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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the HSE national service plan 2015, to be taken at 4.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes and the Minister to be called on to rep...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [14]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I welcome everyone back. It is good to see Senators back after the recess.
I wish to raise a few items with the Leader. In regard to the proposed new rules for deposits for residential mortgages which have not been formally announced but have been discussed and in respect of ...
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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in wishing everyone a happy new year and welcoming everyone back. In particular, I welcome the new schedule, the new timings for Seanad sittings and our new procedures, especially Commencement Matters, as they are now to be known rather than Adjour...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [14]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I also welcome the extensive legislative programme for the spring and summer session until the end of July. I note that there are 41 Bills on the "A" list. I very much welcome publication of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill and the fact that the Gender Recogni...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [15]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] In the past few years we have been witness to an extraordinary transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. This is a moral issue, but it also has practical consequences for even the most market-oriented economy. It is astonishing that, as Oxfam has pointed out in the run-up t...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [16]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] This morning, on "Morning Ireland", we heard Mr. Cian McCormack talk to representatives of the EPA and Irish Water about the latest drinking water survey, which states 121 supplies need remedial action. Let us hope Irish Water is working on this issue in order that people will s...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [16]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Cathaoirleach to give me 30 seconds more. Tests by Louth County Council indicate that the water supply for Dundalk is not yet affected, but surely it is only a matter of time before it is. As people, particularly children and young babies, are at risk owing to this co...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [17]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I support my colleague on the mortgage issue. The suggestion of a 20% deposit is certainly not fit for purpose. It is a reaction that shows an extraordinary lack of knowledge and ineptitude in the context of trying to nurture a market that is healthy and not overheating but tha...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [17]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Earlier today I had the absolute pleasure and honour of visiting Showcase: Ireland's Creative Expo in the RDS, which celebrates all Irish design. It was a truly impressive exhibition and I recommend everybody pay a visit to it in the next couple of days. It is the largest inter...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [17]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I have three questions for the Leader. Will he bring the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, to the House in order that he can let us know what progress has been made in the appointment of the lottery regulator? I do not know who it is. We were p...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [18]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] It is my personal opinion. What is the status of the public water forum? When is it to be established and when can people start applying to be on it? It is very important.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [18]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senators might agree that the next matter is a burning issue. Some of us are paying property tax from salaries or in lump sums, but we have all paid it. Exactly how much of it is going to Irish Water-----[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [18]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Fianna Fáil Senators not to answer, as we are in this position because of its-----[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [18]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [18]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I will ask the appropriate Minister to answer the question.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [19]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] We would not be looking into water meter holes, as Senator Paschal Mooney stated, if it had not been for Fianna Fáil.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [19]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator has shown her colours. She was sold a pup before Christmas.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [19]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] In common with others, I welcome the beginning of Commencement Matters. It will make us more efficient than we were when we had the former practice of engaging in Adjournment debates.
I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien on the proposal that mortgage applicants provide a 20%...
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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I do not know what they were. I very much agree with the motion tabled by Councillor McGahon which was approved by Louth County Council.
I compliment Mr. Duffy who, unfortunately, is leaving AIB. I wish him well with Clydesdale Bank. I am sure he will do an excellent job, as...
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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I second what Senator Katherine Zappone said about the conference held yesterday in Dublin Castle. The Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, expressed serious concerns that we were creating in Europe a dangerous political vacuum as a result of the economic policies being ...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [19]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Sean D. Barrett to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [20]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate the new Canadian ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Kevin Vickers, who has Cork ancestors and about whom the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament in Canada wrote to thank us. I have copied the letters to the Leader and the Cathaoirleach. They are grateful for our intere...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [20]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to speak about the proposed increase in registration fees for nurses and midwives. It is an 80% increase over two years, from €88 two years ago to a proposed €150 this year. If costs had risen as a result of legislative changes, there might be a case to be made, although...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [20]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] It is Senator Gerard P. Craughwell's intention to propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government come before the House today to discuss health and safety issues in the installation of water meters. I take the o...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [20]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot propose an amendment to the Order of Business on behalf of another Member.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [21]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am proposing the amendment and Senator Gerard P. Craughwell will second it.[Cullinane, David]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [21]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] As the Senator may not have someone to second the amendment, I am taking the opportunity to propose it in the first instance.
The other issue to which I wish to refer is the housing crisis. We raised this matter on the Order of Business on several occasions in the run-up to Ch...
