Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Seanad Debates - By Date and Topics

Go to:

Show details for 27/03/202027/03/2020
Show details for 20/03/202020/03/2020
Show details for 21/01/202021/01/2020
Show details for 18/12/201918/12/2019
Show details for 17/12/201917/12/2019
Show details for 12/12/201912/12/2019
Show details for 11/12/201911/12/2019
Show details for 10/12/201910/12/2019
Show details for 05/12/201905/12/2019
Show details for 04/12/201904/12/2019
Show details for 03/12/201903/12/2019
Show details for 28/11/201928/11/2019
Show details for 27/11/201927/11/2019
Show details for 26/11/201926/11/2019
Show details for 21/11/201921/11/2019
Show details for 20/11/201920/11/2019
Show details for 19/11/201919/11/2019
Show details for 13/11/201913/11/2019
Show details for 12/11/201912/11/2019
Show details for 06/11/201906/11/2019
Show details for 05/11/201905/11/2019
Show details for 23/10/201923/10/2019
Show details for 22/10/201922/10/2019
Show details for 16/10/201916/10/2019
Show details for 15/10/201915/10/2019
Show details for 10/10/201910/10/2019
Show details for 09/10/201909/10/2019
Show details for 08/10/201908/10/2019
Show details for 03/10/201903/10/2019
Show details for 02/10/201902/10/2019
Show details for 01/10/201901/10/2019
Show details for 26/09/201926/09/2019
Show details for 25/09/201925/09/2019
Show details for 24/09/201924/09/2019
Show details for 12/07/201912/07/2019
Show details for 11/07/201911/07/2019
Show details for 10/07/201910/07/2019
Show details for 09/07/201909/07/2019
Show details for 04/07/201904/07/2019
Show details for 03/07/201903/07/2019
Show details for 02/07/201902/07/2019
Show details for 27/06/201927/06/2019
Show details for 26/06/201926/06/2019
Show details for 25/06/201925/06/2019
Show details for 20/06/201920/06/2019
Show details for 19/06/201919/06/2019
Show details for 18/06/201918/06/2019
Show details for 13/06/201913/06/2019
Show details for 12/06/201912/06/2019
Show details for 11/06/201911/06/2019
Show details for 30/05/201930/05/2019
Show details for 29/05/201929/05/2019
Show details for 28/05/201928/05/2019
Show details for 22/05/201922/05/2019
Show details for 21/05/201921/05/2019
Show details for 16/05/201916/05/2019
Show details for 15/05/201915/05/2019
Show details for 14/05/201914/05/2019
Show details for 09/05/201909/05/2019
Show details for 08/05/201908/05/2019
Show details for 18/04/201918/04/2019
Show details for 17/04/201917/04/2019
Show details for 16/04/201916/04/2019
Show details for 11/04/201911/04/2019
Show details for 10/04/201910/04/2019
Show details for 09/04/201909/04/2019
Show details for 04/04/201904/04/2019
Show details for 03/04/201903/04/2019
Show details for 02/04/201902/04/2019
Show details for 28/03/201928/03/2019
Show details for 27/03/201927/03/2019
Show details for 26/03/201926/03/2019
Show details for 14/03/201914/03/2019
Show details for 13/03/201913/03/2019
Show details for 12/03/201912/03/2019
Show details for 07/03/201907/03/2019
Show details for 06/03/201906/03/2019
Show details for 05/03/201905/03/2019
Show details for 28/02/201928/02/2019
Show details for 27/02/201927/02/2019
Show details for 26/02/201926/02/2019
Show details for 20/02/201920/02/2019
Show details for 19/02/201919/02/2019
Show details for 14/02/201914/02/2019
Show details for 13/02/201913/02/2019
Show details for 12/02/201912/02/2019
Show details for 07/02/201907/02/2019
Show details for 06/02/201906/02/2019
Show details for 05/02/201905/02/2019
Show details for 31/01/201931/01/2019
Show details for 30/01/201930/01/2019
Show details for 29/01/201929/01/2019
Show details for 24/01/201924/01/2019
Show details for 23/01/201923/01/2019
Show details for 22/01/201922/01/2019
Show details for 21/01/201921/01/2019
Show details for 20/12/201820/12/2018
Show details for 19/12/201819/12/2018
Show details for 18/12/201818/12/2018
Show details for 13/12/201813/12/2018
Show details for 12/12/201812/12/2018
Show details for 11/12/201811/12/2018
Show details for 10/12/201810/12/2018
Show details for 06/12/201806/12/2018
Show details for 05/12/201805/12/2018
Show details for 04/12/201804/12/2018
Show details for 28/11/201828/11/2018
Show details for 27/11/201827/11/2018
Show details for 22/11/201822/11/2018
Show details for 21/11/201821/11/2018
Show details for 20/11/201820/11/2018
Show details for 15/11/201815/11/2018
Show details for 14/11/201814/11/2018
Show details for 08/11/201808/11/2018
Show details for 07/11/201807/11/2018
Show details for 06/11/201806/11/2018
Show details for 24/10/201824/10/2018
Show details for 23/10/201823/10/2018
