Dáil debates

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Financial Resolutions - Budget Statement 2020

 

7:25 pm

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)

You have no shame but you will have no place to hide. The wolves, that Deputy Eamon Ryan wants, will come after the Government.

Imagine reintroducing wolves into rural Ireland. We are tormented with deer and fox. You will not leave us hunt hares or leave us have greyhound racing. The Government is a Dublin cabal, a Dublin-centric Government that cares little for rural Ireland. Bord Fáilte or Fáilte Ireland are supposed to be promoting rural Ireland. The Minister, Deputy Ross, who does not know the front of a greyhound from the back end, said we should stop advertising greyhound sports. Imagine our tourism industry that a Minister with responsibility for tourism would stop promoting visitors going to greyhound racing, where there is not even a live hare at all. That tells you what the Minister is thinking.

He is the man who has got a new electric car. He can get one because he can well afford one. We were all told to get one and charge it at an electric charging point. One would be as well plugging it into a biro. It was dead, there was not an ounce of current in it and it would not light a flash lamp bulb. He is trying to con the people. The conning is over. The Government's day is up. This is a wasted opportunity.

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