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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion of referral to the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform re the proceeds of the sale of the State's shareholding in Aer Lingus, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re Joint...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [287]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] On No. 2, I hate to tell members of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges, "I told you so," but there was no way the banking inquiry committee was going to be able to do its work within the set time and many Members agreed with me at the time.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It was a collective "We told you so."[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It was. I do not know how this will fit in with the general election which it is proposed will take place between now and then. It might all be done for nothing.
I cannot agree with No. 1 being taken without debate. It relates to the disbursement of the funds from the sale o...
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator can come back to us and we can have a debate on it.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am aware that I can do that, but I have used every opportunity to argue against what has happened to the retired and deferred pensioners in the Irish aviation superannuation scheme, the airport pensioners, many of whom have lost up to 60% of their pensions. All of the retired ...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Does the Senator wish to propose an amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, come to the House to explain what, if any, steps he is taking to reduce the savage cuts foisted on the retired and deferred pension members of the Irish air...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [288]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Many of us raised the issue of the timescale for the banking inquiry when the matter was brought before the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. The Chairman of the inquiry committee acknowledged that the date might be pushed back.
I welcome the announcement over the weekend...
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate the Nobel Prize winner William Campbell, a native of Ramelton, County Donegal. He studied at Campbell College, Belfast, and Trinity College Dublin where he graduated in zoology in 1952. His work and that of his colleague Professor Satoshi Omura has been praised b...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [289]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to say a few words about the recent death of Brian Friel, the master and a giant of world theatre. I understand time can be set aside for Members to pay tribute to great leaders of our nation, of whom Brian Friel was one. Will the Deputy Leader set time aside to pa...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [290]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the recent launch by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Irish passport card which can be used in 30 EU countries.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [291]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by our group leader in the House, Senator Darragh O'Brien.
In response to Senator Ivana Bacik's reference to the forthcoming Seanad by-election, it is the intention of the Fianna Fail Party to present the electorate with ...
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Fair play.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [291]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I firmly believe the only solution to the Middle East problem between Israel and Palestine is a two-nation formula. I utterly and completely condemn the actions of the Israeli defence forces on many occasions, particularly the massacres that took place on the West Bank and in Pa...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [291]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [292]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I add my voice to Senator Ivana Bacik’s welcome for the nomination of Máiría Cahill to contest the forthcoming Seanad by-election. She will contest a selection convention in the Labour Party, should there be other nominees. If she is successful, or if there is no other nominee,...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [292]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I just want to correct the record. There were four children involved in the unprovoked attack to which I referred. They were aged nine years, seven years, four years and four months.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [292]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] On the forthcoming Seanad by-election, the selection of the candidate Máiría Cahill is an internal matter for the Labour Party. It can do whatever it likes. She is a fine person, but the election is a complete farce, with only 100 voters. It is not even an election because Fin...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The last by-election did not represent an own goal.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It was an own goal. The Senator is damn right. It was a goal scored against Fine Gael’s goalkeeper.[Norris, David]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] This is not an own goal.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should join the board of the National Museum of Ireland.[Norris, David]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot have it both ways.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am horrified, as I am sure everybody else here is, by reports today that an 11-year old boy has been arrested in America for the murder of an eight-year old girl with his father's shotgun. One looks at what President Obama is trying to do, but the appalling National Rifle Asso...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Ivana Bacik in condemning the appalling bombing of the hospital in Afghanistan over the weekend, with the appalling loss of life, including the deaths of workers with Médecins Sans Frontières, whose only interest in being there was to help people and save lives. I...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [293]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] This is the first opportunity I have had to offer my best wishes to former Senator Jimmy Harte who has retired. On behalf of Sinn Féin, I wish him continued success in his recovery. We all hope he will recover fully. It was untimely and dreadful that his time in the Seanad was...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [294]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on the proposed amalgamations the statutory committee to review local government boundaries is considering. It is proposed to merge Monksland in County Roscommon with Athlone and County Westmeath. As ratepayers in Monksland contribute significantly to Roscom...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [294]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It is not just south County Roscommon but rural Ireland that is being decimated. It is one of the major failures of the Government.