Show details for 18/10/201818/10/2018
Show details for 17/10/201817/10/2018
Show details for 16/10/201816/10/2018
Show details for 11/10/201811/10/2018
Show details for 10/10/201810/10/2018
Show details for 09/10/201809/10/2018
Show details for 04/10/201804/10/2018
Show details for 03/10/201803/10/2018
Show details for 27/09/201827/09/2018
Show details for 26/09/201826/09/2018
Show details for 25/09/201825/09/2018
Show details for 20/09/201820/09/2018
Show details for 19/09/201819/09/2018
Show details for 17/07/201817/07/2018
Show details for 12/07/201812/07/2018
Show details for 11/07/201811/07/2018
Show details for 10/07/201810/07/2018
Show details for 09/07/201809/07/2018
Show details for 05/07/201805/07/2018
Show details for 04/07/201804/07/2018
Show details for 03/07/201803/07/2018
Show details for 28/06/201828/06/2018
Show details for 27/06/201827/06/2018
Show details for 26/06/201826/06/2018
Show details for 21/06/201821/06/2018
Show details for 20/06/201820/06/2018
Show details for 19/06/201819/06/2018
Show details for 14/06/201814/06/2018
Show details for 13/06/201813/06/2018
Show details for 12/06/201812/06/2018
Show details for 30/05/201830/05/2018
Show details for 29/05/201829/05/2018
Show details for 23/05/201823/05/2018
Show details for 22/05/201822/05/2018
Show details for 17/05/201817/05/2018
Show details for 16/05/201816/05/2018
Show details for 15/05/201815/05/2018
Show details for 10/05/201810/05/2018
Show details for 09/05/201809/05/2018
Show details for 08/05/201808/05/2018
Show details for 03/05/201803/05/2018
Show details for 02/05/201802/05/2018
Show details for 01/05/201801/05/2018
Show details for 26/04/201826/04/2018
Show details for 25/04/201825/04/2018
Show details for 24/04/201824/04/2018
Show details for 19/04/201819/04/2018
Show details for 18/04/201818/04/2018
Show details for 17/04/201817/04/2018
Show details for 29/03/201829/03/2018
Show details for 28/03/201828/03/2018
Show details for 27/03/201827/03/2018
Show details for 22/03/201822/03/2018
Show details for 21/03/201821/03/2018
Show details for 08/03/201808/03/2018
Show details for 07/03/201807/03/2018
Show details for 06/03/201806/03/2018
Show details for 28/02/201828/02/2018
Show details for 27/02/201827/02/2018
Show details for 22/02/201822/02/2018
Show details for 21/02/201821/02/2018
Show details for 20/02/201820/02/2018
Show details for 15/02/201815/02/2018
Show details for 14/02/201814/02/2018
Show details for 13/02/201813/02/2018
Show details for 08/02/201808/02/2018
Show details for 07/02/201807/02/2018
Show details for 06/02/201806/02/2018
Show details for 01/02/201801/02/2018
Show details for 31/01/201831/01/2018
Show details for 30/01/201830/01/2018
Show details for 25/01/201825/01/2018
Show details for 24/01/201824/01/2018
Show details for 23/01/201823/01/2018
Show details for 17/01/201817/01/2018
Show details for 15/12/201715/12/2017
Show details for 14/12/201714/12/2017
Show details for 13/12/201713/12/2017
Show details for 12/12/201712/12/2017
Show details for 07/12/201707/12/2017
Show details for 06/12/201706/12/2017
Show details for 05/12/201705/12/2017
Show details for 30/11/201730/11/2017
Show details for 29/11/201729/11/2017
Show details for 28/11/201728/11/2017
Show details for 23/11/201723/11/2017
Show details for 22/11/201722/11/2017
Show details for 21/11/201721/11/2017
Show details for 16/11/201716/11/2017
Show details for 15/11/201715/11/2017
Show details for 14/11/201714/11/2017
Show details for 09/11/201709/11/2017
Show details for 08/11/201708/11/2017
Show details for 26/10/201726/10/2017
Show details for 25/10/201725/10/2017
Show details for 24/10/201724/10/2017
Show details for 19/10/201719/10/2017
Show details for 18/10/201718/10/2017
Show details for 17/10/201717/10/2017
Show details for 12/10/201712/10/2017
Show details for 11/10/201711/10/2017
Show details for 10/10/201710/10/2017
Show details for 04/10/201704/10/2017
Show details for 03/10/201703/10/2017
Show details for 28/09/201728/09/2017
Show details for 27/09/201727/09/2017
Show details for 26/09/201726/09/2017
Show details for 20/07/201720/07/2017
Show details for 19/07/201719/07/2017
Show details for 18/07/201718/07/2017
Show details for 13/07/201713/07/2017
Show details for 12/07/201712/07/2017
Show details for 11/07/201711/07/2017
Show details for 05/07/201705/07/2017
Show details for 04/07/201704/07/2017
Show details for 28/06/201728/06/2017
Show details for 27/06/201727/06/2017
Show details for 22/06/201722/06/2017
Show details for 21/06/201721/06/2017
Show details for 20/06/201720/06/2017
Show details for 13/06/201713/06/2017
