill 2017

Tommy's Amendment 3 on the Social Welfare Bill 2017
Tommy's Amendment 3 on the Social Welfare Bill 2017

Tommy's Amendment 14 on the Social Welfare Bill 2017
Tommy's Amendment 14 on the Social Welfare Bill 2017

Tommy's PQ with Housing on Homeless Children
Tommy's PQ with Housing on Homeless Children

Tommy's Priority PQ with Health on PKU and Kuvan
Tommy's Priority PQ with Health on PKU and Kuvan

Tommy's speech on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017

Tommy's speech on Multi-Party Actions
Tommy's speech on Multi-Party Actions

Tommy's Leaders Question on Community Policing
Tommy's Leaders Question on Community Policing

Tommy's Topical Issues Debate on Irish Rail
Tommy's Topical Issues Debate on Irish Rail

Tommy's speech on Private Rented Standards
Tommy's speech on Private Rented Standards

Tommy's speech on Medicinal Cannabis
Tommy's speech on Medicinal Cannabis

Tommy's speech on Tracker Mortgages
Tommy's speech on Tracker Mortgages

Tommy's speech on Women's Pensions
Tommy's speech on Women's Pensions

Tommy's speech on Animal Welfare
Tommy's speech on Animal Welfare

Tommy's PQ on Energy Poverty
Tommy's PQ on Energy Poverty

Tommy's speech on Budget 2018
Tommy's speech on Budget 2018

Tommy's question with Minister Ross on Unaccompanied Drivers
Tommy's question with Minister Ross on Unaccompanied Drivers

Tommy's speech on Aer Lingus Pensions
Tommy's speech on Aer Lingus Pensions

Tommy's PQ with Agriculture on greyhound_industry
Tommy's PQ with Agriculture on greyhound_industry

Tommy's speech on Brexit Sept 17
Tommy's speech on Brexit Sept 17

Tommy's speech on Srebrenica
Tommy's speech on Srebrenica

Tommy's Leaders' Questions on National Debt
Tommy's Leaders' Questions on National Debt

Tommy's speech on Right to Housing
Tommy's speech on Right to Housing

Tommy's speech on Water Services Bill
Tommy's speech on Water Services Bill

Tommy's Topical Issue on  Family Hubs
Tommy's Topical Issue on Family Hubs

Tommy's question to Education on Student Loans
Tommy's question to Education on Student Loans

Tommy's speech on Pre-European Council Meeting
Tommy's speech on Pre-European Council Meeting

Tommy's speech on Building Standards
Tommy's speech on Building Standards

Tommy's question with Agriculture on Export of Greyhounds
Tommy's question with Agriculture on Export of Greyhounds

Tommy's speech on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017

Tommy's Priority PQ with Communications on An Post
Tommy's Priority PQ with Communications on An Post

Tommy's question with the Minister for Jobs on Dept Funding
Tommy's question with the Minister for Jobs on Dept Funding

Tommy's speech on Bin Charges
Tommy's speech on Bin Charges

Tommy's speech on the Rugby World Cup 2023 Bill
Tommy's speech on the Rugby World Cup 2023 Bill

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Funding for Section 39 orgs
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Funding for Section 39 orgs

Tommy's speech on Dublin Transport
Tommy's speech on Dublin Transport

Tommy's question with the Minister for Children on aftercare
Tommy's question with the Minister for Children on aftercare

Tommy's Topical Issue on IWA and funding
Tommy's Topical Issue on IWA and funding

Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on CETA
Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on CETA

Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on Brexit and Motor Industry
Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on Brexit and Motor Industry

Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on zero hour contracts
Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on zero hour contracts

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on Homeless Families
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on Homeless Families

Tommy's speech on HEMPI
Tommy's speech on HEMPI

Tommy's speech on Motion on Hospital Health Services
Tommy's speech on Motion on Hospital Health Services

Tommy's speech  on Competition (Amendment) Bill
Tommy's speech on Competition (Amendment) Bill

Tommy's speech on AIIB
Tommy's speech on AIIB

Tommy's speech on Taoiseach's new Gov
Tommy's speech on Taoiseach's new Gov

Tommy's speech on proposed sale of AIB Shares
Tommy's speech on proposed sale of AIB Shares

