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05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Manus Cooney, to be taken at 1 p.m. in accordance with the arrangements set out in a motion passed by the House on 4 October; No. 2, statements on the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, in t...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [377]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I would like to address the House on some of the budget whisperings, in particular the Government's plan to introduce a first-time buyer's grant of around €10,000 for newly built homes. I disagree with the grant as it would increase the price of new builds for first-time buyers....Vol-247 Book-7 Page [377]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is very welcome and I thank her.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] It is called love bombing.[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I want to clarify remarks I made yesterday on the alternative budget and the fiscal space available. Yesterday the Leader said Sinn Féin's fiscal space was multiples of the figures available and he is correct. The EU fiscal rules allow for spending on capital investment to be a...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Back to class for Fine Gael.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Fine Gael is more than entitled to argue against an increase in spending on capital investment and the employment and improvement that will come with that move. The party cannot disregard an EU directive to which the Minister for Finance signed up and yet claim that it is fantas...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I am more than happy to share the document with the Government and discuss any matter that is not clear enough for the parties. I will not accept sweeping statements without substance. Sinn Féin's alternative budget takes account of the impact Brexit is likely to have on the ec...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [378]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I express my solidarity with the women of Poland who engaged in a public strike on Monday to register their justified opposition to the measures being debated in the Polish Parliament to further restrict access to abortion in a country that already placed significant barriers in ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [379]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I want to focus on the issue of pay discrimination which is being exposed on a daily basis. I want the Leader to take note of it and see if a debate can be organised on the matter. Pay discrimination has evolved since 2009 as a result of the FEMPI legislation. Across this city...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [379]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to the report carried out by the Simon Community over a three-day period at the end of August and the beginning of September in ten locations. It found that only 20% of properties came within the rent supplement sector and the HAP scheme. In May 2015, 1,500 such houses ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [379]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to the plight of Irish tillage and grain farmers who find themselves in a major crisis owing to the very inclement weather and high rainfall on the western coast. I visited some farmers in Galway on Sunday and it is gut-wrenching to see. When they called me, I felt I di...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [380]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I would appreciate the Leader’s help on two matters of urgency. The first relates to job creation in Údarás na Gaeltachta areas. Údarás na Gaeltachta gets less than 25% of the funding IDA Ireland receives. It is a critical issue. There is much talk about developing the Irish ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [380]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to invite the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Denis Naughten, to come to the House to discuss the effects of food production on climate change and the imposition on Irish farmers to meet our carbon emissions targets. We also n...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [381]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Before the summer break I asked the Leader if we could have a debate on equality and I reiterate that call this morning. The budget is one week away and this afternoon I have arranged for representatives of TASC, the Think-tank for action on Social Change, to make a presentation...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [381]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The previous Government did considerable work on the issue of climate change. Ireland is one of the few countries to have climate change legislation on the Statute Book. I refer to the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 which has two key elements. An independen...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [381]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to the methods the media have adopted regarding the health service. I have raised this issue previously. Everything done in the health service is reported in a very negative way. At 7.30 a.m. I attended a presentation on a survey carried out by MSD. It shows that 39% ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [382]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Sentor's point has been well made.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [382]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] It is welcome that the Leader has allocated an hour and a half today to discuss Brexit. I call on him to consider having a rolling debate on the matter and invite the various Ministers who will primarily be affected such as the Ministers for Finance, Justice and Equality, Jobs, ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [382]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I have previously raised the matter of the M20 motorway project from Cork to Limerick. It is an urgent matter and I have tabled a Commencement matter for discussion tomorrow. The motorway is supposed to be part of the Wild Atlantic Way access route along the western seaboard. ...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] As the Senator has raised the matter today, it obviates the need for a debate tomorrow. I can deselect his Commencement matter.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] No.[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot have two bites at the cherry.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I am hedging my bets. I need the Minister to respond.[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] There have been a number of very interesting contributions on the Order of Business. I was very taken by what Senator Paul Daly had to say about the important challenges facing tillage farmers and what Senator Michelle Mulherin had to say in her reference to former President Mar...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [383]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] What kind of grass?[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I am not talking about-----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] He did not inhale.[Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I did not inhale.[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I am not talking about the kind of grasses that have worried people like this man in the past or the legalisation of grasses for other uses that bother other parliamentarians.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is becoming very liberal.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I might surprise the Leader some time.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] That was a Freudian slip.[O'Donnell, Kieran]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] If one speaks to people in Teagasc, they will emphasise-----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] By my calculations, the Senator has deprived Senator Rónán Mullen of half a minute of speaking time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] -----just how important it is that we get the maximum yield of grass. It is an important issue.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I was heartened to learn that Senator Catherine Ardagh had read Sinn Féin's pre-budget submission. I am glad that she is happy with a number of points we raised in it. I look forward to reading Fianna Fáil's pre-budget submission.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I hope Fianna Fáil has taken on board a lot of the other positive progressive suggestions made in our submission.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [384]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] As has been noted in an aside, perhaps the real budget is the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael budget to be announced next Tuesday week. I hope a number of the positive elements of Sinn Féin's pre-budget submission which have been fully costed will be taken on board.
