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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2015 - Second Stage, to be taken at 12.45 p.m. and adjourned not later than 3.30 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed five min...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [702]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I have written to the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar, about a new drug for the treatment of cystic fibrosis called Orkambi which yesterday was approved by the EU Medicines Agency. We have been very slow to give effect in Ireland to EU approvals. This is a ground-break...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [702]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Daly, Mark]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is long overdue that the Minister would account for his tenure in the Department of Health. The Minister should come into this House and tell us what he will do as opposed to commentating on what is already happening.
I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the...
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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should refer to him as the Minister, Deputy Varadkar.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I would refer to him as a Minister if he acted like one.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O'Brien is way over time. I call Senator Hayden.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is important to acknowledge that there has been progress in the health system. We have 700 more nurses in the system now than we had this time last year.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] According to the INMO the number is down by 200.[Norris, David]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [703]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Hayden without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [704]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] We now have more doctors in the system than at any time in the history of the State. I have no difficulty with having a debate on health and I am sure the Leader will facilitate it when possible.
I am very happy we passed the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill thr...
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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [704]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] We were all shocked to see the level of earnings of one of the CEOs of an organisation with which we are all familiar and the debate that has ensued in the organisation. The debate could easily take place in a large number of other organisations. The State needs to take whateve...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [704]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] For most of the Order of Business up to now there were 12 Members or fewer in the House. I welcome that we are going to review the situation because it looks very bad for the public to see an almost empty Chamber.[Norris, David]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [704]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [705]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It does not matter when debates are going on as that is defensible because people could be watching from elsewhere and preparing to come in. Only those people who are queuing up to speak are really needed in the Chamber. However, to have the Order of Business attended by one si...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [705]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] We read yesterday about a court challenge initiated by a school in County Wicklow against An Bord Pleanála arising from a decision to grant planning permission for a fast food restaurant adjacent to the grounds of the school. I will obviously not comment on the specifics of the ...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [705]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I second the proposed amendment to the Order of Business tabled by Senator Darragh O'Brien. The Personal Injuries Assessment Board was established in 2004, which is more than 11 years ago. Its activities should be reviewed to see if it is working. From what I can see, it appea...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [705]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I remind those present that today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It marks the beginning of 16 days of action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than one in three, o...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [706]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the teaching staff and students from St. Gerald's College, Castlebar to the Gallery.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [706]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Is that the Cathaoirleach's alma mater?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [706]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is not my own school but very local to me.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [706]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] He would not be a bit partial.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [706]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I hope all the students do as well as the Cathaoirleach has.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [707]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is great to see the home town of the newly crowned Connacht champions represented here, so I second the Cathaoirleach's welcome to the people from Castlebar.
I note that nine amendments from this House have been accepted by the Minister of State at the Department of the Envi...
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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I echo the call I made yesterday for the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and the HSE to actively engage with the Workplace Relations Commission to avert the proposed strike for 15 December. No one would win in that situation. Elderly people will be traumatised, they will...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [707]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Yesterday in the Leader's absence, many of us again called for a debate on health care. I support the proposed amendment to the Order of Business. For almost six months now, Senators from Government and Opposition have been calling for the Minister for Health to come before the...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [708]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] We would all welcome the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, to the House for a further debate on health.[Conway, Martin]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Today.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] To be fair to the Minister, he is always very accommodating with this House.[Conway, Martin]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Not for questions and answers.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] When he was only in his ministerial role about five or six days, he came in and took a Private Members' motion which I had tabled, to which he gave a very comprehensive response.[Conway, Martin]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Well done. He was getting paid for it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I have no doubt that the Leader will organise such a debate at the earliest opportunity.
In reflecting on what is happening in the IFA at the moment, we must realise the importance of the IFA in terms of lobbying and ensuring that farmers get as fair a deal as possible. I cons...
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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Anybody who was listening to "Morning Ireland" this morning heard a nurse from St. Vincent's Hospital. I do not believe anybody can blame the nursing staff for taking the action they are taking. On a number of occasions, I have myself lain in St. Vincent's in the middle of the ...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator will not be wasting his time. I have tabled amendments for tomorrow.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [709]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I need to know if we are going to go through a charade here purely to satisfy public opinion or if we are genuinely taking the Bill as this House should.
