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Nomination of Taoiseach (10 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: To remark on this place, it feels much smaller than it looks on the television, I have to say. Maybe it is because there are lots of people in the seats, but it does feel a good deal smaller than the image that is portrayed. However, I feel quite tall in being here, first, to represent the people who elected us and, second, to nominate Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett as Taoiseach. I want to...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: I wish to share time with Deputy Paul Murphy.

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: I want to start by expressing solidarity and sympathy with the people of Brussels following the awful and outrageous attacks that have taken place in an airport and at a train station there this morning. All of our hearts, minds and thoughts go to the people of that multicultural and cosmopolitan city, regardless of where they come from. Our thoughts are with them and their families. Our...

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: For every refugee taken into Europe, Lebanon takes in 20,000. We need to think about that.

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: I would like to finish my contribution.

European Council Meeting: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: I will conclude on this point. Those people about whom we are speaking, in the context of the removal of people from Greece and their return to Turkey, will be taken by force. These people, of whom there are approximately 46,000, will not go gently into the night; they did not cross the seas, risking life and limb and spending all of their money, and sit on the Macedonian border for months,...

Housing and Homelessness: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: That is okay with me.

Housing and Homelessness: Statements (22 Mar 2016)

Bríd Smith: I echo what has been said by Deputy Coppinger. What has happened in Tyrrelstown and Cork is a predictable outcome of the activities of NAMA and, I would argue, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan. The Government set out deliberately to attract corporate investment funds with tax incentives. The Sunday before the general election, The Sunday Business Postreported this was coming...

Nomination of Taoiseach (Resumed) (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: Make decisions then.

Nomination of Taoiseach (Resumed) (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: I can give a perspective of somebody who is brand new to the House, its procedures and atmosphere. It has been a painfully slow 40 days, as Deputy Boyd Barrett alluded to earlier. It is in my mind all the time how dreadful this looks to the public, which as others have mentioned is suffering from the housing crisis, disabilities and being left on trolleys while waiting for health care....

Nomination of Taoiseach (Resumed) (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: We are interested in ending the housing crisis and beginning the provision of tens of thousands of social houses, which is the only way of addressing the issue. Driving it into the private market, with private landlords and developers, will ruin any possibility of ending the problem. More than 90 Deputies were elected who would act on water charges, and those to my left have very clearly...

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: This is a debate about Dáil reform and the Acting Chairman is trying to drive a coach and four through what we have-----

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: Absolutely.

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: Speak really fast.

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: I will be really quick and I will talk really fast so that you will not give out to me, Acting Chairman.

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: There is a massive irony, and I hope it is not lost on the public and everybody in here, in the fact that we are starting this debate about Dáil reform with a decision by somebody - I do not know who, and I have asked many Deputies - to uproot and undo the decision that was made about the proceedings of this debate. That question should be answered, and if you can answer it, Acting...

Dáil Reform: Statements (6 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: We should see those minutes and know what decisions have been taken. I again wish to raise the issue of our salaries. It is ridiculous that we are on these high salaries, some more than others, and entitled to these very lucrative pensions, which are paid out on a very different basis from how an ordinary worker receives his or her pension. We must consider reforming the salaries of...

Insurance Costs: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: I ask the Acting Chairman to ask the two Deputies to my left to stop muttering. I was distracted by them when Deputy Doherty was speaking. If I am going to speak, I do not want to be distracted.

Insurance Costs: Statements (20 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: To add to what has been said, everybody is pretty concerned about this. The Beatles sang a song about the taxman, whose lyrics stated: "If you drive a car, I'll tax the street ... If you take a walk, I'll tax your feet." The same could be said of the insurance industry today. Everything is subject to insurance, from people's homes to their cars, their bikes, their pets, and every part of...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Visa Applications (20 Apr 2016)

Bríd Smith: 247. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for a visa extension for persons (details supplied). [7795/16]

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