I agree with Senator Michael Mullins's comments on Ibrahim Halawi. It is a disgrace and sad reflection on the justice system and the Administrat...
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome the nomination by the Labour Party of Máiría Cahill as its candidate in the Seanad by-election. I have already made known my views on her suitability. She would be a great asset to the Seanad. I also welcome the Fianna Fáil announcement that it, too, will be no...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [296]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [296]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Louth County Hospital in Dundalk was downgraded to ensure Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital would become a centre of excellence. It is now recognised as probably the worst hospital in the country. That is in no way due to the staff who are excellent.[Moran, Mary]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [296]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am very much in agreement with what Senator David Norris had to say about the Seanad by-election. I wish Máiría Cahill and other candidates well. No doubt they are very worthy individuals, but it is disturbing that the timing of elections seems to be a tool of party political...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [296]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] That is not true. The Senator cannot surmise about matters in that way.[Moran, Mary]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [296]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It would serve the public better if there was not the pretence that it was all going to be in the national interest when it is really about party political jostling. I say this with no particular axe to grind regarding when the general election will be called.
As somebody with...
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I support the request made by Senator Fiach Mac Conghail for tributes to be paid to Brian Friel. I recall attending the first production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" in the Abbey Theatre and I walked out stunned. It was something completely new and revolutionary. There was a state...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I join colleagues who have spoken about the forthcoming Seanad by-election. I agree with what Senators David Norris and Rónán Mullen had to say. We debase ourselves in this House in the way we allow elections to take place. They are a foregone conclusion before they have even ...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Not in the Senator's case. He jumped through the gap.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] He would not be here.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Gerard P. Craughwell to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] As one of my colleagues on the other side of the House said, somebody scored an own goal. That is the only reason I am here. The bottom line is that I do not believe Fine Gael will put up a candidate. I compliment Fianna Fáil and hope Sinn Féin will consider it. If there is a...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [297]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I call on the Minister for Justice and Equality to come to the House for a debate on rural crime. I wish, in particular, to discuss why many of the recent criminals robbing and plundering rural Ireland have not been disqualified from driving. Section 27(1)(a) of the 1961 Road T...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [298]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Senators may remember that last May we had the unprecedented sight of psychiatric nurses marching outside University Hospital Galway owing to a dispute over staffing levels. An engagement took place with management and a resolution was agreed and promised. Unfortunately, we are...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [298]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has opposed the referral of No. 1, motion re the proceeds of the sale of the State's shareholding in Aer Lingus, to the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform. I was trying to explain to him that it would be brought back to the House to...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Sometimes it can go wrong and we can end up with-----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] It is true that we have had Senators appointed for two or three weeks after a general election.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] That was in the past. Is the Leader confirming that it will not happen?[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am only saying it has happened. Certainly, we should not be afraid of holding a by-election in this instance.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] We are not afraid.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] A couple of hundred voters all know what to do.[Norris, David]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure we will elect a very good person-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader knows very well whom we will elect.[Norris, David]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] -----because we still have about four months to go to a general election.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Well said.[Norris, David]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Do not try to fool the Labour Party.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] As we have at least 28 Bills to pass by Christmas, we will be very busy.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [299]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader is rowing back by a further three weeks.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [300]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Whether we come back after Christmas is another matter, but I can assure Senators that it be will 2016 before we have a general election.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [300]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I hope the more excitable elements of the Irish media will pick up on those remarks.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [300]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] I am glad to clarify the matter to the best of my ability.
Senator Ivana Bacik mentioned the Startup Gathering and the Action Plan for Jobs, on which she called for a debate. On Thursday we will have a debate on Horizon 2020.[Cummins, Maurice]
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06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on the reduction of the pension entitlements of airport pension scheme members be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathao...Vol-242 Book-6 Page [301]
06/10/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-242 Book-6 Page [301]
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