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Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: EU Industrial Policy Priorities, including Vaccine Production and Digital Transformation: Discussion with Commissioner Thierry Breton (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We welcome the stated-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: EU Industrial Policy Priorities, including Vaccine Production and Digital Transformation: Discussion with Commissioner Thierry Breton (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: There has been a wobble on the supply of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. We welcome the idea of a block buy across Europe and the element of solidarity that will ensure that everybody gets the vaccine. I accept that the European Union, in allowing exports, also allows for other places to be vaccinated. I would like to home in on Mr. Breton's work as a vaccine hunter, which is a...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: EU Industrial Policy Priorities, including Vaccine Production and Digital Transformation: Discussion with Commissioner Thierry Breton (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Mr. Breton can check that and I will ask my other questions.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I echo the view that the pensions issue is one that needs to be addressed. There needs to be clarity and the problem needs to be rectified. It is far too serious to leave it as is. In fairness, the issue was dealt with by Deputy O'Rourke and the Chairman. I add my voice to the comments made by several previous speakers on the incredible work done by our front-line workers in transport....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: The Chairman will be far more skilled than I in that.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I want to talk about the Enterprise train and Mr. Allen might come back to me on this. We heard previously from Jim Meade that there are conversations going on, there is a project in play, there is communication between Irish Rail and Translink and there is talk about new stock being bought. What was said by both Jim Meade and the Department of Transport was there is a possibility this...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Mr. Allen. It is specific to Iarnród Éireann.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I appreciate that very comprehensive answer. It is a pity that 2024 is not in play but we need it to happen as soon as possible. It would be a lot better if we were able to have those North South Ministerial Council transport meetings so that is something I would like to see resolved very quickly. People had mentioned looking at new versions of ticketing. Post-pandemic, we are looking...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Thank you. I assume it is the same answer from Bus Éireann.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: We probably should engage with the NTA to get an update. I appreciate those responses.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Engagement with Chairpersons Designate of Bus Éireann, Bus Átha Cliath and Iarnród Éireann (20 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I apologise to Mr. Allen if it seems I am picking on him in directing my questions to him. Will he update us on the status of the all-island rail review? Are there projects that are closer to being realised following the process? Mr. Allen spoke about erosion on the east coast. How significant is the work that needs to be done? What are the areas affected and what is the timeline? It...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I should make mention of our close relationship, like everyone else has done. I am from County Louth, where we have the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Summer School in Carlingford. The last time we were lucky enough to be able to go to events, I was there and met General John de Chastelain. Obviously there are very close relationships between Ireland and Canada and I do not think that decoupling ISDS...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: My argument and the question I put is that the tide is going out with regard to ISDS. The fear is that if the State wants to introduce legislation, it has the chilling effect on the basis that the State has left itself open to being sued because the corporation has the legitimate expectation of profit. While that is fine, if we want to introduce legislation for the public good, for example...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I mentioned the Energy Charter Treaty, which Canada has not been signed off on the basis of the ISDS element. People are stepping away from it for fear of corporations suing. Regarding article 8.10, enough has been said regarding fair and equitable treatment but creating a legitimate expectation. The chilling effect is what we are still talking about. That is obvious. We have...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I am not sure we have full protection as regards the chilling effect. I asked whether there is any obstacle to continuity of the provisional application. A large number of countries, particularly in the EU, are not making major inroads on ratification of the ICS.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Impact of the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement on Irish-Canadian Trade and Relations: Discussion (13 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Is anything stopping this provisional application continuing in the near future without ratification of the ICS?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I thank the three speakers and I will move this on as fast as I can.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Apr 2021)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: Members may have missed the greatest speech ever given but I can start again. This comes down to the investor court system and the fact we do not want to leave ourselves exposed to be sued by large corporations. Dr. Ankersmit said earlier that it will not exactly be small or medium enterprises taking these sorts of action. I would like some sort of detail on corporations' success rates in...

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