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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and to conclude not later than 9 p.m., if not previously concluded, by the putting of one question, which shall, in terms of...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It would be remiss of me not to mention the Maurice McCabe controversy. I welcome the cross-party consensus in regard to the establishment of a public tribunal of inquiry but I also look forward to hearing the Ministers' clarifications in respect of certain questions in the Lowe...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] What kind of language is that in the Seanad?[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Where are we now? Are we at a bus stop or are we in the Seanad?[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Well spoken.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Schools are being penalised for getting good results for their kids and teachers are being penalised for working too hard. That is outrageous.
The second matter I would like to raise relates to the Harold's Cross Greyhound Stadium, which was unexpectedly closed. I was meant t...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that No. 13 be taken before No. 1. I have a seconder.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I will call the seconder in due course.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Gerard Craughwell is the seconder.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] He can do that when he rises to speak.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Over recent days, the information that has come to light regarding the vilification and what can only be described as inhumane torture of Garda Sergeant McCabe has shocked people right across this nation. At the outset I commend the strength and raw courage of Maurice McCabe, hi...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Is the Senator proposing an amendment to the Order of Business, rather than asking the Leader to do so?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am proposing an amendment to the Order of Business. Clarity needs to be brought to this matter so that we can have confidence in the many cases that are being dealt with by Tusla at present. People need to know that our child protection services meet the needs of all these ch...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I want to express my concern and disgust regarding the treatment of Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his family. I just had to mention this on the Order of Business today. As we all know, the greatest fear of any parent is to be accused of mistreating or abusing his or her children....Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] A significant gender gap in the fitness levels of teenagers has been revealed in the results of a report that has been published on foot of the Irish Life Health schools fitness challenge, which was carried out in Irish schools last year. The most concerning aspect of the resear...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is clear that we will not be having a commission of investigation into the issues surrounding Sergeant McCabe because there has been a political move towards a full public inquiry or tribunal of investigation. As a result, this week we will not be dealing with the business th...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to raise an issue I have raised previously in the House - the chronic and severe shortage of substitute teachers in the State's schools, which issue has been to the forefront in the media in recent days. The situation has become so bad that it is anticipated that some sch...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that consideration of No. 1 be adjourned at 7 this evening.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Senator repeat that, please?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator McDowell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That consideration of No. 1 shall be adjourned at 7 p.m."[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Boyhan is seconding the proposal.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] He can second it when he comes to speak.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to make a point of order. Does Senator McDowell want to have the Bill finished tonight or to continue it on another night?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] He is proposing that it be adjourned.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wanted to ensure that I understood the Senator's request.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I heard the word "adjourned".[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The purpose of our amendment to the Order of Business is that consideration of No. 1 should be adjourned at 7 p.m. this evening. That means the item would be put back to another date.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Anyone looking at the proceedings in the other House today would see the considerable toing and froing on the Opposition. They are discussing who knew what and when. That has become a greater issue than the real issue at stake. Who cares who said what and to whom they said it?...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is a political issue. Is Senator McFadden mad?[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator McFadden, without interruption, please.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] We should allow the tribunal to find out whether a deliberate smear campaign was waged against Sergeant McCabe. We should allow him to have his name cleared. We need to find out, through the tribunal, by whom this was perpetrated and we should not use it for politics.[McFadden,...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to echo not what the previous Senator has said but the comments of other Senators in their condemnation of the vile, nauseating and atrocious attempt to denigrate Sergeant McCabe in recent years.
I have another concern with regard to this matter. Notwithstanding the nee...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I agree with some of the sentiments expressed. What has occurred regarding Maurice McCabe and his family is atrocious. There are answers that he needs and there are answers that we need. A full public tribunal of inquiry is what is required.
The cut-and-paste exercise in put...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Harold's Cross dog track has been in existence since 1928 and the announcement of its closure has greatly saddened the local community. In the context of the week that is in it, sometimes speedy decisions may end up resulting in a great loss to the local community. A local ...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I do not want to labour the point regarding the establishment of a tribunal of inquiry. However, I must state that Tusla is an organisation that most people hope they will never have to get involved with because it is generally the most vulnerable children who are cared for by i...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I also welcome the decision to hold a public inquiry on the situation involving Sergeant Maurice McCabe and hope the truth will come out. It has been a difficult few years for the McCabe family and now we will have the right mechanism to get to the truth which must be heard.
I...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I formally second Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell's proposed amendment to the Order of Business.
Tusla has been spoken about. In my office I have a complaint from parents who brought an issue to Tusla. Six weeks later another group of parents from the same town went to it to r...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Garda Commissioner must step aside. She has no alternative. I am not for one moment saying that she has done anything wrong, but the man who was restored to his job yesterday said she did something wrong. He pointed the finger at her and said that he was instructed to go o...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] That will be a matter for the inquiry, Senator. We are not going into detail like that here.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am afraid that has already been done. Did the Commissioner not appoint her husband to investigate it?[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] We cannot make that allegation against somebody who is not present here.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] This is not on. The Commissioner must step aside. I will leave it at that for now.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator and call Senator Paul Gavan.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I begin by sending out greetings of solidarity on behalf of my party, Sinn Féin, to the Tesco workers who are on strike today. They are striking for decency and respect at work. I hope that everyone in the Chamber will join with me in saluting their courage today.
