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01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 - Second Stage, to be taken at 12.45 p.m. and adjourned not later than 2 p.m., if not previously concluded, with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes each and those of all ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [625]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I convey the sympathy of the Fianna Fáil Party to Mr. Gowan-Smyth's family and, in particular, his wife. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
I wish to mention a matter I have raised many times in this Chamber, that is, the housing crisis and the Government's lack of action on i...
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01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I realise the Leader has many commitments in trying to organise the business of this House. It is not easy to organise everything that everybody wants. However, on a number of occasions, I have asked for the Minister for Defence to be brought before us in order that we might di...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [626]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Yesterday, at the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, the European Commissioner, Ms Vestager, engaged in possibly the most damning criticism of the attitude of the Government to the Apple tax ruling. This is an issue of national importance, ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [626]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the Leader's motion on the report of the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality on the recognition of Traveller ethnicity. I also very much welcome the report. I welcome the Taoiseach's indication that the Government will act on its recommendations, that Travellers a...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [627]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to raise two issues with the Leader of the House. The first is an old one, namely, that of Airbnb and the change in the nature of the city as a result of Airbnb lettings, especially within the city centre area. I have received several e-mails about the matter, of which I...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [627]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Very briefly.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [628]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I wish to raise an issue in Dublin that I have raised on several occasions previously in the House. When the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Shane Ross, was in the House, I referred to the DART underground project. He said it was a cornerstone of traffic manag...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [628]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] There is increased concern among people in my county about the lack of an obstetrics clinic at University Hospital Kerry. The lack of a dedicated obstetrics clinic at the hospital has become a significant risk factor. According to the HSE's assessment, it equates to an extreme ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [628]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] If the Senator submits a Commencement matter, I will give it serious consideration.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [628]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] This morning the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy David Stanton, was present for a Commencement debate which I had initiated on bodies within the Department's remit and their investments in the tobacco industry. In response to a parliamentary q...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [629]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I do not normally allow Members to have two bites of the cherry. The Senator raised this specific issue on the Commencement of the House and, as such, there has been duplication. I will give him the benefit of the doubt this time. Any issue raised on the Commencement of the Ho...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [629]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I have an entirely fresh topic. It is approximately five years since regulations were introduced by the then Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government banning the letting of what are commonly called bedsits. As a result, a huge number of tenants in bedsit ac...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [629]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach. In today's edition of The Irish Times, I read about the talks between the HSE and Vertex on pricing and the pricing agreement on Orkambi, the drug for cystic fibrosis sufferers. There are over 500 patients in Ireland who are dependent on the drug. Un...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [630]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I again refer to Bus Éireann, an issue I have to raise. Who uses the public bus service? If we think about it, it is used by old people, young people, those who are sick, those living in rural towns and those on low incomes who do not have private transport. They are facing th...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [630]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] In the House yesterday I strongly criticised President Trump's executive order on immigration and the manner in which it had been introduced. However, I am very conscious that it is easy to criticise President Trump; in fact, it is something of a global pastime. What worries me...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [631]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] As this is lá Bríde - the Celtic spring - I want to talk about mental health. As there is an extra two minutes of daylight a day, it will improve, but, obviously, without Government action, the position will not improve significantly. On the back of a report prepared in Denmark...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [631]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Senator repeat what she said?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [631]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am referring to the #inourhourofneed campaign by Uplift, Mental Health Reform and Lust for Life. Many thousands of signatures were collected to demand the provision of mental health services 24/7, something about which we have been talking for so long, as well as implementatio...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [631]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Gabrielle McFadden and the Minister of State, Deputy Helen McEntee, spent 15 minutes debating that issue this morning in the Commencement debate, but do not get me wrong - I am not saying it does not deserve to be raised by Senator Máire Devine.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [631]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I thank the 12 Senators who spoke. I join the Cathaoirleach on behalf of everyone in the House in paying tribute to a former Clerk of the Seanad, Mr. Jack McGowan-Smyth, who died at the very honourable age of 94 years. As the Cathaoirleach rightly said, he was Clerk of the Sean...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [632]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I made that absolutely clear.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [632]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The decision to appeal the Apple ruling has been supported by many eminent people across the country, including in business, farming and politics. Sinn Féin wants to continue its isolationist and abstentionist policy on the European Union when it suits it.