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20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 12.45 p.m.; No. 2, statements on the action plan for housing, to be taken at the conclusion on No. 1, with the time allocated for the debate not to exceed two hou...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of the lack of emergency and social accommodation in the city for people with a disability. The constituency of Dublin South Central is home to one of the highest proportions of people in the country living with a disability, with more than 15,000 people. A to...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is just reading a statement.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator very much. It is nice to give someone an opportunity to learn how to be such a great orator like him, as he has had many years in the House.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Everybody now reads statements all of the time in the House and it is not-----[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I am absolutely entitled-----[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] This is not the time to deal with that matter. It is one for the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. I ask Senator Catherine Ardagh to conclude.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] If I wish to read a statement in the House, I am entitled to do so. Senator Norris, if you wish to go on about whatever topic you would like, you are very much entitled to do so.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Will the Senator, please, address her remarks through the Chair?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Yes, but it is not done through reading continuously.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I do not want Senator Catherine Ardagh to have a debate with Senator David Norris who was wrong to interrupt her, but talking back is also wrong. Will she stop and respect the Chair?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I will wait for his apology.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator will not get it.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] That is another minute wasted.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Tá an-áthas orm a bheith anseo inniu. Táim trí scór is cúig bliana d'aois. Níor cheap mé riamh go mbéinn anseo i Seanad Éireann mar Sheanadóir ag labhairt ar son na mílte Éireannach atá thar lear, go háirithe sna Stáit Aontaithe. Is mór an onóir é sin. Tá súil agam go mbeidh ...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I was merely saying the system should be changed.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I look forward to good conversation and debate with the Senator on the issue of reform in the coming months.
I thoroughly enjoyed Senator Victor Boyhan's words last week. I took great inspiration from his personal story of humble beginnings and self-education. I feel the same...
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20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I am not sure about golden spoons or silver spoons, but I know what it is like to have no spoon.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I did not like to interrupt my good friend Senator Bill Lawless, but I wonder if it would be timely, in the light of what I said earlier to Senator Catherine Ardagh and given that there are 42 new Senators, if the Chair were to remind the House of the traditi...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator made those comments previously and they did not go unheeded. I will return to him on this issue which is on the agenda of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges and will be dealt with shortly. I gave Senator Billy Lawless a couple of minutes of latitude, with the...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Fair enough too.[Norris, David]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] We will get back to normality now. I will start to ring the bell again.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] We are enjoying new politics.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The lack of beds in hospitals in the west and, in particular, University Hospital Galway has been mentioned previously. I had not intended to raise the issue, again but I am doing so on foot of a telephone call I received this morning from a young woman called Mary who was diagn...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] In welcoming the Government's housing action plan I highlight the concerns expressed recently by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, ISPCC. We must bear in mind that the number of children in emergency accommodation increased by 67% in June compared with...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Are they not doing that already?[Ó Donnghaile, Niall]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I am pleased that the Taoiseach has not ruled out the triggering of the clause in the Good Friday Agreement on a Border poll, especially given economic research launched recently in New York. Led by Dr. Kurt Huebner, director of the Institute of European Studies at the Universit...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I enjoyed Senator Billy Lawless's contribution. In the week in which Mr. Donald Trump is to be nominated the Republican candidate for the presidential election in the United States, anybody with a sense of justice should reject Mr. Trump's racism, xenophobia and sexism at every ...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I have been requested to raise the issue of pay-per-view broadcasting of sports events. The group that contacted me wishes to keep Gaelic games free to air. Negotiations on broadcasting rights have commenced between the GAA and various companies. This is a major issue which af...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I bring to the attention of the House the fact that, despite the Government's assurances that the recovery is going strong, much needed services are still being disbanded throughout the country, which is affecting those who need them most. This week I was told about an autistic ...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Deirtear sa Ghaeilge "Tús maith leath na hoibre". Sílim go raibh tús maith againn ar maidin leis an giota craice a bhí againn ní ba luaithe. It is always more craic when Senator David Norris is in the Chamber. I am sorry to see him go, but I hope he does not mind that I will c...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator Billy Lawless. It is wonderful to see one of the diaspora in the Chamber articulating the views of many millions of people whose voices have not been heard as much as they should have been. More members of the diaspora should be included under the Seanad r...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom cúpla focal a rá leis an Senator Billy Lawless. His contribution was uplifting. He is a prime example of a young man who headed off to the USA and made a great success of himself. "You reap what you sow" is an adage that can be used in respect of him.
