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26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 81, non-Government motion No. 19 re the availability of medication to treat cystic fibrosis sufferers, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 1, motion of referral to the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture ...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [327]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Minister for Health has dismissed a report which rates emergency care waiting times in Ireland as the worst in Europe. Ireland ranks alongside Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia in the provision of emergency services. However, as Senator John Crown pointed out last week, when ...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [327]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Will the Senator clarify his amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [328]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I seek an amendment to the Order of Business in order that the Minister for Education and Skills can come to the House to discuss the treatment of the victims of child sexual abuse.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [328]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for taking the all-party motion on medication for patients with cystic fibrosis, No. 81, non-Government motion No. 19, on today's Order Paper. I refer specifically to the provision of Orkambi for cystic fibrosis sufferers which is a hugely important and pressi...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [328]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am sure the Seanad has noted that the European Court of Auditors has been in Ireland to produce a report on the crash and on the way in which the moneys supplied by the ECB and so on were administered here but, most regrettably, there was no Irish representation because the per...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] He can be identified and I ask the Senator to steer away from him.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] That is his problem.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] It is not his problem.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] He led us into this.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] That is a problem for the House. He is not here to defend himself.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am not attacking him personally but his appointment, which was cronyism, has led to a situation where it is highly-----[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] That is all personal.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am talking about his exclusion, the fact he was not able to represent Ireland.[Norris, David]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is talking about a person who can be easily identified.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [329]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] It is really lamentable that we had no representative on this body. It is crucial to the well-being of the State and accountability to the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who are adversely affected by this situation.
Another issue to which I draw the attenti...
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26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am raising an issue of great importance today because I was contacted directly by victims yesterday and this morning regarding a story printed yesterday by Allison Morris in the Irish News. I am calling for an urgent debate on the matter. The story states that the IRA broke i...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [330]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Is the Senator looking for a debate on this issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [330]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am looking for an urgent debate on the issue. The victims who are the most affected are always at the bottom of the pile when it comes to action. People with broken hearts and broken minds are living with the legacy of grief to this day. There are people who can put a stop t...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [330]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Government is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and should exercise its responsibility in this regard and hold to account those who blatantly abdicate their responsibilities.[Cahill, Máiría]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I second the amendment proposed by my colleague, Senator Mark Daly, to the Order of Business. During the years I have used the platform of the second House of the Oireachtas to inform people of and alert them to the issue of e-mail spamming and its insidious practice. Sadly, it...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I support Senator Marie Mooney in what he just said. All Members regularly receive such e-mail scams. Recently, I have been getting one such scam e-mail consistently which claims to be notification from the Revenue Commissioners that a refund is due to me.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Senator is a lucky man.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] They originate in the United Kingdom, which goes to show how little they know about the Irish tax system.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [331]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] If only it were true. Given the current level and sophistication of technology, I am surprised it is not possible to get to the source of such scams because that is the only way in which they can be stamped out.
All Members and all right-minded people are horrified by the repo...
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26/01/2016 [Order of Business] We are listening and will take that on board.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [332]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Four years have passed since I introduced a Bill into this House on organ donation. While I had hoped to make presumed consent part of organ donation, the Bill was not accepted by the Minister, although a lot of attention was given to it. The reason I mention the Bill is becaus...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [332]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] It is welcome that industrial action undertaken by over 100 construction workers in Waterford in the past few days has come to an end and agreement has been reached between the main contractor on the site and the workers. Over 200 workers were working on the site. The issues th...Vol-245 Book-6
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I do not think we will have time for debates. Perhaps we might have time. I want to raise one important issue, namely, recycling. The city of San Francisco banned the 18-ounce plastic bottle last week. I hope we will all be back here speaking in the House and putting the most...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [333]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader has allocated 90 minutes to the debate this evening on the review of county councils. He will be aware that I have an amendment to that motion. I seek reassurance from him that the amendment will be taken and that I will not be subjected to the nonsense of us running...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [333]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] We are not discussing that issue now.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [333]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] There has been a lot of talk about Mr. Begg. It is my belief he is an excellent choice for the post concerned.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [333]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I appreciate that we will be having a debate on local government structures and ancillary matters later, but there will probably not be sufficient time to allow all Members to make contributions. Last Thursday, with the permission of the Cathaoirleach, I had the opportunity to d...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [333]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I agree with my colleague, Senator Paul Bradford, that taking 744 town council seats out of the democratic institutions of 80 town councils was the wrong move. It was but a tinkering around the edges in terms of the weak local government structure we have in Ireland. According ...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [334]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] We will have a debate on the matter later today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [334]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] At a future time we will all need to reflect on it.
I ask the Leader to facilitate a debate, if possible before the term of this Seanad expires, on the issue of Brexit and the economic implications of the United Kingdom's decision on whether to leave or remain in the European U...
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26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I call an tAire; I am sorry, the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Has the promotion come through? Congratulations.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I have not yet been promoted. We will all have to be re-elected. Whether any of us will come back-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] That will be done in the motion to be debated this evening.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] As the Senator is speaking about that motion, I meant to amend the Order of Business with reference to No. 81, non-Government motion No. 10. There will be statements, to be taken at the conclusion of No. 3, on the review of local government arrangements. The time allocated shal...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The e-mail from the Whip stated we would deal with the motion.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am not the Leader.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am confining contributions to three minutes to allow everybody an opportunity to speak.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I seek clarification. There will be statements rather than a debate on the motion.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] On a point of information, I have before me a copy of an e-mail the Fine Gael Whip sent to councillors. It states-----[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Excuse me; I have no control over anyone who sends e-mails to councillors-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader circulates the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] I am only responsible for my own business, not anybody else's.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Many people are very anxious.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] People are always anxious to send e-mails about everything and anything.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Perhaps Senator Gerard P. Craughwell might enlighten us.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly spoke about the issue of child abuse, a matter he also raised last week when I think I gave a comprehensive reply on the points made by him. I do not wish to expand on them. I read about the priest in Florida who was a whistleblower, as a result of which he su...Vol-245 Book-6 Page [335]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Will the Leader clarify if he is amending the Order of Business to substitute statements on the review of local government arrangements for No. 81, non-Government motion No. 10, on the Order Paper?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Yes. There will be statements on the contents of the motion.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] A Supplementary Order Paper will be circulated. The Minister will speak for ten minutes, while Members will speak for three.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Education and Skills on the Government's treatment of victims of child sexual abuse be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] Yes.[Daly, Mark]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [337]
26/01/2016 [Order of Business] The Leader has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That statements on the review of local government arrangements be substituted for No. 81, non-Government motion No. 10." Is the amendment agreed to? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-245 Book-6 Page [338]
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