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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I call the House to order. I call the Leader to outline the business of the day.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [431]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 12.45 p.m; No. 2, Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016 - Committee Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of No. 1 and to be adjourned not later than 3 p.m. if not previousl...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [431]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I will start with a bit of good news. I welcome the long-awaited deal struck between the Department of Health and Vertex to provide the life-saving drug, Orkambi, to cystic fibrosis patients. Campaigners have been appealing to the Minister for Health for well over 18 months for...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [431]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to propose an amendment to the Order of Business proposed by the Leader. I propose that all Stages of No. 5, the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017, be taken today. I would be disposed to withdrawing my amendment if the Leader is in a position gives the House an a...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [431]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business. I would like an invitation to be extended as a matter of urgency to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Katherine Zappone, to come to the Chamber to respond to questions on the second interim report of the Commissi...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [432]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Is the Senator formally proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [433]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[Devine, Máire]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [433]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank everyone for the cross-party support I received for the Adult Safeguarding Bill which I brought forward last Wednesday in Private Members' time. I am looking at the next steps to be taken to progress this urgent legislation. I would be delighted to have the continued in...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [433]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I will raise two issues, the first of which is child poverty. There have been a number of requests made this morning and I agree that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs should be invited to come to the House to discuss the issue of mother and baby homes. In the past fe...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [433]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] As my party's spokesperson on foreign affairs, I support the views of Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on what is happening in Chechnya and LGBT rights.
I will raise a different issue. There is a long-standing tradition in this House which has been honoured to this day of encouraging...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Closing time.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I shall not accept interruptions because my comments are important.[O'Reilly, Joe]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Briefly.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Reilly, Joe]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The matter will be debated later today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The closure of pubs on Good Friday is part of our religious tradition. It is non-sectarian in that there has been a buy-in by all of the religious traditions. It also sends a subliminal message on our attitude to alcohol that we favour temperance and have space for a non-alcoho...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [434]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Mulherin, Michelle]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] We should open the debate and reflect more before getting rid of everything and giving in to every commercial whim. We should not "fumble in a greasy till and add the halfpence to the pence" on every issue.[O'Reilly, Joe]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to inform the House that the other day I wrote to the management, shareholders and directors of MidLink M7/M8 Limited to complain in the strongest terms about the treatment of the Carrick-on-Suir water rescue service. As we all know, a Herculean effort is being made in Er...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I second my colleague Senator Michael McDowell's proposal that we take all Stages of the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill. Like him, I am prepared to work with the Leader and will listen to what he has to say in replying to the Order of Business.
Last week I spoke about th...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Why not go over to them?[Burke, Paddy]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Naturally, start-ups seek equity. We would like to see the education and training boards being given back the responsibility to assisting small start-ups. In order to do so, we need the Minister for Education and Skills to come to the House to discuss the issue. In the revised...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Why not go and meet investors?[Burke, Paddy]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Creating five jobs in a small town would make a huge difference. If we could get ten small towns involved, 50 jobs could be created. I ask the Leader, at his leisure, to invite the Minister responsible to come to the House to debate this issue after the Easter break.[Craughwell...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [435]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I again refer to the need to prioritise the N4 and N5 road projects in the mid-term capital review. Submissions by the public will be accepted up to 30 April. The economic crash of 2008 stopped many projects in their tracks, including the N4 and N5 road projects. They would ha...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I unequivocally support Senator Keith Swanick's proposal in response to what happened to the Carrick-on-Suir water rescue service when its volunteers had to pay tolls. It was an appalling way to treat them. Their work must be recognised as a matter of principle.[Conway-Walsh, R...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I extend the solidarity of the House and our thoughts and prayers to the families of Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith who remain missing. I wish all of the rescue services involved in the search the best of luck in the coming days in seeking to reunite Paul and Ciarán with their fam...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I hope the Senator will not name the doctor as the case may be sub judice.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] There continues to be misdiagnosis of patients in emergency departments throughout the country. Let me give a couple of examples. I know a woman who was discharged from hospital, even though she had a fractured back. She had no one to look after her at 11 p.m. and had no money...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [436]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I urge Senators to be careful in referring to cases not to identify anyone, particularly when there may be a medical negligence case pending.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [437]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The case has been concluded and the details are available to the public. I thank the Cathaoirleach for his advice.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [437]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Minister of State with responsibility for disability, Deputy Finian McGrath, has a longstanding passion, commitment and interest in cystic fibrosis and those who have the condition. I commend him and the Minister for Health on developments in respect of the Orkambi drug. Ma...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [437]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I also welcome the deal that has been struck on cystic fibrosis drugs, particularly Orkambi. It will provide welcome relief to a particular cohort of cystic fibrosis sufferers who will benefit from the drug. It also shows that we must stand up to drugs companies. In that regar...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [437]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Máire Devine.
Yesterday, Ms Patricia King of ICTU provided some startling information to the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, which I propose to share with Senators. The most recent statisti...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I congratulate UISCE, the Union for Improved Services Communication and Education, on the launch of its strategic plan. UISCE works with drug users and drug service users to keep drug use advice at the centre of drug policy, which is extremely important.
Senator Joe O'Reilly d...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I remind Senators that the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill will be debated this evening. It is nonsensical to debate issues related to it at this stage.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [439]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the sentiments expressed by Senator Dolan on Áras Attracta and the work that needs to be done in the area of disability. I hope we can move on and address important issues, including disability.
