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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Second Stage, to be taken at 4.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes each and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [416]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome my colleagues back and look forward to an excellent 2017 working with them all.
I am disgusted and shocked by reports that staff working at Dublin Airport have been arrested and are being investigated as part of a major immigrant smuggling racket. It is believed 100 ...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Supreme Court in the United Kingdom delivered its Brexit judgment this morning. There has been much focus on its implications for votes in the UK Parliament. Considerable attention has been drawn to the other aspects of the decision, in that the consent of the Northern Irel...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [417]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Senator's contribution was more like a statement than one in which he asked questions. Is he proposing the following amendment to the Order of Business: "That the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade be asked to come to the House today?"[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [418]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Yes.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [418]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade will be in the House on Thursday.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [418]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I second Senator Gerard P. Craughwell's amendment. I, too, wish everybody a happy and healthy new year and best wishes for 2017. Much has happened since we last met. Of significance to Sinn Féin as a party and the country as a whole is the resignation of our leader in the Nort...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [418]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I welcome the necessary focus on rural Ireland. Little as it is, I welcome the plan. As the previous Senator said, most of it is a rehash of the broadband strategy and other elements.
One of the things that has concerned me since the Government came to power is its total disr...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I agree with my colleague that the four Sinn Féin Members should take their seats in the House of Commons and have issued a press release to that effect. The party would have four crucial votes in debating Brexit as it would affect Northern Ireland. It is important that they ex...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [419]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] On the rural programme referred to by previous speakers, it is important that disadvantaged rural areas or CLÁR areas receive the funding they need. Small post offices, shops, schools and GP surgeries in rural Ireland are in decline and unless money is put into a proper programm...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [420]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I commend the Irish Family Planning Association, IFPA, which I was delighted to host this morning in the audiovisual room of Leinster House for a presentation on screening for cervical cancer. The awareness event was part of the Europe-wide Pearl of Wisdom campaign, which aims t...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [420]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I am concerned that the equity houses, the so-called vulture funds, have snubbed the Oireachtas by failing to appear before the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and the Taoiseach. When I was a member of that committee in the previous Seanad, I proposed a...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [421]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I wish everybody a very happy 2017 and hope we will have a good year.
Like other Members, I welcome the Government's announcement of the action plan for rural development. Those who will be affected by the plan have been consulted widely. The plan promotes cross-departmental ...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I start on a positive note with the unveiling yesterday of the action plan for rural development. I also fully support Senator Grace O'Sullivan's comments on the German Sparkassen and the banking system. I hope Senators will attend a briefing in the audiovisual room next Wednes...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [422]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I support Senator Máire Devine on cervical cancer services. I only managed to attend the end of the briefing provided by the Irish Family Planning Association and hosted by the Senator and Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan. Every year approximately 300 women are diagnosed with cervical...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [422]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I call on the Government and the Leader, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to liaise with the archbishops, Eamon Martin and Diarmuid Martin, on the proposed visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. It would be an ideal opportunity to address the joint Hou...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [423]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I will raise two issues. One relates to the Road Safety Authority, while the second relates to Northern Ireland.
I have received a lot of correspondence in the past couple of weeks on the Road Safety Authority. Members will recall that the Minister for Transport, Tourism an...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I join the female Senators who highlighted the cause of National Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and pointed out how easy it was to have early intervention. All I will add to what they said is that a smear test only takes five minutes and it could save a woman's life. The battle...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [424]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I want to set my comments in the context of Senator Kevin Humphrey's earlier contribution, which was telling at a time of such significant political crisis in the North, given the potential for instability. I wonder whether it was the SDLP, or perhaps the remnants of the Sticks,...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [424]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I wish everybody a happy new year and a very successful 2017. Many of us have been back for a number of weeks as we had committee meetings to attend last week and earlier today. The finance committee raised the issue of the common consolidated corporate tax base, CCCTB, with th...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [425]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] At first I thought the Senator was talking about CCTV cameras.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [425]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] No, it is not that, a Chathaoirligh, but the common consolidated corporate tax base. A total of 80% of corporation tax receipts is coming from multinationals. We need to protect the tax base. It is what keeps the lights on and the country running. It is a very significant par...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [425]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I congratulate and thank the Minister for Health for travelling to the United Kingdom to invite the European Medicines Agency to relocate to Ireland. I remind the House that I was the first Member of the Oireachtas to mention that if Brexit occurred, 700 to 900 jobs would leave ...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [426]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Belatedly, I wish everybody a very happy new year.
I express my disappointment at the contribution made by our colleague, Senator Kevin Humphreys, whom I respect immensely. I do not know what it is about the Labour Party, but it has never really got the North. I do not know...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I, too, support the comments made about the former deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr. Martin McGuinness, and wish him well in his retirement.
