Cassidy, Donie

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14


Order of Business.

The Order of Business is No. 1, Control of Exports Bill 2007 Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil — Report and Final Stages, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business;...More Button

Senators Frances Fitzgerald, Paul Coghlan, Ivor Callely, Pearse Doherty and Jerry Buttimer expressed concerns about matters pertaining to the Health Service Executive. Senators might be aware that...More Button

We were able to find out——More Button

For the information of new Members it did not take place previously.More Button

I am endeavouring for this to take place and I will update the House tomorrow, if possible, in that regard.More Button

I join with Senators Fitzgerald and Feeney in offering congratulations to the students in Trinity College on this exciting development where the abilities of these students are being recognised and...More Button

Senator O’Toole expressed his views on the Minister for Education and Science, Deputy Hanafin, coming to the House tomorrow. There is much interest from all sides of the House in this matter...More Button

Senator Alex White inquired about the new emergency Bill referred to in The Irish Times today. As the Government’s representative in the House, I take my instructions from the Governm...More Button

Mention was made of the power of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party. This has always been the case, it is not a new dimension. As has been stated, the strength of the good backbencher att...More Button

Young enthusiastic and energetic Members who come to the House for the first time are impressed, and we take it as a compliment.More Button

Senators Cannon and Carty offered their congratulations to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Deputy Coughlan, on REPS 2 and 3, and those 6,000 hard-pressed farmers concerned with pa...More Button

Senators Ormonde, Donohue, Leyden, de Búrca and Ross expressed their views and concerns on the Lisbon treaty. I wish to join with Senator Ormonde in welcoming the support of the IFA and the...More Button

I join with Senator Leyden, and the House, in wishing our troops well in their endeavour. As we will all be aware, the European Union is a force for peace. Ireland has a proud record of peacekeep...More Button

With regard to the arrangement of a date for the President of the European Commission to come to the House to discuss the forthcoming referendum on the Lisbon treaty, I understand that it will be t...More Button

Senator Quinn comes to the House with a wonderful track record of achievement in Ireland and I must take his views seriously. He brought to the attention of the House the difficulties being experi...More Button

Senator Keaveney called for an update in the House on North-South ministerial meetings. This is a worthwhile proposal. Senator Keaveney and I are members of the Joint Committee on the Implementat...More Button

Senator Donohue called for a debate on economic growth. I have no difficulty in providing time for that. It is opportune because we can reflect on our success, particularly over the past ten year...More Button

Senator Donohue also called for a debate on homelessness and alcohol abuse, and Senator Callely supported this. I have no difficulty in providing time for that.More Button

Senator Prendergast and Feeney called for a debate on the problem that now exists in the psychiatric hospitals, particularly in the case of beds for adolescent patients. I will pass the Senators&r...More Button

Senator Ellis congratulated the Garda Síochána on its checkpoints for drug and substance abuse. As I stated previously, it was the Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business th...More Button

I also want to be associated with Senator Ellis’s proposal that the Garda Síochána seriously consider making sniffer dogs available at late-night venues, as is successfully the ...More Button

Senator Coffey called for a debate, with the relevant Minister present, on the importance of our ports and the roll-out of their development. I have no difficulty with allocating time for that.More Button

Senator Doherty pointed out the importance of Malin and Valentia coastguard stations. I made a commitment on that yesterday and I will endeavour to have the debate take place as a matter of urgenc...More Button

Senator Doherty also expressed his concerns on the collusion issue. As Senators know, we have statements today on the report from the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’...More Button

Senator Buttimer called for debate on how we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This is a worthwhile proposal and perhaps we can discuss it during the tourism debate and make St. Patrick’s D...More Button

Senator Carty asked whether there was price fixing given the cost of veterinary drugs. I will pass on his views to the Minister. That issue could be included with a debate on agriculture.More Button

Senator Norris called for one hour to be allowed next week to debate No. 16, motion 35 on the Order Paper. I have no difficulty with the allocation of that time and it will be on the Order of Busi...More Button

Senator Norris was just one of many Senators who asked about funding for the Feis Ceoil festival. Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú, who has significant experience and expertise in thi...More Button

The success of our artists worldwide has meant they have been incredible ambassadors in terms of opening doors for us. We should celebrate that and I wish everyone well with getting funding for th...More Button

Senators Norris, Coghlan and Ó Murchú expressed shock and disappointment at the death of the two eagles in Killarney, which is our number one destination for tourists. I never miss a...More Button

Senator Hanafin called on the Government and the Minister to deal with the issue of stem cell research. I will inquire about this and come back to him on the issue. The Senator also made a seriou...More Button

The committee heard the views of many groups, in particular the north Dublin growers and the Meath growers who shared their experience. Now we see the huge decline in growers. A few hundred of th...More Button

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Senator McFadden expressed serious concerns about the announcement by Arnotts during the week. I understand 1,200 jobs will be provided in three years. A significant amount of money, €1 bill...More Button

Senator Mullen expressed his concern about the stolen data of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and I will pass on his concerns to the Minister. I heard the programme on radio this morning. It ...More Button

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Economic Outlook: Motion.

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