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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] [Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [300]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Beidh ceithre nóiméad ag an mbeirt agaibh.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [300]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Cuirim fáilte mhór roimh an Taoiseach agus, ar son Sheanadóirí Fhianna Fáil, gabhaim mo bhuíochas leis as ucht teacht anseo inniu chun labhairt linn.
I wish to address the Taoiseach on two issues, namely, Seanad reform and Brexit.
After over a dozen repor...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach. I am my party’s spokesperson on housing and there are one or two issues about which I am very concerned. We have had four months of meetings with the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Deputy Simon Coveney...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [302]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Tá mé ag roinnt mo chuid ama leis an Seanadóir Lawless.[McDowell, Michael]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [302]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Ceart go leor.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [302]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Cuirim fíor fáilte roimh an Taoiseach, atá anseo linn inniu, agus roimh an méid a bhí le rá aige. Táim dóchasach go bhfuil spiorad nua ag teacht chun cinn sa Teach seo i dtaobh athchóiriú an tSeanaid as seo amach.
In his extensive statement the Taoiseach c...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach. Irish people who live abroad are delighted that he appointed a Senator with a specific brief to advocate for their concerns, particularly about the undocumented status of many of them. Two weeks ago I attended the 50th anniversary cel...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [303]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I would like to share time with Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [304]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [304]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach. It is always nice to see a Mayo man in the Seanad as there are far too many Dubs here. We will all be united on Saturday. That is, of course, if we can get a ticket. We will have a chat afterwards.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [304]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] We will be united in victory, of course.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [304]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Alex is not here. I hope he will be more successful than I have been, but there are a couple of days left.
I welcome the Taoiseach to the Seanad. I am glad that he raised the issue of Brexit because I am interested in the Government's plans to protect the...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] An uair dheireanach a bhí an Taoiseach agus mé féin os comhair a chéile, bhíomar i bparlús an ardmhéara i mBéal Feirste. Seo muid anois in Seanad Éireann agus tá sé deas an Taoiseach a fheiceáil. Ciorcal mór an tsaoil a chuirtear ar sin i gColáiste Feirste, s...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [306]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Taoiseach go Seanad Éireann. I am happy to have the Taoiseach in Seanad Éireann.
The Taoiseach spoke about a Government unlike any other. We are also looking at a Seanad Éireann unlike any other because this Seanad, the Twenty-fifth S...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I wish to share time with Senator Kevin Humphreys.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [308]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [308]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Taoiseach. I welcome him back to the Seanad. I am glad to hear of his commitment to Seanad reform now that the question of abolition is firmly off the table. As others have said, we have a blueprint for reform in the shape of the Manni...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [308]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The Taoiseach is very welcome. It is welcome that he should come to the Seanad today, albeit he should do so on a more regular basis. I would like to see him attend the Seanad at the beginning and end of each term in order that we would see him back before Ch...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [309]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I am sharing time with Senator Kieran O'Donnell.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [310]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [310]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Cuirim fíor-fháilte roimh an Taoiseach. Gabhaim mo bhuíochas leis agus tugaim mo thacaíocht dó as ucht an chomhrá agus an méid oibre atá le déanamh ar son an ghnáthdhuine ar fud na tíre.
In welcoming the Taoiseach to the Chamber I hope his presence will be a...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach and wish him well. I will touch on two key elements dealt with by him in his address. The first is Brexit, an issue on which, as the Leader mentioned, we will hold our own debate. I very much welcome the Taoiseach's call for an all-Ir...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [312]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] At this stage I will allow Senator David Norris, the father of the House, to say a few words. I will try to confine the other speakers to three minutes and get as many as possible into the time allowed. I am trying to be fair to everyone.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [312]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I thank the Cathaoirleach. It is greatly appreciated.
I welcome the Taoiseach. I also welcome his remarks on Seanad reform, for which I have been campaigning for 40 years. I hammered out some of the well known phrases about the Seanad in those 40 years. ...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach. He stated that as a result of Brexit, the European Union must prepare for a united Ireland. There is a severe issue between the North and the South because of Brexit and it will be detrimental on both sides of the Border if there is n...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [313]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The Taoiseach is welcome. It is a great pleasure to address him and I thank him for his attendance.
