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09/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion allowing two or more joint committees to hold joint meetings to consider the transatlantic trade and investment partnership, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [399]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome No. 1. It is a sensible idea that committees are set up to actually examine the transatlantic trade and investment partnership and to consider it in some detail. I assume the draft motion circulated earlier today regarding the ongoing matters of public concern with re...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [399]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [400]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] That is fine and Members can deal with that at another time.
I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that No. 73, motion No. 15, be taken today. The motion states, “That Seanad Éireann recommends that, should the Government proceed with the sale of the 25.1% stake in A...
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09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien addressed his question on the motion relating to Aer Lingus to the Leader, who I am sure will respond to it. I must state, however, that in the aftermath of what I said in the Seanad two weeks ago, I raised with the Tánaiste's office the issue of providin...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [400]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I appreciate that and I thank the Senator.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [401]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] -----and I just wanted to place that fact on the record of the House. I think we are all in agreement in respect of the many representations we have received from people who have been so badly affected by what happened in this instance.
I accept that we will engage in a debate...
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09/06/2015 [Order of Business] An extremely significant meeting is taking place in Geneva this week in respect of the impact of the Government's austerity measures on the lives of citizens. In that context and as Senators are aware, the Government is being examined by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [401]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] With regard to Senator Darragh O'Brien's amendment and Senator Ivana Bacik's response, there was more than €500 million in cash when the Government decided to sell Aer Lingus, for which the pensioners make a more deserving case than the shareholders of British Airways. I still o...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [402]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of elderly patients being accommodated on trolleys in many accident and emergency departments across the country. A man aged almost 80 years was on a trolley in University Hospital Galway, UHG, for three days over the weekend before eventually being given a bed...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [402]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader ask the Minister for Finance on the next occasion he comes before the House to give clarity to the call made by the outgoing Governor of the Central Bank, Professor Honohan, which has been widely reported for the money due to be set aside for junior bondholders fo...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [403]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] As a member of the Constitutional Convention, I was somewhat disappointed that the Government sought to push the presidential age issue ahead of other issues that, in my opinion, are far more core, including issues of economic, social and cultural rights and, in particular, the r...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [403]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Approximately one month ago I highlighted the particular situation which I rise to highlight again today. There are many banks in Ireland other than IBRC. As IBRC is now to be dealt with by way of inquiry, I ask that Senators concentrate this afternoon on the bank of the people...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [404]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We are in flitters.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [404]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I feel very strongly about this issue. Everybody is arguing about IBRC, but it will be dealt with in the investigation. Please pay attention to what is happening to post offices to ensure they are kept open in order that people will be able to use them as banks and that those w...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [404]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Senator clarify the amendment? Is she proposing it today?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [404]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [404]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I recently called on the Central Bank to consider abolishing 1 cent and 2 cent coins. I believe it is considering this suggestion. A trial was conducted recently in the south east. Based on the positive outcome of that trial, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, sh...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [405]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support calls for a debate on Amnesty International's report on abortion. I am a religious person and passionately pro-life, but that label does not belong to any single section of the community. If Senator Paschal Mooney seeks to speak for the unborn, that is fair enough bec...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [405]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] That is very unfair; I never said that.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [405]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] -----but I am very happy to speak on behalf of those who manage to be born and have real problems, including fatal foetal abnormalities. We are always told by spokespersons that we must be frightfully sensitive and that we cannot tell the truth. I believe in telling the truth. ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [405]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is a beautiful day, which is a good signal that it is State exam time again. It is a little late in coming, but the sun has come out today. For the first time in a couple of years, I thought we would go through the examinations without having a question raised about a paper....Vol-240 Book-7 Page [405]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] This is more suited to a Commencement matter.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [406]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is a very serious matter. There are 125 points awarded for an A1 in a higher level maths paper and 60 for an A1 in an ordinary level maths paper. The same question appeared on both papers. I am calling for a debate with the Minister for Education and Skills in order that sh...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [406]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I have been taken aback by the statements from Senators Hildegarde Naughton and Aideen Hayden due to their hypocrisy. They are calling for debates on issues of policy that the Government has been implementing for the past four years and which they fully support. I will return t...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [406]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Justice for the disappeared.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] ----- and Catherine Corless whom I have spoken to on this issue and who is still being blocked from Galway County Council information that would help her ascertain how many bodies are buried in Tuam, how many death certs are available, how they correlate, how many records were fa...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the Government decision to have a commission of investigation into IBRC and like others I encourage the Leader to provide for an early debate on the terms of reference for that. We are all well aware of the public's misgivings on the matter, despite nothing having been...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It has been jumping all over the issue of John Delaney for ten days.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] This is not new for the Government. It has done this consistently. The public deserves a forensic examination and that is what the structure being put in place will provide for. Please God, we will have a report by the end of the year.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Would it hurry up with the Fennelly report and all the other inquiries?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We can go into the issue more fully and Senator O'Brien can go into his misplaced misgivings then. Judging by the smile on his face he probably has some. He is fully entitled to put forward those misgivings in the debate I am sure the Leader will oblige us with.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I too believe Amnesty International has crossed the line on the issue of abortion. I recall that when it first became a proactive advocate for abortion, I withheld my contributions. My reason for that was clear. I believe human rights are an entitlement of every person, but on...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [407]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I want to talk about the Rape Crisis Network Ireland. I believe that it is only by speaking about matters and highlighting them that one can make things better. When decisions are taken in order to save money then we must ensure that we all know why and that it is done for the ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [408]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Hear, hear.