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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding amendment of Standing Orders 70, 81, 104 and 104A, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion regarding the establishment of a special committee on the eighth amendment of the Constitution,...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [518]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I note from the Irish Independent today that farmers are facing huge damage from post-Brexit tariffs, so it is important that we invite the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to the House to explain what preparation is being made. Irish beef and dairy exports face tar...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [518]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator is proposing an amendment to the Order of Business, that No. 16 be taken before No. 1?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [519]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[Horkan, Gerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [519]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the former councillor, Bart Donegan, and his good wife to the Visitors Gallery. There is an interesting history to this. His grandfather was a Member of this House and the great freedom fighter, Seán Moylan, helped him to become a Senator but lost his own seat. Seán ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [519]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] On 18 January last, I wrote to the Department of Defence to seek information with regard to the appointment of an additional assistant secretary general in the Department. In my freedom of information request I sought a copy of the correspondence between the Department of Defenc...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [519]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] This morning, I raise the case of Irish citizen Elizabeth Crumlish Doran, who is making a desperate plea to the Irish Government to step in and help return her three children, who were taken into care by British social workers in distressing scenes in Solihull, Birmingham in Apri...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [520]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue of the child care subsidy. It has been announced that 9,000 families will miss out on the subsidy due to commence in September. It probably does not seem like much to some, but €48 per month for child care for some families, who would have already begu...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [521]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am sure he would be very proud of the Senator, and the advice he gave her was very wise.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [521]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Too often we do not acknowledge the progress we have made over the past six years. The unemployment rate six years ago was 15% and there have been enormous improvements and gains in this regard. This is despite issues with regard to bogus self-employed people, precarious employ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [521]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange a debate in the House after Easter about the state of sport in Ireland and its administration, governance and funding. During the past weeks and months, sport has made headlines, in may cases for positive reasons but also for very negative reasons. I...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [522]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I second the proposal on my colleague, Senator Ardagh's Bill. I want to comment on the grave issues Senator Craughwell raised, his query and the response to same. I second his proposal asking the Minister to come to the House.[Gallagher, Robbie]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [522]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] It is only possible to second one item. Senator McDowell has indicated he wishes to speak, so I am sure he will do so.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [522]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Tá sé sin ceart go leor. The Leader might confirm whether any performance bonuses have been paid to any personnel in the Department of Defence.
I ask the Leader to invite the Minister, Deputy Naughten, to the House to discuss his plans for the post office network in this count...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of insurance premiums generally and as they affect motorists and employers, in particular. The reason I am concerned about this is that it was the case that the former Minister and Tánaiste, Mary Harney, and I, together in our respective Departments in the peri...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Is the Senator minded to second the earlier proposal?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Yes, I second Senator Craughwell's proposal.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I was unsure whether the Senator was anxious to do so.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] No.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I rise to speak about the flood relief scheme in Bandon. It has been an ongoing issue for the last decade if not more and there has been a stop and start situation in the scheme for the last three or four years. Work began four years ago but people were pulled off-site. There ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [523]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] It might be an appropriate matter for a commencement debate, if Senator Lombard wishes to table it in the near future.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [524]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] As far back as late November, I raised the plight of the cereal and grain farmers in the west who suffered tremendous losses last year due to the severe inclement weather. There was a lot of crop lost on a strip of the west coast. This issue was raised not only by me, but by se...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [524]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Leader ask the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Varadkar, to come to the House to explain his new ideas for the self-employed, and the findings of the survey conducted last year of 20,000 self-employed people? We all heard the new advertisement on the radio for th...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [524]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Leader ask the Minister, Deputy Coveney, to return to this House? This is an ideal forum. The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Deputy Coveney, was in the House and spent a great deal of time discussing the housing Bill. It would be ideal...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Humphreys, of the town and village renewal scheme 2017. This will allow new life to be breathed into many towns and villages around the country. The recent census figure...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I refer to the debate yesterday on the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 which proposes to open pubs on Good Friday. It was stated that this was a generally popular change and that the tourism industry would be gravely damaged if this did not happen. After the debate, I...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator spoke to two large groups of tourists. Did they ask the Senator about it or did he address them?[McDowell, Michael]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator just bumped into two temperance groups.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I have a very considerable volume of emails, all supporting the idea of closing the pubs on Good Friday. I was on "Pat Kenny" this morning. He rang me up and asked if I would do an interview.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [525]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Did Senator Norris say "No"?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The response to that was overwhelmingly in favour of keeping pubs closed on Good Friday. There is no research to show that this was a popular thing, it was just a fantasy.
