Progressive Democrats

  • The survival of the Progressive Democrats: Opinion Piece in the Irish Times by Senator Colm O'Gorman

    published in the Irish Times on Monday June 4th 2007 The survival of the Progressive Democrats is dependent upon a number of factors, not least the will of its members to work for its continued existence and the ability of the p arty to communicate to the electorate a compelling reason to vote for its policies and its candidates in future elections. ... Full Story

  • Dail statement on nominations for Office of Taoiseach

    Statement by acting Party Leader and Minister for Health, Mary Harney, in Dail Eireann. I begin by congratulating you (John O'Donoghue) on your election to the Office of Ceann Comhairle. We will certainly miss your wit and humour in the Cabinet room. You have been a loyal and committed colleague of mine for the past ten years and I thank you for that. You are a quintessential Irishman and a very appropriate person to represent this House. The Office of Ceann Comhairle is probably not taken as seriously here as it is in many parliaments around the world. Your legal background will be enormously beneficial in interpreting the rules of this House and keeping order. ... Full Story

  • Progressive Democrats statement

    Progressive Democrats statementMay 27, 2007 Given the present circumstances, the Chairman of the Progressive Democrats Peter Wyer has asked the Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney to assume the functions and responsibilities of Party Leader until the formation of the next government. ... Full Story

  • Harney rejects Labour on co-location - the truth about costs is simple and clear

    The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, today rejected the attempts by Pat Rabbitte and Liz McManus to confuse the public about the costs of 1,000 new public beds through the co-location initiative.'The truth is simple, ' said Ms Harney.'With the co-location idea, we will get 1,000 new public beds at- less than half the building cost – about 40%- less than a third of the running cost.'Let me give an example. A woman is thinking of buying a car for 20,000 euro that costs 3,000 euro a year to run.'If she was offered the same car for 8,000 euro and 1,000 euro to run, wouldn't that be a great deal? 'Only someone who was blinded by ideology would reject it. ... Full Story

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