Seanad debates

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Address by President of the European Parliament


3:00 am

Photo of Rónán MullenRónán Mullen (Independent)

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Uachtarán Buzek go hÉirinn. President Buzek mentioned that the Lisbon treaty was a treaty of parliaments. In particular, he referred to the enhanced role of national parliaments in scrutinising legislation, which is a step in the direction of subsidiarity. He also heard the welcome in this House for his support for Ireland's right to determine its own tax rates, specifically our corporation tax rate. These two issues are united around the question of subsidiarity and the guarantees given in advance of the second Lisbon treaty referendum. As President Buzek said, his last visit to Ireland was prior to that referendum. He will recall that the people had particular concerns around military neutrality, tax rates and fundamental human rights - specifically the role of the Constitution as the absolute guarantor of the protection of the right to life, the rights of the family and the right to an education. He will also recall that there was a political agreement at the European Council in June 2009 on these guarantees, to which legal effect was to be given at the time of the Croatian accession treaty. As that time is upon us, as the European Parliament will have a particular role in that regard, will it fully respect the political agreement made in June 2009? Will it endorse fully and integrally Irish constitutional supremacy, specifically in protecting the right to life, the rights of the family and the right to an education?


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Posted on 13 Jul 2011 1:05 pm (Report this comment)


Subsidiarity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Cached
Subsidiarity is an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority. ...
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Rónán [Ronan] Mullen uses this word in his questions to the President of the European Parliament and I post his reply below. I'm not at all reassured by his answer

The last question relates to the right to life and family issues. The European Parliament respects these. While we can have resolutions on different topics, European Union law has certain meanings. In the treaties everything is clearly written - the responsibilities of individual member states and national governments, and what is decided at EU level. From this point of view, the division is clear. All the guarantees in our treaties will be kept, and I am sure the European Parliament will stick to this position.


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