Show details for 31/05/201731/05/2017
Show details for 30/05/201730/05/2017
Show details for 24/05/201724/05/2017
Show details for 23/05/201723/05/2017
Show details for 17/05/201717/05/2017
Show details for 16/05/201716/05/2017
Show details for 11/05/201711/05/2017
Show details for 10/05/201710/05/2017
Show details for 09/05/201709/05/2017
Show details for 13/04/201713/04/2017
Show details for 12/04/201712/04/2017
Show details for 11/04/201711/04/2017
Show details for 05/04/201705/04/2017
Show details for 04/04/201704/04/2017
Show details for 30/03/201730/03/2017
Show details for 29/03/201729/03/2017
Show details for 28/03/201728/03/2017
Show details for 22/03/201722/03/2017
Show details for 21/03/201721/03/2017
Show details for 09/03/201709/03/2017
Show details for 08/03/201708/03/2017
Show details for 07/03/201707/03/2017
Show details for 02/03/201702/03/2017
Show details for 01/03/201701/03/2017
Show details for 28/02/201728/02/2017
Show details for 23/02/201723/02/2017
Show details for 22/02/201722/02/2017
Show details for 21/02/201721/02/2017
Show details for 16/02/201716/02/2017
Show details for 15/02/201715/02/2017
Show details for 14/02/201714/02/2017
Show details for 09/02/201709/02/2017
Show details for 08/02/201708/02/2017
Show details for 07/02/201707/02/2017
Show details for 02/02/201702/02/2017
Show details for 01/02/201701/02/2017
Show details for 31/01/201731/01/2017
Show details for 26/01/201726/01/2017
Show details for 25/01/201725/01/2017
Show details for 24/01/201724/01/2017
Show details for 21/12/201621/12/2016
Show details for 20/12/201620/12/2016
Show details for 15/12/201615/12/2016
Show details for 14/12/201614/12/2016
Show details for 13/12/201613/12/2016
Show details for 08/12/201608/12/2016
Show details for 07/12/201607/12/2016
Show details for 06/12/201606/12/2016
Show details for 01/12/201601/12/2016
Show details for 30/11/201630/11/2016
Show details for 29/11/201629/11/2016
Show details for 24/11/201624/11/2016
Show details for 23/11/201623/11/2016
Show details for 22/11/201622/11/2016
Show details for 17/11/201617/11/2016
Show details for 16/11/201616/11/2016
Show details for 15/11/201615/11/2016
Show details for 10/11/201610/11/2016
Show details for 09/11/201609/11/2016
Show details for 27/10/201627/10/2016
Show details for 26/10/201626/10/2016
Show details for 25/10/201625/10/2016
Show details for 20/10/201620/10/2016
Show details for 19/10/201619/10/2016
Show details for 18/10/201618/10/2016
Show details for 13/10/201613/10/2016
Show details for 12/10/201612/10/2016
Show details for 11/10/201611/10/2016
Show details for 06/10/201606/10/2016
Show details for 05/10/201605/10/2016
Show details for 04/10/201604/10/2016
Show details for 29/09/201629/09/2016
Show details for 28/09/201628/09/2016
Show details for 21/07/201621/07/2016
Show details for 20/07/201620/07/2016
Show details for 19/07/201619/07/2016
Show details for 15/07/201615/07/2016
Show details for 14/07/201614/07/2016
Show details for 13/07/201613/07/2016
Show details for 12/07/201612/07/2016
Show details for 07/07/201607/07/2016
Show details for 06/07/201606/07/2016
Show details for 05/07/201605/07/2016
Show details for 30/06/201630/06/2016
Show details for 29/06/201629/06/2016
Show details for 28/06/201628/06/2016
Show details for 23/06/201623/06/2016
Show details for 22/06/201622/06/2016
Show details for 21/06/201621/06/2016
Show details for 16/06/201616/06/2016
Show details for 15/06/201615/06/2016
Show details for 08/06/201608/06/2016
Show details for 03/02/201603/02/2016
Show details for 02/02/201602/02/2016
Show details for 28/01/201628/01/2016
Show details for 27/01/201627/01/2016
Show details for 26/01/201626/01/2016
Show details for 21/01/201621/01/2016
Show details for 20/01/201620/01/2016
Show details for 19/01/201619/01/2016
Show details for 14/01/201614/01/2016
Show details for 13/01/201613/01/2016
Show details for 18/12/201518/12/2015
Show details for 17/12/201517/12/2015
Show details for 16/12/201516/12/2015
Show details for 15/12/201515/12/2015
Show details for 11/12/201511/12/2015
Show details for 10/12/201510/12/2015
Show details for 09/12/201509/12/2015
Show details for 08/12/201508/12/2015
Show details for 07/12/201507/12/2015
Show details for 03/12/201503/12/2015
Show details for 02/12/201502/12/2015
Show details for 01/12/201501/12/2015
Show details for 26/11/201526/11/2015
Show details for 25/11/201525/11/2015
Show details for 24/11/201524/11/2015
Show details for 19/11/201519/11/2015
Show details for 18/11/201518/11/2015
Show details for 17/11/201517/11/2015