Tommy's speech on Ireland and negotiations on Brexit
Tommy's speech on Ireland and negotiations on Brexit

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Student Loans
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Student Loans

Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on IDA Business Parks
Tommy's questions with the Minister for Jobs on IDA Business Parks

Tommy's questions to the Tánaiste on Garda Breath-test errors
Tommy's questions to the Tánaiste on Garda Breath-test errors

Tommy introducting the Welfare of Greyhound (Amendment) Bill 2017
Tommy introducting the Welfare of Greyhound (Amendment) Bill 2017

Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on Update on Stardust
Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on Update on Stardust

Tommy's questions to the Minister for Finance on NTMA
Tommy's questions to the Minister for Finance on NTMA

Tommy's Statement on Brexit April 2017
Tommy's Statement on Brexit April 2017

Topical Issue Debate on the Bus Éireann Strike
Topical Issue Debate on the Bus Éireann Strike

Tommy's question with the Minister for Education on 3rd level education funding
Tommy's question with the Minister for Education on 3rd level education funding

Tommy's question with Minister Flanagan on passport office
Tommy's question with Minister Flanagan on passport office

Tommy's speech on Motion on Garda Commissioner
Tommy's speech on Motion on Garda Commissioner

Tommy's question on GNI Star
Tommy's question on GNI Star

Tommy's speech on ESC Rights Bill
Tommy's speech on ESC Rights Bill

Tommy's speech on the Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017
Tommy's speech on the Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017

Tommy's speech on the Right to Access Bill
Tommy's speech on the Right to Access Bill

Tommy's speech on the remainder of The Disability Bill
Tommy's speech on the remainder of The Disability Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Noonan on Brexit
Tommy's questions with Minister Noonan on Brexit

Tommy's questions with Minister for Education on DEIS schools
Tommy's questions with Minister for Education on DEIS schools

Tommy's questions with PER on Seanad move
Tommy's questions with PER on Seanad move

Tommy's speech on the Victims of Crime Bill
Tommy's speech on the Victims of Crime Bill

Tommy's speech on Universal Jurisdiction
Tommy's speech on Universal Jurisdiction

Tommy's Opening Speech on the Stardust Motion
Tommy's Opening Speech on the Stardust Motion

Tommy's 2 PQs with Minister Donohue
Tommy's 2 PQs with Minister Donohue

Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Equality
Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Equality

Tommy's PQ on the Capital Expenditure Programme
Tommy's PQ on the Capital Expenditure Programme

Tommy's speech on the Disability Bill
Tommy's speech on the Disability Bill

Tommy's speech on Bus Éireann Motion
Tommy's speech on Bus Éireann Motion

Tommy's Dáil questions on Howth Harbour
Tommy's Dáil questions on Howth Harbour

Tommy's Dáil questions with Minister Ross on RSA and licences
Tommy's Dáil questions with Minister Ross on RSA and licences

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Media Ownership Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Media Ownership Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Courts (No 2) Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on Courts (No 2) Bill 2016

Tommy's PQ with Minister Zappone on poverty in One Parent Families
Tommy's PQ with Minister Zappone on poverty in One Parent Families

Tommy's speech on Motion of Confidence
Tommy's speech on Motion of Confidence

Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Womens Pension
Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Womens Pension

Tommy's Closing Speech on the Stardust
Tommy's Closing Speech on the Stardust

Tommy's Priority PQs with the Minister for Finance
Tommy's Priority PQs with the Minister for Finance

Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Finance on QE
Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Finance on QE

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Post Office Network
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Post Office Network

Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Jobpath
Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Jobpath

Tommy's PQ with Minister Flanagan on Kurdistan
Tommy's PQ with Minister Flanagan on Kurdistan

Tommy's Dáil speech on directly elected mayors
Tommy's Dáil speech on directly elected mayors

Tommy's oral parliamentary questions with Minister Donohue
Tommy's oral parliamentary questions with Minister Donohue

Tommy's Dáil speech on Secure Rent and Tenancies
Tommy's Dáil speech on Secure Rent and Tenancies

Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Housing Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Housing Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Ross on Road Safety
Tommy's questions with Minister Ross on Road Safety