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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Cullinane has asked for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Alan Kelly, to come before the House today. If the Minister is at a location 150 miles from these Houses and there is no way he can get here, does the Senator propose t...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [21]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I wish to raise an issue to which I and Senators John Whelan and Denis Landy have made reference on many previous occasions, namely, wind energy. Planning permission with conditions was granted to a particular company for a development in the south east. An issue arose afterwar...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [22]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Will the Leader convey a unanimous vote of sympathy to the remaining Charlie Hebdo staff and the families of 17 people who were murdered in Paris? It was a terrorist attack on the satirical magazine and we must clearly state this House condemns the actions of the terrorists who ...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [22]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I am. I also want the Leader to convey our sympathy to the people of France and the families involved. It is quite extraordinary that Air France purchased 20,000 copies of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [22]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Air France is an international airline and it bought 20,000 copies with the satirical depiction of Muhammad. It circulated it in the Middle East and beyond. I regard this as highly provocative.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [22]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] In this world one must be very balanced and fair in how one operates. Freedom of expression is definitely freedom of speech, but it is not to attack or debase any religion, be it Islam or Christianity. It is provocative.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [22]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I cannot understand why a company such as Air France would risk being so provocative to the extreme Islamic gunmen who are prepared to take any action required in this regard.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [23]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I congratulate Senator Catherine Noone for the courage she showed recently following a serious attack on social media. As it was not easy, I take my hat off to her. I am extremely proud to see her back in her seat today.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [23]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Unfortunately, I am at odds with my colleagues in Fianna Fáil on the 20% deposit issue, but there should be a debate in the House on the percentage requirement for the purchase of a private dwelling. There are ways around the figure of 20%, but I hope it will be kept in place.
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20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Jim D'Arcy has referred to an article which states fuel smugglers are pumping toxic waste which is linked with cancers and abnormalities in unborn babies straight into water supplies in the Republic. Toxic waste, the result of fuel laundering, is being pumped into the ma...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [23]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in extending our sympathy to the people of Paris and all of the families who lost loved ones in the Charlie Hebdo killings. It brings home very clearly to us all how vulnerable we all are. It would be appropriate for the Minister for Justice and Equality to co...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [24]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] If that is the case, we certainly need to have the meeting called for by Senator Diarmuid Wilson between the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister to sort out this issue once and for all in order that the criminality raised as an issue in the House on an ongoing basis and perp...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [24]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I call for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to come to the House at an early stage. I am not looking for him to come today, but we need an urgent debate on home ownership. It is something to which many of us aspire in our lifetime. In the past i...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [24]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to refrain from naming people in the House as they are not here to defend themselves. The Senator well knows the precedent. On top of this, there is the separation of powers.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I applaud the fact that a Supreme Court judge did, during the currency of the tribunals, point to the deficiencies and the manner in which people were not getting fair play. It is high time those involved took responsibility for their actions and they know the honourable course ...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Members of the legal profession are being paid seven times more than the legislators for sitting at these inquiries and no Government has tackled the issue.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I refer to the debate in the media during the past two weeks regarding accident and emergency departments. There is a shortage of real information on the services provided by the dedicated staff in these departments. For instance, it is projected that there will be 451,000 emer...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Yes, but it is important that we get the information across and that we have a debate on this issue.[Burke, Colm]Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] We closed our Christmas session with the water services Bill and are opening our 2015 session with quite a number of concerns about the quality of drinking water. Senator Diarmuid Wilson referred to reports on fuel smuggling and dangerous and possibly carcinogenic residues flowi...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [25]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I have often raised the issue of fuel laundering. At the time it related to the question of the number of containers of sludge being deposited on the roads of north Louth and Monaghan, but the problem has grown into something more serious. We do not know the quantity of sludge ...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [26]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] I commend my colleagues in this House who are participating in the banking inquiry. They come from all sides of the House and are doing an exceptionally good job. I also commend the economists and others who are advising and are prepared to advise the banking inquiry committee ...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [26]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien and other Senators mentioned the Central Bank's rule of having a 20% mortgage deposit. The Central Bank Bill will be brought before the House on Thursday and I know that it will deal with a specific matter. Personally, needing to have a 20% mortgage depo...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [26]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] The reduction in the number of at-risk supplies, from 141 to 121, is welcome. However, the number of people affected by boil water notices and at-risk supplies remains unacceptable. The EPA states greater investment in drinking water infrastructure is needed. That is why a sin...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [29]
20/01/2015 [Order of Business] Senator David Cullinane has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on the health and safety issues arising in the installation of water meters be taken today." Is the amendment being pr...Vol-237 Book-1 Page [29]
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