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17/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Gender Recognition Bill 2014 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 4.45 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [10]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I ask for a debate on equality in the education system. As the Leader may be aware, there have been a number of court cases relating to NUI Galway - this is not to involve ourselves in court cases but it concerns equality in terms of promotional prospects. It is a very serious ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [10]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I think all colleagues will want to join me in condemning the shootings in Denmark at the weekend coming so soon after the terrible killings in France in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo affair.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [11]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] Those advocating the takeover of Aer Lingus by British Airways have appeared at the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. I must inform the House that not one route resulted from that PR performance. All they want to do is take over an existing airline. What is the ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [11]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on the introduction of plain cigarette packaging, especially now that the tobacco lobby is threatening legal action on the matter. It shows an astonishing nerve and I can only hope the Government sticks to its guns and brings in this legislation. I listened ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [12]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I second the proposal to amend the Order of Business made by Senator Marc MacSharry, who outlined very well the inadequate work of the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar. He is very disappointing. When he was eight years of age, he set out to be Minister. He had an ambi...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [12]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] It is all PR and no action. The quicker we have a general election, the better. Government members are a tired bunch. I hope they will go to the country and get the results they genuinely deserve - out, out, out.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [13]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I read an article in the Irish Examiner yesterday which stated the executive of Cork County Council has warned local authority members not to engage in any discussion about wind farm developments that are proposed for the country of Cork because the wind farm developers have thre...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [13]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] On my way in to the Chamber I was confronted by a protestor, which is perfectly legitimate, who held a placard stating, "Children have rights". It was about the marriage equality referendum. I agree that children have rights. They have the right not to be treated as shuttlecoc...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [13]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, spoke to the protestors outside. Mrs. Brennan - of course, the name was good and I had to make it my business to talk to her - had concerns about speeding in housing estates. I have been campaigning for the past 15 years, both at local authority level and in the Seanad....Vol-238 Book-1 Page [14]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] The community there works together as we did where I come from in Carlingford. We should encourage other communities to follow in the footsteps of the Loop Head community.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [14]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] Last year we introduced a Bill on food provenance, whereby every product should state its source, which the Minister turned down on the grounds that legislation would be introduced at a European level, and therefore we withdrew the Bill. However, to the best of my knowledge noth...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [14]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleagues, Senators John Kelly, Catherine Noone and Sean D. Barrett. The Seanad robustly rejects and resents any interference or attempt to silence democratic representation. It is our job to interfere, to engage and to represent the community and public interest....Vol-238 Book-1 Page [15]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to arrange as quickly as possible a debate on the current state of law and order. I live in the peaceful suburbs of south County Dublin. Recently, I attended a meeting called by Deputy Shane Ross. A senior member of An Garda Síochána was also present. Dep...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [15]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I would appreciate a debate as a matter of urgency.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [16]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] It is welcome that the Minister of State, Deputy Simon Harris, visited Sligo on Friday to examine coastal erosion around Rosses Point. I raised the matter as early as 2007 after people approached me about the danger, which still exists, to its golf course. The former Minister o...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [16]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] More than 2,000 professionals and volunteers involved in the child care sector gathered outside the gates of Leinster House this afternoon. It was a peaceful gathering, the purpose of which was to highlight the gross under-funding of the child care sector. Despite many represen...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [16]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] That is a matter that could be brought to the attention of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [17]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I want to put the Cathaoirleach on notice that I intend writing to him, as Chairman of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges, about this matter. I felt it necessary to raise it on the Order of Business this afternoon because what happened was absolutely disgraceful.[Wilson, ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [17]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator Catherine Noone, and others in the request for a debate on the legal threats to the Government by the cigarette companies. This is one battle we must win given the damage caused by tobacco to people's health and the cost to the Exchequer in that r...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [17]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I understand this matter was raised earlier, but I wish to outline my views on it. Senator Catherine Noone spoke about the plain cigarette packaging legislation which was quite rightly passed by this House last year, with all party and non-party support. What has angered me con...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [17]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I second what Senator Paschal Mooney said about the tobacco industry and the pressure it was putting on the Government.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [18]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I heard all about Donegal Tuesday for about two hours when I listened to "Liveline" this afternoon. This morning at 8.45 a.m., 500 young people queued outside a particular public house in Galway. Apparently this is a new tradition that started about four or five years ago, and ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [18]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] We can have that debate when the Bill is brought before the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [19]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] Then urge the Senator not to make a statement without explaining it.[Norris, David]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [19]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I, too, join colleagues in terms of the threats from cigarette companies concerning the Government's positive initiative for plain packaging. I have spoken in this House, by proposing Adjournment debates and on the Order of Business on numerous occasions, about the sneaky tactic...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [19]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry called for a debate on equality in education, particularly teacher promotional prospects. We will try to arrange such a debate.
The funding of local government was also raised. This matter has been the subject of Commencement debates in the past few wee...
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17/02/2015 [Order of Business] If it was only down to resources, the problem would have been solved many years ago when resources were thrown at it. However, the system got worse. I totally reject Senator Terry Leyden’s assertion that accident and emergency departments throughout the country are mismanaged. ...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [20]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] The Minister is doing everything possible. The 50 managers of the hospitals were invited to meet him yesterday. Of course, there has been quite an increase in flu-related admissions to hospitals. The Government has allocated €25 million in the national service plan and it is b...Vol-238 Book-1 Page [20]
17/02/2015 [Order of Business] I am sure the new policy will be welcomed throughout rural Ireland, in particular, where the Government has been criticised for the possible closure of schools. I hope the new policy will nail that lie on the head.
Senator Sean D. Barrett has raised the question of Aer Lingus ...
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17/02/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Health on the large number of patients on trolleys in hospitals throughout the State be taken today."[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-238 Book-1 Page [22]
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