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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015 – Second Stage, to be taken at 1.15 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed 12 minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed eight minutes; ...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [772]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I noted with interest yesterday and this morning the remarks of the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, on the Government announcement of free general practitioner care for over 70s. It would be welcome if we knew when it was going to happen and if we did not have a scenar...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [773]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, of the provision of 2.5 hours per week for up to 1,000 children who suffer from Down's syndrome. This issue has been going on for many years. I protested with the families of c...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [773]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Landy is going in the right direction and Senators should give him a chance.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If only he voted the way he talks, we would be grand.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Landy, without interruption. He has a minute to finish.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I was very vocal in this Chamber on the matter. I probably spoke longer than other Senators who suddenly got an interest in it when they discovered that some of these people who had been town councillors are now county councillors and have a vote in the next Seanad election.[Lan...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I was always of the opinion and still hold the opinion that town councils should never have been abolished.[Landy, Denis]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Let Senator Landy conclude. We are running out of time and have a very busy day ahead. I have to give the Senator another minute now because he has been interrupted twice.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I refer to people who worked in that service and in particular I want to mention Ms Helen Phelan who will retire from Carrick-on-Suir Town Council after 47 years' service.[Landy, Denis]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Is that the town council that the Senator's Government abolished?[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [774]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] That is the type of person I am talking about.
I am delighted to be the first person in the Seanad today to welcome the retirement of Henry Shefflin, announced at noon. As a Tipperary man, I can say that he was the greatest hurler that ever graced the hurling field. As his fo...
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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I call Senator van Turnhout. Perhaps we might get back to real issues, notwithstanding the great-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [775]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator Landy on the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills of the two and a half resource hours for children with Down's syndrome. I question the continuing need for an assessment and I ask the Minister for Education and Skills to reconsider that. ...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [775]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise some positive news on the jobs front for Galway and the west. This comes soon after Apple's major jobs announcement for Athenry. IDT911, a data protection company, will establish its European headquarters in Galway, creating 60 jobs in the area. This company cr...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I think I have heard everything now after this ruling that a Member from Fine Gael, the main Government party, is a member of the Opposition. "Ha, ha, ha" is all I can say.[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] A Fine Gael Member is not a member of the Opposition until and unless he or she applies to be and leaves Fine Gael. It is complete nonsense-----[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] -----to say that Fine Gael is the Opposition - that the bloody Government-----[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Norris is misunderstanding me. The Opposition speaker was Senator van Turnhout, who is in a grouping that has been there for four years.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] But you said that Senator Naughton was. Anyway I forgave the Leas-Chathaoirleach. It does not matter a damn.[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] It just highlights that the Order of Business is becoming increasingly a nonsense. Look at us here. There are half a dozen Fine Gael and Labour Senators, an Independent and two Opposition Members. It is a complete nonsense. We experimented with it, but the time has come to re...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [776]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] -----and should sustain a situation where people are properly compensated by their pensions. To hack off 60% of someone's pension when they reach their declining years is an obscenity. I do not think the State should stand over this. We have a 25% holding in Aer Lingus and we ...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [777]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, on children with Down's syndrome. It is something that is long overdue. It is a matter on which the association has canvassed and lobbied over a number of years. It is m...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [777]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] That is something which must be expedited and addressed.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [777]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] We cannot ignore the HIQA report. I would welcome a statement from the Minister in that regard and to ensure that a timeline is put in place for when the recruitment will be completed in order that the existing 1,000 referrals can be addressed.
In fairness to Tusla, it has out...
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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by my leader, Senator Darragh O'Brien. I concur with my colleague, Senator Denis Landy, who quoted what the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, stated recently on town councils. I welcome th...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [778]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I was present for the entire four and a half hours, as were many Members on the other side of the House, and indeed the Leader. It was an excellent opportunity for 14 different organisations to outline the concerns and proposals they have on farm safety. I wish to mention one y...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [778]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I add my voice to those who have welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, yesterday on people with Down's syndrome. That is something I never agreed with from the very beginning and many of my colleagues felt the same. We always...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [778]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure the Senator was. Senator Gilroy also played.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [779]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] A group from St. Patrick's De La Salle school in Kilkenny is in the Gallery. The school principal, Brian Cody, was to be here today but is unavailable for obvious reasons. I will let Senator O'Neill explain why and make a comment.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [779]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to be associated with the Leas-Chathaoirleach's remarks welcoming St. Patrick's De La Salle. I thank Senators Landy and Heffernan for their kind comments about Henry Shefflin. It is great to see a Tipperary man acknowledging a Kilkenny man at last. Well done.[O'Ne...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [779]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Hopefully, some of these young people will don the black and amber at a future date. Henry Shefflin is a role model for any young person in Ireland through his longevity and example. Any person should model himself or herself on what he has achieved in sport. It is not about w...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [779]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] As a proud Cork man, I confess that while Henry Shefflin often broke our hearts, he is probably one of the finest sports people the country has ever seen. I wish him luck in retirement.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [780]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] While I did not hear Senator Landy's observation on town councils and local government, I heard Senator Wilson's intervention. Following reported comments at the Labour Party conference, or perhaps on the margins of the conference, by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Refo...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [780]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome yesterday evening's announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, that the Government has agreed to allocate additional resources to schools to support children with Down's syndrome who are not already being supported through the National...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [780]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of water charges and Irish Water. Over recent days, we found out that very important meetings took place between very senior Irish Water staff and the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, former Deputy Phil Hogan, at which no minut...