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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re arrangements for the sitting of the House on Wednesday, 21 December 2016, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, Statute Law Revision Bill 2016 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] - Report and Final St...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [331]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I will mention two issues, the first of which is the tragedy in Berlin where 12 people were killed and 48 were injured at a Christmas market last night. On my own behalf and that of the Fianna Fáil group, I send my condolences to the people of Germany. We are living in uncertai...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [331]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I raise with the Leader the issue of the national housing crisis. While we will have an opportunity to discuss the matter tomorrow when we debate the Rebuilding Ireland legislation, figures were released yesterday. In Dublin alone Dublin City Council is paying hotels, hostels a...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [332]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that we take No. 29, non-Government motion No. 14 on the crisis in JobPath, today.
I express my condemnation of the attack in Berlin yesterday on people who were preparing to celebrate Christmas. I express my solidarity with the ...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I wish everybody here and all of the staff a happy Christmas and hope the new year will be good for everybody.
I am disappointed that the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will not be ratified by the end of the year. I will not get terribly upset about i...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join other Senators in expressing condolences to the people of Berlin on the appalling attack last night in which we know at least 12 people were killed and approximately 50 injured. On behalf of the Labour Party, I offer our sympathy. I hope, as others said, it will not feed...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [333]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join others in expressing our heartfelt sympathy to the people of Germany on the awful catastrophe that happened in Berlin. I do so as our party's spokesperson on foreign affairs and we do so as a civilised people who believe in democratic and Christian values.[O'Reilly, Joe]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [334]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Before calling Senator Robbie Gallagher, I acknowledge the presence of Deputy Jackie Cahill and Councillor Hogan in the Visitors Gallery. At a time when we are working hard, it is good to see a Deputy from the Lower House coming and paying homage to us.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [334]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I also welcome our guests to the Chamber.
A decision is imminent from An Bord Pleanála on the proposed North-South interconnector project, notwithstanding the fact that great anger has been expressed at the proposal by communities in counties Monaghan, Cavan and Meath. I und...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I welcome publication of the 2015 annual report of the Ombudsman for the Defence Forces. Since its establishment in 2005, the ombudsman's office has successfully provided an impartial and independent review mechanism for complaints submitted by serving or former members of the D...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [335]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join others in wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and good health throughout 2017.
The issue of housing has been raised. We have a housing crisis, but we also have a crisis in the number of vacant dwelling houses in the country. There are over 190,000 vacant ho...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I second Senator Rose Conway-Walsh's proposed amendment to the Order of Business.
There is a political crisis in Northern Ireland centred on confidence in the very hard fought for, hard negotiated for and hard won institutions set up under the Good Friday Agreement which none...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join other speakers in passing my condolences to the people of Berlin, Zürich and Ankara. We all send our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who died in these awful events.
It is welcome that there will be open recruitment of nurses and midwives in Dr. Steevens' ...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I raise worrying reports that the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality will have to fund the €25 million cost of the Garda pay deal from her own resources. Earlier this year there was much loss of life in the Dublin area caused by the feud between drug cartels across t...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [337]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Like previous speakers, I want to talk about the housing crisis. There has been no change this year. It is sad to see that people have taken matters into their own hands and are trying to house homeless pesons in Apollo House in Dublin. I have to compliment them in that regard...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [337]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I also join my colleagues in condemning the cowardly act of terrorism in Berlin, the awful events in Zürich where a mosque was fired on and the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara. This is pure evil, hatred and radicalisation. We need to double our efforts to addr...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [338]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I dtosach báire, ba mhaith liom Nollaig shona faoi shéan agus faoi mhaise a ghuí ar gach duine sna Tithe seo, ár gcomhghleacaithe agus foireann an tSeanaid ach go háirid, chomh maith le foireann na dTithe trí chéile.
I am disappointed in the Minister for Children and Youth Affa...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join others in offering my condolences to the families of the victims in the atrocities yesterday.
Several Members have spoken in the House about Syrian refugees and the fact that many of them will be brought into the country in 2017. I ask the Leader to allow a debate on th...