I fjoin my colleagues in welcoming the nomination of Senator Billy Lawless. I was one of the first people who was sceptical about it, even though I knew th...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Tá trí nóiméad ag an Seanadóir Ó Clochartaigh.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [315]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Ba mhaith liom mo chuid ama a roinnt. Tógfaidh mé dhá nóiméad agus tógfaidh an Seanadóír Devine nóiméad amháin. Cuirim míle fáilte roimh an Taoiseach. Caithfidh mé a admháil go raibh díomá orm nach raibh tagairt dá laghad, i ndáiríre, do chúrsaí Gaeilge agus...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [315]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I thank the Taoiseach for his attendance. In the few seconds available to me, my guess is I will not get the Taoiseach to agree to solve the multiple emergencies throughout the fractured health system. Consequently, I have decided to go easy on him and ask hi...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [316]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I will try to facilitate as many speakers as I can.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [316]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I dedicate the couple of minutes allocated to me to the memory of Michael Corbett, a strong disability advocate from County Mayo. He was my colleague and friend and a great champion of people with disabilities throughout Ireland. I thank the Taoiseach for his...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [316]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I welcome the Taoiseach. In fairness to the Leader, Senator Jerry Buttimer, it is incumbent on us in this House to work together to try to solve problems, a few of which I want to raise with the Taoiseach in my short contribution.
Senator Lynn Ruane and I ...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I join in the welcome to the Taoiseach and the recognition of the exemplary leadership he has given the country in getting people back to work, restoring the public finances and now setting about rebuilding a normal society.
I want to address the Brexit issue...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] A number of Members are offering to speak, but I cannot fit in all of them. Therefore, rather than start the rounds again, I ask the Taoiseach to respond. We must finish at 4 p.m. There are only nine minutes left.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [318]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I have enjoyed this experience and thank Senators for the contributions they have made. Some of them have been very valuable and constructive.
My agenda for the future is immediately to deal with the budget and the public finances, Brexit, the common travel ...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Afternoon tea, coffee or whatever is the Senator's liking. We will choose an appropriate location, visible, of course, and-----[Taoiseach, The]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [321]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I thank the Taoiseach. He is most gracious.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin raised a particular matter.
If I may, I would like to come back to the Seanad before the end of the year.[Taoiseach, The]
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Splendid. Bravo.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] We might refer to a number of the issues raised, including the McMahon report which we commissioned. The learned judge produced a fine report.
The Minister of State, Deputy David Stanton, is dealing directly with refugees. We have had problems in that reg...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Exactly.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The people in question are not driving around for nothing. They are working.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] That will be of great comfort to the people of Briarhill.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The largest cluster of medical device centres in Europe is in the Galway area and I have been caught in the traffic jams myself. NUIG has expanded beyond all recognition. It is a university that has actually climbed up the rankings, despite many criticisms, b...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [322]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Voting rights.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [323]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Yes.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [323]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Ná déan dearmad orainn.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [323]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] On the all-island conversation mentioned by the Senator, obviously it is part of where we are and we are going to follow through on it.
Let us see whether we can make real headway on the Manning report andI hope all of the parties will agree to participate. ...
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The point I have made is that the Cabinet has collective responsibility in that regard.[Humphreys, Kevin]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I assure the Senator that the collective responsibility of the Cabinet remains as it always has been. There has been no change. There has been collective responsibility since the foundation of the State and I do not intend to change it. When the Government a...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Perhaps the Taoiseach might address the issue of voting rights for people in the North in presidential elections.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Following on from the appointment of the first Minister of State with responsibility for the diaspora, former Deputy Jimmy Deenihan, a new Minister of State has been appointed to that role. I will shortly meet the officials who deal with this area. I want the...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I am not an emigrant.[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Please allow the Taoiseach to respond.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I did not say the Senator was an emigrant. I said I wanted to deal with the issue of voting rights for people in the North in presidential elections and the voting rights of people who live in countries outside the island of Ireland. I hope I have made myself...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The Taoiseach might address the issue of the Christmas bonus.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I hope he will come back with good news.[Daly, Mark]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] That issue has been raised in the Dáil and elsewhere. These are matters for the budget to be announced on 11 October, in the context of which discussions are ongoing between the Ministers for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform and the other members of t...Vol-247 Book-5 Page [324]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] We are well over time. I thank the Taoiseach for his visit and what has been a very interesting debate. We will hold him to his promise to return to the House before Christmas.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [325]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] I will be happy to do so.[Taoiseach, The]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [325]
29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] The Taoiseach can discuss the the issue of the Christmas bonus at that point.
When is it proposed to sit again?[An Cathaoirleach]
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29/09/2016 [Statement by the Taoiseach (Resumed)] Next Tuesday at 2.30 p.m.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-5 Page [325]
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