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07/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re appointments to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 10, non-Government motion No. 8 re Ibrahim Halawa, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of No. 1; ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [724]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of waiting times for speech therapy and early diagnosis of speech and language difficulties. Early diagnosis of autism, in particular, and other medical problems is crucial in order that children can progress. A number of medical conditions are being diagnosed...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [724]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Senator-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] -----"Home care services in Northern Ireland have been pushed to the brink of collapse leaving old people and disabled people at risk of inadequate care-----[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator should respect the Chair. That is a matter for-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] This was mentioned yesterday[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] If the Senator wants to correct the record, there are ways to do so.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I would like to correct it.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator can raise the issue by way of a Commencement matter. We cannot reopen yesterday's Order of Business and refer to what someone said - dúirt bean liom go dúirt bean leí. I cannot allow the Senator to do that.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Yesterday Sinn Féin had free rein in attacking Fianna Fáil.[Ardagh, Catherine]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] From time to time there is a lot of barracking while Members are speaking and I will not allow it to happen. I was not in the Chair yesterday. This is not the Dáil. This is a special Chamber in which there are special protocols that will have to be respected. The Senator has ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] This week the role of the Attorney General was brought into question with respect to advice given to the Government.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [725]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Seanad has no role in matters concerning the Attorney General and we should not discuss matters in the other House. The Senator has made his point. What happens in the Dáil is a matter for that House to rectify or change the rules. We are different and we have certain rest...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [726]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I dtosach báire, tá a fhios agam gur ardaigh mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Paul Gavan, ceist inné maidir le táillí bruscair. Tá mé ag iarraidh a fháil amach an bhfuil aon fhreagra ar sin. We had a meeting last week with the Minister about the ongoing refuse collection issues. ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [726]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I was honoured to be selected yesterday as the chairperson of the Oireachtas cross-party group on alcohol harm, which is an informal group seeking to progress legislation and policy that can reduce alcohol harm in Ireland, with a particular emphasis on the implementation of the P...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [727]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to the Admissions Bill, as published yesterday by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Richard Bruton. I understand the Bill will be brought before the House in due course, but I wish to raise a matter of concern. There seems to be a level of confusion regardin...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [727]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Last week I raised the issue of the delay in the processing of passports. I welcome the Minister's announcement yesterday that 233 people had been appointed to the Passport Office to deal with the backlog. I urge members of the public to check their passports in good time in re...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [728]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to comment on the incident that occurred in County Monaghan this week where five cattle were put down. I am not aware of the full facts surrounding the case, but it is a cause of concern and, on the face of it, it appears it was done in a heavy-handed manner. I understan...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [728]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I would like if the relevant Minister would come to the House to deal with the North-South interconnector. I know that because of the oral hearing, the Minister could not answer questions in the other House. We all know Fianna Fáil and the Green Party started the North-South in...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is wandering.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I met various Ministers during the five years I was a Member of the other House. We were told it could not be changed and that it was further down the road than any other project. That message was shoved down our throats. There are 155 pages in the programme for Government bet...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Shame on you both.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] We do not want to leave Sinn Féin out, we want to bring it into the picture.[Butler, Ray]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Good man.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] It can come riding in on its high horse because we have good news. Sinn Féin is going to stop this. As result of the Brexit vote, there is a problem for the North-South pylon project. It is a designated EU project of common interest. To be awarded this status, a development m...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to address his remarks through the Chair.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Sinn Féin can sort the whole thing out. It can stop the North-South interconnector. I call on Sinn Féin to get off the fence and stop this once and for all.[Butler, Ray]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Good man.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] As a matter of clarification for Senator Ray Butler, there is no programme for Government between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] There is; it is as good as one.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] We are facilitating a minority Government in the interest of the State.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [729]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Tweedledum and Tweedledee.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Some of the comments by Senators Diarmuid Wilson and Ray Butler might be more appropriately dealt with in their respective parliamentary parties.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I agree totally. I just wanted to clarify the matter.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Or at a Cabinet meeting.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] West Donegal and the wider Gaeltacht community is in mourning following the sudden death of Seamus Mac Géidigh, broadcaster and manager of RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta northwest service. Seamus was a much respected broadcaster. He was passionate about Gaelic football and a highly r...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of Japanese knotweed. It is an invasive plant. As a state, we need to bring together all our organisations to come up with a solution. As most Members are aware, Japanese knotweed has become very prevalent in recent years and local authorities are struggling ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I thank all Senators who have signed a motion calling for the release of Ibrahim Halawa. In particular, I recognise the work Senator Mark Daly has done in the past three years and continues to do to try to secure Ibrahim's release. I would also like the Seanad to acknowledge th...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [730]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] An agreed motion will be taken without debate later.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [731]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I also refer to the bizarre incident at a farm in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, where five heifers were shot dead by members of the Defence Forces. There was also the involvement of the Garda and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on private property where an ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [731]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I again raise the issue of the ongoing industrial dispute between the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Ireland, PNAI, and the HSE. The dispute has now entered its second phase, which commenced this morning. The HSE needs to commit to resolving this dispute urgently before pati...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [731]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] In 2012 the European Court of Justice made a landmark decision that obliged the United Kingdom to grant a free fuel allowance to those who had lived or worked in the United Kingdom and had been born before 5 July 1951. There was no means test imposed in respect of qualified. On...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [731]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I draw the attention of the House to an auction taking place at Christie's auction house in London at 7 p.m. Three paintings that form part of the Alfred Beit collection are going under the hammer, namely, "Venus Supplicating Jupiter" by Reubens, "Piazza San Marco, Venice" by Gu...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [732]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] It seems strange that five cattle had to be destroyed in the manner they were. However, contrary to what Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh stated, it was to prevent these cattle from entering the food chain; it had nothing to do with repossession. We all have our views on repossess...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [732]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Let us ask the Minister to clarify.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [732]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Exactly. We will hear the Leader respond in due course.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [732]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] Earlier Senator John O'Mahony spoke about passports. I agree that the position is very serious.[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-12 Page [732]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with what Senator Denis Landy said. The regulation seems to be very difficult. I encountered a case in which a local authority deems that, because the social welfare income of two retired people on the old age pension is inadequate, they may not purchase their house wit...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [733]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to follow up on the points made by the previous Senator. The library service is a source of national and local pride. Many councillors will know that the library service is passionately supported by local authorities. It is one of the only really continuously positive s...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [733]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of eFlow tags. From 31 August one will no longer be able to use one’s eFlow tag on the N7 between Dublin and Limerick, the Waterford city bypass and the M1. This follows a breakdown in communications between Celtic Roads Group and eFlow. I request the Leader ...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [734]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I support Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee’s call for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to address the issue of the sale of paintings from the Beit collection. It may be too late if the event is being held this evening. I raised this issue in 2015 when some paintin...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [734]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I support my colleagues who raised the issue of public procurement. It affects booksellers today and others on other days. As a matter of urgency, we should invite to the House the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with responsibility for public procurement, Deputy...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [734]
07/07/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the 21 Senators who have raised matters on the Order of Business. Before I reply to them, on the Order of Business yesterday Senator Paddy Burke referred to the European Council's decision on the EU-Canada free trade agreement. For the information of the House, the agre...Vol-246 Book-12 Page [735]
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