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28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the Order Paper and No. 1a on the Supplementary Order Paper. No. 1, motion regarding the proposed Commission of Investigation into certain matters relating to the Cavan-Monaghan division of the Garda Síochána, is to be taken on the con...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [313]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for facilitating the statements on Aer Lingus. It is only half an hour, but it is a start, and I will talk about that in a minute.
On my own behalf and on behalf of the Fianna Fáil group in the Seanad, I condemn the protest, for want of a better phrase, that...
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28/01/2015 [Order of Business] It is a disgrace. President Higgins is our Head of State. These people, who were, apparently, protesting on behalf of workers, what they said to him and the manner in which they went about their protest was disgusting and despicable. The President represents all the people of ...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [314]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The only language he condemned was the use of the phrase referring to the President as "a midget". That was it. He did not ask anybody to withdraw calling him "a parasite" or anything like that. If Senator Norris was Uachtarán na hÉireann today - fair play to him for standing ...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [314]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I just want this on the record, but am not here to debate the issue with Senator Norris, for whom I have great regard. What is happening in this State is a disgrace. I am talking as someone who voted against the Water Services Bill. All of us have different views on this issue...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [314]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] Yes. In regard to the new Central Bank rules published on mortgages, I welcome to some degree the slight change the Central Bank has made in regard to a 10% deposit on mortgages up to €220,000. However, I believe that 20% for mortgages above that is far too restrictive, particu...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [315]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator O'Brien in his condemnation of the nature of the protests against President Michael D. Higgins. Any democrat should join in condemning those protests, which are clearly unacceptable. As Uachtarán na hÉireann, the President represents all of the people of I...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [315]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to raise the issue of the situation that obtained in the past few days in a school in south County Dublin, Coláiste Eoin, where a group due to talk about homophobic bullying was given half an hour's notice that the session would not take place, despite the fact it ha...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [316]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] We are not discussing the President in this House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [316]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] -----shouting at Ronald Reagan. The President is a mature balanced man and I doubt he was as outraged as people suggest in order to score political points on this issue.[Norris, David]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [316]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue of the consequences of patients in hospital beds being unable to transfer to nursing homes.[Landy, Denis]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [316]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The bomb attack on the office of Deputy Michelle Mulherin is a very worrying and sinister development. It could easily have resulted in loss of life or very serious injury. It is not just an attack on the office of a Member of this Parliament, but an attack on the Oireachtas an...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [317]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] We must be very careful about the requirement that a purchaser have a 20% deposit for purchasing a house. One of the current problems in this country is that a huge number of people in the 25 to 40 year old age group have not had the opportunity to acquire their own property. I...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [317]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the motion on the investigation into certain matters relating to the Cavan-Monaghan division of An Garda Síochána to be taken without debate today. There was a ruling by the Ceann Comhairle in the Dáil that the motion would have to be taken without debate. That ...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [318]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The ruling has been made and it must be adhered to.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [318]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] We do not accept that ruling. We oppose the proposal, first and foremost.[Cullinane, David]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [318]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I accept that, but I am entitled to offer my opinion. I have just put it on the record of the House, which is what I sought to do.
The second issue I wish to raise is the debate on Aer Lingus. Obviously, a debate is welcome but a half hour debate on such an important issue is...
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28/01/2015 [Order of Business] My final point is about issues that were raised yesterday regarding a possible debate in the House on a debt conference. Next week, the Taoiseach will meet the President of the EU Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. When he does so...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [318]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I second Senator Darragh O'Brien's amendment to the Order of Business.
I wholeheartedly agree with his comments on the President. It is totally unacceptable that the highest officeholder in the land, who is totally independent and represents all of the people regardless of the...
Vol-237 Book-5 Page [319]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien's condemnation of the disgraceful attack on the President. Michael D. Higgins is a most respected first citizen, he is doing an excellent jobs and is above politics. As Senator Wilson has said, he should be regarded by everybody in this demo...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [319]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am a proud former sergeant of the 1st Infantry Battalion in Galway. Therefore, I am distressed to find PDFORRA, the organisation which represents rank and file members of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, has had to lodge a case in Europe for official recognition. The ca...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [320]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I understand that people are very angry after enduring eight years of austerity imposed to get the country back in recovery. First, I join in condemning the recent protest, if that is the correct word, against the visit of President Higgins to Coláiste Eoin in Finglas. It is fa...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [320]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I support the comments made on the attacks of the Office of the President. It must be remembered it was not an attack on the person of Michael D. Higgins but an attack on the institution of the presidency. That is something that should give pause for thought to the members of t...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [321]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] This morning the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, announced €17.5 million for sustainable transport measures for Galway, Cork, Limerick and Waterford cities. This is very much to be welcomed, particularly in Galway, a city grappling with traffic ...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [321]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I join in the condemnation of two recent serious incidents, namely the fire-bombing of Deputy Michelle Mulherin's office and the verbal attacks and assaults on the President. To echo the concerns of Senator Diarmuid Wilson, we need to be careful that there is a fine line around ...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [321]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator can make those points during the debate. I call Senator Eamonn Coghlan.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [322]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I, along with the majority of my colleagues, give general support to the proposal on mortgage lending made by the Governor of the Central Bank. It is not perfect - no public policy ever has been or will be - but the Governor made a reasonable attempt to strike the right balance....Vol-237 Book-5 Page [323]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I join with colleagues in condemning the outrageous attack on our President by the so-called water protesters. Deputy Paul Murphy would be well-advised to get his megaphone out again, to explain to his supporters the constitutional role and independence of the President and to w...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [323]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue, which I raised already last week, of the CSO survey on income and living conditions. I was surprised that it did not make the radio or the newspapers at the weekend. The survey has confirmed that child poverty has been rising sharply during the econom...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [324]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I add my voice to those condemning the treatment of our President. The anger can be easily understood but the actions not. Likewise, I know my colleague, Deputy Mulherin, to be a hard-working and decent person. I am appalled at the treatment she has received. We are heading d...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [324]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am and I join with Senator Coghlan in seeking such a debate. A very worrying fact is that a percentage of our 15 years old teenagers are already showing signs of cardiovascular disease. In addition, a recent survey of almost 1,000 principals showed that 85% of them identified...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [325]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator should make those points during the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [325]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I would like to impose compulsory education. It is clear that action must be taken. I seek a debate with the Minister for Education and Skills at the earliest possible juncture.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [325]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] We had a very useful debate here yesterday afternoon with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Alex White. It was perhaps too ambitious in that we dealt with almost his entire brief, from broadband to energy issues, communications, and post offic...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [325]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I support what Senator Landy said about the fair deal scheme. We should have a debate on that scheme, which should be renamed "a raw deal" scheme for the elderly people because that is what they are getting now. It used to be when people applied for the fair deal, once it was s...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [325]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] This morning I listened to the Newstalk "Breakfast" show hosted by Ivan Yates. It contained an interview with Bobby Kerr, a proven successful entrepreneur, who spoke about the post office business development group. This body has been set up under the auspices of the Minister o...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [326]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am not sure if my colleagues are aware of this. I am glad to announce that our esteemed colleague, Senator Jimmy Harte, is making great progress and has regained consciousness, which is great news. He is still in hospital. I wish him further success and I hope he will be bac...Vol-237 Book-5 Page [326]
28/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O’Brien proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 60, motion 14, be taken before No. 1." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-5 Page [328]
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