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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re sectoral employment order (construction sector) to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; and No. 2, statements on budget 2018, to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and to conclude not later than 6.50 p.m., with the cont...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [593]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Before I begin calling Senators on the Order of Business I remind them that the Leader has proposed to take statements on the budget later this afternoon and while I understand the temptation to comment on the budget now, there will be ample opportunity to do so during the statem...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [593]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Despite your comments, a Leas-Chathaoirligh, as I will not be here to comment on the budget later, I will touch slightly on it. My entire contribution on the Order of Business will not be on the budget. Today, I rise to reflect on parts of the budget. Like last year, the influ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [594]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I take the opportunity on behalf of myself and my fellow members of the Independent group to express condolences to the members of the family of the late Liam Cosgrave, iar Thaoiseach. Many words have been spoken about him since his death and some of them have been well publicis...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [594]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Agus muid ag dul ó ábhar bróin go dtí ábhar rud beag níos fuinniúla agus b'fhéidir chan chomh tábhachtach leis an méid a bhí le rá ag an caointeoir a chuaigh romham, tá brón orm go bhfuil orm an píosa sin a leanstan. I am conscious that I am following the remarks of Senator McDo...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [595]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I join with others in expressing condolences to the family of the late Taoiseach, Liam Cosgrave.
On a more positive note, I join with Senator Ó Donnghaile in expressing such a welcome for the match result last night. It was a super match and I am proud for James McClean and, a...
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the €310 million allocated in the budget to address the infrastructural needs of higher and further education sectors. I ask the Leader to find out where the Technological Universities Bill is and when it will be completed on Committee Stage. The Bill signifies an imp...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [597]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] On my own behalf and that of the Fianna Fáil group, I pass on our condolences to the wider Cosgrave family on the death of Liam. I will not go on at length about the former Taoiseach. Senator Michael McDowell made a very thoughtful speech on his contribution to Irish life. It ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [598]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I express my deepest sympathy to the Cosgrave family on the death of their father, the former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. He did the State a great service in his time as Taoiseach at a very difficult time politically. At his funeral on Saturday he was described by Monsignor John W...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [598]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator is well into injury time.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [599]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I am just finishing. I call on the Minister for Health to ask the HSE to enter into discussions with the Association of Optometrists Ireland as a matter of priority.[Lawless, Billy]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [599]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I point out to Senator Billy Lawless that while optometrists can deliver very valuable services, there are also many that they cannot. Outpatient departments cover the entirety of services, which is why they provide a slightly more expensive service.
I would like to make some ...
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] As the Leas-Chathaoirleach has asked that we not make budget statements I will not do so. However, in regard to Senator Reilly's point that we must stand firm against corporations and conglomerates, where are we at in regard to the Apple tax that we are refusing and appealing?
...
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] While I, too, would like to comment on the budget I will wait until the appropriate time to do so. I rise today to highlight the ongoing debate in Cork regarding the county and the city, in respect of which several reports have been produced over the last five to six years, thre...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [600]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Am I correct that the Senator has tabled this issue for discussion as a Commencement matter?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [600]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] No, the Commencement matter relates to local election boundaries. The local authorities need to ensure governance structures are put in place to allow Cork to move forward as appropriate. Thus far, all we have had is debate and internal arguments. In terms of the structure of ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [600]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Indeed.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Today, we have all been listening to the budget and I know we will debate it later. Today is also World Homeless Day. We are now in 2017 yet we have 8,270 people in emergency accommodation and 3,048 of them are children. When I heard a Fine Gael Senator say that housing is bei...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] What is the reason for that?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Some 3,048 of those people are children.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] We are discussing the Order of Business.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Today is also World Mental Health Day. Again, I address my comment to Fine Gael. There are 678,438 people on some form of a hospital waiting list. Again, this matter needs to be addressed. We need to make sure that these people, like previous speakers have said, are not waiti...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Who created the HSE?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I will give an example.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Who created the HSE? It was Deputy Micheál Martin.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I know of instances where medical cards have been refused.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Deputy Micheál Martin is the Senator's party leader.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Will Senator Murnane O'Connor save her example-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I will.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [601]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Who created the HSE? It was Deputy Micheál Martin.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----for statements on the budget-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----rather than give it now?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I heard of a case yesterday where a medical card was refused-----[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I do not want people speaking on the budget now when we have will have statements later on.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----and the lady is blind.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator's party leader created the HSE.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] She is blind yet she was refused a medical card because she was just over the limit.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] That sounds like Charlie and his health cuts against the old and vulnerable.[Reilly, James]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Government needs to address these issues which are not being addressed.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] We were in a recession.[Mulherin, Michelle]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Order, please.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I ask that the Leader invites the Minister of State, Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran, who has responsibility for the Office for Public Works, OPW, to debate the whole issue of what progress has been made on the delivery of flood defences under the Capital Investment Plan 2016-2021. In ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Reilly, James]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----and for people throughout the country-----[Mulherin, Michelle]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[McFadden, Gabrielle]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [602]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----and for money that the Government has set aside and the plans it has to provide long-term flood defences are being delivered in a timely fashion.
We also have catchment flood risk assessment and management, CFRAM, an analysis of over 300 areas that are at risk of flooding....
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] My colleague, Senator McDowell, has paid tribute to the late Liam Cosgrave and I wish to be associated with it. I knew this unique man well. I grew up in his constituency of Dún Laoghaire. I extend particular sympathy to his son Liam Thomas, or Liam T. Cosgrave Jnr. as we know...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [603]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to express my condolences to the Cosgrave family.
