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European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Michael Collins: In July 2020, the European Council, comprising the Heads of State and Government of each EU member state, adopted an historic €750 billion recovery package for Europe. This package, Next Generation EU, is Europe's shared response to the severe health and economic crisis caused by Covid-19. The European Commission announced on 28 May that it had received an official recovery and...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Thomas Pringle: I am sharing time with Deputy Connolly. The agenda for the European Council meeting includes Covid-19, economic recovery, migration and external relations, including relations with Turkey and Russia. Will the leaders also discuss the TRIPS waiver issue and the lack of equity in regard to vaccine distribution and the epidemiological situation pertaining to Covid-19? "None of us is safe...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the opportunity to participate in the debate. I have read a copy of the Taoiseach's contribution and it contains some welcome aspects. What stood out for me was that he stated that next week, we will have a first discussion of the lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, drawing on an initial report. If we have learned anything from this time, it was that we were utterly...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: As antigen testing was raised, the only commentary I will make is that it has been a tool that we have missed in the opening up of society but it may have a particular fit for aviation. We all know NPHET's view on it at this stage, and Dr. Tony Holohan stated that there is an insufficient amount of evidence on antigen testing, particularly around travel and aviation. There has been a...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: As we do not have anybody from the Regional Group offering our next contributor is Deputy Mattie McGrath who is sharing with Deputies Michael Collins and O'Donoghue.

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Mattie McGrath: Tá ceist mhór agam i gcomhair an Aire Stáit. What was the delay in putting Ireland's application forward? The big question remains as to the delay at the European Commission and why we only looked for €1 billion. I was always taught as a little buachaill óg going to the shop to look for more than one could get and take one's share then. Denmark, which has a...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: I ask the Minister of State to check the record of the Dáil where he will see that more than six months ago I asked why we had not applied for more funding and for our fair share from Europe. We just heard that €750 billion was available. Ireland is receiving €915 million and other countries are receiving triple this amount even though they are of a similar size. The...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Mattie McGrath: Good man.

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Richard O'Donoghue: I was six years on a council. All I see is the failure of people to speak up for Ireland. The Government should seek our fair share in Europe and get a response. The figures show that Croatia, which has a smaller population than that of Ireland, is getting €6.3 billion, while we are getting €915 million. We need to get people from a business background to do deals on behalf...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Alan Farrell: This week's meeting of the European Council comes at a critical time for many economic sectors in member states. That is very true for Ireland. The pandemic has left a trail of damage in its wake, taking the lives of thousands in Ireland and hundreds of thousands across the European bloc. This has brought significant suffering to Europeans, presenting fundamental challenges to our economy...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I wish to raise a specific question that was put to me. I do not expect the Minister of State to answer now, but I would appreciate it if he could get back to me. On the issue of the EU digital Covid certificate and plans for travel within the EU, a person asked me very valid question. In the case of a person who has been told by their doctor - not through scepticism about vaccines - that...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Mick Barry: June is Pride month throughout the world. It is 52 years this month since the Stonewall uprising, when LGBTQ+ people in New York city rose up against police harassment and violence. Since that time, the movement for gay liberation has spread to every country in the world. Every June, the community celebrates and takes stock of the journey travelled and the journey yet to come. Stonewall's...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Mairead Farrell: I want to discuss two issues. The first is the upcoming review of the EU's fiscal rules and the second is the reforms Ireland was requested to make as a requirement of accessing the Recovery and Resilience Facility. In March last year, the European Commission suspended the fiscal rules by activating the general escape clause. Those rules place limitations on member states' deficit and debt...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Matt Carthy: Next week, we may have agreement on the next Common Agricultural Policy. I raised the CAP process with the Taoiseach two weeks ago and he accused me of being anti-European. I raised the CAP with the Minister for Agriculture, Deputy McConalogue, last week and he accused me of wanting all decisions to be made at European level. It would be appropriate for Fianna Fáil to learn that it is...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Neale Richmond: I thank the Taoiseach in absentianot just for his detailed preview of the upcoming European Council meeting, but also for his review of the previous European Council meeting which I particularly appreciated. As I said at the time, it was disappointing that the House was unable to have stand-alone statements on it, but I truly appreciate the opportunity the Chamber had to have an extensive...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Seán Haughey: I will begin by referring to the previous meeting of the European Council, which was held in May. It is regrettable that this summit did not reach any substantial conclusions with regard to climate change and reductions in carbon emissions. The EU agreed last year to reduce carbon emissions by 55% by 2030, having regard to the 1990 levels, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. However,...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Brendan Howlin: As is evident from the Taoiseach's contribution, there is a wide agenda for this week's EU Council meeting. There will be a sharp focus on Covid-19, the vaccination situation across the European Union and the post-Covid economic recovery plan, all of which relate to our business and our prospects as a country. A number of related matters are important to us. I will briefly touch on a few...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

John Brady: Undoubtedly, the primary issue facing the EU at this moment continues to be the Covid-19 pandemic followed by how we, both as an independent nation state and as a contributing member of the institution, are to chart the course of economic recovery from the unprecedented events that have occurred since March 2020. The impact the pandemic has wrought on our economy has been compounded by the...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

Mary Lou McDonald: I thank the Taoiseach. EU leaders will meet at a crucial juncture. I will raise a number of issues. As we emerge from the pandemic, we have to plot our way ahead carefully and thoughtfully. The Council will meet in June, which is the month of Pride. I cannot let this opportunity go to reiterate our abhorrence towards the discriminatory and bigoted approach adopted by the Hungarian...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Jun 2021)

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