DÁIL SPEECH ON THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) BILL 2017

I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak briefly on the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 and to support it strongly. However, on reading the Bill, it is a little like a jigsaw, amending different sections and subsections of the many Road Traffic Acts, with deletions and substitutions also provided for. The Bill therefore reinforces the urgent need for a consolidation project for all Road Traffic Acts back to 1961. The number of Acts and the complexity of legislating in this area have led to so many loopholes and lacunae over the years, which weaken what should, in practice, be very strong road safety legislation. It is unfortunately typical of this piecemeal Government that whereas Deputy Paschal Donohoe committed to consolidation of road traffic law when he was Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport a few years ago, the current Minister told me at the beginning of October:

The consolidation of existing road traffic legislation is a significant project, requiring the allocation of resources specifically to deal with such a project over an estimated two to three year period. In light of the fact that my officials are currently working on a number of Bills, most of which are primarily focused on road safety, it is not possible to commence such a consolidation project at this time.

However, just last week I asked the same question of the Taoiseach, who was the predecessor of the Minister, Deputy Donohoe, in the very same Department, and he said:

[Consolidation] is, it is fair to say, a longstanding project in the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. I am not sure how much progress has been made on the legislation as yet … A consolidated Bill would be a very good step forward.

The Taoiseach went on to refer to the fact we have consolidated company law and taxation law over the years to very good effect. The question for the current Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is, where exactly does he stand on consolidation? Is he committed to it, or has it again been put on the long finger? During debate on the Road Traffic Bill 2016 last December, the Minister, Deputy Ross, told me:

My Department is working on consolidation, as has always been the case. I understand it is being worked on quite aggressively at the moment.

I would like the Minister, Deputy Ross, perhaps in his reply, to indicate whether or not there is a consolidation project. Since 1961 there have been something like 16 or 18 Road Traffic Bills and a whole plethora of other Bills which also affect the courts system and transport generally.   However, after that initial caveat, I commend the Minister, Deputy Shane Ross, for bringing forward this important legislation and for his determination in the past 18 months on different matters to improve road safety for road users. I am delighted to support the Bill. The Minister has certainly faced much opposition to the Bill from lobby groups such as the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, the Fianna Fáil Party and some rural Deputies, and I note the weasel words from Fianna Fáil again tonight. Rural Deputies wrongly state that the Bill is anti-rural. In fact, as the Minister already said, 81% of alcohol-related road deaths occur in rural Ireland and, therefore, the Bill will undoubtedly save rural lives.

The legal blood alcohol content, BAC, limit is 50 mg for most drivers and 20 mg for certain drivers, namely, learners, novices and professional drivers. However, due to an anomaly inserted into legislation by Fianna Fáil, drivers over the 50 mg limit but under 80 mg receive just three penalty points and a €200 fine, whereas drivers with blood alcohol levels between 80 mg and 100 mg are disqualified from driving for six months and fined €400. The Bill addresses this anomaly. The disqualification penalty has been shown in the past to be a very powerful deterrent. This is the reason the Bill is fundamentally worth supporting. The Bill amends the relevant subsections of section 29 of the Road Traffic Act 2010, removing reference to penalty points and substituting references to disqualification.   As I mentioned, the pre-legislative scrutiny of the Bill in April and May showed the strength of the alcohol lobby, with many Deputies disregarding the huge numbers of lives lost and the families tragically affected by drink-driving.

As the Minister knows, I have worked very closely over the years with Ms Susan Gray and her colleagues in the excellent civil society group Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads, PARC. I warmly welcome some of our guests to the Gallery, including Susan and other members of PARC and the Clancy family and others whose lives have been tragically affected by loss of lives on our roads. I pay tribute to the heroic work of Susan Gray, Ann Fogarty, Noel, Fiona and Declan Clancy, James Regan Snr. and James Regan Jnr., Louise Doyle, Marie McElhinney, Jo Petford and the many other campaigners for saving lives on Irish roads over the years. Susan lost her husband, Stephen, very tragically a number of years ago on St. Stephen’s Day. The unaccompanied learner driver in that crash had been drinking that evening.

The Road Safety Authority, RSA, has compiled data on alcohol’s involvement in fatal crashes which show that between 2008 and 2012 alcohol was a contributing factor, as the Minister said, in 38% of fatal crashes. In her appearance before the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on 17 May to refute disingenuous claims by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, RSA chief executive Ms Moyagh Murdock stated, “A total of 25 drivers and motorcyclists with a confirmed BAC between 21 mg and 80 mg were responsible […] for killing themselves [tragically] and-or others because they consumed alcohol.” Based on statistics available from the RSA, the Minister has estimated that at least 35 people could possibly be saved on our roads over a period of five years. Those 35 precious lives are well worth saving, and this is one reason we should bring this legislation forward. However, we know for a fact that the figure quoted by the Minister is an under-representation of the extent of the problem because for three and a half of these five years there was no compulsory testing of surviving drivers in fatal crashes. We also do not have the figures for those with serious injuries due to road traffic collisions where alcohol is a factor because of the dearth of accurate information in this area.

