Seanad debates

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

3:00 am

Photo of Fidelma Healy EamesFidelma Healy Eames (Fine Gael)

I have two requests for the Leader. I would like an urgent debate on the need to save Galway Airport for one reason, namely, thousands of jobs are at stake. Some 82% of local and multinational businesses in Galway and in region stated that Galway Airport is essential for connectivity to international markets for our exports, which is what is needed for the economy. Exports are the shot in the arm, straight into the vein, that is needed. I request a debate on that matter, with the Minister for Transport in attendance, as a matter of urgency.

I request a debate on another matter with the Minister for Finance, Deputy Lenihan, and the Taoiseach in attendance. I am calling for truth from this Government. I am unhappy with how Ireland's case is being perceived internationally and with how we are being presented internationally, largely because I do not know what deals have been done by the Minister for Finance. I have three questions in this regard. Who exactly is insisting on the 3% borrowing limit by 2014? Is it the bondholders?


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