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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business for today is No. 1, the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Committee Stage, to be taken at 12.45 p.m.; and No. 2, Private Members' business, the Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2016 - Second Stage, to be taken at 4 p.m., w...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [431]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of charities regulation and, in particular, the case of corporate governance irregularities and mismanagement within the organisation Console, which has been the subject matter of a "Prime Time" investigation lately. The Health Service Executive, HSE, started a...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [431]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am a little concerned about some of the utterances from the political class in Ireland as a result of the Brexit referendum. I hear people talking about how they got it wrong. We are democrats in this House and I ask the Leader, as a democrat, to acknowledge the fact that 72%...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [433]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Dreaming again, Gerry.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [433]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] They have made their decision.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [433]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] To remain.[Devine, Máire]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [433]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] We must now work towards finding a way for us jointly to go together and ensure our Border remains open and that we remain part of the island of Ireland along with our brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland. It is not the time for people to start second guessing electorates or...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [433]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] It might be parked but the engine has not been turned off.
I condemn the attack on Istanbul airport and offer condolences to the families of all those who were killed and those who were injured. It is a frightening time for those whose loved ones travel to areas targeted by su...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear. It is great to hear Sinn Féin promoting English pensions-----[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Will the Senator please clarify-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] -----and the good old English Government.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Will Senator Conway-Walsh please clarify to which motion she is referring as regards the amendment?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] It is to the motion on Seanad reform. It is the original motion tabled by Sinn Féin on one of the first days; it is all on the Order Paper.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am grateful to the Senator. I called Senator John Dolan, but he was not offering to speak. I invite Senator Gerald Nash.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I would like to share in the expression of sympathy to the people of Turkey after yesterday's horrendous terrorist attack and utterly meaningless loss of life. I share the condolences expressed by Senator Conway-Walsh. I visited Turkey on a number of occasions in recent years, ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [434]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is over time.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [435]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] We are all concerned about transparency in public life. Yesterday was actually a good day for transparency in public life in Ireland because, as a result of the Lobbying Act introduced by the Labour Party in the last Government, the Standards in Public Office Commission, SIPOC, ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [435]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to discuss the PSO levies on electricity charges and the proposed increases for 2016 and 2017. The PSO is a Government levy on all customers, both domestic and industrial. It has been increased substantially over the years and it is used to subsidise renewable energy gen...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [435]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to a development in the last number of days in which the talks between the Garda Representative Association, GRA, and the Department of Justice and Equality have broken down. It is very worrying. I understand that the GRA is frustrated that the commitments given during ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [435]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am disappointed to note that the trial in Egypt of the Irish citizen Mr. Ibrahim Halawa has today been postponed for the 14th time. That is a worrying development. Seanad Éireann should again send our concerns on this issue to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, who I...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [436]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I share the concerns of Senators who spoke about Console. Yesterday we discussed the matter on the Order of Business and we had somewhat of a reply. On that occasion, a number of Senators expressed their concern.
Today I raise one simple issue, namely, the European Commission...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I would like to raise a few issues. Last week we had a very good debate on mental health but I wish to raise the issue of unit 5B in University Hospital Limerick, from which five people were missing for a number of days, and security on the hospital campus. People were in the h...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [437]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I second the proposal by Senator Rose Conway-Walsh to amend the Order of Business today. It has been mentioned that Ibrahim Halawa's trial has been postponed for the 14th time. Sinn Féin believes it is high time that Enda Kenny picked up his phone and called Egypt.
I take thi...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [437]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] -----that has become the second largest festival parade after St. Patrick's Day.
This year's Dublin Pride festival followed the harrowing, tragic and senseless attack on the LGBTQI community in Orlando that left 49 people dead. The news from Florida struck the Irish community ...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to continue our discussion on Brexit and to raise the serious implications for the Irish agrifood industry following the decision by the people of the UK to leave the EU. The UK is our single biggest trading partner and Irish agribusiness will, undoubtedly, be the most ex...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [438]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to raise a couple of matters. Much has been said about Console and I do not want to say anything that is unhelpful. People are quick to point to other people's behaviour. It is clear that wrong has been done in this instance and that there have been clear governance fai...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [438]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear. Well said.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue of our archaic and discriminatory motor tax system. It is years old and not fit for purpose. It militates, in particular, against those on low incomes or whose personal finances are stretched. People who are renewing their motor tax and wish to pay by...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Well said.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] It is inherently unfair. As we face into budget discussions, I would like the Leader to bring this issue to the attention of the Ministers for Finance and Transport, Tourism and Sport so that it might be corrected. In fairness to people and the difficult circumstances in which ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am not suggesting that that should be the system. However, the tax could be added to the cost of petrol or diesel at the filling station. This would, of course, mean that filling stations were collecting another tax on behalf of the State, but I do not think the current syste...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [439]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] On a point of order, before I start, will the Leas-Chathaoirleach advise the House how many items we are allowed to raise? In the last Seanad, we were allowed to raise one item. Are we allowed to raise more than one item now?[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] For God's sake.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I have no control over the number of items the Senator raises, but he has only two minutes.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] That is telling him.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I can say what I like so, can I?[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator should not waste his time. Carry on.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I will not waste my time. Nor do I think I wasted it asking the question. The Leas-Chathaoirleach might get clarity on the question for us.[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] There is no clarity required. I have no control over it. The Senator has two minutes and he can raise what he likes.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am sorry, a Leas-Chathaoirligh, but there was a ruling in the last Seanad that when a speaker other than the Leader went beyond one item on the Order of Business he or she was told it was not permitted to bring up more than one item.[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] That was a different Cathaoirleach and a different Seanad.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Yes, and I am asking for clarity on the matter. If the Leas-Chathaoirleach is not prepared to do it-----[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am telling the Senator now that he can say what he likes within the two minutes.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] -----I will wait until the Cathaoirleach is back-----[Landy, Denis]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I am giving the Senator the ruling. Carry on.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [440]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Okay. No problem.