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [632]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] That does not make it right.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [632]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] It is important for Sinn Féin to recognise that the Government has a right to challenge the ruling. The money does not necessarily belong to Ireland. I will put the matter in context for the Senator.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Go on - give me a lesson in economics. I missed it over Christmas.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Will the Senator, please, allow the Leader to respond? I should also admonish the Leader about not goading other Members of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Sometimes less is more. I ask Senator Rose Conway-Walsh to look at and reflect on the unemployment figures in Ireland today, compared to the figures when we entered government.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is because of JobPath and every other scheme.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] And emigration.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader should be allowed to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Colette Kelleher raised the important issue of Traveller ethnicity. I spoke to the Minister of State, Deputy David Stanton, about it last week. He is working on it and willing to come to the House to discuss it. The necessary piece of work is in progress and evolving. ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] We are interested in what he is not doing.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am just making the point. To be fair to the Minister, in the case of Bus Éireann, last night in the Dáil he referred to the creation by Seán Lemass of the mechanisms of State that trade unionists want to see being used and remain in place. If they do not work, the Minister sh...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is nonsense.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator would say that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] DART underground is key infrastructure.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [633]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The poor man.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Fine Gael is probably the only party which is undertaking opinion polls.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] You should leave him-----[McDowell, Michael]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] When the Senator was a Minister, he was part of a group that was lampooned all of the time. The Minister is doing his job.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] What is his job?[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I do not think the Leader believes that.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] There is a mechanism in place for engagement with unions at Bus Éireann.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] We do not need a mechanism; we need a new Minister.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The people voted him in. That is the reality. Whether the Senator likes it, democracy is the way it is.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Fine Gael put him into the Department with responsibility for transport.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I would like to give Senators Kevin Humphreys and Paul Gavan and the members of the Fianna Fáil Party a sense of cheer. I have requested the Minister to come to the House.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] We will not hold our breath.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I look forward to him coming here in order that we can have a debate with him.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I hope this time we will not be talking about rugby. Can we talk about the issues?[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader should tell him to bring his umbrella.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [634]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I will also put a time limit on the Minister's speech this time. There will be no ambiguity in that regard.
Senator Paul Coghlan raised the important issue of obstetric services at Kerry General Hospital in Tralee. He highlighted the issue of risk management, for which I comm...
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01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The manager of Bus Éireann told the transport committee yesterday that routes were being removed.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [635]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I know, but last night the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Shane Ross, told the Dáil during a debate on this issue in Private Members' time that the Government was committed to providing transport. I can circulate a copy of his speech to the Senator. There is ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [635]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is what we are about.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [635]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Rónán Mullen made a meandering contribution on the provision of abortion information and funding.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [635]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I think the Leader was looking for the word "comprehensive".[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I was going to use the word "specific". I heard the conversation with the former President Mrs. Robinson this morning. I must say I thought it was a very measured conversation. I must go back and listen to it again. I thought I was listening to a different station.[Buttimer, ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] That is the problem.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] No.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] People who are conditioned by the media do not hear the hard questions. They are living in a bubble.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] As I gave the Senator great latitude, I ask him to allow the Leader to continue, with interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] One thing that struck me during the interview was the reluctance of the former President to engage in a political discourse out of respect for the Government and the Taoiseach, which I thought was very interesting.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am sure the Leader was very glad.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator might agree with me in that regard. I take his point about human rights across the world. The Members of this House, like the members of the Government, should stand up for human rights, regardless of whether we are dealing with the leaders of Russia, China, Japan, ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] Some 72% of it has not been. That does not constitute "in part".[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
01/02/2017 [Order of Business] I am not in any way condoning the fact that it has not been implemented in full. The Minister of State, Deputy Helen McEntee, and in fairness, her predecessor, Kathleen Lynch, have prioritised mental health services. We have as a result seen an increase in the budget for them. ...Vol-249 Book-13 Page [636]
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