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Gone for a Burton.

More as we get it.

UPDATE (read from the bottom up):

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Watch the Dáil proceedings, when it resumes, here





Joan Burton and Enda Kenny this morning at a jobs press conference in government buildings

Tánaiste Joan Burton has not confirmed the remarks she made earlier this week that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year in water charges.

Instead, she said in the Dáil her objective and that of the Government was to have a charging regime that is “affordable and where there is clarity and where there is certainty in relation to the pricing structure”.

Wait for it…

Ms Burton pointed to the fundraising dinner that party leader Gerry Adams would attend tonight in New York at $500 (€403) a head. She said that was much more than what an ordinary family would pay for water charges in a year.

Never fails.

Burton fails to confirm €200 water charges for family of four (Irish Times)

(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)


Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar

Joe Higgins TD: “There is communication, and people understand that a family of four, including an 18 and a 19 year old and two adults, will pay just under €500. Similarly, a family of five will pay under €600, and when metering comes in that will rise inexorably.”

Joan Burton: “My answer to the suggestions and scaremongering the Deputy has just now undertaken in relation to the level of charges…”

 Higgins: “What scaremongering?”

Burton: “…is that I am happy to say it is my view that the charge for the type of household the Deputy described will be below €200.”

Tánaiste Joan Burton in the Dáil yesterday

Meanwhile  on RTÉ News At One earlier

Richard Crowley: “Joan Burton seems to think that €200, or less than €200, would be a fair figure, a modest figure, for a family of four, including two young adults – would you agree?”

Leo Varadkar: “Well I think the key thing is that we move to a very simple principle, is that you pay for what you use. Just as is the case…”

Crowley: “How much do you pay for what you use. That’s the issue and what would the average bill be, that’s the question?”

Varadkar:Well we know what the average bill will be, it’ll be around €250 for the average household.”

Crowley: “And what’s the average household? Is that two young adults and two, a family of four, including two young adults?”

Varadkar: “No, that wouldn’t be an average household, by any means, but that’s the kind of thing we’re trying to put together now so that it is very clear for people, for all different types of households, even those multi-adult houses which actually are a minority but they deserve clarity too.”

RTE News At One

Dáil transcript via Oireachtas.ie


“Let me give an example. A number of years ago the IMF and the World Bank foisted on the city of Dar es Salaam a water privatisation programme [see below]. This turned out to be a total disaster from which Tanzania and the city of Dar es Salaam have been trying to recover. The Minister [for finance, Brian Cowen] made specific reference to the provision of clean water in his speech. Much of the provision of clean water, as provided for by many of the directives of the IMF and World Bank, is via the privatisation of public water supplies. Does the Department of Finance have a position on money used for water programmes where the condition attached to such programmes is the privatisation of the supply?”

Joan Bruton in the Dáil, October 2006.

Good times.

Via Oireachtas.ie

Water Privatisation in Dar Es Salaam?

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

Thanks Bonzer


Following the lead of the taoiseach’s tactic of deflecting Sinn Féin questions with mentions of Jean McConville.

Tánaiste Joan Burton raised the discovery of the body of Brendan Megraw in response to Mary Lou McDonald’s question regarding the IMMA/John McNulty debacle.

“In the day that’s in it, when we have the body of a young man finally being found for his distraught family, the action of the Taoiseach of this country taking responsibility in relation to something where he has acknowledged there was definite wrong, is in marked contrast to the absence of your own leader in relation to a very young man who has spent a very long time in a lonely grave.”


Tánaiste hits out over Megraw when challenged on McNulty (Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times)

Tánaiste Joan Burton being heckled after she launched a Developing Breakfast Clubs report at St. Eithne’s Girls National School, Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin this morning.

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Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste Joan Burton a number of topical questions on the final sitting of the Dáil before the summer recess (July 17) in light of the UN HRC hearings in Geneva.

The Labour Party leader firmly ruled out any hope of new legislation for victims of rape and incest and those seeking terminations for medical reasons (TFMR).