Show details for 12/11/201512/11/2015
Show details for 11/11/201511/11/2015
Show details for 10/11/201510/11/2015
Show details for 05/11/201505/11/2015
Show details for 04/11/201504/11/2015
Show details for 03/11/201503/11/2015
Show details for 22/10/201522/10/2015
Show details for 21/10/201521/10/2015
Show details for 20/10/201520/10/2015
Show details for 14/10/201514/10/2015
Show details for 13/10/201513/10/2015
Show details for 08/10/201508/10/2015
Show details for 07/10/201507/10/2015
Show details for 06/10/201506/10/2015
Show details for 01/10/201501/10/2015
Show details for 30/09/201530/09/2015
Show details for 29/09/201529/09/2015
Show details for 24/09/201524/09/2015
Show details for 23/09/201523/09/2015
Show details for 21/07/201521/07/2015
Show details for 20/07/201520/07/2015
Show details for 17/07/201517/07/2015
Show details for 16/07/201516/07/2015
Show details for 15/07/201515/07/2015
Show details for 14/07/201514/07/2015
Show details for 09/07/201509/07/2015
Show details for 08/07/201508/07/2015
Show details for 07/07/201507/07/2015
Show details for 02/07/201502/07/2015
Show details for 01/07/201501/07/2015
Show details for 30/06/201530/06/2015
Show details for 25/06/201525/06/2015
Show details for 24/06/201524/06/2015
Show details for 23/06/201523/06/2015
Show details for 18/06/201518/06/2015
Show details for 17/06/201517/06/2015
Show details for 16/06/201516/06/2015
Show details for 11/06/201511/06/2015
Show details for 10/06/201510/06/2015
Show details for 09/06/201509/06/2015
Show details for 28/05/201528/05/2015
Show details for 27/05/201527/05/2015
Show details for 26/05/201526/05/2015
Show details for 14/05/201514/05/2015
Show details for 13/05/201513/05/2015
Show details for 12/05/201512/05/2015
Show details for 07/05/201507/05/2015
Show details for 06/05/201506/05/2015
Show details for 05/05/201505/05/2015
Show details for 30/04/201530/04/2015
Show details for 29/04/201529/04/2015
Show details for 28/04/201528/04/2015
Show details for 23/04/201523/04/2015
Show details for 22/04/201522/04/2015
Show details for 21/04/201521/04/2015
Show details for 16/04/201516/04/2015
Show details for 15/04/201515/04/2015
Show details for 02/04/201502/04/2015
Show details for 01/04/201501/04/2015
Show details for 31/03/201531/03/2015
Show details for 30/03/201530/03/2015
Show details for 27/03/201527/03/2015
Show details for 26/03/201526/03/2015
Show details for 25/03/201525/03/2015
Show details for 24/03/201524/03/2015
Show details for 11/03/201511/03/2015
Show details for 10/03/201510/03/2015
Show details for 05/03/201505/03/2015
Show details for 04/03/201504/03/2015
Show details for 03/03/201503/03/2015
Show details for 26/02/201526/02/2015
Show details for 25/02/201525/02/2015
Show details for 24/02/201524/02/2015
Show details for 19/02/201519/02/2015
Show details for 18/02/201518/02/2015
Show details for 17/02/201517/02/2015
Show details for 12/02/201512/02/2015
Show details for 11/02/201511/02/2015
Show details for 10/02/201510/02/2015
Show details for 05/02/201505/02/2015
Show details for 04/02/201504/02/2015
Show details for 03/02/201503/02/2015
Show details for 29/01/201529/01/2015
Show details for 28/01/201528/01/2015
Show details for 27/01/201527/01/2015
Show details for 22/01/201522/01/2015
Show details for 21/01/201521/01/2015
Show details for 20/01/201520/01/2015
Show details for 22/12/201422/12/2014
Show details for 19/12/201419/12/2014
Show details for 18/12/201418/12/2014
Show details for 17/12/201417/12/2014
Show details for 16/12/201416/12/2014
Show details for 15/12/201415/12/2014
Show details for 11/12/201411/12/2014
Show details for 10/12/201410/12/2014
Show details for 09/12/201409/12/2014
Show details for 04/12/201404/12/2014
Hide details for 03/12/201403/12/2014
Show details for BillsBills
Show details for Business of SeanadBusiness of Seanad
Show details for Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014
Show details for HousingHousing
Show details for MotionsMotions
Hide details for Order of BusinessOrder of Business
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the Action Plan for Jobs 2014, to be taken at 11.45 a.m. and conclude not later than 1.15 p.m., with the contributions of all Senators not to exceed six minutes and the Minister to be called on to reply not later than 1.10 p.m.; No. 2...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [45]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for outlining the business for today and particularly for allowing time to debate the motions concerning the two Standing Orders which need to be discussed.
