Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 188 Nbr. 14

Order of Business.

The Senator has kissed one of them anyway.More Button

I second Senator Fitzgerald’s amendment. With regard to the debate on the Seanad, I ask the Leader to facilitate a debate on how Ireland celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. At a time when a...More Button

I agree with Senator Ross on the relevance of this Chamber. It ill behoves Members that we see reports in the newspaper that Fianna Fáil Members are asking to meet the Minister. This is th...More Button

Senator Feeney cannot ride both horses. She cannot go out to the constituencies and be against it, she is either for it or against it.More Button

She should vote accordingly on the Order of Business and stop the hypocrisy.More Button

The dispute with the IPU concerns the ordinary people of Ireland, who the Senators opposite purport to represent. They should vote accordingly.More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Economic Outlook: Motion.

Senator Boyle has not made a single proposal. He has done nothing but rant. More Button

Senator Boyle changed his colours and was found out a long time ago.More Button

The Green Party took office to try to save itself. More Button

Did it refer to zero growth?More Button

The Senator should read the report. More Button

The Senator should not be patronising. That is a typical remark and he is wrong. More Button

I welcome the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Deputy Noel Ahern, to the House. While I did not intend to have a slagging match with Senator Boyle, he continually trots out the line...More Button

The figures produced by my party show that the Exchequer balance of €2.3 billion in 2006 has become a deficit. When one sees overcrowding in our hospitals, the lack of balanced regional devel...More Button

I will take no lectures from Senator Boyle about my party’s role in government.More Button

He should not tell us we do not understand economics. We do understand them and I welcome this debate on the economy. Yesterday, the European Commission’s annual report on the economy under...More Button

Just last weekend, the Minister for Transport, Deputy Noel Dempsey, withdrew his plans to introduce competition on the Dublin bus market. Commuters will be left stranded between the aspiration of ...More Button

We speak about infrastructural development. Rail transport along the western corridor from Navan has long been promised but we have had procrastination and no delivery. My constituency of Cork So...More Button

For balanced regional development we need development which is sustainable and delivers infrastructure on time. We do not have this. In his remarks, Senator MacSharry blamed outside influences. ...More Button

The Minister for Finance did not have the answers at the meetings of the Committee on Finance and the Public Service this week. We have no record of delivery of infrastructure on time or on budget...More Button

The Fine Gael spokesperson on communications, energy and natural resources, Deputy Simon Coveney, called for the implementation of a ten-point plan. If we are serious about a knowledge economy, th...More Button

Senator Donohoe spoke about upskilling. Many people are in dire need of upskilling. In my former job as a director of adult education I met people seeking to be retrained, educated and upskilled....More Button

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Yesterday and this morning, we discussed the image of the House and the questioning of its relevance. I recommend that the Seanad actively seeks to be included and regularly updated on social part...More Button

I commend the motion to the House. It is important we debate this matter because this is the legitimate forum for it. I thank Senator Twomey for proposing the motion.More Button

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Schools Building Projects.

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. I thank the Cathaoirleach for allowing me raise the important matter of the provision of a new school in Ballintemple in Blackrock in Cork. I am h...More Button

Five years ago, two new portacabins were located on a site adjacent to the school in the grounds of the SMA Fathers. Has the situation improved since then? There has been massive growth in the ar...More Button

The Ballintemple and Blackrock areas are ones of rapid urban growth where there is competition for school places. I met a woman recently in the area who walks with her three children to Turner&rsq...More Button

We need a commencement date for this necessary new school. We need a school that will cater for three times the current intake because of existing demands. The school is currently an eight-teache...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for his reply and urge him to revert to the Minister for Education and Science on this matter. We have had enough procrastination and need to see tangible progress. ...More Button