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03/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, statements on the national car testing system, to be taken at th...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [374]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I call for an urgent debate on the issue of repossessions. As far back as 2008, when I was on the Government side of the House, I commenced the debate on the need to prepare for this issue. Senator Thomas Byrne and I put forward the Family Home Bill in July 2011 in an effort to...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [374]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Surely the Leader sees the futile nature of these ridiculous vote-winning proposals.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [375]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil presided over lengthy waiting lists, disastrous initiatives in the health service, including the establishment of the HSE-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [375]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] That was the previous Government. The Labour Party is in government now.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [375]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] -----and the long and quietly shelved project it would prefer everyone to forgot about.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [375]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] That project was co-location about which Fianna Fáil has tried to forget.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] It was done by a party which no longer exists. Perhaps that is something the Senator might be familiar with after the next general election.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] It is interesting to note the selective memories of Fianna Fáil people when they speak about health matters.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] The Labour Party's way is to provide €25 million for the richest children.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement made today by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform that a forum will be established by the summer that will look at tax, pay and spending priorities. It will involve stakeholders and representatives of unions, employers and so on. This is a ...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [376]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] In view of the concern expressed on both sides of the House on the withdrawal of certain bus services from rural areas, I call for a debate on rural transport. There are many options. The school bus service ends soon after 9 a.m. each morning. A total of 114,000 children trave...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [377]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome today's announcement of €564,000 for 187 local festivals throughout the country. A significant portion of the investment is going to products along the Wild Atlantic Way and festivals along the west coast, including the Clifden arts festival, the Galway food fest...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [377]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I call for a debate with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, on the job cuts announced by Cadbury last week. A total of 145 of the 220 job losses will be in Coolock alone, an area which already has a high rate of unemployment. The job cuts c...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [377]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I endorse the sentiments of Senator Sean D. Barrett who referred to the 80th birthday of the great Ronnie Delany this Friday. When I was a child, Ronnie inspired me to pursue his records and go to the Olympic Games and try to win gold as he did in 1956. Unfortunately, I finishe...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [378]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the remarks of Senator Ivana Bacik about the festivals and, in particular, her gracious remarks about my own participation. I remember when Bloomsday was not very popular. I am very glad to say we have saved 35 North Great George Street. It is in splendid, sparkling ...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [378]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in extending our good wishes to the great and wonderful Ronnie Delany, a gentleman and wonderful ambassador through the decades for Irish sport. I compliment the Irish rugby team on its fantastic performance on Sunday. The great Pádraig Harrington showed a tru...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [379]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I find it rather instructive that the Government side seems to be a little like the cat that got the cream, in terms of some of the announcements being made. Let us put one thing in perspective about the €500,000 for events and festivals across the country. As a former chairman...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [379]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, that No. 13 be taken before No. 1.[Quinn, Feargal]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [380]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Tá mé as seasamh inniu ag ardú ceiste a d'ardaigh mé roimhe seo ach tá cora tagtha sa scéal ó thaobh chúrsaí cothromaíochta de sna hinstitiúidí tríú leibhéal. Ceapaim go bhfuil géarghá le díospóireacht faoi seo ag an leibhéal is airde. I have raised previously issues of equalit...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [380]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I was truly shocked by figures released yesterday by Temple Street Children's Hospital showing more than 100 children under the age of 17 years were treated for alcohol poisoning since 2012. The statistics revealed that 22 children aged under 16 years presented with alcohol pois...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [381]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Averil Power with respect to the Dublin ambulance service. Having had the pleasure or displeasure to travel in the back of ambulances run by both the health service and by the fire service, I have always been well looked after and I would be slow to change the ...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [381]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Déanaim comhghairdeas le hAogán Ó Fearghail a toghadh mar uachtarán an chumainn luthchleas gael an Domhnach seo caite. Is an chéad uachtarán as Contae an Cabháin é. Is onóir iontach é d'fhear a d'oibrigh go dian dá cheantar agus don chumann luthchleas gael. Is onóir iontach ar...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [381]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I empathise with what Senator Averil Power said about the loss of jobs in Cadbury, but I also recognise that the global giant Mondelez, the raison d'etre of which is profitability and the bottom line, is investing €11.7 million in automation.[O'Brien, Mary Ann]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [381]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I have noticed substantial speculation in recent days which is a result of the welcome attention that has been placed on a very unwelcome problem, namely, the question of overcrowding in emergency rooms and the ultimate cause of the bottlenecks that prevent people in need transit...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [382]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] That is a matter for the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. I am sure the Senator's representative on the committee will take it there.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [383]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I am formally asking the Leader of the House to consider it today. I also support Senator Feargal Quinn's motion.[Crown, John]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [383]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Terry Brennan in congratulating my fellow Cavan man, Aogán Ó Fearghail, on his installation as president of the GAA. It is a proud occasion for Aogán and his family, for his local club in Drumgoon, for the people of County Cavan and for the people of Ulster. He i...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [383]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry raised the question of mortgage arrears and insolvency arrangements. No doubt the Government understands the real pressure many families are under in this regard and is doing everything possible as the recovery deepens in order that nobody is left behind. ...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [383]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I hope that never comes to pass. I am sure the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will come to the House to debate the matter. He has stressed the need for competitiveness and research and development, especially in manufacturing. I am sure he will come to the House ...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [386]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Feargal Quinn has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 13 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has said he is prepared to accept the amendment. Is it agreed to? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-7 Page [386]
03/03/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to clarify a number of items. On No. 2, the Minister is to be called on to reply to the debate not later than 5.55 p.m. On No. 3, the Minister is to be called on to reply not later than 7.25 p.m. I did not indicate the times at which the Ministers would respond.[Cummins...Vol-238 Book-7 Page [386]
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