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Pringle, Thomas

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

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Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

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I wish to speak to amendment No. 8. I tabled the amendment because of my concerns. The Minister outlined the concerns people have on the basis that 58% of the people who voted “No” to the referen...More Button

Amendment No. 8 is an attempt to try to ease that situation, in that it provides that a proposal for an inquiry to be held would not pass unless two thirds of recognised Opposition Deputies support...More Button

The Minister's responses to the other amendments were interesting. He constantly referred to the Oireachtas being able to do what it wanted. However, the fact of the matter is that it cannot. ...More Button

This is an important matter, as the Oireachtas should be able to inquire into the issues in question in the same way as obtains in Westminster and elsewhere. Our inquiries should be quick, stron...More Button

Regarding constitutionality, the legislation provides in section 13 that the House shall make rules and Standing Orders on voting in inquiries. Amendment No. 8 is in line with that section. For...More Button

The Constitutional Convention cannot make its own rules.More Button

I move amendment No. 8:

    In page 23, between lines 44 and 45, to insert the following:
      "(4) Each house shall make rules and standing orde...More Button

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      Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

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      Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

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      Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

      I welcome the opportunity to speak to the Bill, which repeals and replaces the 2003 Act. Under the legislation, people with certain convictions will be precluded from obtaining a public service ve...More Button

      Before I discuss the provisions in the legislation, I wish to mention a recent proposal from the Minister of State for a rural hackney service. From the limited media reports I have seen I under...More Button

      There is a two-line paragraph in the review and perhaps this is where this has all come from. I have serious concerns because many hackney drivers operate in the rural part of County Donegal where...More Button

      Nineteen would represent a big improvement. However, for a country of this size there is no way it will be possible to enforce regulation in that industry. Existing hackney licence holders should...More Button

      The difficulty in making a living leads me to a matter not addressed by the legislation, which is the oversupply of taxis in the country. While it is difficult to make estimations, the Indecon r...More Button

      I know that the whole country is now effectively a taxi-meter area and taxis from rural areas can come in and operate in Dublin at the weekends etc. They will go where the business is and try to...More Button

      I agree with the Bill's provisions to exclude people from getting PSV licences based on past convictions. I cannot understand why the provisions in the 2003 Act were never implemented because po...More Button

      I agree with the assertions of the Sinn Féin Deputies about the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement and the former combatants who would be excluded under this Bill. There may be an obligatio...More Button

      Moving the licensing to the NTA and away from the Garda and the Carriage Office streamlines the process. However, the Bills digest for the legislation referred to concern that has been expressed...More Button

      I agree with the introduction of a demerit system. I have already mentioned the lack of enforcement officers, which is a problem we have throughout Irish society. We are great at making the law...More Button

      I agree with the basic tenets of the Bill. I ask the Minister of State to review the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill and to have a different system for licence holders ...More Button

      School Textbooks

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will outline in tabular form the capital funding which has been allocated to institutes of technology over the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

      Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if there are plans for the widespread introduction e-books in schools nationwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button