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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and conclude not later than 5.45 p.m., with the contributions of all Senators not to exceed four minutes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [539]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Last week I referred to the figures for IDA Ireland visits that had been revealed in response to a parliamentary question tabled by my colleague, Deputy Dara Calleary. I was pleased to report that there had been a significant increase in the figures for the north west. I mentio...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [539]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I welcome today's very good news that the unemployment rate has fallen again. There has been a remarkable month-on-month fall from 10.1% this time last year to the current rate of 8.6%. Some 5,125 new jobs were created in January alone. It is really impressive that, on average...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [540]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Yesterday was St. Brigid's Day. I always think of the great poem by Antaine Ó Raifteirí:
Anois, teacht an Earraigh, beidh an lá ag dul chun síneadh
'S tar éis na Féile Bríde ardóidh mé mo sheol.
I feel like raising my own sails, in particular with an election in the offing. Tha...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I welcome Councillor David Maxwell from County Monaghan and former councillor Noel Maxwell to the Visitors Gallery.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [541]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Maxwell family.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [541]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] A man who deserves to be honoured, praised and remembered today is the gracious veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan who, as we all know, died after a short battle with cancer.[O'Brien, Mary Ann]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [541]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I was asked to a party tomorrow because there is a gentleman here who started in the Seanad in 1993. I want to say to him that this has been one of the most fortunate Senates in the world to have him as a Senator. His name is Senator Feargal Quinn and I will say a few words abo...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I will say a few words tomorrow on the anniversary.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] My goodness, I am pre-empting. I only want to say I started a little business and I was not particularly great or clever. I had an idea, a dream. The first shop I called into was Superquinn in Lucan where one of Feargal's men, Mr. John Foy, gave me my first little chance behin...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator.[Quinn, Feargal]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I thought it was for a glass of wine that the Senator was inviting Senator Mary Ann O'Brien.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I am calling for an urgent debate. I understand the Minister may not be available today but I hope she may be available tomorrow. The issue concerns allegations of abuse within a foster home, and particularly what the HSE knew and when. First, my heart goes out to the woman at...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [542]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I support Senator Máiría Cahill. In a land of no consequences, where people who fail to act appropriately, or at all, never suffer the consequence of losing their jobs or positions, such things will go on. Last week we tried to introduce the corporate manslaughter Bill to preve...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [543]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] That is rubbish.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [543]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Did the Senator see anybody suffer consequences as a result of the blood transfusion scandal, in which women died?[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [543]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I have seen civil servants lose their jobs.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [543]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Women died because the State knowingly did not act. Did anybody see the consequences? Did anybody suffer other than the women? No, because there is no legislation to cover that situation.
I propose an amendment to the Order of Business: that No. 31 on today's Order Paper, Na...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] What a load of codswallop.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [544]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] We had certain undertakings with regard to this Bill, but they have not been fulfilled, and unfortunately the Government has decided in this year of years not to protect the national anthem.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [544]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] It is welcome that the unemployment figures have dropped significantly in the past year. There are 30,500 fewer people unemployed than there were 12 months ago. The unemployment level is down to 8.6%. We can see evidence that the income being generated as a result of more peop...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [544]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Mary Ann O'Brien regarding the late Terry Wogan. In very hard times for Irish people in England he was a one-man Anglo-Irish agreement, and it is coming out now that he played a role behind the scenes in promoting better relations between the two countries.
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I support Senator Michael Mullins regarding unemployment figures, which, as he said, are down to 8.6%, and that is as a result of An Action Plan for Jobs and Pathways to Work, part of which strategy is education. As it will probably be my last time speaking on the Order of Busin...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [544]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I thank Senator Mary Ann O'Brien for her very kind words, which I appreciate greatly. I have enjoyed my years here and look forward to keeping in touch with people like the Senator. I was also impressed by her words about the late Terry Wogan. I remember getting in touch with ...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [545]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Did he pay the Senator?[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [545]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] No. It is a reminder, I think, of the great work that people such as the late Terry Wogan, Eamonn Andrews and so many others have done for Ireland, something on which Senator Seán D Barrett has touched. The relationship between our two islands has been helped a great deal on th...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [545]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I agree fully with everything Senators Ivana Bacik and Michael Mullins have said about the falling unemployment figures. It is very welcome news and I do not think we wish to see any halt or decline in that trend due to anything that might happen in the very near future.