With respect to my colleagues who have put down a Private Members' Bill this afternoon regarding the Seanad Electoral (Amend...
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25/11/2015 [Order of Business] That is set down in law, Senator.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] No, it is at the Minister's discretion. The Minister has discretion as to when he calls-----[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is a ministerial order but-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister can close nominations on the same day he closes them for the Dáil. There are many professional Senators in here-----[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Who?[Cullinane, David]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] They may find themselves running against Ministers who lose their seats in the next election.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] There will be a few.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] At the end of the day, I believe the Seanad is a separate and distinct House.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] That is a matter for the Minister.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] This is an important matter. It requires clarification.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I think it is a matter for the Leader to ask the Minister and I am asking the Leader if he would be prepared to do so.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I also heard that interview on "Morning Ireland" this morning. I was very impressed by that nurse and what she had to say. She also made it quite clear that much of the problem does not lie in the accident and emergency departments. When patients are seen in that department th...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [710]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] In the run up to the dark days of winter, should motorists be obliged to use their headlights during the daytime? This is not that they might see ahead of them but to ensure that they are seen. It is particularly important that motorbikes are seen. All cars in the European Uni...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [711]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Paul Coghlan about locating fast food outlets in close proximity to schools. There must be a policy in each county council area in that regard. It should not be left solely to the discretion of planners. We are due to have a debate on physical education th...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [711]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] This morning I attended a meeting of the transport committee at which we heard presentations from representatives of the Garda and the Road Safety Authority regarding drunk driving convictions. The figures that were published in the media in the past few weeks were distorted and...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [711]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senators have mentioned locating fast food outlets near schools. The issue I wish to raise is locating vending machines in hospitals. Somebody recently sent me a photograph of a vending machine containing chocolate, crisps and so forth located within ten yards of a children's u...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [712]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] First, I commend Women's Aid on the excellent conference it organised today on the challenge of online and technology abuse in shaming and stalking in intimate partner relationships. It draws some very stark conclusions regarding the lack of up-to-date legislation in this area. ...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [712]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [713]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] We all remember the debates in this House when the former Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told us Irish Water would save the water system. What has become clear, however, is that the local authorities were actually doing a much better jo...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [713]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] What about transparency in Sinn Féin?[Burke, Colm]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [713]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Some of them, moreover, are eligible for 15% bonuses on top of that. It would be useful for the Minister to come to the House to give a breakdown of how much we are paying these Irish Water executives and indicate whether we are getting value for money or if the money would be b...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [713]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Jim D'Arcy and others in welcoming the new agreement in Northern Ireland. I especially welcome the appointment of a task force, which we hope will be effective in eradicating criminal activities within what was formerly the Provisional movement and perhaps still i...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [713]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The need to promote peace across the globe is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Here in Ireland, issues relating to our national security are deserving of priority. One of the key underlying factors that is fuelling the activities of ISIS is the radicalisation of Mus...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [714]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [714]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] With respect, it is important that I put these questions. Will the Leader invite the Minister for Education and Skills to the House to discuss the teaching of world religions in schools as part of the religious education curriculum, with a view to issuing guidelines in that rega...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [714]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Yesterday on the Order of Business, I raised the matter of the 600 so-called teaching jobs that were announced to great fanfare in recent weeks. The Deputy Leader, in response, indicated her understanding that these would be full-time posts. Having checked my sources, I am quit...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [714]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien referred to the need to bring EU approval for a new cystic fibrosis drug into effect here. I will bring that matter to the attention of the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar. I assure all Members, including Senator O'Brien, that I will endeavour t...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [714]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Will Senators be whipped?[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [715]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] On the question of the Private Member's Bill, we will certainly have a debate on that. The Bill is very worthy and Members on this side of the House will be giving serious consideration to supporting it. The Senator also had a query on the closing date for nominations for the n...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [715]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That the House calls on the Minister for Health to attend today to outline his plans to improve the situation for sick and elderly patients in the hospital system between now and Christmas." Is the amen...Vol-243 Book-11 Page [716]
25/11/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-11 Page [716]
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