I want to raise the issue of Console, which has already been raised by a number of Senators today. Unlike some Senators in this Chamber, I am not prepared to wait and see. This is black and white. It is quite clear that what has been done is an absolute di...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Landy on the number of items being raised during the Order of Business. It would be far more practical if we stuck to one item.
I wish to mention an issue raised by the retailers' group, RGDATA. This concerns the report from the Data Commissioner on the u...
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29/06/2016 [Order of Business] With regard to the matter of Console, it is extremely sad but we should remember that it is a very useful organisation. It provides help to a large number of people who are in great distress. I will not name the gentleman who founded it, but I have met him and he seemed to be a...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [441]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I also wish to refer to the debate on Brexit yesterday. There is a lot of insecurity and instability at present. While we, as democrats, accept the decision made by the United Kingdom, I cannot accept that it is now holding the Irish, UK and world economies to ransom by kicking...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [441]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I join other Senators in condemning the awful massacre in Istanbul Atatürk Airport. It happened during Ramadan, which is a period of prayer, fasting, religious devotion and charity. It belies the contention that ISIS is an Islamic or Muslim organisation. It is antithetical to ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [442]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I would like to note that the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has published its annual report and laid it before the Houses of the Oireachtas. It highlights issues we have discussed, such as the importance of strengthening equality and human rights in the post-Brexit ...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [442]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I refer to the future of the dairy industry in Ireland. Average milk prices this year will probably be in the region of 24 cent or 25 cent per litre. In 2014 dairy farmers got 38 cent per litre. The income of an average dairy farmer milking roughly 70 cows will be down by up t...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [443]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I call Senator Máire Devine. I assure her that I am strictly adhering to the rota on the list.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [443]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I want to bring to the attention of the House a group that will hold a protest outside the Dáil. It is Sarcoma Action Group Ireland. Sarcoma is a rare cancer of the soft tissue or bone, diagnosed in about 250 new patients each year. They require ongoing care from multidiscipli...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [443]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] [Richmond, Neale]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [444]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith soiléiriú a fháil ón gCeannaire, más féidir, maidir leis an díospóireacht faoin diaspora. Cén uair a bheidh muid á thógáil sin? Bhí sé sin iarrtha ag roinnt daoine.
I also propose an amendment to the Order of Business: that we take motion No. 7 on the Order Paper to...
Vol-246 Book-8 Page [444]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to organise a debate today or, at the latest, tomorrow, on the case of Ibrahim Halawa, whose trial has been postponed yet again until October. The Government has not been doing enough on this case. Some 494 people face a mass trial with Ibrahim Halawa. Two wer...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [445]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [445]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] He had faced trial. The trial was quashed, the verdict was overturned and he faced trial again. He was in the exact same legal position as Ibrahim Halawa. Australia's Prime Minister intervened directly with President el-Sisi and secured the release of its citizen awaiting tria...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [445]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I second the motion Senator Ó Clochartaigh spoke about in regard to bin charges. I appeal to everyone in the Chamber to read the motion. There is nothing here that anyone could object to. We are simply asking that what the Minister told us was the situation would in fact be th...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [445]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I spoke on the pay-by-weight issue last week. There is confusion. The Minister needs to clarify this for us, especially for the people using Greyhound and other facilities. I would like the Minister to come to the House to explain the situation. I believe it will be sorted bu...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I asked last week that the Minister responsible for the rural development programme, RDP, come to the House to answer those questions.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the 26 Senators who contributed to this morning’s Order of Business. Eight Senators, including Senators Ardagh, Conway-Walsh, Conway, Boyhan, Dolan, Landy and Norris, raised the issue of Console. I think all of us in this House will join in condemning the lack of transp...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Fine Gael took credit for Iceland because it had blue shirts.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] We must have probity such that the strict rules applying to the charity sector are implemented. Senator Conway referred to Part 4 of the Charities Act. It is a staffing issue. There is an obligation on the Government to work with the Charities Regulator and give him a full com...Vol-246 Book-8 Page [446]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] He misled us.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [449]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I do not believe so, to be fair. It is very unfair of the Senator to say that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [449]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] He did it wittingly or unwittingly, but we were certainly misled.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [449]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] With regard to Leader funding, the Minister announced 18 new projects last week. Senator Conway-Walsh raised this matter and I have invited the Minister to the House. I will follow up with her on that.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] On a point of clarification, will the Leader respond on the diaspora?[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I have spoken to the Minister of State, Deputy McHugh, about that, because the Senator raised it previously if memory serves. He has agreed to come to the House but timing is the problem. However, I will pursue it for the Senator.[Buttimer, Jerry]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Conway-Walsh proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 9, motion 1, be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I can leave it until tomorrow, unless there is a clear pathway before the end of today's business.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] You wish to defer it until tomorrow, so you are withdrawing the amendment today?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Yes, but I will raise it again tomorrow.[Conway-Walsh, Rose]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Clochartaigh has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business "That No. 9, motion 7, be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [450]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I was having a cup of coffee in the Oireachtas bar and the division bells never went off so I have missed one or two votes. I do not mind particularly but I just thought I would mention it.[Norris, David]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [451]
29/06/2016 [Order of Business] I thank Senator Norris but I do not think there is anything we can do about it at this stage.[O'Mahony, John]Vol-246 Book-8 Page [451]
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