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23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] On behalf of Seanad Éireann, I welcome Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. Commissioner Hogan has been invited by the Seanad to address the House as a distinguished person. Before his appointment in 201...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [814]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I am delighted to be here among friends today. As a former Member of this House, it is always a pleasure to return here to engage with Senators, some of whom are, of course, former colleagues of mine. I cut my political teeth here as a young S...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [815]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I do not wish to be discourteous in any sense to the Commissioner, but in the light of the fact the media have been provided with copies of his speech, could Members of the House also be provided with one?[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [816]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] We do not have copies of the Commissioner's speech.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [816]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] They are only for the media.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [816]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I believe both Houses of the Oireachtas can, and should, work even more closely with European institutions. The Danish system for EU scrutiny could serve as one example worthy of closer study. I know that Members of this Parliament have done s...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [816]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I will share my time with Senator Michael Comiskey.
I welcome the Commissioner to Seanad Éireann, a House in which he served from 1987 to 1989 and in which, as a Minister, he had many a robust and lengthy debate over the years. I compliment a...
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23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I welcome the Commissioner. I thank him for coming to address us on his work as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. I congratulate him on his appointment as Commissioner, a very vital and prestigious role. Irish agric...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [820]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I am delighted that the Commissioner is here. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I formally congratulate him on his appointment as European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. I know he will carry out the role with great disti...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [821]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I welcome the Commissioner to the Chamber and commend him for the work he has done so far. I am sure he has been to many far-flung places since he took up his role, but I am certain, too, that he is aware that the Kilkenny hurling team seems to...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [822]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I welcome the Commissioner and congratulate him. I thank him so much for attending. We will see him later this afternoon at the meeting of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine. I do not have a speech prepared, but I have a ...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [824]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] No.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [824]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] No, for certain, we do not. I am absolutely against GMOs. Standards are very different in the US compared to here; therefore, it is important that we protect our standards. I would be interested to hear the Commissioner's opinions and work on...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [824]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] With the permission of the House, I would like to share time with Senator Sean D. Barrett.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [824]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [825]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] The Commissioner is very welcome. He and I were both elected to this House in 1987. I am glad that we have a tough Commissioner in Europe and he is that tough person. I have to say, however, it is fairly typical that the scripts were supplied...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [825]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] We did not.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [825]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] You did.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [825]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I welcome the Commissioner. We had many great debates here when he was Minister and I wish him well in his role in agriculture. Taking up Senator David Norris's point, there have been design faults in the way the euro ran and faults on both si...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [825]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Cuirim céad fáilte roimh an gCoimisinéir. Ní fear é a raibh faitíos ná drogall ariamh air teacht ar ais go dtí an Seanad. Tá fáilte roimhe. I welcome the Commissioner and I am glad that he is with us. I am very interested in what he has to s...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [826]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I thank Senators for their contributions and good wishes. I thank the Leader of the House, Senator Maurice Cummins. A number of Senators, including Senators Michael Comiskey and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, mentioned the beef genomics scheme. The b...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [827]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Perhaps the Commissioner might take that back to his colleagues.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I can only speak for myself today. I do not agree with the Senator about fiscal and economic policies. The statistics are positive in regard to Ireland. We have the highest level of growth in the European Union.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] We have the highest debts.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] We reduced the unemployment rate from 15.5% to 9.5%. The economic indicators seem to be heading in the right direction. We have broadened the tax base to reduce the tax on work. The figures speak for themselves. I will not respond to the Sen...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] He should get involved at European level.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Junior bondholders were burned, but not senior bondholders. When we borrow money from people, we are expected to pay it back because otherwise we might not be able to borrow again.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [830]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] They took a punt.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Junior bondholders have been burnt.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] They gambled and they should get a smack.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] In regard to the situation in Greece, there was a huge disconnect between the Greek Prime Minister and the Greek Government in respect of what is required to be fulfilled as part of that country's obligations to the treaties of the European Unio...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] The European Union has not been honest with Greece.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Greece has no administration, effectively. As Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, I want to implement programmes for the benefit-----[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Did the Commissioner just say that Greece has no administration?[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Please, Senator.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I was about to tell the Senator that it effectively has no administration in agriculture.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I see - in agriculture.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] When I am trying to give money and support to rural development programmes in Greece, I cannot get satisfaction from the Greek authorities or even get replies to letters sent since last Christmas. There is more to this matter than what meets th...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [831]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] The Commissioner is taking on Sinn Féin policy.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I am sure Sinn Féin made a major contribution to it.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] Absolutely.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] However, I made the decision. Regarding beef genomics, one is either for or against the climate change and environment measures. If one opts for a climate change measure, one must implement it according to the rules, and that is what the beef ...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] On behalf of the Seanad, I thank Commissioner Hogan for his address and very constructive engagement and plain talk in the House. It is very important the level of interaction between national parliaments and the EU institutions continues and d...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] We will let the hare sit.[Hogan, Mr. Phil]Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
23/06/2015 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Phil Hogan] I wish the Commissioner well in making continued progress with his work programme. We do not underestimate the challenges that face him, but we know that he will rise to them. We assure him of the goodwill of the House. I have every confidenc...Vol-240 Book-13 Page [832]
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