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04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage, to be taken at 1 p.m. and to adjourn at not later than 3 p.m., if not previously concluded, with contributions from group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and thos...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [51]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] We all condemn the attacks on our emergency services and front-line staff over the weekend, particularly the fire brigade and ambulance crews. The attacks became acute over the Halloween weekend, particularly in Dublin. Unfortunately, it happens all year round, and those staff ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [51]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] All Senators will wish to join me in expressing sincere condolences and sympathy to Gillian and Ronan Treacy, the parents of the little boy, Ciarán, who was killed in a dreadful incident last year. It is worth speaking a little about the case, which involved an individual who ha...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Will they make any difference?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I also welcome the announcement that numerous new facilities will provided for emergency accommodation for homeless persons in Dublin city.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] What difference will they make?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] In particular, we heard yesterday an announcement of a welcome new facility on Thomas Street. I also welcome the proposals in respect of modular housing. Clearly, however, these measures are only part of the resolution to the homelessness problem. I am conscious that Senator H...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate Congressman Paul Ryan on his election as House Speaker in Washington. This is a most important part of parliamentary democracy. Congressman Ryan follows in a very proud tradition of Tip O'Neill and other Irish-American Speakers and I wish him well. I understand ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [52]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of injecting rooms, which drug users in Galway will be able to use from next year onwards, according to the Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. It appears that two sites are under consideration for housing thes...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [53]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] There has been an interesting development in Britain regarding efforts to address absenteeism. I noted some figures from Ireland which show that the direct cost of absenteeism to small businesses, particularly those with sick pay schemes, is more than €490 million per annum. Un...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [53]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Last May, Senator Whelan and I tabled a Private Members' motion on the National Library of Ireland, National Gallery of Ireland and so forth. I understand from media reports today that the National Library has indicated that a lack of funding is preventing it from fully carrying...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [53]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] We all welcomed the good news in the budget that road tax for trucks would be reduced to €900 from 1 January, but in recent days an issue has come to my notice with regard to hauliers who want to tax their trucks and whose tax expired on 31 October. A truck can be taxed for only...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [53]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien on accident and emergency departments, but we need to examine how we deal with them. I spoke to a junior doctor who is now based in Perth where the system for dealing with accidents and emergencies appears to be totally different. Another pe...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [54]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business. While I do not doubt anybody's commitment and wish to see the situation in accident and emergency departments throughout the country improved, how regular is this story? What is the problem? We seem to be investing a lot of reso...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [54]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Bacik in welcoming the announcement this morning of the annual cold weather initiative which will be in place from now until the end of April, with 175 additional beds being provided. This is on top of the 250 emergency beds provided last year. There is a Governm...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Government has failed miserably.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I commend the additional number of family units being brought into play. These are not short-term but long-term units, with 14 in Glasnevin, 25 in Ballymun Plaza and 80 at a location where Dublin City Council has acquired a number of units. An aspect of the plan which is most w...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Like Nero, fiddling while Rome burns.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The public is being asked as part of this initiative that where they encounter somebody who is homeless or vulnerable, such as a younger person or somebody in need of medical care, they act by contacting the emergency services or the local authorities. It is very important that ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I was struck by a meeting we had in Galway City Council last Friday with Oireachtas Members where the city manager pointed out that he needs to find €2.5 million for essential developments. The reason I raise this is because we need an urgent debate in the House with the Ministe...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [55]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [56]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] We are talking about regional and western development. Neither I nor anybody else in the Chamber, I would wager, wants to see local authorities falling down because of the model of funding being applied by the Government. I seek an urgent debate on the issue. It is appalling t...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [56]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] If they do it on Monday, is there a problem?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [56]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I agree that we need a debate on the health services, if for no other reason than to give people some comfort by letting them know there is at least a plan and efforts are being made. I encourage the Leader to arrange for the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, to come to the House at th...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [56]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of debt investors or vulture funds. I am concerned about the activities of Pepper Asset Servicing and other credit servicing firms, particularly their activity since the onset of the financial crisis. I am sure Senator MacSharry will have heard much about thes...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [56]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I join my leader in requesting an urgent debate on the crisis in the health system. I very much hope the Leader will be able to accede to the request. I also support very much the comments from my other colleague, Senator MacSharry, on today's announcement from Bank of Ireland ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [57]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [57]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] This relates not only to the way in which they deal with customers and the serious position in which they landed the State but even their policies beforehand. They have not been people-friendly for many years in their customer service and it is only a matter of time before the o...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [57]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I join my colleague, Senator Bacik, in extending our sympathy to the Treacy family following their ordeal arising from the death of their son, Ciarán, in a drunk driving incident. I certainly hope that yesterday is a turning point in our attitude towards drink-driving. I applau...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [57]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] That will not happen because of the regulations the Government has introduced for credit unions.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [58]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] As far as I can see, the only service that will be provided to smaller customers such as elderly people will be given through the credit unions. That issue needs to be included as part of a discussion on the banking system.
