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19/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 1.15 p.m. and adjourned not later than 2.30 p.m., if not previously concluded; and No. 2, Workplace Relations Bill 2014 - Committee Stage, to be taken at 2.30 p.m. and adjou...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [132]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] With regard to the Workplace Relations Bill, we oppose section 72, at which I ask the Labour Party, in particular, to look. Members of trade unions and workers throughout the land are very upset about section 72 of said Bill. It potentially imposes a fee on using the labour rel...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [132]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment that the Minister for Justice and Equality come to the House to clarify the situation regarding crime, justice and policing in the light of the events in recent days.
I raise the issue of the Slane bypass in County Meath. The Minister for Transport, Tour...
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19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure all colleagues will join me, as they did yesterday, in condemning the dreadful attack on the prison officers by the escaped prisoner, Mr. Brockwell, but I am sure also that everyone will wish to join me in commending the PSNI officers and gardaí who were involved in the...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [133]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] It is something on which this House can unite in support of those on the front line in seeking to ensure dangerous prisoners such as this man do not evade recapture when an escape has happened and to ensure escapes such as this are prevented in the future.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [134]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] The resources are available to prevent it from happening in the first place.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [134]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] A measured debate on this matter with the Minister for Justice and Equality would be appropriate but not a knee-jerk debate today when there are ongoing operations and it is not yet clear what will be the outcome in terms of whether Mr. Brockwell will be returned to Britain to se...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [134]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] According to a report published yesterday by the Small Firms Association, absenteeism is costing this country approximately €1 billion per annum. The report also states that when other costs such as replacing staff and a lack of productivity are taken into account, absenteeism i...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [134]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I support the remarks of Senator Feargal Quinn and also the remarks made by Senator Mary White yesterday or the day before about the obesity issue. I draw the attention of Senators to the claim being made by restaurants that someone will have to sit down and calculate the number...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [135]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Yes. If one types in exactly what is on the menu, one can get the calorie content at the touch of a button. It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel to get the calorie content of each item. It is possible to get the information on the Food Safety Authority of Ireland menucal....Vol-238 Book-3 Page [135]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator Thomas Byrne's request that the Minister for Justice and Equality be asked to come to the House. She tends to get good publicity all the time. However, in terms of the prisoner escape issue, she is responsible for two prison officers having been injured during ...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [136]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I commend the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan, for his trip to the Gaza region, although it did not receive much coverage. It was very courageous of him to go there. I would like to ask the Leader if he will arrange for the Minister to come to th...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [136]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am constantly showing how ineffective the Government is. It is inefficient and not progressive enough. I am trying to assist it in its work.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [136]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I rang the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before raising the matter in the House. I hope the Leader will provide an opportunity for the Minister to come to the House to discuss important foreign affairs and trade issues.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [136]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] There is a need for a change in the way in which local area partnerships are being funded.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [136]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I compliment the Minister of State, Deputy Gerald Nash, on establishing the Low Pay Commission and nominating Dr. Donal De Buitléir as the chairman. The commission's economists are Ms Mary Mosse from Waterford Institute of Technology and Professor Donal O'Neill from Maynooth Uni...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [137]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] What one gets is a PR-driven takeover whereby we, representing 25.1% of the shareholders, are not even given a prospectus as to why we should agree with this. We should not consent to any done deals being promoted in the media. The situation is getting more serious by the day a...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [137]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am pleased to announce this morning that the Minister for Health is establishing the national rare diseases office. Both Senator Jillian van Turnhout and I have been raising this issue for some time. The Minister confirmed in a reply to a Commencement matter I raised this mor...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] We resourced the Irish Prison Service to make sure dangerous men would not be allowed to escape.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] It is fine to talk about it; we actually act, not talk. We deliver.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] We are delivering in that area. The Senator should keep that in mind the next time he criticises the Minister for Justice and Equality.[Burke, Colm]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I was at the protest yesterday outside the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in support of all the community workers about which Senator Aideen Hayden spoke. She is correct regarding all the issues she raised. There are real concerns over the realign...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and I tabled many amendments on all these issues and all were voted down by the Labour Party, including, I suspect, the Senator. It would be interesting to examine these amendments and what was said in the Seanad at the time to see who has been prov...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [138]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I suggest to Senator Aideen Hayden that she contact her ministerial colleague, the very Minister who is imposing what she is complaining about.
I commend to the House a document published by Sinn Féin today displacing JobBridge. It would be useful to have a debate on such issu...
Vol-238 Book-3 Page [139]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of turf cutting on raised bogs, particularly in County Roscommon where three bogs, Callow Bog, the Float Bog and Bellanagare Bog, were designated. Many people might have been happy to take the compensation at the time it was offered but there are many who are n...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [139]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I seek a cross-party debate on the future of Cork Airport. My colleague in the Dáil, Deputy Michael McGrath, has outlined that Cork Airport business has contracted rapidly in recent years to a point where its future viability is at risk. The number of passengers is declining an...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [139]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I strongly agree with Senator Cáit Keane in calling for a full debate on drugs, the drug culture and the availability of drugs. Garda resources and policing are very much linked to crime. Gangland crime in Dublin is linked to the drugs culture. In rural parts of the country th...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [140]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I have often, along with others in the House, had occasion to criticise the media for various reasons over the years. One thing for which The Irish Times deserves great credit has been its longtime sponsorship of its debating competition which has done so much to encourage excel...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [140]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleagues who commended the Garda and the PSNI on recapturing the criminal in Belfast. It is to be hoped he will not be maintained in this country at the taxpayers' expense. I hope he is sent back to where he belongs and serves his sentence.
We have called for a...
Vol-238 Book-3 Page [141]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am calling for a debate to alert people to the dangers. These things are happening in many counties.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [141]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Cé hiad na pleananna atá á gcur in áit ag an gCeannaire maidir le Seachtain na Gaeilge ó thaobh díospóireachtaí in san Teach seo? Will the Leader outline what plans are being put in place for Seachtain na Gaeilge in the Seanad regarding debates through the medium of Irish? They...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [141]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Chun cur leis an méid atá ráite ag an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, beidh tuarascáil an chomhcoiste maidir leis an nGaeilge á seoladh an tseachtain seo chugainn. Bheadh sé an-oiriúnach dá mbeadh seans againn é sin a phlé le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge.
Regarding the point ma...
Vol-238 Book-3 Page [142]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of regional development, specifically with regard to IDA Ireland. As Members know, the local authorities now have an economic development role within their jurisdictions following the Local Government Reform Act 2014. I realise it is not easy to turn a tanker ...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [142]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Thomas Byrne proposed an amendment to the Order of Business similar to the one proposed yesterday. As I mentioned then, there is an ongoing Garda investigation of this matter. I appreciate that it is very serious and have asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if s...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [143]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Thomas Byrne has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Justice and Equality on crime, justice and policing, in view of the circumstances surrounding the escape of a prisoner from custody during a hospital visit, be taken toda...Vol-238 Book-3 Page [145]
19/02/2015 [Order of Business] Yes it is because this is too urgent to leave until next week.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-238 Book-3 Page [145]
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