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [408]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support the comments made by Senators Ó Murchú and Mooney on the messages that have come from Europe on abortion. Let me remind Senators what happened in Britain. The Conservative Party in Britain discovered that a very large number of people were unhappy with the instruction...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [408]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator Hildegarde Naughton, in her call for a debate with the Minister for Health on the capital investment required to be put in place to address the crisis we are seeing in accident and emergency departments at hospitals across the country. It is clear...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [409]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support the proposal made by Senator Ivana Bacik that we be given an opportunity to discuss, preferably with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Alex White, the issue of media ownership and media dominance. Most of us in this House were reared...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [409]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Michael Mullins's call for tax incentive for doctors, particularly those who have given up jobs and gone back to college under the graduate entry programme. If I was to borrow money in the morning to set up a business, I would be entitled to write off the inter...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [410]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I was privileged this morning to attend the press launch by SPARK, single parents acting for the rights of kids, announcing a major protest at 3.30 p.m. tomorrow outside the gates of Leinster House against the proposed savage cuts by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protectio...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [410]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator proposing an amendment to today's Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[White, Mary M.]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Aontaím leis an Seanadóir Labhrás Ó Murchú sa mhéad a dúirt sé faoin Ghaeltacht. Caithfimid gach rud is féidir a dhéanamh chun an Ghaeltacht a chothú. Ba mhaith liomsa chomh maith go dtiocfadh an tAire go dtí an Teach chun ráiteas a dhéanamh faoin ábhar seo mar tá sé práinneach...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Has the Senator a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] At a time when we are giving bonus points for mathematics and standards are declining, there are laws of inverse proportions. Is it fair to students of other subjects that people who are achieving a relatively lower standard in their honour are getting a 25% bonus and getting a ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is over time. The Senator can make those points during the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I would like a debate on this.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We have a Minister who is rewarding failure.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I second the important amendment proposed by Senator White. I wish to speak about IBRC, the commission of investigation, the role of the Seanad and all the issues that have brought this to a head this week. It is very important to remember that under the commission of investiga...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [411]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We, as a nation, often have a lot to be proud of. I would like the Leader and maybe you, a Chathaoirligh, to write a letter to the Minister for Defence congratulating our Defence Forces on the magnificent humanitarian job they are doing in the Mediterranean Sea at present. The ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [412]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I could not but agree with Senator O'Neill. That would be a most appropriate course of action. I had the pleasure, as part of the justice committee, to visit the LE Eithne some years ago. I am sure Senator O'Neill and others would agree with me that it now behoves us to offer ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [412]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator, you are over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I will be finished shortly.[Conway, Martin]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] You will not have a minute anyway, Senator.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We have expertise in this House with the likes of Senator O'Donnell, who would contribute handsomely to such a debate.[Conway, Martin]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Conway is covering all the bases this afternoon.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Conway should keep going. We are here all evening.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We need a new code of ethics in terms of the media and social media.[Conway, Martin]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator, are you looking for a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am looking for a debate.[Conway, Martin]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Conway should be sure to mention Senator Bradford. We may need him later.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] The media is an evolving product and environment. We need to evolve with it and keep a close check on it.[Conway, Martin]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I have done all the evolving that I intend to do.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] I am glad that the week's break did people so much good. They are coming back here invigorated by the few days they had off, judging by the Order of Business to date.
Senators O'Brien, Coghlan, Byrne and Conway referred to the IBRC motion.[Cummins, Maurice]
Vol-240 Book-7 Page [413]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] In the Leader's opinion.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [414]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mooney spoke about the €300 million claimed by junior bondholders and Professor Honohan's statement. He suggested that the Government should burn the bondholders. The Government has burned junior bondholders to the tune of €5 billion already but the Senator may be able ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [414]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Domhnaill was clearly not aware of that.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [414]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senators Noone, Quinn and Bradford spoke about getting rid of the 1 cent and 2 cent coins. Senator Quinn spoke about the pilot project in Wexford, which was very positive. People had no problem with getting rid of these coins. Eventually the Department of Finance will need to ...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] They are not in the Gaeltacht.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should let me speak. Even though I am speaking in English, I agree that we should have a debate and I will ask the Minister to come to the House to have a debate on that very serious report.
Senator Keane spoke about funding for Rape Crisis Network Ireland. She ex...
Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is more of an issue of the USC and the rates paid to nurses.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] We are working on that also.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is the rates nurses are paid that has driven them out.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke spoke about writing off interest on borrowings for medical students and junior doctors. It is certainly a matter that should be addressed.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] If it can be done for Mr. Denis O'Brien, it can be done for them.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [415]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator White spoke about SPARK and cuts to the one-parent family payment. I think we addressed that during the debate on the Social Welfare Bill. If needs be, we can arrange a further debate on the matter.
Senator Jim D'Arcy spoke about Project Maths.[Cummins, Maurice]
Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, I agree but it is not a matter for the courts.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is important that the Senator should have finished that sentence, that Members cannot abuse privilege under any circumstances.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] It is not a matter for the courts, it is a matter for the House.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O'Neill raised the great work of the Defence Forces and the crew of the LE Eithne. He congratulated all involved on their humanitarian effort and I am sure all Members agree with that. The Senator also called for a debate on the issue with the Minister, Deputy Charles F...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 72, motion No. 15 regarding Aer Lingus be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [416]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection on measures taken by her Department to have social welfare recipients transfer their banking arrangements from post offices to ba...Vol-240 Book-7 Page [417]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [417]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Under Standing Order 62(3)(b), I request that the division be taken again other than by electronic means.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [417]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mary White has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection on the impact on women and children of cuts in social welfare be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [418]
09/06/2015 [Order of Business] Yes.[White, Mary M.]Vol-240 Book-7 Page [418]
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