Tommy's Dail speech on Pension Equality
Tommy's Dail speech on Pension Equality

Tommy's Priority Question with Jobs on Trump
Tommy's Priority Question with Jobs on Trump

Tommy's Leaders' Question on Flood Mahon and Moriarty
Tommy's Leaders' Question on Flood Mahon and Moriarty

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Broadcasting Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Broadcasting Bill 2016

Tommy's question with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Reform
Tommy's question with Minister for Social Protection on Pension Reform

Tommy's Dáil speech on Water in Public Ownership Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Water in Public Ownership Bill

Tommy questioning Minister Coveney on HAP
Tommy questioning Minister Coveney on HAP

Tommy's speech on Budget 2017
Tommy's speech on Budget 2017

Tommy during Leaders' Questions on Road Safety
Tommy during Leaders' Questions on Road Safety

Tommy Priority PQ with Minister Donohue on Public Service Pay Commission
Tommy Priority PQ with Minister Donohue on Public Service Pay Commission

Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Brexit Plans
Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Brexit Plans

Tommy questions with  Minister Donohue on Capital Programme
Tommy questions with Minister Donohue on Capital Programme

Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Bill

Tommy's questions with Minister Flanagan on Aleppo
Tommy's questions with Minister Flanagan on Aleppo

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Finance Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Finance Bill 2016

Tommy's questions Minister for Jobs on Brexit
Tommy's questions Minister for Jobs on Brexit

Tommy's questions with Minister Zappone on Homeless Children
Tommy's questions with Minister Zappone on Homeless Children

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Social Welfare Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Social Welfare Bill 2016

Tommy questioning Minister for Finance on Apple Tax appeal
Tommy questioning Minister for Finance on Apple Tax appeal

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic Bill 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on the EU Apple Tax ruling
Tommy's Dáil speech on the EU Apple Tax ruling

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Sale of Local Authority Housing
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Sale of Local Authority Housing

Tommy questioning Minister for Jobs on Dublin Bay North
Tommy questioning Minister for Jobs on Dublin Bay North

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Regulation of Charities
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Regulation of Charities

Tommy's Dáil speech on Misuse of Drugs Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Misuse of Drugs Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on new runway at Dublin Airport
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on new runway at Dublin Airport

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Energy Bill 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Energy Bill 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on NAMA Project Eagle sale
Tommy's Dáil speech on NAMA Project Eagle sale

Tommy's Dáil speech on Summer  Economic Statements
Tommy's Dáil speech on Summer Economic Statements

Tommy's Dáil speech on Rent Certainty PMB
Tommy's Dáil speech on Rent Certainty PMB

Tommy's Dáil speech on Revised Estimates for Justice
Tommy's Dáil speech on Revised Estimates for Justice

Tommy questioning Minister Ross on Metro North
Tommy questioning Minister Ross on Metro North

Tommy questioning Minister Ross on plans for College Green
Tommy questioning Minister Ross on plans for College Green

Tommy's speech during Topical Issues Debate on Bin Charges
Tommy's speech during Topical Issues Debate on Bin Charges

Tommy's speech during Leader's Questions on the Stardust Tragedy
Tommy's speech during Leader's Questions on the Stardust Tragedy

Tommy's Dáil speech on Statements on Jobs
Tommy's Dáil speech on Statements on Jobs

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Adjournment Debate on Autism Services
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Adjournment Debate on Autism Services

Tommy questioning the Minister for Education on third level funding and access
Tommy questioning the Minister for Education on third level funding and access

Tommy's speech on Dáil Reform Report
Tommy's speech on Dáil Reform Report

Tommy questioning the Tanaiste on Garda resources
Tommy questioning the Tanaiste on Garda resources

Tommy's speech on the Adoption Bill
Tommy's speech on the Adoption Bill

Tommy's speech on Ministerial appointments of 32nd Dáil
Tommy's speech on Ministerial appointments of 32nd Dáil

Tommy's speech during Statements on Crime
Tommy's speech during Statements on Crime

Tommy's speech during Statements on Irish Water
Tommy's speech during Statements on Irish Water

Tommy's speech during Statements on Mental Health
Tommy's speech during Statements on Mental Health

