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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re appointment of the chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, referral to committee without debate, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re the Ombudsman Act 1980 (Section 1A) (No. 2) Order 20...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We have no difficulty with the Defence (Amendment) Bill. I understand that it is to facilitate the promotion of the rear admiral to head of the armed forces.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Chief of Staff.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator. The printed Order Paper states: "Order for Second Stage". Has the Leader amended that?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is all Stages.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Order Paper always shows the Bill at the next Stage, which is Order for Second Stage.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [465]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader is proposing that we take all Stages.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Four years in and I am still learning. That is great.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is a fast learner.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] He will not be here much longer.[Comiskey, Michael]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We will try not to detain him.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We will worry about that on another day.
Last week, I asked for a debate with the Minister of State with responsibility for European affairs, Deputy Dara Murphy, regarding the situation in Greece. A number of us asked for it, actually. It is important. The schedule is tight ...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Norris, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] They entered into the last bailout, which is the one they did not fulfil.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Will Senator Coghlan allow Senator O'Brien to make his point?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] That goes to my next point. There is a new bailout for Greece, which is only right and proper. No one wants to see Greek society descend into chaos. We want to see the banks open and people being able to withdraw more than €60 a day if they have it. We want to see an end to t...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The talks have yet to follow.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Please, Senator Coghlan.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [466]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We should be allowed to discuss it. I ask the Leader to respond and, hopefully, we can set aside an hour or an hour and a half to discuss a matter of significant national and EU importance.
I wish to update colleagues on a matter I ask the Leader to take up again. Since Febru...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the motion on the appointment of the chair of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. It is a very fine appointment and I am delighted to see the matter on the Order Paper notwithstanding the fact there is clearly no need for debate on it. In terms of the situation i...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [467]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [467]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We need to wait at least until the Greek Parliament has debated it.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [467]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to know what we are on the hook for.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [467]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] That seems to be changing all the time.
I ask the Leader for a debate in the autumn on hate crime legislation. I was present at the launch of a report yesterday by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties together with University of Limerick academics who have drawn up draft le...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Bacik's call for a debate on the proposed hate crime Bill. Earlier this year, our group tabled a Private Members' motion on that issue, particularly on the definition of a hate crime and, importantly, how to encourage the collection of statistics. We had a ful...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [468]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator Mac Conghail's amendment. I feel strongly about this issue. The Egyptians are maintaining he is an Egyptian citizen but the position of Ireland should clearly be that he is an Irish citizen. If they want a tug of war, we should give it to them.
I support the...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I wish the Greek Prime Minister well. He has a very difficult task ahead of him to sell the terms of the proposed deal to his people over the coming weeks. It has become obvious that expectations were raised in Greece that were impossible to live up to. He will need a lot of s...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It started in 2008.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] -----not to raise expectations in terms of what can be achieved.
I very much welcome the strong performance posted yesterday by IDA in regard to its activities in the first half of 2015. It shows that IDA has managed to attract major global brands to Ireland because of the sta...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Is this the Senator's manifesto for the Dáil?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] -----to see how we can further attract more jobs into the regions.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator's contribution is long.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I want to debate how we can push the 59% figure up further and-----[Mullins, Michael]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] -----how we can continue to build on the progress that has been made over the past four and half years.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Mac Conghail's motion on the Order Paper. My party supports it fully, as I did last week. I agree with him that there has been a lack of action as far as the Irish Government is concerned. It has not been treated with much respect by the Egyptian Government i...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [469]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Greeks would be well and truly up on the rocks.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [470]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It proved the point that the money would have run out and we would have been in dire straits, with no reputation internationally. What company would invest in Greece when there is such uncertainty at present?
I welcome the announcement at 11 o'clock this morning that following...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] They have no legislative democracy. The candidates are chosen. That is not democracy.[Norris, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [470]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I accept Senator Norris's point because we discussed this matter in Kenya and we criticised that government's actions in relation to minority groups.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [470]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Cathaoirleach recently received the speaker of the Iranian Parliament and we witnessed the excellent relationship that he and all those who met that very fine delegation had with it.