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [781]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Many people would be very surprised at this and given the level of crisis the Government has got itself into as a result of the introduction of water charges and the establishment of Irish Water, I am very surprised that the minutes of those meetings were not taken or that they a...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [781]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I agree wholeheartedly with the comments of Senator Wilson regarding the meeting of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee that was held on Monday under the chairmanship of the Leas-Chathaoirleach. It was most useful, timely and comprehensive. All the submissions were extreme...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [781]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator van Turnhout's welcome of the announcement by the director of Diageo, David Smith, that he will be stepping down from the board of the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign. I mirror the Senator's words. The drinks industry has no place in effecting attitudes ...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [781]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I call Senator Kelly. My apologies as he should have been called earlier but he was hiding down there so I did not spot him.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [782]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Heffernan's point about the sustainability of rural post offices. I come from a family of three generations that have run a small post office in rural Ireland. I have also seen the letters that are being sent out by the Department of Social Protection encourag...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [782]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills of extra resources for children with so-called mild Down's syndrome is very welcome, as others have said. There are many situations where children have disabilities that call on our special care and attention. It is fair...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [783]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] As a proud Galway hurling supporter, I join with colleagues here in congratulating and wishing every good luck and success to Henry Shefflin, who has announced his retirement. He broke our hearts on many occasions and we have all marvelled at his amazing skills. We should thank...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [783]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I want to raise the issue of the dramatic cuts being made to Leader funding. When the European multi-annual financial framework and CAP reform package were passed, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine could not wait to tell us that it was a great d...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [784]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I wholeheartedly support Senator Mary Ann O'Brien's call to ban vending machines. I have highlighted the matter on numerous occasions in the past. I find it hard to believe, in a country in which one in four children is either overweight or obese, that the status quo is that we...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [784]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should table a Commencement matter on the subject.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [785]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The report continued:
The research concludes that the impact of the measures will be contractionary suggesting that, while house price inflation may be reduced due to these new measures, this reduction may come at the expense of fewer houses being supplied and fewer mortgage loan...
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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleague Senator Darragh O'Brien in his views on the issue of medical cards. I also share his view on the Government's continued perverse policy of withdrawing medical cards from the elderly and children who are in need of assistance but who happen to be over the a...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [785]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The failures happened when the Senator's party was in office.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [785]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Burke told us HIQA had published a report, instead of saying he was disappointed. He is like an observer.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [785]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If Senator Burke thinks it is okay for the HSE-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Burke can see that he has set off a bomb again.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If Senator Colm Burke thinks it is okay for the HSE to attempt to silence HIQA, which is critical-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If the Government is only looking for praise, then it should look to its own press department, because that is the only place it will get praised.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I advise the Senator that it is inappropriate to talk to another Senator across the floor.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If the Government wants critical analysis and wants HIQA to do its job, which it is doing-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] From 2002 to 2010, Fianna Fáil did nothing. Absolutely nothing.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] -----then it should look at the report and have it published unedited.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] If the report is true he does not want to hear it.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Government did not promise censorship, but rather openness and transparency, which it is not providing. This report is a crystallisation of that policy.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I am looking for a debate on that. Senator Burke would like to show up and defend his-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Daly, you are here a long time. It is inappropriate to address another Senator. You speak through the Chair or not.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leas-Chathaoirleach ask Senator Burke-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I chastised Senator Burke for interrupting you. You do not have to engage for two minutes with the other Senator. If you have an issue for the Leader, please address it.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [786]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Perhaps the Leader would ask, when the debate is held on the report that is being suppressed by the HSE, that the Minister would attend the House in order that we can have a full, open and transparent debate on the contents of the unedited report.
I pay tribute to Henry Sheffli...
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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] We have won the Christy Ring cup and other competitions. It will come as news to the Government that I want to thank and praise it and I ask the Leader to give me some indulgence in this regard.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [787]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, who is a former Senator, will come to Kerry tomorrow and we will give him a full welcome. He will visit the Valentia marine rescue co-ordination centre. The Members opposite-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [787]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] It was a matter that was raised here many times on the Order of Business. There were attempts by both Governments to close it. A previous Fianna Fáil Minister attempted to have it shut down and the local community and a national campaign, in which Mick O'Connell was involved---...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [787]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] We managed to keep it open. I praise all involved.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-13 Page [787]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] I assure Senator O'Brien that the system for those aged under six and over 70 will be up and running before the end of the year. The Senator referred to fampridine yesterday. The HSE received an application for the inclusion of fampridine in the General Medical Services and com...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [787]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Landy and many others welcomed the extra 2.5 hours for children with Down's syndrome. It is a step in the right direction, as many stated. It is a first step and it is to be hoped the hours will be increased.
Senator Landy also welcomed the agreement at Cabinet on the...
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25/03/2015 [Order of Business] That additional work is being carried out without additional resources and additional allowances for councillors. That issue should be taken into consideration. If it was any other walk of life there would be uproar in respect of the increased workload for councillors. It is p...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [788]
25/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a one hour debate with the Minister for Health to update the House on the proposals to provide free GP care to those under six years and over 70 years of age be taken today." Is the amendment being...Vol-238 Book-13 Page [790]
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