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28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and to adjourn not later than 6.45 p.m., if not previously concluded; and No. 2, Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 - amendments fro...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [608]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] After watching the PR sideshow in the other House, I have concluded that the Government's new initiative of spring statements, which has no substance and is of no consequence, might afford us an opportunity-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [608]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Those who are struggling in mortgage arrears or paying rip-off rates on variable-rate mortgages, and those whose respite care grant has been cut are being given nothing new. It was a set piece to allow the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, and the Minister for Public ...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [608]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator O'Brien and others in expressing our condolences regarding the tragedy in Nepal. We all watched with horror as the death toll rose to above 4,000 people. I welcome the announcement by the Minister, Deputy Charlie Flanagan, and the Minister of State, Deputy Sean S...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [609]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O'Brien and his colleagues are clutching at straws when they seek to trivialise this. When the Government took office just over four years ago, it was unthinkable that we would see this level of fiscal space, as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howl...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [609]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] He and the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, have today announced a fiscal space of between €1.2 and €1.5 billion for the 2016 budget, which will take place in October 2015. The Ministers have made it clear that these resources will be allocated on an equal basis between addi...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [609]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----in leaving this country in an economic mess from which it is now-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [609]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Let us call it like it is. The Labour Party followed a plan under which it voted against everything-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [609]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----on the road to recovery. We should all welcome that.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [610]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] We should all welcome the very positive news in today's spring statement.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [610]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Finally, I commend all the youth organisations that came together yesterday to launch a campaign in support of the marriage equality referendum. I see many non-political children's rights and youth organisations coming together to form an umbrella group in support of the referen...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [610]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the spring statement because often the Government is accused of doing business on the hoof or as a result of lobbying. A projected spring statement is common in other European countries, such as France and Britain. We are part of the European Union where monetary deci...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [611]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] It is the only area in Ireland that has its own unique letter, allowed only for Dublin 6 west. Sometimes one's lobbying in the Seanad does work and I welcome it.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [611]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader write to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, to draw his attention to, and ask him to correct, a cruel and unnecessary anomaly in the allocation of pensions? In the 1980s, workers, particularly in the Civil Service, were circulated with...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [611]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] We must salute and commend Senator Darragh O’Brien in his attempts to find something negative to say today. It really is a remarkable achievement to be able to find a way to criticise the hard work and sacrifice of the people that enabled the economy to turn around.[Gilroy, John...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [611]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Is Senator O'Brien now saying that it was not the people who made the sacrifice?[Gilroy, John]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] If it was not the people whom Fianna Fáil is prepared to say made the sacrifice-----[Gilroy, John]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] If Senators have personal antagonism, they should please stick to the subject and avoid comment.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----perhaps it was the negativity that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin poured out for the past four years that has turned the country around. On every occasion when the Government announced a target, Senator O’Brien criticised it and said it was unachievable. He said it was announce...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] When it was announced in 2012 that we would create the conditions to create 90,000 jobs, Senator O’Brien and his party were the first out of the traps saying it cannot be done. In that time 100,000 jobs have been created. When it was announced that we were reducing the VAT rate...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I argued against the pension levy that took €2 billion out of the economy.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The reduced VAT rate has been a great success. No commentator would think differently. When we said we would remove 400,000 people from the universal social charge, which Fianna Fáil introduced in 2010 and it kicked in at €4,000, they said it could not be done.[Gilroy, John]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Gilroy should stand with Kathleen again in the next election.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] By the end of the year 500,000 people will be removed from USC. Senator O’Brien is calling for a debate on the economic recovery, which has been driven by the people, and would like to have one or both Ministers in the Chamber to discuss it. I am fully in favour of that and end...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Whatever about being negative, I am positive about the future of this country.[Cullinane, David]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] There is a big difference between challenging unfair Government policies as we see them and being negative. I support positive and fair policies and I want to see a fair recovery.[Cullinane, David]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [612]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator chastised people for interrupting him so now it is his turn to listen to what is being said. The quarrel from the Opposition in recent years has not been about any attempt to reduce the deficit or create jobs but how unfair the adjustment has been on many working fam...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [613]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] It is interesting to see the recent focus on Siteserv and IBRC. I commend the Minister for Finance for the review he has instigated into the transaction. He has moved quickly to demonstrate that any concerns and issues will be quickly resolved. We know that Anglo Irish Bank an...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [613]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Today's spring statement is definitely politically strong but economically weak. As we saw in the last budget, which was much trumpeted by the other side of the House, what we see is a continuation of the Government's policy whereby those on €70,000 were four times better off a...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [614]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Could the Leader arrange a debate on that?