Tommy's speech during Statements on EU/UK Relations
Tommy's speech during Statements on EU/UK Relations

Tommy's speech on Taoiseach nominations
Tommy's speech on Taoiseach nominations

Tommy's speech during Statements on Housing and Homelessness
Tommy's speech during Statements on Housing and Homelessness

Tommy questioning the Minister for Finance
Tommy questioning the Minister for Finance

Tommy questioning the Minister  for Transport on mututal recognition of disqualified drivers
Tommy questioning the Minister for Transport on mututal recognition of disqualified drivers

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on RSA and road safety statistics
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on RSA and road safety statistics

Tommy questioning the Minister for Education and Skills
Tommy questioning the Minister for Education and Skills

Tommy's Dáil speech on dredging in Howth Harbour
Tommy's Dáil speech on dredging in Howth Harbour

Tommy questioning Minister White on Eircode
Tommy questioning Minister White on Eircode

Tommy questioning Minister Kelly on Housing and Homelessness
Tommy questioning Minister Kelly on Housing and Homelessness

Tommy's Dáil speech on Social Welfare Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on Social Welfare Bill 2015

Tommy questioning Minister Bruton on Cadbury Coolock
Tommy questioning Minister Bruton on Cadbury Coolock

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issues Debate on Drink-driving Conviction Rates
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issues Debate on Drink-driving Conviction Rates

Tommy's Dáil speech on Budget 2016
Tommy's Dáil speech on Budget 2016

Tommy 's Dáil speech on Financial Resolutions No.4 Budget 2016
Tommy 's Dáil speech on Financial Resolutions No.4 Budget 2016

Tommy's Dáil speech on Sinn Féin's Social Housing Motion
Tommy's Dáil speech on Sinn Féin's Social Housing Motion

Tommy questioning Tánaiste on One Parent Family Payments
Tommy questioning Tánaiste on One Parent Family Payments

Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on  the Malahide Road Re-alignment
Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on the Malahide Road Re-alignment

Tommy questioning Minister for Health on Fair Deal Scheme
Tommy questioning Minister for Health on Fair Deal Scheme

Tommy questioning Minister Reilly on UN Review on the Rights of the Child
Tommy questioning Minister Reilly on UN Review on the Rights of the Child

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Civil Debt Procedures Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Civil Debt Procedures Bill 2015

Tommy 's question to Minister Coveney on BSE case
Tommy 's question to Minister Coveney on BSE case

Tommy's Dáil speech on St Michael's House Funding
Tommy's Dáil speech on St Michael's House Funding

Tommy's Dáil speech on the  Low Pay Commission
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Low Pay Commission

Tommy's Dáil speech questioning on uplifts to Rent Supplement
Tommy's Dáil speech questioning on uplifts to Rent Supplement

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Commission of Investigation into IBRC
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Commission of Investigation into IBRC

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech questioning Minister O'Sullivan on autism service
Tommy's Dáil speech questioning Minister O'Sullivan on autism service

Tommy's Dáil speech against sale of Aer Lingus
Tommy's Dáil speech against sale of Aer Lingus

Tommy's Dáil questions to Minister Flanagan on China
Tommy's Dáil questions to Minister Flanagan on China

Tommy's Dáil questions To Minister Richard Bruton on Cadbury Coolock
Tommy's Dáil questions To Minister Richard Bruton on Cadbury Coolock

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2014

Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on National Bus Strike
Tommy's Dáil speech on Topical Issue Debate on National Bus Strike

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Spring Economic Statement
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Spring Economic Statement

Tommy's closing Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill
Tommy's closing Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Peace and Neutrality
Tommy's Dáil speech on Peace and Neutrality

Tommy's opening Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill
Tommy's opening Dáil speech on his High Pay and Wealth Commission Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on Neutrality Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on Neutrality Bill

Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on changes to One-Parent Family Payment in the Dáil
Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on changes to One-Parent Family Payment in the Dáil

Tommy's contribution to the Topical Issue Matter of Cadbury Coolock job losses in Dáil Éireann
Tommy's contribution to the Topical Issue Matter of Cadbury Coolock job losses in Dáil Éireann

Tommy questioning Health Ministers in the Dáil on services for children with autism
Tommy questioning Health Ministers in the Dáil on services for children with autism