I com...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I second Senator Mark Daly's amendment to the Order of Business. I fully concur with what Senator Paul Coghlan has said about a Brexit and the consequences for this country, particularly for those living along the Border, if Britain breaks away from the European Union.[Wilson, D...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [546]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I welcome the visitors to the Visitors Gallery. They are nearly all women, but there are one or two men. We need both in politics and it would be great to see all of them on this side of the House. We need both sexes in the Oireachtas, as I said, and I extend a particular welc...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [546]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I will not be here tomorrow to attend Senator Feargal Quinn's party. I am only sorry I did not meet him back in the 1990s when I was struggling with marketing in college. He certainly would have made it all seem easy. Perhaps he will come back here and give seminars for Senato...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [547]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator might come back.[Quinn, Feargal]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [547]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I might try. Two things come together from today's debate that were on my mind coming in here. One is the casualisation, to which Senator Norris adverted, and the other is the employment figures. There is no doubt the Government must be congratulated on the number of people wh...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [547]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I wish to raise again the issue of the primary care reimbursement service, PCRS, the organisation which has taken over the administration of the medical card scheme. I have raised this issue on numerous occasions in the House. Since it was centralised, it has caused enormous pr...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [548]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] There has been much discussion and focus in the House for some time on drugs and excessive drinking. I wish to turn my attention to the latter. There is a need for the Government to take a much firmer hand in trying to dissuade people, particularly the young, from consuming alc...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [548]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Is the amendment to seek a debate on housing?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [549]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I am seeking a general debate on housing.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [549]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] As we are coming to the end of this term, it is fitting to wish all the very best to the people whom I am aware are not standing in the forthcoming election. They have been fantastic colleagues. I include Senators Jim Walsh, John Crown, John Gilroy and Feargal Quinn. I acknowl...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [549]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] One of the important things from the past five years, which was referred to by Senator Michael Mullins, was the growth in the number of people at work. It was one of the challenges faced by the Cabinet and the Government. It is a huge achievement to now have unemployment rates ...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [550]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I second Senator Jim Walsh's amendment to the Order of Business.
The issue of road safety crosses my mind often because a large number of people, particularly cyclists and pedestrians, are killed on the roads. I raised the issue at the start of the session. I ask the Leader t...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney raised the issue of IDA Ireland visits and correctly noted the criteria which applied to such visits. Ultimately, the saying one can lead a horse to water but cannot make it drink it applies. The companies in question must decide whether they wish to loca...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [551]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] No; I did not receive it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [552]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] If that is the case, I tender my apologies. My information is the Senator's office was contacted with the name of the official to contact in the case. If that was not done, I will arrange for it to be done immediately.
Senator Michael Mullins referred to the Action Plan for J...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Quinn, Feargal]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [552]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan spoke about the implications of a possible Brexit north and south of the Border, saying it was a very serious issue. We all hope an agreement will be reached between the United Kingdom and the European Union in their deliberations which will avoid such an ev...Vol-245 Book-9 Page [552]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Government is still the Government.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [553]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] However, one never knows what will happen. Senator Mark Daly might try to have the Seanad recalled again.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [553]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] I would not rule it out.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [553]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator might want to sing a song.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [553]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Cáit Keane spoke about early childhood education. She rightly said the Government had made some progress, but there is a need for more.
Senator Gerard P. Craughwell referred to workers and unemployment. I note the points he made in that regard. While I welcome the re...
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02/02/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader has proposed a change to the time slot for No. 1. Is the amendment agreed to? Agreed. Senator Mark Daly has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 31 be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [554]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [554]
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Jim Walsh has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate on housing be taken today after No. 1." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-9
02/02/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-245 Book-9 Page [555]
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