BrendanI missed the first hour. I was there from 9 pm to close of the debate at 9.45 pm.
The only visitors present were users Lightening, Say Something and Mr. Say Something.
It appears that everyone who spoke supported the spirit of the motion.
Pearse Doherty and Michael McGrath made excellent speeches at the start. From experience, they are both all over these mortgage issues and articulate them very well.
I watched some rubbish speeches in my short time there:
Some guy on the Independents benches, don't know who he was.
Eamon Ryan of the Green Party - absolute meaningless waffle - more on that later.
One of the Healy Rays " De banks squeeeeled to the Revenue Commissioners on some farmers who had non-resident accounts and now dey are taking their tractors from dem."
Noonan left shortly after I came. Minister Kyne(?) read the response from the government side. Explained in some detail about the fine imposed on Springboard mortgages and what a good job the Central Bank was doing.
Pearse responded. I found the Donegal Irish very hard to follow. But I gathered that there was widespread tacaíocht for the motion. The government appears to have tabled an amendment but only on two minor points. Pearse asked them to withdraw the amendment and they refused.
Therefore it will go to a vote on Thursday morning - all the rest of the TDs having gone home.