Joanna Tuffy TD - Blog

My speech on the Local Government Bill 2013

Posted on November 14, 2013

Local Government Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) 

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My recent speech on the Land Reform and Conveyancing Bill 2013

Posted on May 16, 2013

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Capital will count the costs of bearing the brunt

Posted on November 17, 2012

This is an article I had published in the Irish Times ten years ago (October 22 2002) about who exactly bore the brunt of college fees.  Interesting that same old chestnut about the abolition of fees not helping the poor is widely promoted in newspapers today reporting on a new ESRI report on the subject. The point of the abolition of fees was never about abolition fees for the poor because at the time poor students didn't have to pay for fees once they qualified for the Higher Education Grant which then as today was means tested.  And of course not just the poor get grants other sectors and counties do very well when it comes to our grant system too, but not middle income families who PAYE their tax. My point is as relevant today - call the return of fees what you will - fees/loan/graduate tax, it's those in the middle, not the rich, that will suffer.

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My letter on the CAO Points System in today's Irish Independent

Posted on August 23, 2012

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Video clip of my Dail speech on the Mahon Report on Certain Planning Matters and Payment - from a Lucan perspective

Posted on April 06, 2012









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Transcript of my speech in the Dail today where I object to gender quota legislation

Posted on March 22, 2012

Deputy Joanna Tuffy: I am sharing time with Deputies Anne Ferris and Ciara Conway.

  I wish to put on record my opposition to the gender quota proposals in this legislation.  My first reason for opposing the provisions is that they are very likely to be unconstitutional.  They appear to be against many provisions in the Constitution.  Second, I believe they are undemocratic and, third, I believe they are discriminatory.  Those are my grounds for objecting to the proposals.

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Harry McGee interviews myself and Stephen Donnelly TD on the budget and Europe for Irish Times weekly Videocast

Posted on December 08, 2011

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This week's Irish Times Politics Podcast

Posted on July 21, 2011

You can listen to this week's Irish Times Politics Podcast with Mary Minihan talking to me and Deputies Padraic Mac Lochlainn (SF) and Charlie McConalogue (FF) here:

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My Dail Speech today on the Electoral Bill and the cutting of TDs:

Posted on July 06, 2011

Transcript of my Dail Speech today on the Electoral Bill and the cutting of TDs:

Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage (Resumed)
Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Deputy Joanna Tuffy: I am sharing two minutes of with Deputy Michael McCarthy.  I thank Deputy Troy for his generosity in sharing time.  Given the fundamental nature of this legislation we should have been given more time on Second Stage to allow us to express a diversity of opinions.

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Quotas divisive and discriminatory

Posted on June 23, 2011

MINISTER for the Environment Phil Hogan has claimed that women and men that oppose gender quotas are part of "a conservative culture".

As a woman that opposes gender quotas, I think it is unfair of the minister to pigeon hole those that disagree with him on this issue.

He should respect the fact that those women and men that oppose gender quotas do want to see more women running for election.

The reason I oppose gender quotas is because I am opposed to the idea that the way to bring about more women candidates should be a law that discriminates against candidates on the grounds of their gender.

Such a law will be bad for the cause of women and men. It will be divisive, discriminatory and undemocratic.

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