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21/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 - Committee Stage, to be taken at 4.45 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [488]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure all colleagues will wish to join me in offering sincere condolences to the families of all the many people who were so tragically drowned in the past few days in the seas off the north coast of Africa, particularly off the coast of Libya, and the very distressing report...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [489]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome reports today that the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Alex White, is to propose at Cabinet tomorrow that the broadcasting charge should not proceed. That charge was to replace the television licence by extending it to people who did n...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [490]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I take the opportunity to welcome the announcement today from Clarence House and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan, that Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit Northern Ireland and Ireland and that they will visit the west. It is expec...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [490]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that No. 68, non-Government motion No. 15, be taken today. Will the Leader organise a debate with the Minister on this issue, which would be in parallel with Government policy about getting social protection for the self-employed? ...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [490]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Senator clarify the amendment he has proposed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [491]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] It is non-Government motion No. 15 on the Order Paper.[Daly, Mark]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [491]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Ivana Bacik and others in extending our sympathy and expressing our grave concern about the appalling loss of life in the Mediterranean over the weekend and recently. We all share the view that is shared throughout the European Union and with our southern partners...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [491]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Michael Mullins when he speaks about bank charges, but I am not sure that this House should get involved in banking issues in any form. Credit unions can tackle the issue very well. Competition will be able to solve the problem and it sounds like this is ha...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [491]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] There were more than 4,500 acres destroyed recently within the national park in Killarney. That is apart from the commonage in the foothills of Mangerton and other areas coming close to the park. This destruction was particularly severe in the Ladies' View and Derrycunnihy area...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [492]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Mark Daly. This is a very important motion and there is some urgency about it. I compliment the Senator on his vigilance in this regard. Perhaps the Leader might be able to accept the amendment because it is o...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [492]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues who have referred to the crisis in the Mediterranean.[Burke, Colm]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [493]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Since our last sitting, SIPTU members in Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus have served notice to strike because of a refusal on the part of management of both companies to discuss the trade union members' concerns about tendering 10% of all contracts for bus services. Bizarrely, while ...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [494]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I respectfully ask my colleagues to defer their request to amend the Order of Business for two reasons. First, I have submitted a substantial amendment in this regard and, second, the Leader has committed, in only the past few minutes, to bringing the representative groups to me...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [494]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] With respect, our views on this issue are well known and we are all in agreement with the motion.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [494]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Six houses in Millfield Manor, Newbridge were burned down recently in an arson attack. The owners of the remaining properties in the estate have serious concerns about the safety of their houses and apartments. In particular, the complete collapse of the six houses has led to c...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [494]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in paying tribute to Donncha Ó Dúlaing. One of my good friends, Kathleen Goff, used to send requests to his programme regularly on my behalf and mention my name until the producers wised up to the fact that I was a local politician. Before that, I was delighte...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [494]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] To clarify, is the Senator referring to No. 68, non-Government motion No. 14, on the Order Paper?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [495]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I support what my friend and relation and colleague, Senator Michael Mullins, had to say about the banks in respect of small businesses. I certainly think the banks are not playing their part in helping small businesses survive and thrive in our communities. Senator Michael Mul...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [495]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Yes. If this was the Iona Institute under banner of which the garda had appeared to register voters, we would not be enjoying the sunshine today because the sky would be in the process of falling in the national media. It is really important that in these days Senators are hear...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [496]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] It would be appropriate for the Minister to communicate to this House and through it what exactly she thinks of what has been going on.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [496]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Rónán Mullen is making a mountain out of a molehill. The photograph in question is a single photograph and the Garda Commissioner has expressed an opinion on it already; to try to generate further publicity out of it is disingenuous.
While we welcome Senator Thomas Byr...
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21/04/2015 [Order of Business] While he purports to portray his comments as support for the Bill, it is nakedly obvious that it is only cynical positioning ahead of the next general election.[Gilroy, John]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [496]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Perhaps we might have a debate on our insolvency mechanisms and enable Deputy Willie Penrose's Bill to have a smoother transition through both Houses?[Gilroy, John]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [496]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I second my colleague Senator Thomas Byrne's amendment to the Order of Business. In doing so I commend Deputy Willie Penrose who is attempting to have legislation passed through the Lower House in order to provide for a one-year bankruptcy provision. Any of us dealing on a dail...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [496]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Diarmuid Wilson to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [497]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] The pay, conditions and pensions of county and city councillors have been issues in this House for as long as I have been a Member. In recent months Senators Terry Brennan, Paul Coghlan and Maurice Cummins, as well as members of my own party and Senator Gerard P. Craughwell, hav...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [497]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the question of alcohol and substance abuse, including drugs in particular. I note his points concerning the new synthetic drugs. I emphasise, as he did, that cannabis is certainly not safe. Those advocating its legalisation should see some of th...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [497]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I suggest the case of an individual garda is a different matter.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] On the campaign for registration, we should all be out encouraging it in order that everybody will vote in the referendum-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] That is the point. I hope the Leader will now take a dim view of gardaí taking sides.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy asked for a debate on the issue of insolvency. We are trying to arrange that debate with the Minister for Finance.
Senator Diarmuid Wilson called for an all-party approach to the issue of councillors' pay. I agree completely with him. The Minister of Stat...
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21/04/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader has agreed to take No. 68, non-Government motion No. 15, without debate. I have tabled a substantial amendment to that motion.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I am aware that there is an amendment to the motion. Unfortunately, it was delivered too late to my office for inclusion in today's Order Paper.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] As it has not been included in today's Order Paper, there is nothing I can do about the matter.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [499]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] I would be quite happy to have it taken without debate, if that is possible.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-239 Book-8 Page [500]
21/04/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 68, non-Government motion No. 15, be taken today." The Leader has indicated that he is accepting the amendment and that the motion will be taken without debate before No. 1. Is the amendment agreed ...Vol-239 Book-8 Page [500]
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