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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 12.45 p.m. and brought to a conclusion not later than 1.45 p.m., if not previously concluded; No....Vol-244 Book-10 Page [919]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome to the Visitors Gallery Mary Leyden, wife of the good Senator Terry Leyden; her daughter, Councillor Orla Leyden, and her granddaughter Donata. They are very welcome.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [919]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Her full name is Donata Maria.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [919]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator for the clarification.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [919]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise a number of issues. In recent days there has been a series of actions throughout the country which have compounded the difficulty caused by the Government and previous Governments in shutting down rural communities, in particular the closure of Garda stations. I...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [919]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure the Leader will deal with the issue Senator Marc MacSharry has raised regarding the health service. However, I heard the same interview as the Senator and took a completely different impression from it. In fact, it was gratifying to hear in particular about the fall i...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [920]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome Senator Terry Leyden's granddaughter, whom I know has had her interest in the work of the Seanad sparked recently. However, I will let Senator Terry Leyden elaborate on that.
I welcome the appointment of Professor Geoffrey Shannon to the District Court. His co...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to ask the Leader about the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill. We were left with a number of Committee Stage amendments pending and Report Stage is to come. As I do not see the legislation on the Order Paper for this week, I take it that the remaining Committee Stage a...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [922]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Terrible.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [922]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] How this young creature - I have never heard of her before - manages to get inside the Dáil bar, to which she has no access, is simply beyond me. In 30 years, I saw a drunk Member only once; it was a Member of the other House and he was dealt with effectively.
I am told I have...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Expenses.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [922]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Expenses of €56,000. Yahweh, but where is it? I would like to know; it would be just wonderful. I could be backwards and forwards like I was a yo-yo on that amount of money. Apparently, this story is granted credibility. It is said we have these huge salaries, enormous grant...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [922]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] That is not parliamentary language.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] You can say that again. By God, it is not parliamentary language and certainly should not be stated to my secretary and parliamentary assistant. I will just read another statement. There is very little that is offensive-----[Norris, David]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on the matter?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] It is a wonderful catalogue of what I am.[Norris, David]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on the matter?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Absolutely, yes. The correspondence is from a Mr. John Tierney. Hello, John. This is what he said and wants me to read, "You gay shit, read this about you - cunning little toady, creep, crawler, fawner, flatterer, flunkey, truckler, groveller, doormat, lickspittle, kowtower, o...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] That is me and here I am.[Norris, David]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] -----but will he, please, leave my poor secretary out of it? She does not like it. I laugh at it; she does not.[Norris, David]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [923]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I assure Members that neither my secretary nor I nor anyone working for me ever received such a telephone call, thanks be to God.
I welcome the news of the deal done yesterday evening by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine on fishery quota, whereby there will be a...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator Marc MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business. I also thank the Cathaoirleach for his welcome to my family today.
On 10 December 2015, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy James Reilly, signed the commencement order on the removal of the d...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate Ms Phil Donnelly, one of the ushers in the House, who is with Members this morning on her recent promotion as a team leader. It is a huge recognition for Phil, who becomes the first ever female usher to be promoted within the Houses, but it is also a stark reminde...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [924]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is here already.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [924]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] There are other vacancies coming up very shortly.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [924]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Absolutely.
I also welcome the passage through the Seanad last night of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 with unanimous support from all parties. This was a momentous and historic day in the history of the Seanad, particularly for those who lack capacity, as i...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader whether anything is being done about the jihadists who are returning to Ireland after going to the Middle East to fight for ISIS. I believe there is a need to ensure there is a massive disincentive for those who live in Ireland to go abroad to fight and then tak...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [925]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the appointment of Mr. Justice Peter Kelly as President of the High Court. As Members are aware, he is an able and most distinguished judge and I believe no more able or fitting person could be found for the post. He will bring tremendous leadership to the role, as he...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [925]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should never believe anything he reads in the Irish Independent.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [925]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Every night in both bars. My experience here in recent years has been that Members use the Members' Bar mainly for teas, coffees, scones, lunches and so on. While I am not normally there at closing time, I believe the bars close at what would be considered to be normal hours. ...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [925]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] It was rubbish. It was beneath journalism.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [925]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Absolutely correct. The Senator is quite right.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should stop buying it then.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I would not give her any publicity.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] There must be a spy in the bar.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Renamed the coffee shop.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I do not know because the bar is not open at the hour she was claiming. We will leave it at that. The Senator is quite right.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Today I am publishing and presenting my fourth and probably final Bill during this term. It is the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2015 and it aims to reform the terms of private renting in Ireland by addressing both the high insecurity when renting long-term homes and th...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] That Bill has not been published yet.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] It is being published today.[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] It is not on the Order Paper.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I have it in my hand here.[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] It is not on the Order Paper for today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I apologise. I thought it was on the Order Paper. Will the Cathaoirleach allow me still to welcome it and mention it?[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] No, it is not on the Order Paper.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach. I will conclude by asking the Leader for time to debate this in the new year or to bring it to the attention of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. I ask also that my colleagues consider it.[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [926]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I am concerned about the amount of time being allocated to discuss the Prisons Bill 2015 which, I understand, will only be 15 minutes. We welcome the Prisons Bill because it seeks to close St. Patrick's Institution, but the Department of Justice and Equality, during the Dáil deb...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [927]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I commend a parish priest in Ashbourne, County Meath, for the novel approach he has taken to confirming children in his parish. Usually children who are being confirmed take a pledge not to consume alcohol until they reach 18 years of age. Fr. Darby is insisting that children t...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [927]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to refrain from naming people in the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [927]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I will pass on Senator Lorraine Higgins's regards to Garda Connor.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [927]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator. I know that she is a constituent of his. It is great to see this proactive measure being taken. It is a great move but it is only happening because there is a legislative vacuum in this area, which is a huge failure. Many people have contacted me over the...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [927]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I am pleased that reference was made to the individual who wrote that scurrilous article, which was riddled with ignorance, about this House and the Dáil. I will not enhance or otherwise refer to her further which would give her more publicity. She should check her facts. My l...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [928]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] In the past 18 months I have dealt with cases involving local authority housing tenants who have a family member with a severe physical and intellectual disability and have been waiting for adaptation works to be done to their homes. In one case, a family has been waiting more t...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [928]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I am not sure if Senators are aware that our colleague in County Kildare, Councillor Willie Crowley, was the victim of a hit and run accident last night. His condition is critical and I am sure all Senators will join me in sending our good wishes to him.