Ar maidin, bhí cur i...
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05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I want to follow on from the statement made by my colleague, Senator Colm Burke, who correctly stated thousands of people in the health service did essential and excellent work. We need to acknowledge that and support them in doing that work. One always hears the negative stori...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [385]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I agree 100% with the comments made by Senator Paul Daly who passionately explained the crisis facing tillage farmers across the country. The crisis is not confined to that sector. The common denominator across all of the farming sectors is price, an issue raised whether one is...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [386]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn that we need to review the health service, but, equally, money is not the only cure. During Fianna Fáil's 14 years in government, it quadrupled spending on health services, but the situation was as bad as it ever was. I am not trying t...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [386]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Daly referred to the difficulties being experienced by tillage farmers across the country. I support the call for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to intervene in the ongoing crisis faced this year by farmers.
I support Senator Paudie Coffey's cal...
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05/10/2016 [Order of Business] There is such good humour in the Chamber today that it is like Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations. I believe we will have a great Budget Statement next week when I hope Senators will be as happy.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [387]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Remember Mr. Micawber.[Reilly, James]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [387]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] How do I follow that? I thank the 19 Senators who spoke for raising multiple issues.
Senator Catherine Ardagh raised the important issue of housing. We all agree with her on the importance of getting first-time buyers into the market. It is a question of having a combinati...
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05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I will refer to this matter again tomorrow.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Any measure put forward by a party that wants to penalise employers by increasing their rate of PRSI to the tune of 15% would be imposing a tax on jobs. It is important that we focus on those who contributed to helping the country to recover, namely, the people in the middle who...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] It is a question of fairness.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] It is important that there be honesty about the budget to be announced next week. It will not be a giveaway budget, as the Minister has said, but the priority at our end is to protect the fragile economy, continue to get people back to work and see fewer unemployed and more empl...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] That is incorrect.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] It is not; it is actually correct. Nothing happened.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] There is now no place to hide; the Senator cannot blame us. The cover is gone.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] What I said yesterday-----[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I heard what the Senator said.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] -----is what I will say again today.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [388]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader's cover is gone; he cannot blame the Labour Party anymore. It is up to Fine Gael to decide whether it wants to do it.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I repeat that we all share the same view and want to arrive at the same end point. It is important that we work together. I spoke to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government this morning with a view to meeting the group that has been set up. The Minis...Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Absolutely.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] Let us do so and not throw cheap shots as has happened this morning.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I am entitled to ask a question.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] I accept that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] That is the purpose of this House. I asked the question in a respectful manner and the Leader could have answered it in the same manner. It is unbelievable.[Landy, Denis]Vol-247 Book-7 Page [389]
05/10/2016 [Order of Business] We are working collaboratively to end the discrimination against councillors. We will all try to do this together and it is important to do so in unison rather than going off half-cocked.
Senators Maria Byrne and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh raised the issue of housing, in respect of...
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