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Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig, Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
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National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2012: From the Seanad (Continued)

I thank the Minister and the departmental officials for their co-operation and for taking on board some of our feedback throughout the process. It is very much appreciated. This is obviously very...More Button

An issue I wish to raise is that of spent convictions and I ask the Minister to consider further this matter and perhaps review how it progresses in time. The Minister wrote to me in October and...More Button

Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendments reported.More Button

Personal Insolvency Bill 2012: From the Seanad

  The Dáil went into Committee to consider amendments from the Seanad.More Button

Personal Insolvency Bill 2012: From the Seanad (Continued)

On a point of clarification, the grouping to which the Minister is referring does not deal with that.More Button

Personal Insolvency Bil 2012: From the Seanad (Resumed) (Continued)

No, Acting Chairman, I have tabled amendments to amendment No. 23.More Button

I move amendment No. 1 to Seanad amendment No. 23:More Button

I move amendment No. 2 to Seanad amendment No. 23:More Button

  Amendment No. 2 to Seanad amendment No. 23 put and declared lost.More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

I move amendment No. 1 to Seanad amendment No. 31:More Button

Deputy Stephen Donnelly suggested the figure of €500.More Button

I did not realise we were discussing a series of amendments.More Button

On a point of order, would it not be more practical to dispose of each amendment before moving onto the subsequent amendment?More Button

How does one follow that? Spot on. Deputy Healy-Rae has conveyed the difference between urban and rural mindsets.More Button

I appreciate that the Minister has moved some ways and pushed the value of the item of ceremonial importance to €750. In fairness, he also pushed the vehicle's valuation to €2,000. I welcome th...More Button

The second issue is that of the car valuation. The Minister used the term "luxury". I agree with Deputy Healy-Rae, in that having a vehicle in rural Ireland is no luxury. If one lives in rural...More Button

The State benefits from VRT. Against all European directives, we choose to have a high VRT rate, increasing the cost of our cars. What one would get for £1,000 in the North differs greatly from...More Button

My amendment reflects reality. With all due respect, we are rural people and we know a basic car or vehicle, to take Deputy Healy-Rae's point on board, is necessary to survive in areas where the...More Button

I appreciate what the Minister has stated. A local business, credit union or so on will seek to strike a balance; no one wants people to be humiliated. The people under discussion are in financ...More Button

Our amendments are practical and are not intended to disrespect the fact that the Minister has taken on board our points. I commend him in that regard, as he has not maintained a stubborn positi...More Button

Will he at least offer an assurance that he will review these matters in the near future, in the context of his ministerial rights under the legislation?More Button

This is straw man stuff.More Button

Bankruptcy is a different matter in the North, however, given that it applies for a much shorter period.More Button

It was nervousness.More Button

I move amendment No. 1 to Seanad amendment No. 32:More Button

  Amendment No. 1 to Seanad amendment No. 32 put and declared lost.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 32 agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 33:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 34:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 35:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 36:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 37:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 38:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

  Seanad amendment No. 39:More Button

  Seanad amendment agreed to.More Button

I commend Deputy Donnelly for raising this matter and, in fairness, he has raised it throughout the process. The concern is that we would not have a situation whereby the bankruptcy period would b...More Button

I have had a chance to read over some of the comments made by Ray MacSharry and his colleague Margaret Hayes who are public interest directors with Permanent TSB. For the record, they have been ...More Button

I presume this Bill will be passed tonight and will go to the President for his stamp of approval. We will then need to reassure the public that at last there is some mechanism or process in pla...More Button

While we have serious concerns, and Deputy Donnelly has outlined his concerns also, we hope the impact of this legislation is to make a difference. Nonetheless, the arrogant comments of Ray MacS...More Button

My final point throws the whole matter into sharp focus. The Law Reform Commission held an event last week at which one of the main points of focus concerned corporate responsibility and legisla...More Button

I appreciate the Minister's immediate response to these comments. He has not had a chance to look at the transcript, but I would invite him to examine those comments. When the legislation is pa...More Button

One of the biggest challenges facing our people over the next generation involves mortgage distress, debt resolution and debt forgiveness for families who need a chance to move on. I appreciate ...More Button

We flew over that amendment to be kind to the Minister.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps that will be taken to address the excessive waiting list for paediatric services in Letterkenny Hospital County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Universal Health Insurance Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: if rights based legislation will be introduced to ensure patients’ rights to care across our health and personal social services, especially given the his intention to introduce universal health in...More Button