We wish the Greek people well. Naturally, we are all concerned for them. They held an u...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] There is no point in having it in September.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [470]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] That is not going to take place-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Why can the Minister of State with responsibility for European affairs, Deputy Dara Murphy, not come into the House?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] What would he say?[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] He might have something to say. His job is to keep us informed.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We would be navel-gazing.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Until we have further detail, I think this would be pointless. We should have a debate when we have the detail.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] When? In September?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It shows the difficulty of having communists in government in a democratic society.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I express some concern about No. 4 on the Order Paper. I acknowledge that the Leader is less than enthusiastic about these motions in which we seek to curtail the time in which the President can consider legislation. This relates to low pay and I do not know what the urgency is...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [471]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Listening to Senator Leyden - I am sorry he is gone-----[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We do not refer to Senators who leave the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I will only say that a long time ago a well-respected Vincentian priest said to me that we all have to have our illusions in this life. I will leave it at that.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] With Senator Leyden in mind.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Leyden is in the anteroom. He is watching.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I note the prominent role the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, is taking in the discussions in Europe, and how highly respected he is and how people value his guidance in these matters. In relation to Greece, it appears what will probably happen is that people from all sides...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Nonsense. We want to be updated by the Government on its position.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator D'Arcy, without interruption. Does he have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I understand that. I would love to, but Senator O'Brien will be aware that at the time when negotiations are going on about anything,-----[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Does Senator D'Arcy have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I am talking about it in September.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator D'Arcy is way over time. I call Senator Cullinane.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I support the call by Senator Darragh O'Brien for a debate on Greece. We need to have a discussion on the role of the Government in this, which is essentially what he called for.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is playing a blinder.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [472]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I will come to that, Senator, with respect.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We might have a debate on the role of Sinn Féin as well.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Absolutely. I would have no difficulty with any such debate if people would allow me to make my contribution.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Cullinane to continue without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. We are served up a number of gems on the Order of Business and we have had two classic examples today. The first was from Senator Michael Mullins, who is in the Chamber, who said that the Greek Government had raised unrealistic expectations...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It was the two previous bailout programmes, supported by the troika and parties associated with Fine Gael and the Labour Party, which created the deep problems in Greece. At least the Syriza Government wants to see taxes collected from the wealthy, the oligarchs and the well-off...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] They need to get on their motorbikes.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] At least they are committed to doing that, unlike the Senator's sister parties, which failed in Greece. What the Greek people need is not Brian Cowen or anybody else being sent to Greece to heap more misery on them, but debt restructuring and debt reprofiling. That has to be a ...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator has a great-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The reality is that the banks were closed when the referendum took place. That appears to have escaped the minds of the two Ministers who made their comments today.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] What we need is a debate in order that we can have a discussion on this issue. I do not believe that what was agreed will bring about the type of sustainable economic recovery that is needed in Greece. What we are trying to prevent is our being back here again in six months' ti...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [473]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] -----when matters are worse because we did not have a comprehensive agreement that would sort out the problems in Greece.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I would welcome a debate on this issue. Let us have a sensible debate on the issue in which we can leave behind political charges being made by the Government representatives and discuss the type of deal that is necessary for the people of Greece.[Cullinane, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure the members of the House would like to join with me in welcoming a former member of the Dáil and Mayor of County Clare, Mr. James Breen. He is very welcome to the Seanad.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I express my congratulations to Councillor Breen, who has become Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. It is a great honour for him. He is a former member of this House. I welcome him. I think his guests from San Francisco may be present also. If so, I welcome them and I ho...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Everybody knows where Shannon Airport is. Everybody knows the address of Shannon Airport.[Conway, Martin]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I hope.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I have been there a few times.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It certainly is not in County Limerick. It certainly is in County Clare.[Conway, Martin]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Did it move?[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Michael McNamara country.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] For all their attempts over the years to claim that Shannon Airport is in Limerick, it actually is not. It is indicative of a certain degree of - I will not say incompetence, but certainly complacency - that this organisation would make such an error. I note there is a particul...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] That is why there is no one here today. They are lost.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [474]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Clarity on this issue is needed and I have no doubt the Leader will try to establish some clarity for us.
On a much more serious matter, I commend the woman who has spoken in the media in recent days and challenged and questioned the suspended sentence the man who was convicted...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I am somewhat relieved that I am not on Senator Conway's panel. He gave a great welcome to my good friend and former colleague in Dáil Éireann, the mayor of Clare, James Breen.
On a more serious note, even though it may be impractical to have such a debate before the recess, I...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] You do not honestly expect the Leader to answer that question.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [475]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I refer to No. 80, motion No. 18 on the Order Paper, an all-party motion with respect to city and county councils. I am aware of the many telephone calls and letters originating from this House, promising support and action on the issue relating to the motion, that were sent to ...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [475]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] We need to remind ourselves that when we raise a matter in this House, it can result in action, sometimes much later. We had a very good debate here two years ago on food provenance. It was suggested that we should be able to determine where food comes from. The Minister was n...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [476]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senators Darragh O'Brien, Mullins, Paul Coghlan, Jim D'Arcy and Cullinane spoke about the situation in Greece. The euro summit statement stressed the need for the Greek authorities to rebuild trust as a prerequisite for a possible future agreement on the new European Stability M...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [476]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [476]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien also raised the plight of sufferers of multiple sclerosis. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel in that regard. I note his points in relation to the HSE, the Department and the need to come clean with information before the House when informa...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [476]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Norris, David]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [477]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mullins spoke about the major success of the IDA in attracting companies to this country and in creating so many jobs. It is very important that 59% of the jobs created by the people who are locating in Ireland are going to the regions. Many Members of the House had com...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [477]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Conway raised the introduction of the Eircode system. As the Senator mentioned previously, Shannon is on move again, but I do not believe it is on the move to Limerick. He also raised the question of having minimum custodial sentences in rape cases and called for a deba...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] And Limerick.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, and Limerick. Such amalgamations have occurred, and I believe there are only three counties - Cork, Galway and Dublin - that do not have one local authority dealing with both city and county. It is a matter that is under review. I take the Senator's point regarding inequa...Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] That is as a result of a recent meeting with the Minister, in which many parties were involved, to press him for such an action.