I was at an...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I want to support Senator Gavan in his remarks on industrial disputes that are ongoing today. The Tesco issue is one that I feel quite strongly about. This does not have to be a divisive issue in this Chamber and I want to echo the call for the Minister in charge of this area t...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I offer my support to Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his family. We need to have that public tribunal of inquiry in order to get to the truth and the sooner the better for everybody's sake.
I agree with the Tesco workers, as that issue needs to get sorted.
We are all aware of t...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I second Senator McDowell's amendment to the Order of Business.
Garda Sergeant Jerry McCabe and his wife, Lorraine, have been vilified and demonised. A terrible travesty has happened to them. I do not intend to use my time here in the Senate to carry out some sort of tribunal...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] We have ideas and suggestions. We all have opinions based on the media but the media had a role in all this too and propagated all this propaganda, and very few people have said it. They too are running up and down the corridors for the sound bite and the story, and running out...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Maurice.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Maurice.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] They deserve justice, an apology and an acknowledgement of what happened. More importantly they deserve redress. I will be interested to see the redress. I ask the Leader to confirm that the Seanad will have to approve the terms of reference. When will the Minister come to th...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Tá na figiúirí a tháinig amach ó daft.ie inniu ag cur an-imní orm. Léiríonn siad go bhfuil ardú an-suntasach tagtha ar phraghas tithe ar cíos.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I think a Commencement matter concerning this issue has been tabled.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is believed that these senior officials cherry-picked the higher-spec houses and inevitably breached the waiting list for these sought-after dwellings.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Does the Senator want two bites at the cherry?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] This is a very serious issue of allegations of officials-----[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am just pointing out that a Commencement matter concerning the issue has been tabled.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] My understanding was that it had been-----[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator's time is up.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----turned down as a Commencement matter.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It has not been selected for tomorrow but it may be selected another day.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is an issue that needs to be brought to the floor of the House. I wish to know whether the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is aware-----[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am sorry-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----that this has happened. Is he aware that it has happened in other local authorities?[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Tá an t-am istigh.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] If so, what does he intend to do about it?[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] There are people languishing on housing lists and it would appear-----[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----that there are housing officials taking houses ahead of them on the list, which is absolutely disgraceful. I hope the issue is taken as a Commencement matter before the end of the week.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Now for something completely different. The Leader will know that I attended the Government's all-Ireland civic dialogue on Brexit yesterday. The purpose of yesterday's meeting was to focus on the implications of Brexit for the human rights aspects of the Good Friday Agreement....Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator has gone over time.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----to initiate and imbed aspects of the Good Friday Agreement. To conclude, a Leas-Chathaoirligh-----[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----although Senator Devine may already have done so-----[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] No.[Devine, Máire]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] In that case, I second Senator Conway-Walsh's amendment to the Order of Business.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Sorry, I did second the amendment.[Devine, Máire]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator. I call on the Leader to reply.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 20 Senators who have contributed to the Order of Business. As many as 13 Members have rightly mentioned the treatment meted out to Sergeant Maurice McCabe and his family. At the beginning of my reply as Leader of the House, I remind all Senators that we are not the ...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Very naive.[Devine, Máire]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] -----when their party was involved in matters. Their leader - and the leadership of their party - hid behind the truth. They did not rush to offer assistance and instead ran away. Let us have a proper debate on the matter. Let us hope that the inquiry brings an answer that is...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Fair play to the Leader.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] In respect of any inquiry, I fully agree that, in my opinion, the file that was created was not a copy-and-paste job. The person who carried out the job should be fired automatically. Those who are not held account should be held to account by us as well.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] One would need to be fairly sure.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I know. We are elected representatives so we have political accountability. There are those who hide behind Chinese walls when answering parliamentary questions, Topical Issue debates or requests from us, as parliamentarians, as public representatives or as messengers of the pe...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is more important that it be debated than passed.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] As the Senator knows, I am happy to have the debate. The time up to 9 p.m. has been allocated for the debate on Report and Final Stages of the Bill.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is not enough.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I will be happy to allow the Senator to move a recommittal motion if he so wishes. I am not seeking to be obstructionist. I have worked with the Senator and the Seanad Office to ensure amendments will be allowed to be tabled. It is an important Bill for which there is cross-pa...Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I put it down for today-----[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Okay. It is a matter for the Cathaoirleach to decide on that and adjudicate.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] It can be taken on another day. There were a lot of matters submitted today.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Donnghaile raised the matter of the all-Ireland civic forum. The Minister is very keen to see this continue because it has raised some very important matters. I welcome the Senator's remarks about the benefits of yesterday's meeting.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 13 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated that he is prepared to accept the amendment. Is the amendment agreed? Agreed.
Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has proposed an amendment ...
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14/02/2017 [Order of Business] We accept the Leader's commitment that the Minister will come to the House tomorrow.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Is the amendment withdrawn?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yes, on the proviso that the Minister will come to the House tomorrow.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] I will try to get a time for the Minister to come to the House. It will probably be after Private Members' business, but let me come back to the House on that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Minister definitely come in tomorrow?[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yes. She will definitely be here tomorrow. To help the House, I hope it will be sometime between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., depending on when we have concluded Private Members' business. I will come back to the House on that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Is that agreed? Agreed. The amendment is withdrawn.
Senator McDowell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That consideration of No. 1 be adjourned at 7 p.m." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]
Vol-250 Book-1
14/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-250 Book-1
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