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Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Duncan Smith: I welcome the announcement of a six-month delay, but we understand the money is still going to have to be paid. The sum of €12.5 million will have to come from somewhere else to be paid to these eight PPP companies in order for the State to meet its contractual obligations. What has emerged from this is a worrying proposition, in terms of how we as a State, as the owner of the road...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Gerald Nash: I have a straightforward question for the Minister of State, Deputy Naughton, and her Government colleagues. When the Celtic Roads Group contract for the M1 motorway and the toll in and out of Drogheda town is up - it ends in 2034 - will the Government commit to dropping the toll entirely? The word from successive administrations has been ambiguous, quite frankly. I received replies from...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Duncan Smith: I wish to share time with my colleague, Deputy Ged Nash.

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Thomas Gould: People are sick to the teeth of this Government hiking prices left, right and centre. Ordinary people are sick of being at the bottom of the pile time and again. Once again this Government is trying to sneak through measures that will put even more pressure on the pockets of ordinary people. We are talking about a counterbalance to Dublin in Cork but the reality is that without public...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Dessie Ellis: Toll roads and the toll bridges over the River Liffey operate as virtual monopolies. As councils impose restrictions on access to alternative routes or to roads adjacent to toll roads, it is more likely that the individual driver will be diverted, by design, to the toll road. The price increases do not appear substantial but they soon mount up as drivers make multiple trips over the course...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Réada Cronin: With breaking news this afternoon on their deferral, it seems the bells have tolled on the toll increases, at least for now. On behalf of my constituents in Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth, Kilcock, Donadea, Broadford and out along the M4, I would like to thank an Teachta O'Rourke for the political pressure this motion has brought to bear. It is no harm to remind the public what this was all...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: It has been stated by some of my colleagues already that the problem is that we are starting from a bad place in that these PPPs have not delivered for the people, although they have delivered for the companies. Like everyone else here, I welcome the fact that we have a mitigation and that we have delayed the toll increases until June 2023. We were dealing with a huge amount of people who...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Hildegarde Naughton: I thank Deputies for the opportunity to speak to the House about the increase in toll prices on a number of national roads. I can confirm that the Government is not opposing the motion. However, while the overall objective of the motion is in line with the Government's concern around the increase in the cost of living and its effect on workers, families and businesses, there were some...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Mark Ward: I thank my colleague, Deputy O'Rourke, for tabling this motion to stop the hike in toll charges on our motorways. Sometimes I believe the Government is living under a rock when it comes to the cost-of-living crisis. The crisis is real. It is real for the people of my constituency, who are making a stark choice between eating and heating. The cost-of-living crisis is real for the many who...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Maurice Quinlivan: I welcome the fact that the Government was forced into a U-turn on the proposed introduction of the charges. The charges have been deferred for six months but should be scrapped completely as there is no justification for them. The cost-of-living crisis is still with us and will be with us in June 2023. People from all walks of life are feeling the pinch. If it is not a case of...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Louise O'Reilly: The message is loud and clear: pressure works. The Government responds to pressure. As usual, lastminute.comis the order of the day with the Government. It has responded and, as expected and predicted, its response is wholly inadequate. Nonetheless, the travelling public know it felt their anger. I commend my colleague, an Teachta O'Rourke, on all of his work on this. I also commend the...

Toll Charge Increases: Motion [Private Members] (29 Nov 2022)

Imelda Munster: The Government's eleventh-hour announcement is welcome but, let us be honest, it was forced to act. It had absolutely no intention of making the announcement in the absence of a public backlash and political pressure. This whole farce comes from the absolutely ridiculous contracts entered into by Fianna Fáil years ago. I have been raising this issue here since I was elected in 2016...

COP27: Statements (29 Nov 2022)

Eamon Ryan: We should recognise that that change, namely, those words about the particularly vulnerable countries being put back in, which was put back in by the Irish team in the negotiations representing the European Union, was a significant development that we can and should be proud of and I want to commend them.

COP27: Statements (29 Nov 2022)

Mattie McGrath: And our own people can go to perish.

COP27: Statements (29 Nov 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I agree with all those other Deputies-----

COP27: Statements (29 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: Sorry Minister, may I intervene for a second? As Deputy McGrath sits in this Chair from time to time, may I ask him please, if he cannot respect the speaker, to respect the Chair.

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