Bradford, Paul

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 205 Nbr. 10


Order of Business (Resumed)

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Effects of Recession on Mental Health: Statements

There ends the epistle. Senator Geraldine Feeney has eight minutes. The slot appears to have stretched but I am advised that eight minutes is the time ordered by the House.More Button

We were having a calm debate until Senator Buttimer entered the Chamber.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate. I do not have any professional qualifications in this field but the subject of mental health has been high on the political and health agenda...More Button

Mental health is no longer a taboo subject. We all have some words of wisdom on the matter but we are talking about the effect of the recession on mental health. I agree with what my colleague, S...More Button

I had not intended to speak on this matter but having been in the Chair and listened to my colleagues’ contributions, it struck me that we, as politicians, have a duty in these difficult econ...More Button

Senator Ó Brolcháin mentioned that many people now do not wish to listen to programmes on the radio. They certainly do not wish to listen to news programmes or read the newspapers be...More Button

It is part of the political and economic challenge we face as politicians to highlight the difficulties but also to highlight the fact that solutions can be found and that there is light at the end...More Button

When we talk about leadership, we should admit that we must present a type of politics which is not devoid of hope and that shows that there is a future. The number of people who genuinely feel a ...More Button

EU Directive on Temporary Agency Work: Statements

I welcome the Minister of State. I am a substitute for my colleague, Senator John Paul Phelan, Fine Gael spokesperson in this area. While I am not sure my views will fully reflect his thoughts on...More Button

The forthcoming legislation stems from an EU directive. During the Lisbon treaty debate last year some claimed workers’ rights were being threatened by the European Union, but we focused on ...More Button

The concept of agency work is not ideal. In an ideal world the majority who hold agency jobs would have longer term and more secure work. I was interested to hear that there were approximately 40...More Button

The directive came into being in 2008, but there have been significant economic gales throughout the continent of Europe since bringing with them, unfortunately, negative consequences for its econo...More Button

When the Minister of State and his colleagues are preparing the legislation, they must be conscious that the country, the Continent and the world are very different from what they were in 2008. We...More Button

I noted the Minister of State referred to the possibility of a framework or regulation for agency workers’ pension rights and entitlements. Everyone is entitled to a pension. It is not just...More Button

The Minister of State said the “framework agreement under the terms of the directive are within the gift of the social partners” which is a throwback to the Celtic tiger. The House often debated h...More Button

The Minister compared the Irish figures with those in the UK. While we do not have to follow the UK’s lead, it does seem to have taken a reasonable and balanced approach to this directive.More Button

The legislation on temporary agency work will be before the House soon and I presume my party’s spokesperson will be back in full action then to assist in its passage. It must be recognised ...More Button

The directive is based on the broader spirit of European social thinking of bringing a balance and fairness to employer-employee relations. One can contrast European thinking on this matter with t...More Button

It is spreading.More Button