DÁIL TOPICAL ISSUE DEBATE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT (IRISH RAIL).

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: It is astonishing that we again face a national transport strike during the Minister’s tenure. We went through this previously with Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. Eventually, a settlement was reached. The very hard-working staff with their five trade unions – Unite, SIPTU, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union, TEEU, and the National Bus and Rail Union, NBRU, took a very mature and responsible line at the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC. They seemed to be inching towards a settlement of around 2.5%, which is a little bit over the general public service rise which has already been agreed. Suddenly, there was a debacle and it was stopped. Many people think this was stopped on the Minister’s orders because he was not prepared to give the normal pay rise in the public sector to workers in this area.

During the years of the two austerity Governments before this Government, public service obligation, PSO, funding was slashed. Back in 2007, the company received a PSO of almost €190 million down through 2008 when it received €181 million, 2009 when it received €170 million, 2010 when it received €155 million, 2011 when it received €148 million, 2012 when it received €166 million, 2013 when it received €127 million, 2014 when it received €117 million and 2015 when it received €117 million. PSO funding has been slashed while at the same time successful rail companies across Europe, like Deutsche Bahn, receive very significant subsidies from their governments that very often are up to two thirds of their turnover. We need a good public transport system.

One of the worst features of this is that the document that Iarnród Éireann apparently presented at the Labour Court set out that four important lines, namely, Limerick to Ballybrophy, Limerick Junction to Waterford, Ennis to Athenry and Gorey to Rosslare, would be closed. What on earth could be the logic or rationale for this given that we only funded the Ennis to Athenry line in recent times and the Gorey to Rosslare line is vital in the context of Brexit? The Minister needs to sort this out.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross):  I thank the Deputies for raising this question which is, obviously, important to the travelling public in the coming weeks, whatever the outcome. I wish to comment on what Deputy Broughan said. The idea that I somehow intervened in any industrial discussions in any form recently is completely untrue. I want to put that on the record. For Deputy Broughan to say that I somehow stopped it, which is what he said, is absolute nonsense. I had no involvement whatsoever in those talks. I would like to make that absolutely clear. When the Deputy says those things, I am sure they are said with good intent and no doubt he has heard them from people who may well have been involved in some way or interested in those talks, but I can tell the Deputy categorically that this was not the case.

I share both Deputies’ disappointment that the WRC-led discussions between unions and larnród Éireann ended without agreement. I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. I am not, however, involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport. Industrial relations and pay are a matter for the company and its employees, not for me. Pay disputes must be solved by engagement between an employer and its staff. The State can assist through the normal industrial relations machinery available in these circumstances, and the Labour Court and WRC are the appropriate fora for these discussions. That is where a resolution was achieved in the disputes we already witnessed in the past year. I have made it clear time and again, and I will repeat it to make it absolutely clear, that I will not intervene in areas where it is not appropriate for a Minister to intervene. I will not dictate to management and unions an agreement that only they can craft because it relates to issues that only they have an insight into. The WRC and the Labour Court are ready and able to assist both parties in coming to that agreement. I am disappointed that despite the intensive efforts by the parties facilitated by the WRC and previously the Labour Court, it looks like Irish Rail commuters will face disruption in the coming weeks.

Regarding funding of our public transport services, I recognise that subvention levels were reduced during the recession. Most areas of public expenditure were. However, the PSO subvention increased last year and again this year and will increase yet further next year. Over the three years, the PSO subvention will have increased by 35% in total. In 2018, €285 million of Exchequer, or taxpayer, funds will be allocated to support the delivery of these socially necessary but financially unviable services throughout the country. As is normal, the precise allocations to the individual transport companies will be decided by the NTA in exercise of its statutory mandate and in accordance with the various contract arrangements it has in place with PSO service providers.

