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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on alcohol consumption in Ireland, to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and conclude not later than 6.15 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes and t...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [12]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Last Friday I attended a briefing by a cardiologist, Dr. Donal Kelly, in Sligo General Hospital. He is campaigning for the provision of a cardiac catheterisation laboratory in Sligo General Hospital. It would address the needs of those with cardiac problems in an area with a po...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [12]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Did the Senator propose an amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [12]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, that the Minister for Health comes to the House today to address the issue of the approval of a cath laboratory facility at Sligo General Hospital.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [12]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate on maternity services in the coming weeks in the light of the reports on the tragic deaths of babies in the Midlands Regional Hospital? I am sure all colleagues will join me in commending those parents who have fought so bravely since the deaths ...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [12]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I compliment the Cathaoirleach on his attire. He has a very county look this afternoon which is nice to see in the House.
Some years ago I raised the question of the decline of Georgian houses in the city centre of Dublin and I tabled amendments, or recommendations as they are...
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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to invite the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan, to consider the results of the recent UK elections. I would particularly like to discuss the matter of the Sinn Féin candidate in the north Belfast constituency who sent out election ...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [14]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator looking for a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [14]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Everyone else has been silent. To quote a former Member of this House:
Was it for this the wild geese spread
The grey wing upon every tide;
For this that all that blood was shed,
For this Edward Fitzgerald died...
The sectarian politics that this represents has no place on the i...
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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by my colleague, Senator Paschal Mooney.
I refer to the plight of Irish nurses. Most of them will do a four year degree and some do more than five years for certain specialties such as cardiology, oncology and so on. Un...
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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to facilitate a full debate in the House at the earliest juncture on HIQA's report on Portlaoise general hospital. This does not just have to do with Portlaoise general hospital as it has ramifications for health services and all regional hospitals the lengt...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [15]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to bring up the whole issue of charging and sentencing in the criminal justice system. I am particularly concerned about the number of cases in which the evidence would suggest it should be murder, yet in which manslaughter is substituted. When a person is found gu...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [16]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I was interested in certain reports in the media this morning outlining the NRA's views on multi-point tolling as a potential solution to congestion on the M50. I know a number of people living along the M50, in Carpenterstown and Castleknock, who would have concerns about multi...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [16]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I advise Senators that the Alfred Beit Foundation in Russborough House has decided to sell eight masters' paintings via Christie's on 7 July. They will realise approximately £10 million. Sir Alfred and Lady Beit will forever be recognised by the State as among the greatest cham...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [16]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] With my colleagues, I call for an urgent debate on the demise of rural towns. Towns with a population of 2,000 to 3,000 are dying in rural Ireland. There is no question that we can see recovery in the cities and it is welcome that the numbers on the live register are decreasing...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [17]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on rural transport and, in particular, Bus Éireann's involvement in the provision of transport to rural areas. Bus Éireann is the only State transport provider for much of rural Ireland. It has a public service obligation contract to the State and its job is...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [17]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Paschal Mooney on the issue of cardiac services in Sligo hospital. I was at the briefing on Friday too. It was frightening to hear that it is the only area in the country where if one had a cardiac arrest, one could not be treated within 90 minutes. To be tre...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [17]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on public services and, as an extension of that, public service pay. The Government announced in the so-called spring statement that extra money would be made available for public spending and there are discussions beginning with the trade unions on public se...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [18]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I am calling for a debate on carers and the key role they play in communities, providing vital support for the vulnerable in society. This support is perhaps the most valuable of all work, giving dignity, security and comfort to those in need. Regrettably, in several budgets, t...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [18]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate on the regeneration of rural Ireland? It should focus on the establishment of a partnership between community organisations on the ground and State policies. Rural areas underwent a major improvement in the period following the 1950s. This was ...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [19]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I compliment Senator David Norris on his discernment regarding the Cathaoirleach's attire.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [19]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] What does that have to do with the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [19]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris raised the matter and I am simply following the distinguished Senator's line. Perhaps western county, big house style would be an appropriate description.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [19]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [19]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I noticed recently, while in the sunny south east, that Lord Waterford had been photographed in similar attire.
The House should consider Senator David Norris's idea on the regeneration of Georgian houses now that Dublin has been included in the Living City initiative. Most Ge...
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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the public service pay negotiations that started today. I wish to place one particular sector in focus for all of us because I hear people talk constantly on radio about productivity and demanding more from the public service. In 2008, the institute of technology sect...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [20]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [20]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I call for such a debate.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [20]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I wholeheartedly agree with Senator Gerard P. Craughwell. I too have heard stories of people in my home town who have been escorted to Mountjoy Prison in taxis paid for by taxpayers, but on reaching the prison they are sent home, sometimes arriving home before their taxi driver....Vol-240 Book-1 Page [20]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator looking for a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [21]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Yes I am, as I have stated. How is the HSE funding being used for the six weeks during which no respite services are being provided? A full and broad debate is needed as a matter of urgency on the HSE-funded disability services provided nationwide.[Moran, Mary]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [21]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome further good news on the jobs front here in Dublin. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which is based here, announced recently a €450 million expansion to its premises that will increase its workforce by a further 200, as well as creating 800 construction jobs in the next four y...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [21]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I bring Members' attention to the daft.ie report published yesterday. It shows yet again that rents are rising nationally but particularly in areas outside Dublin, in other words, the doughnut effect, for the simple reason that it has become too expensive to live in Dublin. I w...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [21]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator John Whelan with regard to the report on Portlaoise regional hospital. It is important that this matter be debated. In that context, a number of key issues must be considered. In the first instance, there are 19 maternity units throughout the country. Why is...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [22]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Many significant issues have been raised about shortcomings in various services within the State. We must accept, however, that those issues pale into insignificance when compared with what the unfortunate people of Nepal are enduring. For the second time in two weeks, Nepal ha...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [22]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] The cardiologist to whom I referred in Sligo Regional Hospital is Dr. Donal Murray, not Dr. Donal Kelly. I am slightly embarrassed that I did not get his name right.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [23]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] It can be one of the dangers of naming people in the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [23]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney referred to the provision of a cath lab in Sligo Regional Hospital. I am acutely aware of the problems relating to cath labs because there is only one in Waterford, but there is a need to staff a second. The Senator is correct that if someone has a heart ...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [23]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Norris, David]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [24]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Jim D'Arcy called for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan, to come to the House to debate the results of the UK elections, including in Northern Ireland. He also mentioned the offensive sectarian leaflets distributed by a Sinn Féin candida...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [24]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader.[Moran, Mary]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [25]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Terry Brennan welcomed the announcement by a pharmaceutical company of its plans to invest €450 million and create new jobs in Blanchardstown. It is wonderful news for people living in the area. The Senator also raised the issue of sentencing policy.
Senator Aideen Ha...
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12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Health on the approval of a cath lab facility in Sligo General Hospital be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [26]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I am grateful for the Leader's response, not only for the empathy he has shown on an issue that obviously has an impact in his own part of the country but also for his intention to communicate directly with the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar, on it. Therefore, I will n...Vol-240 Book-1 Page [26]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] I propose the suspension of the sitting until 5.30 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [26]
12/05/2015 [Order of Business] Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-240 Book-1 Page [26]
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