I request we have a debate at the appropriate time - probably be in the new year - on the HIQA report ...
Vol-236 Book-2 Page [46]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for arranging a debate on the motions concerning Standing Orders 82B and 82C around the conduct of the committee of inquiry into the banking crisis. We had a long meeting of the Committee on Procedures and Privileges about that matter last night.
I offer con...
Vol-236 Book-2 Page [47]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] He cancelled a meeting with the leaders of the groups on Dublin City Council.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [47]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] -----in convening a special forum on homelessness for tomorrow.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [47]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Yes, but why? He did it because someone had died.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [47]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am not sure if colleagues in the Opposition are fully aware that the Minister has invited in the chief executive officers of the four Dublin local authorities, the Lord Mayor of Dublin City, the cathaoirligh of South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Fingal county councils and...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [47]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the statement by a Government spokesman that it is looking into the future development of the property tax as a tax base. The fear would be that at next review the property tax would be 70% more expensive than now, which would be a serious problem in a period when ther...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [48]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I note there is speculation this morning regarding renewed talks with a view to averting further industrial action by teachers over the junior certificate reforms. I would welcome any engagement on both sides and call on Dr. Pauric Travers to reconvene talks before Christmas to ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [48]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange for an urgent debate, with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, in attendance, on the crisis facing dairy farmers with the new proposals and with the abolition of quotas.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [48]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to bring to the House the Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Deputy Kevin Humphreys, in order that we can have a debate on issues that have been ongoing in recent years in terms of people's difficulty obtaining the carer's allowance. I...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [49]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom comhbhrón a dhéanamh le cairde agus muintir Jonathan Corrie, a fuarthas caillte ar an tsráid taobh amuigh anseo. Bhí sé uafásach brónach agus an-truamhéileach bheith in éineacht le cuid acu tráthnóna inné. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
I raise an issue which we ...
Vol-236 Book-2 Page [49]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with my colleague, Senator Denis O'Donovan, on the worrying report by Teagasc on the dairy industry. We must take action and call on the Minister to do all in his power to alleviate any hardship that could be caused to farmers. I also call on the new Commissioner, Mr. H...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [49]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with what Senator Ivana Bacik said on the decision by the Government yesterday to reopen the case on torture in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. I commend the Government under the former Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, former Minister for Justice, Des O'Malley an...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [50]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I support the words of Senator Terry Leyden in very much welcoming the fact that the Government has supported the opening of the inquiry into the hooded men case. It was an appalling vista and it is good that it will be addressed even at this late stage.
I ask that the Leader ...