I will address the issues raised by Deputy Lawless. The Deputy is quite right that a number of services were impacted during the early stages of the changes to rosters. Bus Éireann has advised that it is continuing to implement measures to improve service levels further and that recently there have only been a very small number of cancellations. So far this week, the company has confirmed that there have been no cancellations due to driver unavailability. Regular updates were issued by the company with regard to delays and cancellations, and additional measures were introduced by the company to regularise operations and minimise impacts. It is understood that agreement was reached at the WRC on Tuesday last, 24 October 2017, to ensure all aspects of the Labour Court recommendation, including new rosters, will be rolled out by 12 November.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The Minister has a huge responsibility to the travelling public, the company and workforce to ensure rolling strikes on 1 November, 7 November, 14 November, 23 November and 8 December do not go ahead. He needs to take action to ensure it is stopped. The public wants it settled quickly. The Minister has said he has no influence on the CEO’s veto, which happened when unions and management were very close to a settlement. The Minister and Government have set the parameters on public sector pay. There are five trade unions which acted in good faith. They are willing to discuss productivity. The Minister mentioned the Labour Court report. They want the national railway company to be dynamic and successful. It has a huge future role in the context of climate change and increased population. That is against a background where this and the previous Government cut well over €100 million from the public service obligation, PSO, and now the Government is threatening to cut another four lines of our very basic rail network. We should be talking about expanding our rail network, building a Luas system in Cork and Galway and so on, not this kind of very negative, penny-pinching talk that the Minister has always engaged in with regard to public services.

Deputy Shane Ross: I do not think Deputy Broughan was listening to what I said but never mind. If he wishes to turn deaf ears to what I say that is absolutely fine; I cannot do anything about it. I have not cut the PSO subvention. I have quoted it to the Deputy already. Perhaps he was not listening to what I said.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The people with whom the Minister is in government cut it.

Deputy Shane Ross: I have not cut PSO.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: They cut it by over €100 million.

Deputy Shane Ross: Somebody else may have cut it. The Deputy should not tell me that I cut it.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: The Minister is serving with them.

Deputy Shane Ross: I never cut PSO.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: They are beside the Minister in Cabinet.

Deputy Shane Ross: PSO subvention, as I explained to the Deputy at the beginning, has gone up and will go up this year. It is not just an ambition; it is a fact. As long as I am Minister, it will continue to go up. I understand the Deputy’s point of view perfectly and sympathise with much of what he says but he should not quote things to me that are factually incorrect.

I have not threatened anything in the rail network. I have not threatened to cut four lines, five lines or six lines.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: It is in a report.

Deputy Shane Ross: I have not threatened and Deputy Broughan should not say it. There may be a report but I did not write the report. The position on rail is quite simple. We believe in rail. We subsidise it very heavily because we believe in it. The rail review has come up with certain suggestions and an overview of certain alternatives. They will be decided in due course after the national planning framework has been discussed and decided on. We believe in rail. It does not mean we always believe in promoting non-economic rail lines but no decisions of any sort have been taken. I have made it absolutely clear since I came in that scare stories about massive cuts in the rail network are just not true. They are the sort of scare stories that are run from the Opposition benches because it is convenient. I have repeatedly said to colleagues of the Deputy that there is no privatisation agenda on rail on this side of the House. It is the opposite; we are continuing to increase the subvention to run an efficient well-run railway.

Deputy James Lawless: Before the clock runs down, can we deal with the substantive issue?

Acting Chairman (Deputy John Lahart): I will give the Minister another 30 seconds to address the issue raised in the Topical Issue matter.

Deputy Shane Ross: I will address the specific issues raised by Deputy Lawless. I will refer the issues back to my Department and give the Deputy a reply afterwards because I do not know the answers. When the Deputy asks a question about a specific line, it is an operational matter. It is fair enough for me to refer it back to the Department and get the Deputy an answer. It is an operational matter. It is not up to me to micro-manage Iarnród Éireann or any part of public transport but I will ask them specifically to answer any queries the Deputy has.

 

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Labour General Secretary Ita McAuliffe Welcomes Tommy Back to the Dail

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Tommy Speaking in Dail Eireann Opposing Any Cuts to the Minimum Wage

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At Labour's Anti-NAMA Protest are Deputies Roisin Shortall, Mary Upton, Tommy Broughan and Willie Penrose

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Tommy Broughan TD on the Dail Plinth

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Tommy raises a number of illegal occupations in Dublin North East with the Justice Minister

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Speaking at Labour's 2007 Conference

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Special Dail Irish Ferries Debate

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Tommy and Cllr Peter Coyle at Belmayne School Opening

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Donaghmede Estate Residents' Association Are Winners At The City Neighbourhood Awards 2010

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National Road Safety Group PARC Brief Tommy In Dail Eireann

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Tommy Meets the Victorious Seniors of Millwood Court At the City Neighbourhood Awards 2010

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With Cllr. Brian McDowell & Community Leader Bernard Byrne

