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24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re notification of a vacancy in Seanad Éireann arising from the resignation of Senator Jimmy Harte, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion of referral to Joint Committee on Health and Children of...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [85]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Opposition accepts the Order of Business today and will work with the Government in that regard.
With regard to the regrettable by-election caused by the resignation of Mr. Jimmy Harte, does Fine Gael intend to contest it or will it hand over to an Independent on this occas...
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24/09/2015 [Order of Business] That is not relevant to the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure our friend will be delighted to contest or to accept the agreement that the Labour Party's candidate will be the sole Government candidate in this regard. I hope the person selected will be-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] That is not a matter for the Order of Business today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I am only giving advice that the candidate should be suitably qualified and not retrospectively qualified for the position, which concerns the industry and commerce portfolio. That is very important and I have tried-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] We do not want a repeat of what happened last year. We are trying to put up with Senator Gerard P. Craughwell.[Heffernan, James]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I am trying to encourage the Government to be very conscious of the situation. Of course, the Fianna Fáil Party-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is only filling time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I am not, actually, I am filling very useful time. Fianna Fáil will be contesting this by-election. As normal, we will be putting forward a candidate.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Vigorously.[Daly, Mark]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] We will be contesting it vigorously. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the Labour Party in this regard.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [86]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [87]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] However, we do not always have to depend on the public service. We - Ireland - can do it.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [87]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] It is regrettable that we are moving to a by-election in the Seanad. Many Members, including me, expressed our deep regret about our colleague Jimmy Harte’s resignation. Yesterday, all of us wished him well in his retirement and for his speedy recovery. I am not going to desce...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [87]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I echo the sentiments of Senators Ivana Bacik and others in their appreciation of former Senator Jimmy Harte and Mr. Paddy Harte. Mr. Paddy Harte and Mr. Glenn Barr did such work in promoting reconciliation on this island, long before it had entered the political mainstream. We...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [87]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] As several Senators did not get in yesterday, I gave a commitment they would be called early today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach. Yesterday would have been the day for me to pay tribute to our former colleague, Jimmy Harte, whom I have known for many years. When he was a county councillor, my first engagement with him was when the all-Ireland fleadh was in Letterkenny and asking...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Will you give me one minute?[Conway, Martin]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator only has two minutes altogether.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The licence prevents him from doing this, although his coaches are passing through the places in question several times an hour. Will the Leader contact the National Transport Authority to lift these punitive and ridiculous restrictions on Dublin Coach's licences?[Conway, Martin...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Martin Conway seems to have drifted into County Limerick. He might be best to get on the ferry in Tarbert and head back to County Clare.[Heffernan, James]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [88]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [89]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Yes. I thank the Cathaoirleach for his indulgence and will talk to him on another date about speaking time.
There is a conflict between the Departments of Environment, Community and Local Government and Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in respect of wind energy. T...
