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10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Customs Bill 2014 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 12.45 p.m. and to adjourn not later than 3 p.m.; No. 2, Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 3 p.m. and to adjourn not later than 5 p.m., No. 3, ...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [464]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] As we have approximately four weeks left, I ask the Leader to provide a schedule of the proposed legislation between now and the summer recess so that we have something definitive for the next four weeks or so.
I express my alarm at the increase in hospital waiting lists, parti...
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10/06/2015 [Order of Business] On the issue of lead pipes, which came to public attention a short while ago, there is an implication in some of the media reports that Irish Water discovered the problem and wrote to 28,000 households to advise that they had lead pipes that are a health hazard. I find it somewh...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [465]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I also raise the issue of lead pipe contamination. Thousands of cases are coming to light, including 84 such cases in Galway. As Irish Water's work continues I am sure more will be discovered.
I am pleased the Government has committed to assist those in financial need to carr...
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10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to speak about an article that is being widely reported in today's media about the presentation given to Amnesty International's seminar yesterday by the master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr. Rhona Mahony. If anyone knows anything about pregnancy and pre-natal pr...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [466]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator O’Donovan’s point on hospital waiting lists. There is now a major problem in that regard. Part of the problem is due to the lack of long-term planning, in particular from 2003 on when we did not employ enough consultants. The last time I inquired about the ma...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [466]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O’Donovan and Senator Hildegarde Naughton both raised the issue of lead piping. It is something that has been known about for some time. The Government is not responsible for it as it dates back to the previous century when lead piping was used extensively in buildings....Vol-240 Book-8 Page [467]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to highlight again the real bank in the country, the honest one in which we all believe and the one that never let us down, namely, the post office.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [467]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I do not wish to hear about IBRC, Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks or any of those valueless banks for which we paid millions, and are still paying millions, through the universal social charge in order that they could stay alive. Let us all talk about the real bank, which is...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator referring to the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources may also like to come to the House for the debate because he has responsibility for communications. They can both attend.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to clarify the amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is to bring in the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] On what issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] On the issue of the social welfare forms, the capitulation to the banks and the disposal of post offices.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator O'Donnell's amendment to the Order of Business. I met representatives of the Irish Postmasters Union yesterday. The form shows clear bias towards financial institutions over post offices. It directs people to use a financial institution instead of a post offic...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [468]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] That will never happen in this country.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [469]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] She has not provided those services but she is proceeding with the cuts anyway. Shame on her. When she is here to debate the post office network, I hope that she will also deal with this crucial issue before the change is implemented on 2 July. I will be joining the protestors...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [469]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome to the Visitors Gallery, Mr. Brian O'Dwyer, a champion of Irish emigrants in New York and America.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [469]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement on Monday that €2.7 million is being made available from the Dormant Account Fund to support people with disabilities and for substance abuse prevention initiatives. A funding scheme of €1 million is also being made available for home carers. I partic...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [469]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Tá mé ag seasamh i dtosach báire le haird a tharraingt ar an gceist atá ag teacht chun cinn inniu maidir leis an tseirbhís aeir ar a bheidh cur i láthair againn ó mhuintir Inis Mór agus muintir na n-oileán go deimhin in Árainn. I wish to highlight the issues associated with livi...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [469]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The issue of obesity has been raised on many occasions in this House. A recent report on food provision in post-primary schools prepared by the Irish Heart Foundation contained some worrying findings, including the high availability of unhealthy foods, but it also identified gro...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [470]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate over the next few weeks, perhaps before the end of the month or in early July, with the Minister for Finance specifically to discuss certain taxation issues? Capital gains tax is now becoming the focus of attention for many people. The rate, whi...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [470]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I seek a debate on the centralisation of services brought about by the previous Government. This is something we need to revisit as centralisation has proven to be a disaster over recent years. What was wrong with the operation of the medical card system under the health boards...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [471]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Bring back McCreevy.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [471]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach, Deputy Enda Kenny, said that if we show him the blockages in a system, the Government would unblock them with respect to jobs, businesses or people's livelihoods. There are certainly blockages in the system and Irish Water is presenting a serious blockage if it is...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [471]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am calling for a debate on zero-hour contracts as there is no doubt such contracts are bad for the Exchequer. There is a swindle of Irish taxpayers by multi-million euro companies that is going completely under the radar. This relates to large companies using zero-hour contra...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] What is the Minister of State, Deputy Nash, doing about it?[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Low pay, as part of the zero-hour contract issue, stifles our economy and stunts taxes coming to the Exchequer. This results in more Government borrowing, which we simply cannot afford. In effect, it is the taxpayer who is indirectly supplementing the incomes of the low-paid wh...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister of State, Deputy Nash, should do something about it.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Sinn Féin does not have the monopoly on this issue.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] No, the Minister needs to do something about the matter.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [472]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] -----so we can debate this issue.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Sinn Féin never claimed it had a monopoly.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] A debate would afford us an opportunity to look for solutions-----[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is not-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] We never claimed a monopoly.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] -----and to properly thrash it out. Sinn Féin does not have a monopoly on the issue.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I call Senator Bradford.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] We need to do something about it.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I have called for a debate and hope that we will get one now.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] We need more than a debate.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Sinn Féin can shout outside the Chamber all they want.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am trying to get a real solution for people.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Bradford please, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I shall let the parties of the left fight their battles outside of the Chamber.[Bradford, Paul]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator to the right?[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support the ongoing campaign by Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell in regard to An Post. I support the Senator's call for the Minister for Social Protection to appear before the Seanad to discuss her role in this regard.
