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26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Garda Síochána (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2014 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 1.15 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [344]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure it sounds incredible to someone on the minimum wage of €8.65 per hour, or on social welfare or struggling to make ends meet in the middle classes. He was stealing a line from Jennifer Aniston who, when advertising a shampoo, said she was "worth it". No doubt she earns...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [344]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] No, and the Members on the other side of the House should examine their consciences.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [344]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am glad to hear that the Senator is not defending the Taoiseach's €3,500 per week or saying that he is worth that. Is that right?[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [344]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The record will show it that the Senator said it. The Taoiseach says he is worth €3,500 per week but he was put into office because he promised to end cronyism and fix the health system. He said he would end the disgrace of waiting lists and the accident and emergency crisis. ...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [344]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure the elderly and other vulnerable people would not agree he is worth it either.
I ask the Leader whether we should have a living wage as opposed to a minimum wage. I also wish to ask a question about Irish Water. It is clear that Irish Water is insolvent. Normally t...
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26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the establishment of the Low Pay Commission which will have its first meeting today. I am sure everyone will wish to join me in wishing chairperson Dr. Donal de Buitléir and the eight commissioners the very best of luck in the hugely important work they will be doing. ...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [345]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Let us not forget who has the commitment to ensuring that low pay is tackled in an evidence-based and effective manner. I welcome the immense personal commitment of the Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Gerald Nash, to the Low Pay Com...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [345]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I also welcome the announcement that the Department of Health is bringing forward legislation on assisted human reproduction and surrogacy.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I will dissociate myself from Senator Mark Daly's remarks. I deprecate-----[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I do not know why the Senator is dissociating himself from comments with which I did not associate him.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] That is such a fatuous piece of rubbish. The Senator is just squawking away like an old hen.[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] That kind of cheap populism is worthy of the worst of the red top newspapers. The Taoiseach is worth every single penny and this kind of attack by politicians on one another brings the entire profession into disrepute. What does he get? Some €12,000 per month, €144,000 or €150...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [346]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] He is an excellent man and has a firm hand on the tiller. That is what we want in this country.[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [347]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator David Norris. It is important that we acknowledge the work that our elected representatives do nationally and locally.
I wish to raise the issue of capital investment by the HSE. The HSE has submitted a request to the national capital steering group for ...
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26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I support Senator Hildegarde Naughton's call for investment in UHG's accident and emergency department. Its facilities are not fit for purpose. The sooner the investment is provided, the sooner those who need the services that we would all like to see for Galway and its surroun...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [347]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] This week the Irish Hotels Federation held its annual conference in Ballyconnell, County Cavan. A great deal of positive news on the tourism front came out of that meeting. There are indications of a strong resurgence in the hotel sector around the country, as suggested by the ...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] As ever, Senator Mark Daly earns top marks for hypocrisy.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am not earning €3,500 per week, but I am glad that the Senator agrees with me.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator makes great play of agreements, but he should not draw attention to the disagreement on his party's Front Bench. I ask how much agreement he finds within his own party.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Is the Senator still talking about the Taoiseach's salary?[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Please allow Senator Paul Coghlan to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Government is doing good work on the issue of the minimum wage with the low pay commission and so forth, as outlined by Senator Ivana Bacik. We are making an honest, determined and right effort to set the standard. Furthermore, up to 95,000 new jobs have been created by the...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [348]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate Senator David Norris. If we had more people like him in politics, there would be less aggro. It is good when politicians recognise and acknowledge the reality, whether they are in opposition or in government. The Senator is showing the way in that regard and oth...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [349]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] While I acknowledge that the unemployment rate is declining, I point out to Senator Cáit Keane and others that 1,600 people are emigrating from this country every week. We cannot just accept the public relations spin and gloss over such statistics. Of the 1,600 emigrating every...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [349]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] According to the CSO figures for last year, 1,600 people were emigrating from Ireland every week, which is a frightening statistic. We need to talk urgently about why so many Irish people are leaving the country, many of whom actually have jobs. Why are they leaving? I would l...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [349]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] I question the figures given by Senator Mary White. The level of emigration was down by 20% last year. To say 1,600 people are leaving the country weekly gives the very wrong impression. At least half of that figure is accounted for by the normal population flows one would exp...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The unemployment figures are coming down because people are emigrating.[White, Mary M.]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly has a habit of putting his foot in it and he has certainly done so today in talking about the Taoiseach's salary which is 40% lower than that of the last two Fianna Fáil Taoisigh. The Taoiseach is earning €100,000 less than the last two Taoisigh from the Senato...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly was just looking for a cheap headline.[Gilroy, John]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris was 100% right. Senator Mark Daly was just looking for red top tabloid headlines from the tripe we had to listen to from him about salaries.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] For those on the minimum wage, the Taoiseach is earning ten times the salary-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] If somebody on the minimum wage was listening to somebody on ten times his or her salary, he or she would not think the Taoiseach was worth it, not when he was cutting social welfare payments and the fuel allowance.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to continue, without interruption. The Senator should allow him to reply to the issues raised on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The other subject Senator Mark Daly had the gall to raise was the minimum wage. Fianna Fáil told the Government when it took office that it could not do anything about the minimum wage or change anything the troika had done. The first thing the Government did was increase the m...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [350]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The cuts made in the last budget affected those on the minimum wage far more than the top earners. That is a fact.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [351]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [351]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly is making a mockery of his party with the issues he has raised on the Order of Business today.
Senator Ivana Bacik made reference to the Low Pay Commission, which starts its work today.[Cummins, Maurice]
Vol-238 Book-6 Page [351]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot have it both ways. Fianna Fáil is a high tax party. The Government is trying to bring taxes down to keep young graduates at home and ensure they will not be subject to the marginal tax rate, which is €32,800 or €33,800 this year. I hope, following the next b...Vol-238 Book-6 Page [352]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The statistics show that they are not coming back.[White, Mary M.]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [352]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] Many of them will come back because of the stability we now enjoy. The country is in recovery; please God, it will continue to recover in order that we can get these people back. Fianna Fáil drove them out of the country, but we will bring them back.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [352]
26/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader did not answer the question about Irish Water and I demand an answer. He did not answer the question about the Taoiseach and his wage of €3,500 a week, while those on the minimum wage get nothing.[Daly, Mark]Vol-238 Book-6 Page [352]
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