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29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 (changed from) Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014 [Dáil] - Second Stage, to be taken at 1.15 p.m. with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes each and other Senators not to exceed five ...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [386]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Over the past few days, documents have been released to Fianna Fáil under the Freedom of Information Act. Unlike the usual Government spin, laundered through public relations agencies and PR consultants, these documents make for very interesting and stark reading for the public....Vol-237 Book-6 Page [386]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] In recent days I have received inquiries from sections of the media about whether I would join an Independent political party or whatever it was. They quoted a statement from Deputy Patrick O'Donovan of Fine Gael suggesting that there are 813,000 reasons people will not join thi...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [388]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Fianna Fáil Whip has said he wants a word with me later.[Norris, David]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [388]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I think we should be realistic. We get a comparatively modest income in this House and any expenses are vouched. I think the public should be satisfied with this. I think we should come to an end of this period of sackcloth and ashes for politicians. We work hard and we take ...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [388]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Bacik in welcoming the Action Plan for Jobs, published this morning. The initial Action Plan for Jobs launched in 2011 was the foundation on which our economic recovery has been built. In the past four years we have seen over 80,000 more people at work and a cons...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [389]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] As public representatives, we have a responsibility to explain the positions we take on different policy issues, particularly ones that are controversial or could do with further explanation in the public domain. There is a great opportunity open to us with regard to the facilit...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [390]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome the fact that the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications is to have hearings on the sale of Aer Lingus to British Airways. I commend the Chairman, Deputy John O'Mahony. The examination of the sale announced in the House yesterday by the Minister fo...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [390]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Norris raised an interesting question relating to the costs of the Oireachtas. It is important that we set out clearly that if we abolished the Seanad and the Dáil in the morning, there would be a saving of €100 million, which in real terms is about two days of social we...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [391]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] It was a matter of concern that the HSE did not have an overall picture of where the vacancies existed. It is important for this issue to be prioritised and that we recruit the good people who are there to provide the service we require.[Burke, Colm]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [391]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business. I was very disturbed last night to find that the Irish Water debacle is about to come back and haunt us again. Last week, there was an announcement from the European Commission that it had some doubts as to whethe...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [391]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I rise to ask the Leader for a debate as soon as possible on the future of Cork Airport.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [392]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am deeply concerned about the deterioration of Cork Airport over the past number of years. During the previous Seanad from 2007 to 2011 the former Senator, Jerry Buttimer, who is now a Deputy, raised this issue on, at least, a monthly basis. The airport has deteriorated rapid...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [392]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Like Senator Mullins I congratulate the Government on the Action Plan for Jobs 2015 which was launched today. I hope it will be as successful as others heretofore and that we will be moving towards full employment by 2020.
On the water issue and the controversy about which som...
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29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The amalgamation of 34 local authorities into one agency will result in a saving of €1.1 billion over seven years.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Does Senator Keane have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I do but it is on a different subject. I always like to put the record straight.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I do. An important conference on women and economic inequality, organised by the National Women's Council of Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and Oxfam, is being held today. Following that conference, I would welcome a debate in this House on that subject...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] We are all aware that the cost of child care is equivalent to having a second mortgage. For this reason, I want child care issues included.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I would welcome a debate on the regional enterprise strategy. There is little doubt that the launch today of the action plan for jobs is a matter we should be debating here. Much work has been done on this issue by the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the con...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] It has come to my attention during the past couple of days that 8% of public servants are in receipt of the family income supplement, FIS, which is a worrying statistic. This would suggest that a section of middle Ireland is caught between a rock and a hard place and under sever...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [393]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am sorry if I sound like a broken record, but we will need to have a fresh debate on the issue of hospital waiting lists in the aftermath of data and an international comparison being published, both of which emerged during the week. As the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Vara...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [394]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I support the ringing call by Senator Jim Walsh for a debate on issues related to housing. The housing crisis in many cities and the apparent inability of local authorities to deal with it are very troubling and something that deserve our immediate attention. As a result of ris...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [395]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senators MacSharry, Craughwell, Mooney and others inquired about the water conservation grant. The grant is a good news story and the initiative has been welcomed by many people. The Minister is on record as saying there will be no delay whatsoever in paying the water conservat...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Government is hiding information and that is a fact.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader provoked me and I had to set the record straight.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to listen me. If he does not want to listen to the facts then there is no point in him being here.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I want the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to come in here and answer to the people.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Dealing with the resource requirement issues is a routine feature of the Government's work. The Department processes approximately 85 million payments a year and it anticipates no issues in processing the water conservation grant.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] What would the Secretary General of the Department say?[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I have outlined the situation and the statement from the Department, as it stands.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik and many other Members mentioned the Action Plan for Jobs and the regional enterprise strategy. It would be fitting to invite the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to the House. The jobs front is another good news situation, where the Government is conc...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [397]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I realise what Senator Mooney mentioned. Prior to this Government taking office the IDA ensured that 20% of jobs were provided in the regions and the figure has risen to 36%.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [398]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] That is not the case in Leitrim, Sligo, west Cavan and Donegal. That might be the case in Waterford and some such places where the senior figures of Fine Gael and the Labour Party hail from. That is not the situation in constituencies like Senator Mooney's and mine.[MacSharry, ...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [398]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader please, without interruption. Senator MacSharry has had his say. The Leader is trying to respond to the questions raised on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [398]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Leader has not concluded but he will conclude soon, if I am allowed to do so.
I have quoted that 36% of jobs are now located in the regions, in comparison with 20% in the past. As we know, the employment rate was 15.5% when we took office but it has been reduced to just ov...
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29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Gilroy sought a debate on the influence of social media on the political system. I will consider arranging such a debate.
Senator Barrett asked a question about the review body to deal with Aer Lingus. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport is keen to hear the ...
Vol-237 Book-6 Page [398]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Brennan mentioned the significant improvement in tourism figures. The sector is vital for economic recovery. A 9% VAT rate was a major help and the elimination of the travel tax was also a key indicator for increasing tourism numbers.
Senator O'Donovan sought a debate...
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29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Fine Gael is running out of road on the old 2011 election campaign. There is a new one nearly started.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [399]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] That is what happened. The Senator can moan again but he cannot beat facts.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [399]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] People are suffering out here. To be fair, that needs to be addressed rather than making a political show out of it.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Allow the Leader to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am only pointing out that the reason there is insufficient local authority housing is that we stopped building local authority houses.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Government slashed capital expenditure in the last four years.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] When is the next re-announcement of the jobs strategy?[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The primary issue currently facing the housing market is a lack of supply. There is no question about that, particularly in Dublin and in some other urban areas. Increasing public and private housing supply is a critical issue and the Government's construction strategy 2020 is ...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] That response is poor consolation for those who have been waiting ten years on a local authority-----[Walsh, Jim]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] On the issue of hospital waiting lists, which was raised by Senator Crown, I note his points on the EU health consumer index. Now that the ongoing pay situation has been accepted by the IMO, I am sure that the employment of an extra 200 consultants----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator is in dreamland. We are exporting Irish kidneys because we cannot get transplants in this country.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] The 200 extra consultants should help make significant progress-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] I will have no choice but to put the question unless the Leader is allowed to respond.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Do, put the question, sure we are getting no answers.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
29/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection on correspondence concerning the cost of administering the water conservation grant be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Catha...Vol-237 Book-6 Page [400]
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