I raise again the unfilled posts in the child and adolescent mental heal...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the alleged compromise arrived at on the water issue. As a House and at Oireachtas level, we must reflect on what this whole affair has to say about the way we do politics here and in the country. We have had a massive national distraction and a tremendous amount of p...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [439]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I join Members in supporting the suggestion that we have a debate with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the statement that came out yesterday. It is shocking and appalling. I add a request to the Leader that the Minister for Justice and Equality attend to speak to...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [439]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] A last point-----[Higgins, Alice-Mary]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to hold on.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] This is related. It will take one second.[Higgins, Alice-Mary]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator will accede to the Chair. Members come in here thinking they are all leaders and can have three minutes. I allowed whichever leader was chosen three minutes and the Senator has already had three minutes and wants to bring up another point.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] It is the same point. I will conclude.[Higgins, Alice-Mary]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I also point out that every other person bar a leader can raise only one issue on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] This is the same issue and I will finish.[Higgins, Alice-Mary]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator is over her time. I give her two seconds to finish up.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Ireland hopes to chair the UN Commission on the Status of Women and to stand before the world as a leader on the rights of women. How can we do that credibly next March if we have this failure to redress the abuse of older women hanging over us? I ask the Leader how we can cred...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Many other Members want to speak and it is unfair to them. Many Members abide by the limits day in, day out while there are five or six others who, day in, day out, test my patience and indulgence. Some day, I will prevent them from speaking. I am usually fairly patient.[An Ca...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the decision on the benefits that cystic fibrosis patients will enjoy as a result of the decision to make two drugs available. I thank the Minister for Health and the Department for coming to an agreement on that issue. We also need to look at the agreement between ph...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [440]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader will recall that in the run-up to the St. Patrick's Day festivities at the Famine memorial in Philadelphia in March, the Taoiseach announced the very positive news that the Government will seek to hold a referendum to extend the franchise in presidential elections to o...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [441]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] We have been talking about water and many other issues, but something that seems to have passed us by is that almost six weeks ago there was a very important election in Northern Ireland. Six weeks later we still have live issues such as the Irish language and dealing with the p...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [441]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to support the comments of my colleague, Senator Swanick, regarding the emergency services, and to reiterate that there is no such thing as a second-rate emergency service in this country. Perhaps by way of a gesture the toll companies could offer free tags to the e...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [441]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I rise today to raise the issue of the alarming figures from Retail Excellence Ireland that show that more people are shopping online now than are shopping locally. I would like to encourage people to go out and support their local retailers. The fact that the value of sterling...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [442]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] It might be timely to have a debate on the Irish horseracing industry as we face into the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday, which is the jewel in the crown of national hunt racing, with a prize pot of over €500,000. It is probably one of the biggest races in the history of ...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [442]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach for letting me speak as I was late to the Order of Business. I previously called for the rolling out of hospital car parking guidelines for seriously ill patients and for a consistent service to be provided across the country for families when a member ...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [442]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I rise today to talk about rates and the revaluation of rates, which has been going on throughout the country at present. Recently we had the revaluation in Westmeath which brought in two reasonably sized provincial towns, Mullingar and Athlone, both with populations of approxim...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [443]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 25 Senators who made contributions to the Order of Business. I welcome Mr. Tiernan Brady of Australians for Equality to the Public Gallery who is here for the Easter holidays. He is a former member of the Yes Equality campaign and I pay tribute to his work here. I ...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [443]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] He had a great deal to put up with.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes, and I am glad Senator Mullen was not on the committee because the Chairman would have had much more to put up with.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] As Senator Buttimer well knows, I would have been one of the constructive voices on this issue.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Mullen walks on water.[Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] If Senator Mullen can walk on water, he should patent it and make a fortune. He is committed to healing wounds.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank Senator Buttimer for what I think was a compliment.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] He gives the odd dig too.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am sure the issue of water will be debated again when the report and legislation come before the House. Those who peddle a certain line must recognise that the provision of clean drinking water does not come cheaply. In County Cork, raw sewage equating to 40,000 full wheelie ...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [446]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Buttimer should tell that to the Jack and Jill Foundation. Taxpayers are worried about hundreds of millions of euro. It appears we are back in the Celtic tiger days of waste and there has been no debate about it.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] There is a lot of vested interest in that hospital. What I and the Government are committed to-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] People like Jimmy Sheehan do not have vested interests.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I have met them all. I have heard everybody. What we must do is build a hospital. Let us get it done for the children and parents who require it.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] The right hospital in the right place[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] We are well over time and we have a very busy schedule today. We have a CPP meeting after this and-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am doing my best. Half the problem, as the Cathaoirleach said, is that many people have raised more than one issue. I have to reply to them all. The Cathaoirleach is dead right.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] It is a unifying theme.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [447]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Higgins raised the issue of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She raised an interesting point but, to be fair, the Government has committed to redressing the wrongs of the past. We will have that debate if Senator Devine will accept my proposal.
Senator Colm B...
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12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator McDowell proposed an amendment to the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I withdraw the amendment.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Devine has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business that there be a debate with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on the interim report of the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes today. Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Far be it for me to divide the House. I will withdraw the proposed amendment if the Leader will confirm that the Minister can come to the Chamber before the end of May to have a further debate. I thank all the other Senators. As a House, we can work together on this.[Devine, M...Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am happy to work with the Senator to get a date for the Minister before the end of May.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Is Senator Devine happy with that?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
12/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes. I withdraw the amendment.[Devine, Máire]Vol-251 Book-7 Page [449]
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