We have a Minister who has responsibility for rural affair...
Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seconding the amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [473]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, I formally second it if it has not been seconded already.
I support Senator Ó Clochartaigh's comments on the greyhound industry. Many months ago we both spoke on the matter here and we were promised that a further debate would take place. I know that the Minister and his...
Vol-240 Book-8 Page [474]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Walsh's comments on the activism of organisations, such as Amnesty International, in pushing for abortion. Sadly, Amnesty International has lost many of its loyal supporters who previously viewed it as an impartial and reliable voice that acted on behalf of the...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [474]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time and is operating on Leader's time today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I hope that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport will engage in meaningful consultation, including agreeing to enhanced fencing for safety purposes and screening measures to protect privacy. These are not unreasonable demands.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator has lost half his points.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support the campaign by Senator O'Donnell to retain the vitally important post office network. As we speak and posture, services in Donegal have been centralised. Why have sub-post offices been closed in Donegal and centralised in Letterkenny? It is because the Department of...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should not bring individuals into the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The only difficulty is that the sum was not larger. If it were, then the taxpayer would not have been exposed, to the extent that we have been, to fund sporting projects up and down the country. I am chairman of my local soccer club. Therefore, I can say, without qualification...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [475]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] There are other political questions about money, which has been taken from the taxpayer and is in the IBRC, that the Government does not want to discuss. A view has been adopted to direct attention at John Delaney and the FAI in order to make him a scapegoat. That is a wrong th...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The matter will be discussed later[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I draw the House's attention to a new law that has been introduced in France that will force the big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities. I do not believe there is need for the same legislation in Ireland because the vast majority of supermarkets already give unsold fo...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the Government's national strategy on reducing exposure to lead in drinking water. We know how harmful lead can be. The strategy sets out a long-term plan to raise awareness of the legacy issue in this regard, which affects up to 200,000 homes throughout the State, an...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to make two happy announcements. I welcome the fact that a further American football game, between Boston College and Georgia Tech, will take place in Dublin next September. American college football is not just making a name for itself but is making a second home for it...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [476]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on this issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am just welcoming these initiatives. It augurs well for tourism that we are getting these two most prestigious events in our capital city.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Will it compensate for the sale of Aer Lingus?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil sold it.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, Fianna Fáil sold it.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] No, we got investment in it.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I call the Leader, without interruption please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The acting leader of the Opposition, Senator O'Donovan, raised the issue of the schedule for the rest of the term. I will make available to the leader and the Whip what we have to date. We used to meet with the Leader and the Whip every week, but that practice has not continued...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is very embarrassing.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] It must be.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O'Donovan also raised issues relating to Irish Water. We have an Irish Water clinic here each week at which people can discuss individual problems with Irish Water and Members should consider attending that. Senator Healy Eames should consider that in regard to the prob...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [477]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] If it is a democracy, I would like to be able to respond. I did not interrupt anybody else.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The majority of clients claiming the State pension for the first time choose to have it paid directly into an account. The majority of existing pensioners are already receiving their welfare payments by direct lodgement. Those who receive payments in cash will continue to recei...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] That flies in the face of what was said on that day. The Leader is missing the point.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] When the Minister of State, Deputy Kevin Humphreys, came to the House on 2 April, there were six speakers on the issue. Many more spoke about it today. I wonder whether those who have spoken today actually spoke on 2 April when the Minister of State was present.[Cummins, Mauric...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader should deal with the question he was asked.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] It would be nice to look at the record of that debate. The Senator should not be too smart in that regard.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] We are here to ask the Leader questions.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am answering the question to the best of my ability.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [478]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] We do not want smart aleck answers.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [479]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] There are smart aleck comments from the Senator.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [479]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader is giving a smart aleck answer. He should give answers to the questions we asked.[Cullinane, David]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [479]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] There are smart aleck comments from the Senator when he is here. However, he is not here that often.
The Senator also referred to SPARK, Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids. This matter was raised by Senator Mary White yesterday and dealt with on the Order of Busines...
Vol-240 Book-8 Page [479]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] In that regard, I do not propose to deal with the post office issue today. We have a lengthy business schedule and even though she was in the House on 2 April, I will certainly endeavour to have the Minister for Social Protection come to the House as soon as possible to discuss ...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] That is reasonable.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Social Protection on the need to withdraw forms which involve the transfer of the financial arrangements of social welfare recipients from the post office to th...Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] In the light of what the Leader has said, I will not press it today. I will take him at his word that the Minister will be invited to come to the House as quickly as possible.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
10/06/2015 [Order of Business] The amendment has been withdrawn.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-8 Page [480]
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