Tommy's Dáil speech in support on Jake's Law
Tommy's Dáil speech in support on Jake's Law

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on rising rents and the need for Rent Regulation
Tommy's Dáil speech on rising rents and the need for Rent Regulation

Tommy's Dáil speech on his submission for Budget 2015
Tommy's Dáil speech on his submission for Budget 2015

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Garda Síochana (Amendment) (No.3) Bill
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Garda Síochana (Amendment) (No.3) Bill

Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil speech on the Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2014

Tommy raises constituents' concerns regarding North Dublin Oil Pipeline
Tommy raises constituents' concerns regarding North Dublin Oil Pipeline

Tommy's speech on Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill 2013
Tommy's speech on Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill 2013

Tommy speaks on Workplace Relations Bill 2014
Tommy speaks on Workplace Relations Bill 2014

Tommy asks Minister Paschal Donohoe to introduce third payment option for penalty points offences
Tommy asks Minister Paschal Donohoe to introduce third payment option for penalty points offences

Tommy urges Minister Kelly to immediately deal with social housing crisis
Tommy urges Minister Kelly to immediately deal with social housing crisis

Topical Issue Debate on Allegations of Illegal Activity in Some Contracts under the School Building Programme
Topical Issue Debate on Allegations of Illegal Activity in Some Contracts under the School Building Programme

Tommy's Speech to the Dáil on the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill
Tommy's Speech to the Dáil on the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill

Tommy asks Minister Rabbitte about Possibility of Introducing Rent Controls
Tommy asks Minister Rabbitte about Possibility of Introducing Rent Controls

Tommy's Dáil Speech on State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014
Tommy's Dáil Speech on State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014

Tommy's Dáil Speech on Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013
Tommy's Dáil Speech on Judicial Appointments Procedures Bill 2013

Tommy's Dáil Speech on Cemetery Management Bill 2013
Tommy's Dáil Speech on Cemetery Management Bill 2013

Dáil Statement by Tommy on Social Housing Crisis
Dáil Statement by Tommy on Social Housing Crisis

Tommy speaks in Dáil on Garda Inspectorate Report
Tommy speaks in Dáil on Garda Inspectorate Report

Tommy asks Minister Joan Burton about Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times
Tommy asks Minister Joan Burton about Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times

Tommy's Statement to the Dáil in response to Allegations about An Garda Síochána
Tommy's Statement to the Dáil in response to Allegations about An Garda Síochána

Tommy speaks on Offshore Wind Energy Plan in Dáil Éireann
Tommy speaks on Offshore Wind Energy Plan in Dáil Éireann

Dáil Speech by Tommy on Roads Bill 2014
Dáil Speech by Tommy on Roads Bill 2014

Tommy asks Minister Noonan about future of Irish Nationwide Mortgage Holders
Tommy asks Minister Noonan about future of Irish Nationwide Mortgage Holders

Tommy Calls for Commission of Investigation into Stardust Fire in Dáil Éireann
Tommy Calls for Commission of Investigation into Stardust Fire in Dáil Éireann

Tommy's Dáil Statement on Effects of Recent Flooding
Tommy's Dáil Statement on Effects of Recent Flooding

Tommy asks Minister Deenihan about War Commemorations
Tommy asks Minister Deenihan about War Commemorations

Tommy Broughan TD asks Taoiseach about Commission of Investigation for Stardust Fire
Tommy Broughan TD asks Taoiseach about Commission of Investigation for Stardust Fire

Tommy Broughan TD speaks at Conference 09
Tommy Broughan TD speaks at Conference 09

Tommy Questions Taoiseach on Aer Lingus Dispute
Tommy Questions Taoiseach on Aer Lingus Dispute

Tommy's Dail Speech on Illegal Occupations in Newtown Court & Clongriffin
Tommy's Dail Speech on Illegal Occupations in Newtown Court & Clongriffin

Tommy's Dáil speech on National Minimum Wage
Tommy's Dáil speech on National Minimum Wage

Labour Party Conference 2010
Labour Party Conference 2010

Dail Tourism Debate
Dail Tourism Debate

Labour Party Conference 2009
Labour Party Conference 2009

Dublin Bay North