I join Senator Barrett in extending my congratulation...
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04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I wish I could share the Senator's enthusiasm for that appointment. However, anybody who knows the newly elected Speaker will know he has set his face against any form of immigration reform, which is impacting Irish families and is contrary to consistent Irish Government policy....Vol-243 Book-2 Page [58]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Déanaim comhghairdeas leis an bhfoireann náisiúnta hockey and wish the players every success in qualifying for Rio next year.
I welcome yesterday's Cabinet decision to establish an interdepartmental task force to examine the wide range of issues that have emerged regarding the ...
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04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator Mooney, on the important issue he raised. I was in the Chamber for the Commencement debate yesterday and heard the Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar, responding to the matter raised by the Senator. To put it mildly, the Minister was very flippant in ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [59]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [59]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Eventually, we will be in a situation where elderly people who have small sums of money to deposit will have to keep that money in their own houses, which will encourage more burglaries. This problem relates not only to banking but also raises other societal issues. The culture...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [60]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senators Bacik and Mullins in extending my sympathy to Gillian and Ronan Treacy, the parents of Ciarán. We are all appalled by Ciarán's needless death.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [60]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the question of attacks on members of the emergency services, particularly fire brigade staff over Halloween, and also attacks on prison officers in their homes in recent months. He asked that a specific offence for such attacks be considered and t...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [60]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] No progress has been made on accident and emergency services.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [61]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is getting worse.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [61]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] These provide a mix of rehabilitation and transitional care for patients who require assisted convalescent care before returning home or entering long-term care. Additional funding of €18 million was provided in July for a winter initiative that will include the provision of app...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [61]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] If the Leader would not mind.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [61]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister was present for a Commencement debate earlier this morning and he is to be here for a couple of hours to discuss the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill today. Let us be fair about it. I will certainly ask the Minister to come in, and I am sure he will accede to...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [61]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [62]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I do not think they realise that many people in the population do not have computers or iPhones. I suggest that the banks do not want to serve people or speak to people anymore. It is an absolute disgrace.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [62]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [62]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senators may be sure that other banks will follow. People have the remedy themselves. If their bank plans to do this and they are not happy with it, they can move to another bank.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [62]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is not that easy.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] They can make a point of telling the people in the bank in question why they are moving.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] There is a lot of work involved in moving banks.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] That might make others, and the banks themselves, think about this approach.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader has made a fair point.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I do not have Internet banking. I should probably have it. I still like to go to the bank and do my business there by speaking to a person on the other side of the counter.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader can always talk to the Chief Whip.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] They can give out to me if they wish. Of course, I meet my constituents as well.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Hayden welcomed the provision of additional cold weather beds. Indeed, more than 700 housing allocations have been made this year to assist people who were in emergency housing. The Senator complimented the Dublin Region Homeless Executive on its efforts and we would al...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [63]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [64]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Brennan welcomed the establishment by the Minister, Deputy Coveney, of a task force to deal with the alleged abuse of migrant workers in the fishing industry, which is an issue that was raised by Senators Bacik and O'Keeffe yesterday. The Minister is to be lauded for his...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [64]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Health on his plans to ensure no person, and especially no elderly person, is left on a trolley in an accident and emergency department for two days be taken today." ...Vol-243 Book-2 Page [64]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] It is.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [64]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Order of Business agreed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [65]
04/11/2015 [Order of Business] No.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-243 Book-2 Page [65]
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