I second the amendment to the Order of Business relating to the Moore Street Area Renewal and Development Bill 2015, which is a very good one produced by Fianna Fáil councillors in Dublin City Council in conjunction with Senator Darrag...
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28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Bacik in extending our sympathies to the people of Nepal on the awful tragedies that have unfolded over the weekend. While I welcome the Government aid of €1 million, I hope we will be able to find much more to alleviate the appalling humanitarian situation that i...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [614]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the HSE's statement last Thursday evening on the new alcohol policy it is drawing up. It is looking to ensure there will be no links between the alcohol industry and any HSE funding or policies or any of the organisations it funds. This vindicates the position I have ...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [615]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] In legal terms, Senator van Turnhout is wrong on her final point. However, we will have plenty of time in the coming weeks to discuss how-----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [615]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----the issue of surrogacy is intimately bound up with the choice the people will be obliged to make in the referendum.
We have often had occasion to discuss the EU and our membership of it has been of great benefit to many people in various ways. However, EU bureaucracy can ...
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28/04/2015 [Order of Business] We had a difficult financial position, which we have stabilised. We are now moving on to plan for the future and that is what the statement is about.[Burke, Colm]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [617]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] It is sad to reflect on the Government predicting a land of milk and honey on the same day representatives of gardaí have been on the nation's airwaves bemoaning the fact that they do not have sufficient resources or personnel and there is a danger-----[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [617]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I am always interested in what Senator Gilroy has to say, particularly if he is justifying the Government's inaction in providing resources and pay rates for new and existing gardaí. A member of the Garda representative body said on the national airwaves earlier that gardaí have...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [617]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] That is what the Government parties will do. They must think all of us and all the people in the country are stupid. I ask that the Minister comes before the House to discuss specifically the question of Garda resources.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [617]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] As Senator Mullins mentioned, the CSO tourism figures for the first quarter of this year were issued earlier and they are most welcome. It is a positive message. Tourism is a key element of the Government's economic recovery strategy, which sets out ambitious targets for growth...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [618]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I share in the concern and sadness expressed in respect of Nepal and the terrible earthquake that occurred there. I commend the relief agencies, including Irish agencies, such as Concern and GOAL, which are on the ground and are helping speedily, in any way they can, to alleviat...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [618]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I was shocked to hear the latest statistics from the Garda Representative Association, GRA, conference this morning, which revealed that 600 gardaí were injured in the line of duty last year, 46% of which were directly as a result of an assault. Gardaí are also being spat at and...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [618]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome all the positive vibes coming from Senator Darragh O'Brien in respect of the spring statement.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader is welcome. We must get some substance there.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----that exports are at historic highs, that employment is expanding and the public finances are in a much healthier position than when the Government took power. I welcome the Senator's positive words in that regard.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] One could not be but positive because of those results.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----talk to old people waiting for medical procedures.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator asked when Members would have a debate. They will have a debate in this House next Wednesday-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the spring statement. I agree with the Senator it is very important that the benefits that will accrue, as a result of the people making sacrifices in recent years and of Government policy, are debated in this House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] This Government has proven not to be a temporary little arrangement. When Fianna Fáil was in government-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] -----it viewed all of its partnerships as temporary little arrangements.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil will be waiting a while to find another partner.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Fine Gael might have to talk to Deputy Michael Lowry and another batch of Independents.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [619]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senators are bordering on the unruly. Please allow the Leader to respond, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [620]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senators Bacik and Darragh O'Brien spoke about the dreadful tragedy in Nepal. Our sympathies go out to everybody in Nepal after the earthquake there. Senator Leyden and others have complimented the Irish aid agencies involved in Nepal. We hope the Irish people who are still mi...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [620]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] On borrowing to pay for benefits, four years ago Ireland found itself in the situation of not being able to borrow.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [620]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] We could not go to the markets. We had a deficit of €22 billion.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Government still comes up with the nonsense that it was three months from running out of money.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] We are now in a position to borrow for good purposes, and we will do so.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Fine Gael and the Labour Party followed a plan-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Allow the Leader to respond. There will be ample time next week for the debate.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator O'Brien needs to remember the situation we were in four years ago. We were unable to borrow.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [621]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] The sum of €23,000 a year to protect the community is disgraceful.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-239 Book-11 Page [622]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] There is €10 million in extra vehicles and more resources have been provided for the Garda. More are required and there is no question about it. As the economy improves, the resources will become available, and need to become available, for our Garda. I note what Senator Noone...Vol-239 Book-11 Page [622]
28/04/2015 [Order of Business] I have no problem with the use of tasers by gardaí. The Government is monitoring the situation and I will ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to come to the House to discuss law and order and additional resources for the Garda.
Senator Brennan spoke about the positive me...
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