I wish t...
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20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I commend Senator Billy Lawless for his maiden speech. I will defend the right of every person in the Chamber to speak, be it scripted or unscripted. Most right-minded Senators would agree with me.
I understand Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin's concerns for the longer term and agre...
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20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Yesterday the Low Pay Commission recommended increasing the national minimum wage by just 10 cent an hour. Its recommendation is nothing short of disgraceful. Key sectors of the economy where low pay and precarious work is widespread such as the retail and hospitality sectors a...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tréaslú go láidir leis an méid atá ráite ag an Seanadóir Frank Feighan mar gheall ar fhostaíocht tar éis an Brexit. Labhair mé ar an ábhar seo seachtain ó shin agus tá dualgas orainn rud éigin a dhéanamh faoi. Molaim an méid atá déanta ag an IDA ach tá sé riachta...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Conway, Martin]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Having congratulated and endorsed the words expressed by Senator Frank Feighan about the great importance of regionalising jobs, I welcome the announcement made by the European Commission and specifically Commissioner Phil Hogan that €11.1 million will be targeted at dairy farmer...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Like other colleagues, I commend Senator Billy Lawless for his maiden speech. I concur with what my colleague, Senator James Reilly, has said about people having the right to speak whether they use notes. There is nothing in Standing Orders to prevent Members from speaking from...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] This morning a number of Senators have raised issues related to Brexit. Senator Joe O'Reilly mentioned the beef trade, while Senator Frank Feighan mentioned investment. I would like to make two points. First, as I mentioned before to the Leader, we need deeper and stronger deb...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] A vibrant economy and open healthy democracy depends on a diverse, enriched, creative and cultural atmosphere. Ms Jane Daly, the programme manager for Galway 2020, has said with confidence that the award to Galway of the European Capital of Culture is for the city and county of ...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] There have been reports today on an internal HSE audit into the awarding of contracts to a private company by the Saolta health group. It does not make for very good reading. It suggests a potential conflict of interest on the part of the former CEO, Mr. Bill Maher, who has now...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with the sentiments expressed by the previous speaker on accountability in the HSE and not just with regard to sub-tendering for contracts for the provision of services. Democratic accountability in the HSE is at an all-time low. The old health board system had democrat...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I distance myself from Senator David Norris's comments earlier. I am the only Member who physically cannot read a script, but I would love to be able to do so. If I were, perhaps my contributions might be far better. I think it is good that Members can consult a script.[Conway...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] They are excellent.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Most of the time.[Swanick, Keith]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] It is good that Members have the option of consulting a script because ultimately we want quality debate in the House. We want Members to feel comfortable in contributing in whatever way - either with or without a script. I am sure I could easily be attacked for saying things o...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] There would be no stopping the Senator if he had a script.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the 19 Senators who raised matters on the Order of Business. I do not mean to single out Senator Catherine Ardagh, but the intervention made by the father of the House was inappropriate. I defend the right of Senators to raise any matter they want on the Order of Busine...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] That is a handy cop-out.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I do not agree with the Senator, as somebody who has been a very active trade unionist.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] There is no balance in recommending an increase of 10 cent.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] My point is that if one looks at the composition of the Low Pay Commission, they are people with huge experience from a wide cross-section of society, including ICTU, with which the Senator has worked closely.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] She disagrees with a rise of 10 cent.[Gavan, Paul]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to respond.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Minister is going to look at the commission's report. The commission considered a wide variety of data before reaching recommendations. I was not part of it. I certainly want to see people have a decent wage, but I also want to see the country open for business and being c...Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] I hope they will come again.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-247 Book-2
20/07/2016 [Order of Business] We will.
Senator John Dolan requested that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, appear in the House to discuss the UN report on people with disabilities. I will be happy to have her come to the House before Christmas.[Buttimer, Jerry]
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