Vol-236 Book-2 Page [50]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] As someone who many would say has a big heart, I also have a tricky heart and as I have had to use the ambulance service on a number of occasions I know that lying in bed waiting for an ambulance is not something I relish. As stated yesterday in this House, were I living in rura...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [51]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome yesterday's report on the ambulance service by the Health Information and Quality Authority, HIQA, to the Joint Committee on Health and Children. I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien that people who work in the ambulance service provide an excellent service and are ext...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [51]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Cuirim fáilte roimh scéal a fheicim sa The Meath Chronicle an tseachtain seo, ag rá go bhfuil postanna nua i gcomhlacht nua ag teacht go Baile Ghib i nGaeltacht Chontae na Mí. Nuair a bhí díospóireacht againn sa Teach seo ar an Athló maidir le dúnadh monarchan i mBaile Ghib sa b...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [52]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the Exchequer returns as further evidence of our economic recovery, one which is being seen by everybody in terms of increased footfall on our streets and in our shops. From what I have heard from many Senators, we are all feeling it a little in our pockets in terms of...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [52]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I agree entirely with Senator Paul Coghlan's remarks about the Exchequer returns, behind which is another figure that is even more promising, namely, the competitiveness figures which indicate that Ireland has become much more competitive. That we allowed our costs to get out of...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [52]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the National Roads Authority's minor works scheme for next year. I am particularly pleased to see that a further section of the busy Barronstown-Hackballscross N53 has been included. It is substandard in several places. This work will ameliorate one of those sections...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator Terry Leyden's comments on RTE, which has done the nation and human rights a great service. Its investigation into torture in Northern Ireland was meticulous. Without that work, the torture would have been forgotten. It is important that no state can feel...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] A great deal of pious angst has recently been expressed in the Chamber about homelessness, which is a significant problem. The recent events that occurred close to this House demonstrated the urgency of the situation. It might be more relevant to make my next point during our d...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] It was in the context of the property tax. That is quite unfair.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] When I hear the expressions on what is a dreadful situation, I am thoroughly disgusted by parties' hypocrisy and point scoring in this House.[Gilroy, John]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] When they have an opportunity to do something about it, they do not. They prefer to score political points.[Gilroy, John]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy's colleague is the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Alan Kelly, who is responsible for the budget.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [53]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] At October's meeting of Fingal County Council, the same decision was taken. When the Labour Party proposed to reduce property tax to 10% from 15% and to make approximately €2 million available to tackle the homelessness crisis, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil voted against it. Their ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] It has to do with tackling the crisis of homelessness.[Gilroy, John]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil want to give a few pounds to the middle class for electoral advantage. When they have an opportunity to do something about a real crisis, they do nothing. It is as simple as that.[Gilroy, John]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator John Gilroy's comments. The same point was eloquently made on radio by Councillor Dermot Lacey yesterday. People have operated a populist position on property charges which has perhaps resulted in services not being delivered.
I wish to discuss the issue...
Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Last weekend I attended the official opening of a heritage centre in the village of Kiltyclogher in north Leitrim, close to the home of the Irish patriot Seán Mac Diarmada. The centre was initiated by the local community council and funded by Leitrim County Council and the peace...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [54]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy speaking a few days ago pierced people's hearts when she said that 800 children in Ireland were made homeless in the first ten months of the year and that in November, 45 families had lost their homes. Speaking on this issue she said that the Government, i...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [55]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on the foreign aid we provide, mentioned by Senator Michael Mullins. The recently published OECD report on foreign aid stated that all of the €600 million a year spent on foreign aid is borrowed and paid for by the taxpayer. Approximately 75% of that money a...