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10/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Finance Bill 2014 - Committee Stage, to be taken at 11.45 p.m. and to be adjourned no later than 3 p.m. if not previously concluded; No. 2, statements on sustainable farming and the dairy pricing outlook, to be taken at 3.30 p.m. with the contribut...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [208]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure I speak for everyone who would like to express their disgust and dismay on the scenes we saw last night with regard to Áras Attracta in Swinford. Obviously, it will take some time for the Government to respond. I see the HSE has made a comment already, but there is a ...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [208]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien that everyone will want to express their disgust and horror at the revelations on the "Prime Time" programme last night. While they were flagged in advance and we knew what would be in the programme, watching the scenes on the hidden camera w...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [209]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] We are all shocked by last night’s “Prime Time” programme. It will be very hard to consider anything else while that is clearly in our minds. It is a reminder of what responsibilities we have. Senator Zappone has just touched on the legislation that we pass here, whether it is...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [211]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I also join with colleagues in expressing revulsion at the revelations in last night’s RTE programme about Áras Attracta. Yet again, we have an example of what can only be described as institutional abuse. Our history of abuse in institutional settings is a very depressing one,...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [211]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I want to lend my voice in condemning the appalling contents of the programme we saw last night. It indicates man’s inhumanity to his fellow man. It is hard to believe that after the debates we had for many years on the Leas Cross nursing home, something similar could happen ag...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [212]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I second Senator Darragh O’Brien’s amendment to the Order of Business.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [212]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I add my voice in condemning the appalling and disgusting behaviour towards and treatment of residents at Áras Attracta. It is only a year and a half ago that the Seanad discussed similar abuse in child care facilities. It is terrible that we have to hear what is going on in ou...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [212]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] As the Leader will know, Right2Water is organising a national rally today outside Leinster House. Preparations are being made for it, as any of us who came into the building from either entrance this morning have seen. A big crowd is expected. People are travelling from every ...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [213]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine that €20 million will be spent on the agri-food research and forestry industries. This is very important. Up to 300,000 people are employed at the moment in the agri-food industry and this will crea...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [213]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I do not know where to start in discussing last night. On a personal note, because I have a son who often uses respite services in a residential unit, I felt it very deeply, as did many of the parents who contacted me last night. It is sickening to think that our most vulnerabl...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [213]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I call for the Minister for Health, Deputy Varadkar, to come to the House to discuss the "Prime Time" programme last night, to tell us what will happen and to have an independent inquiry into what happened. I came to the Seanad three years ago-----[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [214]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] -----saying that I would do something for disability. I could not walk out of here today and say I was doing the job if I was not calling for this today.[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [214]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] It is important that the facts of the report last night are fully investigated. One of the things the report highlights is the lack of checks and balances. That is what we need in every system. It appears not only that the facility is falling down in the provision of services ...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [214]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] Like so many of my colleagues here today I want to express my absolute horror at what happened at Áras Attracta in County Mayo. I am shocked, horrified and embarrassed at what I watched on "Prime Time" last night. I commend Paul Maguire and his investigation team from "Prime Ti...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [215]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I hope Senator Higgins is wrong when she says that nobody can be prosecuted as a result of what we saw on television last night. The people who ill treated the residents and perpetrated the type of crimes we saw last night should face the full rigour of the law.
It is particul...
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10/12/2014 [Order of Business] The vast majority of Members who have spoken this morning have spoken on the Áras Attracta case which we saw on our television screens last evening. Everybody who saw the programme was shocked. It is totally unacceptable that vulnerable people should be treated in such a cruel ...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I wish to make a point of order and apologise for interrupting the Leader. Was the proposed amendment to the Order of Business seconded?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I do not know whether the Leader can accept the amendment. I seek guidance from the Cathaoirleach on the matter as I tabled the amendment.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] That is fine. We will try to have the Minister of State, Deputy Lynch, attend at another time, in early course, because it is necessary that we have clarification on what is happening now.
Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business which relates...
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10/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister, Deputy Donohoe, came here and gave a very comprehensive reply.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister is quite willing to come here again. I accept the amendment to the Order of Business which means we will have statements on the Government's stance at the Aer Lingus AGM from 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. today. I accede to the Senator's request and thank the Minister again....Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am grateful to the Leader. I wish to clarify that the EGM starts at 2 p.m.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [216]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I cannot debate the matter any sooner than I have outlined and we have ordered the business accordingly.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [217]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am not disputing that fact. The Government could have voted by the time we take statements.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [217]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I appreciate that but I am trying to discuss the timing of statements.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [217]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] We can talk. We have tabled a discussion of the Finance Bill. The 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. slot is free and I have asked the Minister to attend. He is willing to come in to explain the matter. Does the Senator want to amend the Order of Business or not?[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [217]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I do. I am trying to help matters by stating that the EGM will start at 2 o'clock so the Government could have voted. I gratefully accept the adoption of my amendment and thank the Leader.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [217]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I amend the Order of Business to indicate that we will have the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport here at 3 o'clock.
Senator Bacik, and indeed all Senators, have made very good contributions and outlined their personal, family and other circumstances in regard to the ...
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10/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to establish how the Government will vote on the pension restructuring at the annual general meeting of Aer Lingus today be taken today." ...Vol-236 Book-5 Page [218]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Leader has indicated that he is prepared to accept the amendment and that 30 minutes will be provided for the statements. Is it agreed that the statements will be taken from 3 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.? Agreed?
Senator Mary Moran moved an amendment to the Order of Business, "That...
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10/12/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I want to express my disappointment that nobody would second the amendment to have people in for this debate.[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [218]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] I find it abhorrent that nobody would second the amendment-----[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] -----that would have allowed a debate on the cruelty and inhumanity that went on last night.[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] No. I find that abhorrent. We are all great at coming in here and making our points but when it comes to actually putting one's money where one's mouth is-----[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] -----nobody would second the amendment. That debate should go ahead today if we are worth anything in this House.[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] We could not second it. The Senator's own colleagues did not second it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] You give out about everything but you would not even support a non-political amendment such as that. It is appalling.[Moran, Mary]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] We had spoken already and the Senator's own colleagues were up next.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
10/12/2014 [Order of Business] Her own colleagues did not second it. We could not. We had spoken already.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-5 Page [219]
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