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16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Private Members' business, Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2016 - Second Stage, to be taken at 1.30 p.m., with the time allocated to the debate not to exceed two hours; and No. 1a, motion regarding establishment of a tribunal of inquiry, to be tak...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [207]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the motion to be taken this evening and the opportunity to debate the terms of reference of the tribunal of inquiry into the Garda. This is one of the biggest matters that has been before the House. It is important that the inquiry commences and that its terms of refe...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [207]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Due to professional duties of confidentiality and professional rules on publicity, I have been unable, like many Members, to deal in public with the controversies surrounding the demonisation of Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his family. I remain in that position. Those duties, ho...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [208]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [208]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] As a former Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality and Attorney General, I am in a good position to form an opinion as to whether it is appropriate for the Commissioner, against whom the gravest of allegations of misconduct have been made and which will now be investigated, ...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [208]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is not every day that I stand here and agree completely, fully and wholly with Senator McDowell. It is disturbing that the Garda Commissioner is refusing to step aside for the duration of the public tribunal of inquiry. It is even more disturbing that the Government, the Cab...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [209]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to express concern about correspondence I received earlier this week from the ambassador with the mission of the state of Palestine in Dublin, outlining his serious concerns around the ongoing and continuous approval of construction of settlements by the Israeli Government...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [209]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Last Monday morning at first light, machinery moved in to the Harold's Cross greyhound track. They removed the traps, took furniture out from the restaurant and put security on the gates. The 12 staff who work there were locked out. These are the actions of the Irish Greyhound...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [210]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I share Senator Landy's concerns about the Irish greyhound industry, which has been a traditionally strong industry not only in Dublin where the current controversy surrounds the Harold's Cross track but right around the country where patrons, owners and breeders are concerned ab...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [211]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I support what Senator Black has said. I was in utter shock last night when I saw the off the cuff, almost comical and satirical remarks of President Trump on this issue. He did no favours to anybody on any side.[Daly, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [211]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [211]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to raise an issue that was covered in an article in the Evening Herald regarding the seizure by An Garda Síochána of a large number of Taser guns from an organised crime gang. I welcome that seizure and I am delighted we can send a positive message back to the garda...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [211]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] When I turned on my radio this morning I heard that politics was being played with the Maurice McCabe issue, and I hope we will not have that in this House this evening. It is a very serious issue which has gone on for far too long. We have in front of us the terms of reference...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We cannot foresee what evidence will be given. We should not be going into the detail the Senator-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] What I am talking about is in the public domain.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator can foresee many things.[Feighan, Frank]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is in the public domain.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Some Senators have macular edema but that is neither here nor there.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Superintendent Taylor was forced out of his job for 22 months.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator will have the opportunity to contribute to the debate on the terms of reference this evening but we should not be going into this detail on the matter.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Garda Commissioner must take a neutral position and in doing so that requires that she steps down and steps aside while the tribunal is going on. Whether she returns or not will be a matter for the outcome of the tribunal, but she must step down, and she must do that immedia...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Now the Senator is on safer ground.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Minister, Deputy Zappone, appeared before the House last night and primarily dealt with the Maurice McCabe travesty, particularly that involving Tusla. This is a critical aspect. We will have a debate in the House when the Health Information and Quality Authority report int...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [212]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] No.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] She said it would not. That raises serious questions. There are many very good people working in Tusla and in An Garda Síochána. If Tusla is not fit for purpose, it should be abolished just as FÁS was abolished. I would like to see a timeline for when the HIQA report will be ...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I commend Senator McDowell's comments. It is simply not credible for the Garda Commissioner to remain in situ. I do not think it does the Fine Gael Party any good whatsoever to cling to the position that she can remain in situ, especially given that all the rest of us have ackn...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach was not on "Morning Ireland".[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to acknowledge that there was a conspiracy against Maurice McCabe.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach was not on "Morning Ireland".[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] To be clear, I was referring to the leader of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Deputy Heydon.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] This matter will be looked into in due course.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to hear what the Leader has to say. If, after all these years, we cannot agree that there was a clear conspiracy against Sergeant Maurice McCabe, how out of touch are we?[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We cannot be so definitive in advance of the tribunal of inquiry.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] With respect, a Leas-Chathaoirligh, I think we can.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We might all have our own opinions.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] My colleague, Deputy Cullinane, is launching a Bill today in an attempt to give trade union officials the right of access to trade union members. In light of the significant issues that have arisen in recent weeks in companies like Tesco, Kerry Foods and Bus Éireann, it is about...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [213]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] In recent days, I have been looking at some startling statistics which show that the number of offences in the category of attempts or threats to murder, assault or harass and related offences increased by 25% between 2005 and 2015. In addition, there was a notable increase in t...