I congratulate Martin O'Neill and the Irish soccer team on their win. It was like a mini World Cup victory. I hope Ireland will qualify to go to Russia.
I congratulate the Meath senior camogie team who won the...
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Cuirim fáilte ar ais roimh an gCeannaire. Tá súil agam gur éirigh go maith leis ar an turas a bhí á dhéanamh aige ar son na Parlaiminte. I welcome the Leader back. I hope the parliamentary group he travelled with was a success. It is important that such trips happen.
It is ...
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10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to join in the vote of sympathy to the late Liam Cosgrave who made a huge contribution to this country in difficult times. During the ceremony, there were interesting references to Liam Cosgrave's support for the Garda and the Garda's support for him. At an extreme...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [605]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] During his election campaign the Taoiseach committed to double State funding for culture over a seven-year period. Justin Trudeau made the same commitment, but, ironically, it is a commitment on which Canada has delivered. It is time, therefore, for the Government to road-map i...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [605]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I, too, wish to be associated with the expressions of sympathy to the Cosgrave family on the death of the former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave. One could not put it any better than how Senator Michael McDowell put it. He probably knew him better than most of us in the Chamber and gav...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [606]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 18 Members who contributed on the Order of Business. I join the many Senators who paid tribute to the memory of the late and great iarThaoiseach, Liam Cosgrave. Like many others in the House, I attended the funeral last Saturday afternoon and was struck by the simpl...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [606]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [607]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik referred to health and Sláintecare. The Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, is very much committed to Sláintecare. He is of the view that an implementation group will be appointed by the end of the year. He is very much committed to the report of the overarching ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [607]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] We are not supposed to talk about the budget.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It was raised on the Order of Business. I know the one line Sinn Féin gets every day is that we cannot praise good news. Sinn Féin does not like to hear good news.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Members can come back and give us the good news when we reach the next item of business.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Just to confuse us.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I remind Senator Murnane O'Connor that on this occasion in the budget the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, is allocating €209 million to new initiatives where the Government will inform the HSE of what the funding can be spent on. She should remember that it was her party lea...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It is ten years on now.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator should remember that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader can only use that excuse for so long. Mistakes were made but we are seven years on now. He should take responsibility.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Both Senators will have the opportunity to contribute to the next item of business. They should please leave it at that.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It is only a lover's tiff.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Just so Members know, in the context of the health service, the health budget is €15.3 billion, which is a 5% increase.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader can-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Funding is needed to implement Sláintecare.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Minister said transitional funding will be made available for Sláintecare on an ongoing basis.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader should speak through the Chair.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] This is about ensuring-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Unless it is proven right we will have to-----[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I know that good news is hard to take.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] No. I am delighted with the good news.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [608]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I appreciate that the Senator would love to be in Government.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Will Senator Buttimer hold that good news until the next item?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I will. The important point is that the budget announced by the Minister will allow for more people to be employed and there will be new initiatives to cut waiting lists. Senator Bacik is correct that we need to see the Sláintecare plan being taken on board across the health se...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] We do, and we do not have funding for it.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Whether it is primary care or the optometrists to whom Senator Lawless referred or elder care in the home, as Senator Colm Burke has been talking about, that is all addressed in the budget. We will have more home care packages and we will embrace Sláintecare and what the Ministe...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] He should have referenced it explicitly in the budget.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Hold on now; you are all a bit previous.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] There is an additional €35 million for mental health on this World Mental Health Day which is up from last year.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator will be able to go into that in more detail.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I will not be able to do so because I have been asked to respond to the Order of Business and am doing so. I welcome Senator Bacik's Private Members' Bill. We hoped to see that expedited in the past. It is a Bill we have supported.
I join with Senator McFadden in congratulat...
Vol-253 Book-9 Page [609]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It has moved on from there, in fairness. International mediation is needed. That was the point I was making.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [610]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I respect Senator Ó Clochartaigh's right to have a view on that. The Taoiseach will make his views and those of the Government known at the EU Heads of State meeting. It is important that we allow the Spanish people to decide for themselves what they want to do. The referendum...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [610]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] That has not been adjudicated on yet.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [610]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I am not going to get into an argument here in the House because there is some way to go in the debate on that issue. However, it is important the concerns of the Irish Government in terms of policing and what happened on the day of polling are expressed. We were all concerned ...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [610]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Not nearly enough.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It will be provided in 2018-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] It is far below what we need.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] -----with additional funding for the language and the planning process, including in respect of Údarás na Gaeltachta. As the Minister stated in his speech, our language is a vital part of our country. Senator Ó Clochartaigh does not like to hear good news but there is good news...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] No. It does not go far enough. It is nowhere near what Conradh na Gaeilge asked for.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Senators can comment further on that in the next item.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] I would be happy to have a debate on the diaspora. We have not had a debate for a while and it is an important one to have.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCeannaire.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke raised the issue of the gardaí. We all welcome the 800 extra gardaí. The Senator also made reference to an important issue in his contribution, namely, the inordinate delay experienced by the victims of crime. Those dealing with injuries are having to endure...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader did not disappoint me. I guessed he would but not to worry.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-253 Book-9 Page [611]
10/10/2017 [Order of Business] Before I come to No. 1, I wish to be associated with the kind words of tribute to our late Taoiseach and leader, Liam Cosgrave. The Senators were accurate. They were all well made, well meant and richly deserved. He was truly a great Irishman and a thorough gentleman. Ar dhei...Vol-253 Book-9 Page [612]
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