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [55]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] We have a poverty crisis in every constituency in the country. We can blame whomever we like for that poverty. The Government has a responsibility to defend the rights of every citizen and not just the rich and the bankers. We should have a debate on where that money is spent ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [56]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] We need to clamp down on the issue immediately. Willy-nilly people inside and outside the State are carrying out private surveillance on citizens for reasons best known to banks, perhaps Departments and insurance companies. It is disgraceful behaviour in any democracy.[Ó Domhna...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [56]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I acknowledge the co-operation of my friend and colleague, Senator Rónán Mullen, for allowing me to speak first in order that he can second my amendment to the Order of Business. I propose that the Minister for Health or the Minister of State at the Department of Health come to ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [56]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am very happy to second Senator John Crown's amendment. He has expressed the issue of urgency very clearly.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [57]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] It might be more appropriate to raise that issue on the Adjournment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [57]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am asking for the Minister to come to the House because if there was any commercial connection, whether as a consultant at any stage or whatever, between any member of senior management of those hospitals and the company that received the contract, it would raise serious issues...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [57]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] At the very least, it seems that there would have to be a suspension of the appointment until there was full clarity that nothing inappropriate has taken place. I ask the Leader to bring the Minister here. I would be delighted if he would address Senator John Crown's serious is...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [58]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I am seconding Senator John Crown's amendment and asking the Leader if the Minister for Health could come to the House to discuss the serious issue I have raised.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [58]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] I support the previous interventions of Senators John Crown and Rónán Mullen. Both have raised matters of profound importance. The purpose of politics and of the Houses of the Oireachtas is to discuss such matters in a timely fashion, not once the horse has bolted. I hope the ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [58]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senators Darragh O'Brien, Sean D. Barrett, Gerard P. Craughwell and Colm Burke spoke about the ambulance service and HIQA's report. We can certainly try to have a debate on the issue. There was a comprehensive debate on the subject at the joint Oireachtas committee yesterday an...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [58]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator also referred to housing density. This is a matter we should discuss with the Minister of State with responsibility for housing. I will try to arrange a debate on the overall housing sector which could contemplate the issue of rent controls, to which Senator Gerard ...Vol-236 Book-2 Page [59]
03/12/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Crown has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Health on the adequacy of resourcing for obstetrical care in maternity hospitals be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-236 Book-2 Page [60]
Show details for StatementsStatements
Show details for 02/12/201402/12/2014
Show details for 27/11/201427/11/2014
Show details for 26/11/201426/11/2014
Show details for 25/11/201425/11/2014
Show details for 20/11/201420/11/2014
Show details for 19/11/201419/11/2014
Show details for 18/11/201418/11/2014
Show details for 13/11/201413/11/2014
Show details for 12/11/201412/11/2014
Show details for 11/11/201411/11/2014
Show details for 06/11/201406/11/2014
Show details for 05/11/201405/11/2014
Show details for 04/11/201404/11/2014
Show details for 23/10/201423/10/2014
Show details for 22/10/201422/10/2014
Show details for 21/10/201421/10/2014
Show details for 16/10/201416/10/2014
Show details for 15/10/201415/10/2014
Show details for 14/10/201414/10/2014
Show details for 09/10/201409/10/2014
Show details for 08/10/201408/10/2014
Show details for 07/10/201407/10/2014
Show details for 02/10/201402/10/2014
Show details for 01/10/201401/10/2014
Show details for 30/09/201430/09/2014
Show details for 25/09/201425/09/2014
Show details for 24/09/201424/09/2014
Show details for 23/09/201423/09/2014
Show details for 18/09/201418/09/2014
Show details for 17/09/201417/09/2014
Show details for 31/07/201431/07/2014
Show details for 17/07/201417/07/2014
Show details for 16/07/201416/07/2014
Show details for 15/07/201415/07/2014
Show details for 10/07/201410/07/2014
Show details for 09/07/201409/07/2014
Show details for 08/07/201408/07/2014
Show details for 03/07/201403/07/2014
Show details for 02/07/201402/07/2014
Show details for 01/07/201401/07/2014
Show details for 26/06/201426/06/2014
Show details for 25/06/201425/06/2014
Show details for 24/06/201424/06/2014
Show details for 19/06/201419/06/2014
Show details for 18/06/201418/06/2014
Show details for 17/06/201417/06/2014
Show details for 12/06/201412/06/2014
Show details for 11/06/201411/06/2014
Show details for 10/06/201410/06/2014
Show details for 05/06/201405/06/2014
Show details for 04/06/201404/06/2014
Show details for 29/05/201429/05/2014
Show details for 28/05/201428/05/2014
Show details for 27/05/201427/05/2014
Show details for 15/05/201415/05/2014
Show details for 14/05/201414/05/2014