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [214]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] A number of commitments were contained in the Action Plan for Education when it was announced with a degree of fanfare towards the end of last year. One of them was a commitment to hire 65 educational psychologists in the first quarter of 2017. The Leader will agree that the ve...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [214]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yesterday, members of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement were invited to meet members of the Likud Party in the Knesset in Israel and many religious leaders. They were very interested in the Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to this c...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [215]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom go mbeadh plé againn leis an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna maidir leis an dul chun cinn atá á dhéanamh ar an bpolasaí oideachas Gaeltachta. Táimid ar fad i bhfabhar an pholasaí, ach tá céimeanna tábhachtacha le tógáil sa chomhthéacs seo maidir le hearcú agus oilú...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [215]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Leader update the House on when it is proposed to have the legislation on greyhounds approved by the Cabinet and brought before both Houses of the Oireachtas in light of what Senator Landy and others have said about the turmoil in the greyhound industry? The Irish Greyh...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [216]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I noted with interest some of the remarks from Senator Feighan. I do not disagree with what he proposed or suggested on the role the Government can play in supporting and helping to develop other peace processes around the world. However, I would contest that it should probably...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [216]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The publication of the latest daft.ie report shows that average rent levels across the country are at an historic peak. We in the Dáil and Seanad recently brought in new legislation for rent caps for certain areas, including Dublin, Cork, Galway and Kildare. This seems unfair t...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 17 Senators who contributed to the Order of Business.
Senators Ardagh, McDowell, Craughwell, Coffey, Conway-Walsh and Gavan raised the matter of a public inquiry. It is important we allow the tribunal to do its work first of all.[Buttimer, Jerry]
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16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Fairly and without people feeling they are going to be bullied if they testify. That is the problem.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Absolutely.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Order. We will have that this evening.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] That works both ways, Senator.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Sorry, it does not.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We will have that-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The bullying has gone one way so far.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] That will be appropriate on the terms of reference this evening, Senator.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] If I can reply without being heckled or bullied either, that would be nice.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Do not invite more comments.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is important to recognise a couple of things. A tribunal is being set up which is public, chaired by an eminent judge, and I have absolute confidence that he will do the job required of him. We are Members of the Upper House and our language is important. By extension of th...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [217]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We are not trying to.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We have the terms of reference before us today. There are no findings against anybody yet. There are allegations in all shapes and forms. It is the job of the tribunal to establish the truth. I have every confidence it will.
We are presumed innocent until otherwise proven g...
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16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I did not.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] We will not re-enter that.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] No.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Even Senator McDowell agrees with me.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is what worries me.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Order, Please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] In the context, I am happy to announce to Senator Ardagh that the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Bruton, will be in the House next Tuesday for education statements. In terms of the first-time buyers grant that she raises, it is new scheme and it will take time. May I...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Fine Gael Party has been in government for the past six years. Senator Buttimer is telling the House that there is money there.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator is not entitled to come in again.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is what we heard at the general election.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] On a point of order.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is grossly unfair of the Leader to throw back things that Members cannot reply to during his presentation. That is unfair in every sense of the word.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yes, it is.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The points that people make need to be addressed, but not to be addressed in a political way.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader is responding to points made earlier.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Some day Senator Craughwell will be standing here and I look forward to hearing him give his reply.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am glad the Leader has accepted that the Seanad will move to that stage.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [218]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The facts are very simple. We had a recession under the watch of Fianna Fáil in government which killed off the construction industry. That is a fact which must be acknowledged by the Members opposite.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] On a point of order, we have been told the recession is over. Six years-----[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot address the Leader across the floor. The Senator must speak through the Chair.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] On a point of order, a Leas-Chathaoirligh.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is not a point of order. Will the Senator remain silent in her seat.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am entitled to make a point of order.[O'Connor, Jennifer Murnane]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Leader, please do not invite any further comment from across the floor.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I was in Carlow once.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Order, please.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is important to recognise that the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Deputy Coveney, in Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness has set out targets and actions that must be followed up. We will have control of rent, which he...Vol-250 Book-3 Page [219]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] Why did we do that?[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [220]
16/02/2017 [Order of Business] I share his view on the Passport Office. It is good to see an increase in the staffing levels to deal with the increased level of applications.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-3 Page [221]
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