Deputy Catherine Murphy:
“This week’s damning review of our human rights practices by the United Nations Human Rights Committee makes for grim reading but it is hardly surprising. Our failure in regard to the Magdalen laundries survivors, the symphysiotomy survivors, those who spent time in mother and baby homes and those who were victims of clerical child abuse is shameful. However, we stand to repeat the mistakes of the past if we do not act to address the grossly discriminatory laws that govern abortion. The UN committee confirmed that we are in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by denying women the option to avail of abortion in certain circumstances, namely, rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormalities and where a woman’s health is in danger. I would argue that we are not only in breach of the covenant but also in breach of basic humanity in denying an abortion to a woman who has been raped, is a victim of incest or has to endure carrying to full term a pregnancy when there is no prospect of delivering a live baby. I found it profoundly chilling to listen to the remarks of the principal officer of the Department of Health who told the committee that denying these women the right to abortion was the will of the people. I question what people are meant. The eighth amendment to the Constitution was inserted more than 30 years ago and attitudes have changed significantly since then, as recent polls have shown.

The Labour Party is a socially progressive party. The Tánaiste is the leader of that party as well as the deputy leader of this country, and she is also one of the few women in a decision-making role in this Government. Is she going to use her powerful position to bring about change in this area and, if so, how is she going to do that?”

Tánaiste: “In regard to the issues arising around fatal foetal abnormalities, the Deputy will be aware that some time ago the Government legislated successfully in regard to the X case. That is reflected in our legislation and is an issue that both parties in Government have addressed. In regard to fatal foetal abnormalities, I am on record as stating that I would like to see a situation where it is possible to address them. As of yet we do not have agreement on that in the programme for Government. It is a personal position and I have been on public record in this regard over a long period.

Deputy Catherine Murphy: “I know we have legacy issues and it is very uncomfortable to consider past failures in hindsight. We are asking how we allowed such things to happen and who was in power at the time, but will the pattern be repeated by people in power now, and will we have the same conversations in 30 years?”

Deputy John Halligan: “Exactly.”

Deputy Catherine Murphy: “The same committee might then be reviewing how the country dealt with issues like fatal foetal abnormalities, for example, or people who have been raped or subject to incest and who have been denied their human rights. The Tánaiste indicated her personal views are on the record but I ask her as Tánaiste – deputy leader of the country – and the leader of the Labour Party for her position on the issue.

I went to Liverpool Women’s Hospital with people who were part of a study group on fatal foetal abnormalities. People were put through a tortuous process where, for example, they would have had to retrieve the remains of a baby they wanted by way of something like DHL delivery, which is absolutely appalling. It is inhumane and we cannot rely on a 31 year old referendum decision, presuming that people have not moved on when so many events have taken place in this country. We need a referendum, as the Tánaiste knows, if we are to change that position. Does the Tánaiste accept we need a referendum and will she commit to working towards such a referendum?”

Tánaiste: “There has been an extensive process with the Constitutional Convention, which considered various issues and reported findings. As I pointed out, the Government and the Dáil has dealt with issues arising from the X case. Those had been unresolved over a very long period of years. We want a position in Ireland where every baby is a wanted baby. The Deputy spoke about cases and the people she accompanied in Liverpool, and those are tragic circumstances as the babies are wanted but their life outcomes were in doubt because of medical issues.

It was referenced in Geneva that on a previous occasion, the Irish people gave a view – as was their entitlement – on what they wanted reflected in the Constitution. I did not share the view at the time and my party and others like me recommended voting against the amendment to the Constitution. As a democrat, the Deputy must recognise that the people voted for the eighth amendment to the Constitution. The Government has legislated for and dealt with issues surrounding the X case, which has been a difficult issue in this country over a very long period. That is what was agreed in the programme for Government.

Deputy John Halligan: “So the Tánaiste will not agree to a new referendum.”

Leaders’ Questions July 17 2014

Previously: Violation Once Again

Without Consent

What The Man From The UN Said