Senator Quinn referred to a debate on the Food Provenance Bill, and I note his point regarding the extension of country-of-origin labelling to non-pr...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Fiach Mac Conghail has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 80, motion 17, be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, it is.[Mac Conghail, Fiach]Vol-241 Book-7 Page [478]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is proposed to take No. 12, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Educational Research Centre (Establishment) Order 2015 - back from committee; No. 13, motion re referral to joint committee of proposed recommendation by Dáil Éireann of appointment of a member of t...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [47]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] There are six proposals to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with the late sitting agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Nos. 12, 13 and 14 agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 15 agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealin...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [48]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is not agreed. We are again witnessing the unnecessary guillotining of debate on important Bills, in this case, the Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2014, on which essentially there will be about an hour's debate, followed by the Children First Bill 2014 on which there wi...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [48]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Of course, as today is Bastille Day, the guillotine is out. The Government proposes to guillotine the debate on any number of Bills this week as it races towards the finish line of this Dáil session. I oppose the guillotining of the debate on Report Stage of the Personal Insolv...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [49]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Everybody wants this legislation to go through. I have been asked questions about it here for the last number of months. We have been waiting for a very considerable period for amendments to be drafted by Opposition parties and so on.
In respect of what Deputies Martin and Mc...
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14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Taoiseach. Absolutely.[McDonald, Mary Lou]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [49]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Fine compliments there.[Healy-Rae, Michael]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [49]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I figured it was beyond the Government Deputies.[McDonald, Mary Lou]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [49]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Deputy McDonald must have been out advising Syriza on the mathematics.[Byrne, Eric]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [49]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Fair play to Deputy McDonald. She is sharper at the maths than her leader.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] There is nothing wrong with my maths, I can tell the Taoiseach.[McDonald, Mary Lou]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Only when it comes to budgets.[Kehoe, Paul]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] What about the quality of the Friday sittings?[Martin, Micheál]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] This is legislation which we need to get through. There are people who are demanding it and who need it.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach should stop, for God's sake. He has ignored them for four years. He should give us a break.[Martin, Micheál]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It has been talked about for long enough. It is time to do it. It is for the benefit of hard-pressed people who need this fast.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [50]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Is the proposal for dealing with No. 40, Order for Report, Report and Final Stages of the Children First Bill 2014 agreed to?[An Ceann Comhairle]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is not agreed based on the same principle as the opposition to the previous proposal. This again represents a guillotining of a very important Bill, namely, the Children First Bill. The proposal is that Report and Final Stages shall be taken today, but again, there is a very...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is a guillotine job.[McGrath, Mattie]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I agree with those comments. Once again, this is very important legislation that has been awaited for a long time. There has been an inordinate delay in bringing the Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas but we find ourselves again at the eleventh hour and with a rush to th...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] There are just four amendments to be addressed. Approximately four and a half hours of discussion was had on the Bill on Committee Stage. It is important legislation and must be progressed.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Is the proposal for dealing with No. a1, Second and Remaining Stages of the Defence (Amendment) Bill 2015, tomorrow, agreed to? Agreed. We have three minutes to speak on the Order of Business.[An Ceann Comhairle]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise with the Taoiseach the fact that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, refused a request to increase health funding to meet the ongoing need of the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar, for approximately €1 billion. The Minist...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [52]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] Under the Haddington Road agreement, and a side deal struck thereafter, former Ministers and taoisigh are to receive an increase in their pensions. The Taoiseach will be aware that this has gone down like a lead balloon in the public sphere. What is the Taoiseach going to do ab...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [53]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] The health (miscellaneous provisions) Bill is scheduled for later in the year. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, will talk to each Minister, including the Minister for Health, Deputy Varadkar, about issues that arise where shortfalls are identified i...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [53]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] What about the sum of €230,000?[Martin, Micheál]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [53]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] When Deputy Martin referred to AIB, is he referring to 2003?[Taoiseach, The]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [53]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] This is the point. It is a smart-alec response. Deal with the substance.[Martin, Micheál]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [54]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I will bring him up to date on this. The pensions to which Deputy McDonald referred are determined by the scale of salaries that applied and two of three former taoisigh have said they will not accept a restoration of some of the pension cut that was imposed upon former Members o...Vol-887 Book-1 Page [54]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] It is not one or two individuals.[McDonald, Mary Lou]Vol-887 Book-1 Page [54]
14/07/2015 [Order of Business] I am glad two former taoisigh have said they will not accept the part of the restoration of a pension cut. These very high pensions were determined by salary levels at the time, and are different now.
With regard to Clerys, the Minister of State, Deputy Nash, brought a report ...
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