One of the issues that came in, which was very significant, is off-licence sales. I got a very detailed ...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We support Senator Norris in full on that.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] That is where there is a need to attack. There is a need to stop the supermarkets peddling alcohol to young people at below cost.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Forget about Good Friday. God knows, we have plenty of problems with drink in this country and the last thing we need is another day of booze. As far as people stocking up goes, it is not just on Good Friday but on every day of the week because of the price of alcohol.[Norris, ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator for that rendition. He will have ample time on Committee and Report Stages to speak and I understand there is also a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill on the Order Paper which might be resurrected at some time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We talk about no pubs being open on Good Friday. One of the big issues in Ireland at the moment is social media and I wonder if we could have a "No mobile phones" day. It would be interesting to see how we could function for an entire day without a mobile phone.[Burke, Colm]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I would function perfectly well.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [526]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] It might be interesting to see how that would work.
I raise the issue of the home care proposals, which was touched on briefly during the week. The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy McEntee, is dealing with it. It would be appropriate to have a debate in t...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The next speaker is Senator Byrne. The Senator should note that I have done my penance yesterday and am a bit more indulgent today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach. A course was launched recently in Waterford Institute of Technology. It is an online maths programme to help parents of secondary school students. Parents can learn online to fill in the gaps where they feel they can no longer help their sons and dau...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I ask the Leader to include in his reply some indication of the Government's proposals to protect innocent tourists from being harangued by Senator Norris.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] It is in the interests of the tourism industry.[Gallagher, Robbie]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] They were delighted to make my acquaintance.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am sure the Leader will deal with that as an appropriate point of order in an appropriate fashion.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] In other words, ignore it.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 16 Senators who contributed on the Order of Business. Senator Horkan raised the very important issue of Brexit and, in particular, the farming community. It is important to recognise that in 2016 agrifood exports to the UK amounted to €4.8 billion, or 39% of total a...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [527]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Why did it take 75 pages of documentation from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform?[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I cannot answer that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Neither will the Department.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Allow the Leader to respond.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Does Senator Craughwell want to hear my reply or not? If he does not, I will not reply.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] What about the rest of us? We are all agog.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am glad to hear it.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Was Senator Norris here for the question?[Reilly, James]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I was here for the question.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The job specification states the position is to deal with personnel issues in the Department of Defence and the Defence Forces. There are only two assistant secretaries in the Department of Defence. Senator Craughwell has raised issues in the Defence Forces on more than one occ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [528]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] This post was created.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We moved a debate from defence to accommodate the Senator and I am more than happy for the Minister to come to the House, although I know he is not available tonight. He is willing to come in but I will not accept the Senator's amendment to the Order of Business. The matter he ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] It is a classic case of jobs for the boys.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator has the means to press his issue later if he does not accept the Leader's response.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I am willing to work with the Minister for Defence but he has other engagements this evening as part of his portfolio.
Senator Gavan raised the very sensitive and emotive story of Elizabeth Crumlish Doran and her family and the issue of forced adoption. I would be happy for th...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Ruane asked about the child care subsidy and the 9,000 families who will not get it. There is a reorganisation of the scheme in the Department and the Minister is trying to expedite it. It is an important issue concerning IT and it is not acceptable that there should be...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [529]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Reilly, James]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [530]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We all welcome the fact that just 6.4% are now unemployed. However, I agree with the Senator about the cohort of people who made a vital contribution prior to the recession and in many cases still want to.
Senator O'Mahony raised a recent report published by the Minister of St...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] General jollity.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] -----brevity. They had a very rumbustious and robust debate with the Senator on the issue of Good Friday. There are diverging views. This morning on "Morning Ireland" we heard Senator Horkan and Senator Reilly have a very passionate debate on the matter. I am sure the matter ...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I will add my voice by saying I would love to see a no phone day in the Seanad for one working day.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear. I would also like to see fewer people on their telephones texting during Seanad proceedings.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Perhaps the first day back we could see how we get on with that. It might be a matter for the CPP.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We will search Senators coming in.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] We could do that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Put them in a bin.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] A lead-lined room.[Horkan, Gerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [531]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke raised the issue of home care packages, the national dementia strategy and Nursing Homes Ireland. In both the House and the health committee, the Senator has been a very strong advocate of the need for a plan to use nursing homes as step-down facilities and al...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The same to the Leader.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach for his impartiality and good humour in the Chair. He has to put up with lots of things.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Norris, David]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I wish all Senators a pleasant, happy and peaceful Easter and perhaps a no-phone Easter.
Senator Horkan has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 16 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated he is prepared to accept this amendment. Is that agreed? ...
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13/04/2017 [Order of Business] There is little point in pressing it if the Minister is not available. However, by the time we get to talk to the Minister the post will be filled. It is a jobs for the boys post of €146,000 a year when we cannot get serving officers. We cannot do a whole lot about it.[Craughw...Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] I cannot allow further debate. The Senator has made his point. I take it the amendment is being withdrawn.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
13/04/2017 [Order of Business] The amendment has to be withdrawn.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-251 Book-8 Page [532]
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