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24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [89]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] There is a need for an urgent debate on our 2020 targets and environmental matters.[Heffernan, James]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [89]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, acknowledge the contribution made by former Senator Jimmy Harte in his short period in this House. He is a man of great conviction and, as one of our colleagues mentioned yesterday, he is a fearless individual who has suffered greatly. His family also suffered greatly a...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [89]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I convey my very best wishes to former Senator Jimmy Harte and wish him all the best in his retirement. This is a hard day for him because it was a proud moment for him when he was elected as a Member of the Oireachtas. We did not anticipate that he would not see out the term. ...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [90]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I request a debate on the Oireachtas joint committee's report on key issues for female entrepreneurs in Ireland and their participation in the tech sector, in respect of which I had the honour to act as rapporteur, and ask that the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation com...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [90]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is out of time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] What is happening is very worrying. Many Irish potential entrepreneurs are leaving to set up businesses in the United Kingdom and the United States because of our horrendous 33% capital acquisitions tax.[White, Mary M.]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Mary White in her call to have the rate of capital gains tax brought down. It is utterly ridiculous at 33%. We will actually get more money in if we bring it down. I would not agree, however, on female entrepreneurs. Being a female entrepreneur - if I even u...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] On a point of order, if as many women set up businesses as men every month, we would have 500 extra jobs a month.[White, Mary M.]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to talk about charity regulation in Ireland or the lack thereof. I cannot believe I am coming back to this subject. I wrote a report in 2012, I think, just to give colleagues a quick reminder. Do my colleagues know how much money the Government gives to charities in Irel...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [91]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Mary White's call for a discussion with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, on the Oireachtas joint committee's report that was published recently. I know she put a lot of work and effort into it. I would like to see our di...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [92]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Yesterday on the Order of Business and this morning we heard about the €30 million of rural funding that was announced. I know th at the Leader was asked yesterday to have a debate on rural Ireland and this issue. The package that was announced by the Minister for the Environme...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [92]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Yesterday and again this morning we heard much comment about the loss of the Web Summit to Lisbon. While the reasons for it are probably varied and complex, the cost of accommodation here----[Gilroy, John]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [93]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] It is about money and greed.[White, Mary M.]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [93]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] While the cost of accommodation in this city is certainly a factor, I draw attention to what might be another factor in this decision. Back in 2013 for the entire period of the Web Summit, there was a water shortage in Dublin. When there were 30,000 international and national e...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [93]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader invite the Minister for Health to the House because I would like us to have a debate on our ageing population? The demographic of the population is quite outstanding. It is alarming that 65% of us will be over 65 in the next 15 years and we need to plan for it. ...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [93]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Gabhaim gach dea-ghuí ar an Seanadóir Jimmy Harte. Is iomaí spalla a bhíodh mé féin agus Jimmy ag caitheamh le chéile trasna úrlár an tSeanaid ach ar deireadh thiar bhíomar cairdiúil go leor ar bhonn pearsanta. Guím gach rath air sa todhchaí leis an dúshlán mór atá roimhe.
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24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I add my voice to those who have referred to the retirement of former Senator Jimmy Harte, his contribution to his community and Seanad Éireann. I met him on the first day I joined the Seanad. He was a fine gentleman and gave me some sound advice. There were many times during ...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [94]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Greed.[White, Mary M.]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [94]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The bottom line is the dollar.[Coghlan, Eamonn]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [94]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Despite all the support from Irish institutions.[White, Mary M.]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [94]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Having worked in Fáilte Ireland for many years as a younger man, I know that conference venues change from city to city around the United States and Europe. Ireland was lucky to host the Web Summit for three or four years. Digging deeper into Senator Terry Leyden’s comments abo...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [94]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] When is the programme being broadcast? I would like to know. Is it on RTE, TV3 or UTV?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [95]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I support the request made by Senator John Gilroy that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government come to the House to discuss the future of local government. No. 16 on the Order Paper would be a useful vehicle to initiate that debate. It is a Private Memb...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [95]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The national Famine commemoration will be held in Newry this Saturday, 26 September. It is the first time the commemoration will be held in the North and I hope many Senators will attend this important event, if they have the time to do so. It commemorates a bleak time in our h...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [95]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] It is also called "colcannon".[Walsh, Jim]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [95]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I would like the Minister to come to the House to outline how the potato will be marketed. To misquote an old saying, "A spud a day keeps the doctor away". Some 36% of the potato crop is grown in the counties of Louth and Meath and the marketing fund is great news for these gro...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [95]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should bring some to Strasbourg next week.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [96]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] For Senator Jim D'Arcy's illumination, Carne potatoes from south Wexford are the best in the country. Former councillor Leo Carthy was a great proponent of them.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [96]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] I have heard about them.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-242 Book-2 Page [96]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] On the same issue, on a recent trip with the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade to an Irish Aid programme in Malawi we were passing through a market in a rural area that was packed with people and all sorts of produce when some of the market traders came up to the windo...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [96]
24/09/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Terry Leyden asked about No. 1 on the Order Paper. I am sure the Labour Party will select a well qualified nominee to fill the position vacated by our friend and former colleague Jimmy Harte. I acknowledge that quite a number of Members did not have an opportunity yeste...Vol-242 Book-2 Page [96]
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