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20/12/2016 [Order of Business] In case I forget to do so later, I thank all of the staff of the House and across the Oireachtas for their help during the past 12 months. It was an election period and many Members did not know the procedures and the staff's assistance was a great help. I welcome all of the ne...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [339]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I am very concerned that the National Transport Authority's rail review recommends the dropping of direct services on the Kerry-Dublin route. Over 500,000 journeys were made on the Tralee-Dublin route last year. Tralee is seen as a strong regional centre and the route does part...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [340]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] It may be that the Dublin brigade are trying to prevent Kerry from retaining Sam by stopping trains from going there.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [340]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] On Wednesday of last week I referred to the national service plan for 2017. I specifically referred to the risks to delivery of what was contained in the plan. Quite a number of risks are outlined in the document, but I will specify three main points.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [341]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I join other Members in their expressions of solidarity to the people of Berlin and the families affected by last night's events. I also extend my sympathy to them. These acts of terror are against humanity and the values we have cultivated, particularly in the West. We have t...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [341]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Before I call the Leader to respond, I express my gratitude to all Senators for their co-operation and kindness throughout the year. I wish the Leas-Chathaoirleach and the staff who are and have been in the recent past overworked and under-resourced a pleasant Christmas. I than...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [342]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the 20 Members who contributed on the Order of Business. The majority of Members referred to the tragic events at the Christmas market in Berlin last night. I join them in sending sympathy to the families of those killed and condemning this barbaric and savage attack. ...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [342]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Nobody is disputing that. That is not at issue.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] They pay their full taxes.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] That is a superficial response.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Ciúnas.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I am sorry.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Let me make it quite clear. Senator Máire Devine does not want to hear good news. I accept that she would rather see Apple not doing well. That is her prerogative.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I would not.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Let us not cast aside good news. The Government has made its position clear. It disagrees profoundly with the European Commission's analysis and is appealing the decision to the European Court of Justice to have it annulled. I will not go into the reasons again, but the Govern...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] That is not a rational argument.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [343]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Let Apple pay its full taxes.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [344]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [344]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Senator John Dolan raised the issue of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities not being ratified. I share his disappointment in that regard. As he will be aware, those of us on this side of the House are committed to dealing with the matter. However, it i...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [344]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The National Transport Authority's rail review.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I will be happy to have the Senator's good friend, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Shane Ross, come to the House to discuss the matter in the new year.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I wonder if I could put up Kerry spectators at all-Ireland finals.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I will discuss the matter with the Leader outside.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader had better roll up his sleeves.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] In response to Senator Máire Devine, it is the season of goodwill.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Be good.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I am trying. Senator Máire Devine referenced the HSE's national service plan, but I remind her of a couple of good news stories that she might share with her friends and constituents. She needs to hear them, rather than only about the doom and gloom. It is an important point.[...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader should not be getting at me about the doom and gloom. I am in opposition and meant to point to the failures.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is in opposition, but it should not be opposition for the sake of it.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] No. When it comes to the chaos, the Leader should face reality.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The HSE's national service plan-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I must remind the Leader that it is also Christmas time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] He kept picking on me.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I want to give the Senator the good news, just in case she thinks Scrooge is here. The HSE's national service plan reflects a 3.4% increase. There is €458.6 million more in funding.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] There has been an acknowledgement that it is not enough.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] There is €958.6 million or 7.4% more than the budget for 2016. It is the third year in succession that there is a significant increase in the allocation for the HSE. It has been allocated €13.9 billion for expenditure on health services in 2017.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [346]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] The Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, has already acknowledged that it is not enough.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] It is about increasing the level of service and development. I think the Senator will join me in welcoming, rather than condemning, the increased allocation.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] I welcome it, but it is not enough.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Apollo House was referred to by the Senator, as well as by others, including I think Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, but I might be wrong. The position needs to be monitored. We understand the people engaging in the action are well motivated. However, I do not believe Apollo House ...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] It is better than freezing and dying on the streets.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Will the Senator listen and let me finish? Emergency beds are available. The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has put in place a comprehensive plan. Occupying a building and providing home supports in an ad hoc way is not the way to go about thing...Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] God help them.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Sometimes they turn it into better English; other times it is not possible to take mangled syntax and make it read better. They do tremendous work.
I thank all other staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas for the tremendous work they do, including those in the Bills Office, t...
Vol-249 Book-7 Page [347]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 29, non-Government motion No. 14 re Jobpath, be taken today." The amendment has been seconded by Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile. Is it being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [348]
20/12/2016 [Order of Business] Tá.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-249 Book-7 Page [348]
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