This morning, represen...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] To add to Senator Paschal Mooney's comments, the Soviet Union was the first country to recognise the Irish Republic in 1919 and no less a man than Leon Trotsky was its foreign Minister at the time.
I second the amendment regarding the taking of No. 15, the non-Government motion...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator supporting the call for a debate on this issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, I am calling for a debate. The note continues:
The Health Minister, Leo Varadkar, has stated if it gets to the point where this drug gets through the process and gets approved by the NCPE and the National Drug Committee I will go to Government and seek money for it. I hold...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator may make these points during the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] He continues:
We are tired of putting our lives on hold. I spend three hours per day taking treatment to alleviate the symptoms of cystic fibrosis.[Daly, Mark]
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] We are not having a debate on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The note continues:
This isn't even a guarantee of prolonged good health because my efforts will be in vain. I will still end up battling consistent chest infections, enduring long hospitalisation stays, which will lead to my eventual death sooner rather than later.[Daly, Mark]
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is out of order.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] He continues:
I can't even hold down a job because of regular illness. I simply ask that I and my fellow CF sufferers be given a chance to lead a normal life without constant interruption and fear of the road ahead.[Daly, Mark]
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The note concludes as follows, "For that to happen, the HSE needs to approve Orkambi."[Daly, Mark]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I will try to remain within the time limit. I support the comments of Senator Colm Burke on adaptation grants. He cited a number of cases in the Cork City Council area, but the problem is nationwide. Until a few years ago, local authorities operated an uncomplicated, flexible ...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [930]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I support the calls made in the Seanad today and second Senator Mark Daly's amendment if it is necessary, because we were not sure if it was properly called the first time, for a debate in the Seanad and calling on the Minister for Health and the HSE to make funding available for...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [931]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should not name officials from the Department.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [931]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] That is how this debate started. People could not believe this process appeared to be done and dusted with the HSE.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [931]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] The person named is not here to defend himself.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [931]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] We need a debate on this issue today in the Seanad. We need to support those affected. Ireland needs to lead the way on this issue. We should not be rubbishing drug companies all the time like we did in the case of the drug Soliris last year because the hope of these CF suffer...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [931]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Lots of valuable items are being discussed in the House today. I add my voice to the urgent call for a debate on the provision of the new drug, Orkambi, for cystic fibrosis sufferers. We are talking about not only quality of life but life or death. One can rule it out of order...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [932]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seconding the amendment which has been proposed to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [932]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I certainly am. It is as simple as this. Bad decisions are being made about the Aran Islands all the time. A few months ago, it was an t-eitleán. Anois, an bád. Will the Minister of State, Deputy Joe McHugh, and others get their act together when it comes to the Aran Islands...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [932]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I note today a publication from the Department of Education and Skills and the Higher Education Authority on addressing inequality in participation in third level education. This is commendable, but one also must respond that addressing inequality in education when students are ...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [932]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry referred to the closure of Garda stations, particularly the fact that the OPW had sold Easky Garda station in County Sligo for €60,000. He complained that these Garda stations should be available for community use. I believe it was the intention that if c...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [933]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] That is a reflection on the quality of the journalism involved.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [934]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Boycott the Irish Independent.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [934]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Journalists were always known for examining and researching the facts before publishing anything, but obviously there is a need for------[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [934]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Traditionally, but there is a new generation of journalists who obviously do not need to conduct any research. They just pick things off the top of their heads.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [934]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Michael Comiskey complimented the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, on fishing quotas. The Minister has done well in that regard in recent years. The Senator welcomed the increased quotas for whitefish and prawns, in particular, and th...Vol-244 Book-10 Page [934]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure all Senators would like to congratulate and wish Ms Phil Donnelly well in her new role.
Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 1, non-Government motion No. 15, be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoi...
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16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [935]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate on the future of ferry services to the Aran Islands, in view of the levies being imposed on contractors, be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [936]
16/12/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-244 Book-10 Page [936]
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