Since the Road Traffic Bill 2011 there is supposed to be mandatory alcohol testing at the scene of all road traffic collisions, RTCs, where someone has died or been injured. Early questioning by me on the matter in 2012 showed that more than half of the drivers involved in RTCs were not being tested despite this legislation having been passed. In January 2015 the Tánaiste replied to a follow-up question on this, saying that up to 19 November 2014 there had been 161 fatal RTCs and that just 97 drivers, or 60%, were tested at the scene, six of whom tested positive for being above the legal limit. I then asked why the other 64 drivers were not tested and at the end of May 2015 I received an answer. At that point the information available from An Garda Síochána was that of the 181 fatal collisions in 2014, 82 drivers involved could not be tested “due to fatal injury” and a table indicated reasons for a further 51 drivers. However, 51 plus 82 equals only 133, and an explanation was never given for the remaining 48 drivers. Many other reasons were given for not testing drivers at the scene, but these figures do not seem acceptable. I submitted questions on this matter again recently and again received “holding” replies.   Section 3 of the Bill relates to the transitional provision for the period prior to commencement of section 1 of the Bill. Disqualification from driving for the offence of driving with a BAC of between 50 mg and 80 mg will only apply after the commencement of section 1, so I hope the Minister will this time indicate that we will have an early commencement of this section.

We have experience of the Road Traffic Act 2016 where a number of sections were not commenced despite the fact this House took on board amendments from Opposition parties and Independents. The Minister has effectively ignored them and refused to commence sections. The Minister said in a reply to a parliamentary question earlier in October that he would add an amendment to address the need for section 41 of the 1994 Act to give powers to An Garda Síochána to seize the vehicles of unaccompanied learner drivers. Last week saw much discussion in the media about vehicles owners being responsible for unaccompanied learner drivers. Will the Minister indicate whether there are one or two Government amendments being brought forward relating to unaccompanied learner drivers on Committee Stage? They relate to the power for the gardaí to seize cars and making vehicle owners responsible. Both provisions are to improve road safety which the Minister promised this time last year to Mr. Noel Clancy and his family. The Dáil passed a section of the Road Traffic Act 2016 to this effect. Unfortunately, the action by the Minister then turned out to be an empty promise. We want to know for definite this time when the commencement orders will be signed for the various sections.

I welcome the provisions in section 2 which amend the Road Traffic Act 2002 to provide for the pausing of penalty point timing during a period of disqualification. Therefore, penalty points and reaching the threshold for penalty points will run consecutively rather than concurrently with any period of disqualification, as in other jurisdictions.

As always, the library and research service produced a very useful and informative Bill digest. It discusses the Bill and includes an interesting section on what works to combat drink driving. I note the RSA talks about the three Es, education, engineering and enforcement. We know that greater enforcement of road safety legislation is key. More mandatory intoxicant tests, MITs, and visibility of gardaí on the roads are the most important aspects of increasing road safety and reducing deaths and serious injuries. There are also some technical and practical things that the relevant industries, the motor insurance industry, for example, could be involved in championing. The ignition interlock is an area that is of interest. It is a device linked to the vehicle which would prevent the vehicle from starting if any alcohol was detected in the driver’s breath. Queensland state in Australia, for example, uses these locks for drivers who have already been convicted of drink-driving and interlocks are also used in some European countries. Drink-driving is an international issue and organisations, including the World Health Organization, WHO, have published reports and strategies on how to reduce drink-driving. Disqualification for driving over the limit is one of the WHO’s recommendations, as is lowering the blood alcohol content, BAC, limits. It is in line with the legislation before us. The 2010 North review in the UK stated that “the threat of a substantial period of mandatory disqualification has proved to be a potent weapon in combatting drink driving.” I believe that vehicle manufacturers and EU vehicle standards, in other words, the whole car industry, need to focus on driver safety most of all. For example, why do many saloons not have a rear window wiper and why is speed limit warning technology which one finds in many new vehicles, such as the Toyota Avensis, not mandatory for all vehicles?

In Ireland, 615 drivers were arrested in January for driving while intoxicated, 672 in February, 711 in March, 903 in April, 801 in May, 750 in June, 723 in July and 776 in August. This represents an increase of 14% on the same period last year. It would be interesting to see how many of these, depending on the BAC levels, have taken their penalty points and paid their fixed charge notices to avoid a court appearance and how many have decided to challenge the matter in court. We know that because of a mistake by the Taoiseach, Deputy Leo Varadkar, while he was the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, large numbers of drink-driving cases have been thrown out of court due to the loophole around the breathalyser reports being printed in only Irish or English. That was SI 541. The Minister at the time and the Department seemed to misinterpret the rule about two copies being given after a breath test, one for the driver and one for the Garda Síochána. We await the opinion of the Supreme Court on this. The previous Minister, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, closed the loophole arising from Deputy Varadkar’s mistake in 2015.

