‘We were elected on our own names and will take no rub­bish’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By Tim Ryan, Oireach­tas Cor­re­spon­dent

Dáil ad­journed amid heated ex­changes be­tween Healy-Raes and Marc MacSharry

A MA­JOR row over Dáil speak­ing time erupted in the Dáil be­tween Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry and the Healy-Rae broth­ers, Danny and Michael. The heated ex­changes led to the Dáil be­ing ad­journed.

When Leas Ceann Comhairle Pat ‘The Cope’ Gal­lagher called Michael Healy-Rae to ad­dress the House im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing his brother Danny, Deputy MacSharry in­ter­rupted to say it was “mak­ing a joke out of it al­to­gether”.

“We have 44 Deputies here but we have Kofi An­nan Mc­Grath and Ban Ki-moon Healy-Rae up ev­ery day, un­der­min­ing this coun­try’s democ­racy,” he said.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: “That is ou­tra­geous”.

Deputy MacSharry: “There are ei­ther 158 Deputies here or there are not.”

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: “Do not call us names. We were elected here in our own names and we will take no rub­bish from Deputy MacSharry.”

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: “When Deputy MacSharry was look­ing for Seanad votes, he was happy to come to Kil­gar­van.”

Deputy MacSharry: “This is a joke. It is ‘Strictly Come Danc­ing’ and they are the half-time per­form­ers. For Christ’s sake, con­trol them. The Busi­ness Com­mit­tee of the House is a joke.”

An Leas Ceann Comhairle: “Lis­ten Deputy MacSharry, you are all shout­ing and cir­cum­vent­ing the reg­u­la­tions. I will sus­pend the House.”

Deputy Marc MacSharry: “Sus­pend it if you like. It may as well be sus­pended. The same peo­ple have the floor all the time.”

The Leas Ceann Comhairle then ad­journed the House for five min­utes.

A third of Kerry house­holds in need of broad­band

A THIRD of house­holds in Kerry need State intervention to ac­quire broad­band, Deputy Danny Healy-Rae told the Dáil. They are en­ti­tled to that con­nec­tiv­ity with the world, he said.

Speak­ing dur­ing a de­bate on a Fianna Fáil mo­tion on broad­band, he said the im­pli­ca­tions of eir pulling out of this ten­der­ing process is that Enet will have the mo­nop­oly but in fact eir will still have the mo­nop­oly as Enet must use eir’s in­fra­struc­ture.

“The big ques­tion is whether Enet has the ca­pac­ity to carry out the oper­a­tion and to do so on its own,” he said. “Many peo­ple won­der if it has the abil­ity to do so.”

Small com­pa­nies have prob­lems pay­ing wages when they do not have broad­band, he said. “Take places such as Manger­ton in Kil­lar­ney. We can­not un­der­stand what is hap­pen­ing. There were 40 houses to be con­nected there. For some rea­son, man­age­ment pulled eir away, closed up the trench and left the peo­ple there stand­ing, as it were. There are pock­ets in dif­fer­ent places across Kerry where there could be 12, 20 or it could be 30 houses where houses have broad­band around them but and they can­not un­der­stand how they have been left be­hind and have none. Why was it not car­ried out me­thod­i­cally? Who is run­ning this show? Who is re­spon­si­ble?”

Deputy Healy-Rae said he had asked the Min­is­ter, whom he did not blame per­son­ally, but he was blam­ing both sides of the House who were at­tack­ing each other. “They ought to get into some room in here get around a ta­ble and talk it out to se­cure all-party agree­ment as to what must be done. If they go out to the peo­ple, when­ever the next election is, every­one of us will be roasted. If the Govern­ment goes be­fore the peo­ple with­out do­ing some­thing about the broad­band be­fore the next election, they will have the ket­tle and the fry­ing pan and the whole lot at them.”

Fer­ris pro­poses leg­is­la­tion to give li­cence to is­land fish­er­men

A HUGE in­dict­ment of the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is the de­cline in the pop­u­la­tion on our is­lands and along the coast since 1986, Sinn Féin Deputy Martin Fer­ris told the Dáil.

“There is an obli­ga­tion on each of us to en­sure that we give them fair play and part of giv­ing them fair play is to give them a sus­tain­able in­come so that they can live where they and their par­ents and grand­par­ents were born - they have a tra­di­tional link to those is­lands - rather than forc­ing them to em­i­grate to Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, Eng­land or else­where to try to seek out a liveli­hood and an in­come,” he said.

“There is an in­come off their shore. A part of a lot of al­lo­ca­tions of quota has been a his­tor­i­cal track record. If peo­ple are pre­pared to look, there is a his­tor­i­cal track record from our is­land com­mu­ni­ties that is go­ing back gen­er­a­tions. It dates back hun­dreds of years. They lived and worked and reared their fam­i­lies on the is­lands.”

Deputy Fer­ris was speak­ing dur­ing a de­bate on a Sinn Fein spon­sored Is­land Fish­eries (Her­itage Li­cence) Bill which is de­signed to put in place a li­cence specif­i­cally for those fish­er­men who live on off­shore is­lands and who gain their in­comes from is­land fish­ing.

“We made it quite clear that a per­son has to live on the is­land, has to be fish­ing for a liv­ing on the is­land and has to be on­board the fish­ing ves­sel,” he said.

“That is cop­per­fas­tened. If peo­ple want to look at it, there is also a fall­back po­si­tion. A prime ex­am­ple is how Tralee Bay Oys­ter So­ci­ety works. Both a li­cence and a per­mit are re­quired to fish it. That is a fall­back po­si­tion. These are the for­got­ten com­mu­ni­ties. It gave a voice to them and to­day we must sup­port the Bill.”

How­ever, Min­is­ter of State An­drew Doyle said the le­gal ad­vice was that the Bill is not com­pat­i­ble with EU law and the pro­vi­sions of the Com­mon Fish­eries Pol­icy.

Danny Healy Rae and Michael Healy Rae.

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