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Tommy's Priority PQ with Health on PKU and Kuvan

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Tommy's speech on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017

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Tommy's Leaders Question on Community Policing

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Tommy's Topical Issues Debate on Irish Rail

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Tommy's speech on Medicinal Cannabis

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Tommy's speech on Tracker Mortgages

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Tommy's speech on Women's Pensions

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Tommy's PQ on Energy Poverty

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Tommy's speech on Budget 2018

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Tommy's question with Minister Ross on Unaccompanied Drivers

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Tommy's speech on Aer Lingus Pensions

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Tommy's PQ with Agriculture on greyhound_industry

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Tommy's speech on Brexit Sept 17

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Tommy's speech on Srebrenica

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Tommy's Leaders' Questions on National Debt

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Tommy's speech on Right to Housing

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Tommy's speech on Water Services Bill

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Tommy's Topical Issue on Family Hubs

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Tommy's question to Education on Student Loans

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Tommy's speech on Pre-European Council Meeting

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Tommy's speech on Building Standards

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Tommy's question with Agriculture on Export of Greyhounds

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Tommy's speech on Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017

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Tommy's Priority PQ with Communications on An Post

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

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Tommy's speech on Bin Charges

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Tommy's speech on the Rugby World Cup 2023 Bill

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

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Tommy's speech on Dublin Transport

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Tommy's question with the Minister for Children on aftercare

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Tommy's Topical Issue on IWA and funding

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Tommy's questions with Minister for Jobs on CETA

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

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

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Tommy's Topical Issue Debate on Homeless Families

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Tommy's speech on HEMPI

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Tommy's speech on Motion on Hospital Health Services

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Tommy's speech on Competition (Amendment) Bill

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Tommy's speech on AIIB

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Tommy's speech on Taoiseach's new Gov

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Tommy's speech on proposed sale of AIB Shares

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Tommy's speech on Ireland and negotiations on Brexit

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Tommy's Leaders' Question on Student Loans

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

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

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Tommy introducting the Welfare of Greyhound (Amendment) Bill 2017

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Tommy questioning the Tánaiste on Update on Stardust

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Tommy's questions to the Minister for Finance on NTMA

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Tommy's Statement on Brexit April 2017

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Topical Issue Debate on the Bus Éireann Strike

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

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Tommy's question with Minister Flanagan on passport office

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Tommy's speech on Motion on Garda Commissioner

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Tommy's question on GNI Star

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Tommy's speech on ESC Rights Bill

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Tommy's speech on the Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017

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Tommy's speech on the Right to Access Bill

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Tommy's speech on the remainder of The Disability Bill

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Tommy's questions with Minister Noonan on Brexit

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Tommy's questions with Minister for Education on DEIS schools

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Tommy's questions with PER on Seanad move

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Tommy's speech on the Victims of Crime Bill

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Tommy's speech on Universal Jurisdiction

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Tommy's Opening Speech on the Stardust Motion

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Tommy's 2 PQs with Minister Donohue

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

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Tommy's PQ on the Capital Expenditure Programme

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Tommy's speech on the Disability Bill

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Tommy's speech on Bus Éireann Motion

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Tommy's Dáil questions on Howth Harbour

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

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Tommy's Dáil speech on the Media Ownership Bill

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

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

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Tommy's speech on Motion of Confidence

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Tommy's Leaders' Questions on Womens Pension

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Tommy's Closing Speech on the Stardust

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Tommy's Priority PQs with the Minister for Finance

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Tommy's PQ with the Minister for Finance on QE

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Tommy's Dáil speech on the Post Office Network

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Tommy's PQ with Minister for Social Protection on Jobpath

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Tommy's PQ with Minister Flanagan on Kurdistan

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Tommy's Dáil speech on directly elected mayors

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Tommy's oral parliamentary questions with Minister Donohue

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Tommy's Dáil speech on Secure Rent and Tenancies

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Tommy's Dáil speech on Planning and Development Housing Bill

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Tommy's questions with Minister Ross on Road Safety

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Tommy's Dail speech on Pension Equality

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Tommy's Priority Question with Jobs on Trump

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Tommy's Leaders' Question on Flood Mahon and Moriarty

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Tommy's Dáil speech on the Broadcasting Bill 2016

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

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Tommy's Dáil speech on Water in Public Ownership Bill

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Tommy questioning Minister Coveney on HAP

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Tommy's speech on Budget 2017

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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