In January this year, the RSA conducted a national survey on attitudes to drink-driving and, as the Minister of State said, found that 91% of people surveyed supported automatic disqualification for those driving over the limit. As the Minister of State said, this equates to 93% in favour from rural Ireland and 89% from urban areas. I do not buy the argument that the Bill is anti-rural. The figures I have mentioned here today show that, statistically, more rural lives will be saved given that alcohol is a factor in such a high percentage of road traffic crashes, RTCs, around the country. Saying that rural pubs will suffer is a totally unacceptable argument against this Bill. Using social isolation as a reason for rejecting the Bill disrespects the thousands of friends and families who have lost loved ones or suffered serious injuries in road traffic crashes due to alcohol over the years on Irish roads.

As a transport spokesperson in the past for the Labour Party, I was always a strong supporter of local and community public transport companies. I remember an impressive local transport company, OK Transport, a brilliant public service for Offaly and west Kildare, and other similar bodies from Kerry, Cork and various parts of Ireland, presenting to the committee which covered transport. Local taxi and hackney services should also be encouraged and measures should be brought forward to support them. I note the Minister, Deputy Shane Ross, responded sympathetically to Deputy Heydon’s proposal that we should support local rural transport providers. Like my Sinn Féin colleague, I would like to see evidence of that as soon as possible.

Besides the number of tragic deaths and the horrendous suffering of families following deaths of family members, there is a simple and powerful argument against drink-driving. A motor vehicle is a complex machine where the driver’s absolute and full attention is always necessary when the vehicle is in use. No employer would permit an employee to operate machinery if he or she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Why should the operation of a vehicle be any different?

Already this year, as of yesterday lunchtime, we have lost 130 people on our roads and while this is 33 fewer than last year, it is still far too many. We are not giving enough attention to serious injuries caused on our roads. I was invited recently to a very informative briefing by Dr. Jack Short from Trinity College, Dublin on a paper he published in October 2017, Traffic injuries in Ireland: a neglected problem, for the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society and he has found a very serious problem with the reporting and recording of serious injuries caused by road traffic crashes. His initial conclusions seem to be that serious crash injuries may be underestimated by a factor of three. He gives interesting statistical evidence from what he has been able to gather from the health system and justice system that this is indeed the case. I believe the Department is currently examining Dr. Short’s paper and I would certainly encourage it to do so.

We know that conviction rates for drink-driving remain low and even if the court figures are believed, the number of those who have lost their licence on conviction is shockingly low and worse still are the recorded figures of those who have been disqualified from driving returning their licences to the RSA post office box address in Cork.

On 29 May 2017, I visited the Medical Bureau of Road Safety, MBRS, on the invitation of Professor Denis Cusack, its director. It was a very informative and useful visit. It would be very useful for all Deputies to visit it. Professor Cusack, his colleagues and the chief analyst showed us breath-testing and drug-testing devices. We were informed that the tender for the new breath-test Draeger devices had gone out two weeks previously and was due back before the end of June. Professor Cusack said that these would then be selected and tested for months before being sent out for use. Professor Cusack also stated that he would expect the new devices to be available to gardaí in early 2018. The new breath-test devices will have a chip to record the location, time and number of each test. That visit and the information we received is positive and will hopefully return the breath-test mechanism, process and legal measures that flow from it to being a process that will become accountable, given revelations that breath-test figures may have been inflated by more than 2 million.

The road safety group, Promoting Awareness Responsibility and Care, PARC, has done extensive research and analysis of figures supplied by the Minister for Justice and Equality following parliamentary questions I raised on drink driving. As the Minister of State is aware, PARC has attended court cases around the State to monitor the outcomes of road traffic offences and in particular those relating to drink driving and disqualified drivers. PARC also regularly completes analyses of parliamentary questions data from the Department of Justice and Equality. From PARC’s analysis of drink-driving court cases during 2015 and 2016, an average of 20% of those convicted in court had their licence numbers recorded. This figure reduced to 7% in Kerry and 8% in Limerick. The Road Safety Authority, RSA, is in charge of driver licences since 2013 yet, on its own admission to RTÉ this year, 98% of persons who are disqualified are not surrendering their licences to the RSA. It appears there are huge gaps in the information and the administration of road traffic law that we need to address urgently.

I warmly welcome the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 and urge all my Dáil colleagues to support it. Hopefully, it will be a major step to end drink driving and to save many lives annually.

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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