It is regrettable that the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, has refused to permit a question requiring the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, to explain to the Dáil the information available to the Economic Management Council (EMC) regarding write-downs of state assets since 2011.
I am probably the only Deputy present who voted against the blanket guarantee in September 2008 and its subsequent renewal during the term of this Government. I voted against the guarantee because it was a totally unjustified and economically crazy policy and I feared it would leave Irish people with a large burden of debt for decades to come. I also feared that members of the golden circle of insiders that produced the crash, who are represented in this House by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, would continue to escape the consequences of their profligate behaviour and would be permitted to protect their key assets. My fears are proving to be justified.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has today expressed serious concern over the censorship of Irish media in reporting important issues raised by Dáil Éireann yesterday by Independent Deputy, Catherine Murphy T.D. Today, a UK newspaper, the Guardian, did what our own national media would not and reported on Denis O’Brien’s silencing of Ireland’s national parliament. It certainly makes for interesting reading and I would encourage you to read it if you have not already done so: http://www.theguardian.com