I support Senators Michelle Mulherin and Victor Boyhan in inviting the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Sha...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I also offer my best wishes to Mr. Martin McGuinness, a man I always found to be affable. He clearly was very able and served his community extremely well. We all hope he will recover soon.
I agree with Senator Paddy Burke on people walking and cycling along main roads. I do...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Before calling on the Leader to respond, I also convey my good wishes to Mr. Martin McGuinness in his recuperation and wish him a pleasant retirement. It is a loss that he never visited Seanad Éireann. We had anticipated that he would attend the House before the month was out, ...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [428]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] As Leader of the House, I pay tribute to a former Member, Dr. T. K. Whitaker, and express my condolences to his family on his passing since the House last met. He played a huge role in building a modern Ireland. It is appropriate and important that I pay tribute to him on behal...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [428]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Nice try.[Horkan, Gerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] We can discuss later where the agency should be situated in Ireland, but the important point is that the Minister for Health has made an attempt to have it located here.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] It will probably be located in County Wicklow.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I forgot to mention that on 9 February the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Deputy Heather Humphreys, will come to the House to discuss the action plan for rural development.
Senators Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, Máire Devine, Denis Landy, Aidan...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] What about the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Leo Varadkar?[McDowell, Michael]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] It is important to recognise that decision. The days of the Progressive Democrats are over.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Do not forget the Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Let us not forget him. That is not fair.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] It is not Harney versus McDowell, with O'Malley and Cox. We will not go down that road, although we could play that game, too. Seriously, it is an important point. An attempt has been made by the Minister, Deputy Simon Coveney, to improve the terms and conditions of councillor...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Tell that to city councillors in Galway and Cork.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] And in Dublin.[Davitt, Aidan]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Let me finish, please. We read Senator Gerard P. Craughwell's pronouncements during the Christmas holiday period. Will he, please, allow me a chance to respond?[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] He had to raise the issue.[Davitt, Aidan]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I know.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [431]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to respond because he might actually answer the queries Senators have in their heads.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] What about the Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar?[McDowell, Michael]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] He helped on the issue of class K PRSI. The Minister has written to the CEOs of the councils-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader is covering all bases.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] These are the Members who come into the House week after week stamping, shouting and roaring about councillors' pay and conditions.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Suddenly, when something starts to happen, we get the opposite.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] No, please rephrase that.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader is leaving someone out.[Landy, Denis]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] My apologies. I omitted to mention the Senator.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I said we wanted more than a bag of sweets for councillors.[Landy, Denis]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Please let me finish.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to finish.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Senators are great at playing to the gallery, but when Deputy Alan Kelly was Minister, they did nothing.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Fine Gael blocked him.[Landy, Denis]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] We did not.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader is also transgressing.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I know.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Leader should confine himself to the points raised on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Minister has written to the CEOs of councils. There will be regulations which will come into effect from 1 July. We will, therefore, have an opportunity to debate the matter again. I will finish on this point. I heard Senator Aidan Davitt's remarks in opposing the measure...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] That was my point.[Davitt, Aidan]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I accept the point, but the Minister will be before us again and we will have an opportunity to try to effect change quietly, calmly and under the radar, as opposed to shouting, roaring and writing populist material.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [432]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Correspondence has been sent already.[Feighan, Frank]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] We are discussing our electorate, but I encourage Senators not to play politics and hype expectations and demand. Sinn Féin Members have changed their terms and conditions and given themselves more money, on which we congratulate them. I say, "Well done," to them.[Buttimer, Jer...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I thought the Leader said he was wrapping up.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I have still a long way to go. Many points were made by Senators.
On the matter raised by Senators Máire Devine, Catherine Noone and Michelle Mulherin, I congratulate Senator Máire Devine on conducting the awareness campaign. I apologise for not being able to attend. As a fo...
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24/01/2017 [Order of Business] It was well attended.[Devine, Máire]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Unfortunately, I had other meetings to attend. What the Senator has done today in Leinster House and, I hope, beyond is raise awareness of the importance of screening for cervical cancer. As Senator Catherine Noone rightly stated, it is treatable and screening can prevent death...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] The Government does not invest in it.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [433]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] That is about frequency, choice of routes and investment. The Labour Court has extended an offer of talks to the unions in Bus Éireann and I hope they will engage. The acting CEO of Bus Éireann will appear before the Oireachtas transport committee tomorrow.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [434]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] Senator Gerard P. Craughwell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade be asked to come to the House today." Is the Senator pressing his amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-249 Book-9 Page [434]
24/01/2017 [Order of Business] I do not want to play politics on the issue, but I want the Leader to inform the Minister that the ruling today by the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom is a game-changer in the context of Brexit, one that will have to be discussed on Thursday. In view of the Leader's response...Vol-249 Book-9 Page [434]
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