Show details for 13/05/201413/05/2014
Show details for 08/05/201408/05/2014
Show details for 07/05/201407/05/2014
Show details for 17/04/201417/04/2014
Show details for 16/04/201416/04/2014
Show details for 15/04/201415/04/2014
Show details for 10/04/201410/04/2014
Show details for 09/04/201409/04/2014
Show details for 08/04/201408/04/2014
Show details for 03/04/201403/04/2014
Show details for 02/04/201402/04/2014
Show details for 01/04/201401/04/2014
Show details for 26/03/201426/03/2014
Show details for 12/03/201412/03/2014
Show details for 11/03/201411/03/2014
Show details for 06/03/201406/03/2014
Show details for 05/03/201405/03/2014
Show details for 04/03/201404/03/2014
Show details for 27/02/201427/02/2014
Show details for 26/02/201426/02/2014
Show details for 25/02/201425/02/2014
Show details for 20/02/201420/02/2014
Show details for 19/02/201419/02/2014
Show details for 18/02/201418/02/2014
Show details for 12/02/201412/02/2014
Show details for 11/02/201411/02/2014
Show details for 05/02/201405/02/2014
Show details for 04/02/201404/02/2014
Show details for 30/01/201430/01/2014
Show details for 29/01/201429/01/2014
Show details for 28/01/201428/01/2014
Show details for 23/01/201423/01/2014
Show details for 22/01/201422/01/2014
Show details for 21/01/201421/01/2014
Show details for 16/01/201416/01/2014
Show details for 15/01/201415/01/2014
Show details for 20/12/201320/12/2013
Show details for 19/12/201319/12/2013
Show details for 18/12/201318/12/2013
Show details for 17/12/201317/12/2013
Show details for 16/12/201316/12/2013
Show details for 12/12/201312/12/2013
Show details for 11/12/201311/12/2013
Show details for 10/12/201310/12/2013
Show details for 05/12/201305/12/2013
Show details for 04/12/201304/12/2013
Show details for 03/12/201303/12/2013
Show details for 28/11/201328/11/2013
Show details for 27/11/201327/11/2013
Show details for 26/11/201326/11/2013
Show details for 20/11/201320/11/2013
Show details for 19/11/201319/11/2013
Show details for 14/11/201314/11/2013
Show details for 13/11/201313/11/2013
Show details for 12/11/201312/11/2013
Show details for 07/11/201307/11/2013
Show details for 06/11/201306/11/2013
Show details for 05/11/201305/11/2013
Show details for 24/10/201324/10/2013
Show details for 23/10/201323/10/2013
Show details for 22/10/201322/10/2013
Show details for 17/10/201317/10/2013
Show details for 16/10/201316/10/2013
Show details for 15/10/201315/10/2013
Show details for 09/10/201309/10/2013
Show details for 08/10/201308/10/2013
Show details for 03/10/201303/10/2013
Show details for 02/10/201302/10/2013
Show details for 01/10/201301/10/2013
Show details for 26/09/201326/09/2013
Show details for 25/09/201325/09/2013
Show details for 24/09/201324/09/2013
Show details for 19/09/201319/09/2013
Show details for 18/09/201318/09/2013
Show details for 20/08/201320/08/2013
Show details for 24/07/201324/07/2013
Show details for 23/07/201323/07/2013
Show details for 22/07/201322/07/2013
Show details for 19/07/201319/07/2013
Show details for 18/07/201318/07/2013
Show details for 17/07/201317/07/2013
Show details for 16/07/201316/07/2013
Show details for 15/07/201315/07/2013
Show details for 12/07/201312/07/2013
Show details for 11/07/201311/07/2013
Show details for 10/07/201310/07/2013
Show details for 09/07/201309/07/2013
Show details for 04/07/201304/07/2013
Show details for 03/07/201303/07/2013
Show details for 02/07/201302/07/2013
Show details for 27/06/201327/06/2013
Show details for 26/06/201326/06/2013
Show details for 25/06/201325/06/2013
Show details for 20/06/201320/06/2013
Show details for 19/06/201319/06/2013
Show details for 18/06/201318/06/2013
Show details for 13/06/201313/06/2013
Show details for 12/06/201312/06/2013
Show details for 11/06/201311/06/2013
Show details for 30/05/201330/05/2013
Show details for 29/05/201329/05/2013
Show details for 28/05/201328/05/2013
Show details for 23/05/201323/05/2013
Show details for 22/05/201322/05/2013
Show details for 16/05/201316/05/2013
Show details for 15/05/201315/05/2013
Show details for 14/05/201314/05/2013
Show details for 09/05/201309/05/2013
Show details for 08/05/201308/05/2013
Show details for 07/05/201307/05/2013
Show details for 02/05/201302/05/2013
Show details for 01/05/201301/05/2013
Show details for 30/04/201330/04/2013
Show details for 25/04/201325/04/2013
Show details for 24/04/201324/04/2013
Show details for 23/04/201323/04/2013
Show details for 18/04/201318/04/2013
Show details for 17/04/201317/04/2013
Show details for 28/03/201328/03/2013
Show details for 27/03/201327/03/2013
Show details for 26/03/201326/03/2013
Show details for 21/03/201321/03/2013
Show details for 20/03/201320/03/2013
Show details for 14/03/201314/03/2013
Show details for 13/03/201313/03/2013
Show details for 12/03/201312/03/2013
Show details for 07/03/201307/03/2013
Show details for 06/03/201306/03/2013
Show details for 05/03/201305/03/2013
Show details for 28/02/201328/02/2013
Show details for 27/02/201327/02/2013
Show details for 26/02/201326/02/2013
Show details for 21/02/201321/02/2013
Show details for 20/02/201320/02/2013
Show details for 19/02/201319/02/2013
Show details for 14/02/201314/02/2013
Show details for 13/02/201313/02/2013
Show details for 12/02/201312/02/2013
Show details for 07/02/201307/02/2013
Show details for 06/02/201306/02/2013
Show details for 05/02/201305/02/2013
Show details for 31/01/201331/01/2013
Show details for 30/01/201330/01/2013
Show details for 29/01/201329/01/2013
Show details for 24/01/201324/01/2013
Show details for 23/01/201323/01/2013
Show details for 22/01/201322/01/2013
Show details for 20/12/201220/12/2012
Show details for 19/12/201219/12/2012
Show details for 18/12/201218/12/2012
Show details for 13/12/201213/12/2012
Show details for 12/12/201212/12/2012
Show details for 11/12/201211/12/2012
Show details for 06/12/201206/12/2012
Show details for 05/12/201205/12/2012
Show details for 04/12/201204/12/2012
Show details for 30/11/201230/11/2012
Show details for 29/11/201229/11/2012
Show details for 28/11/201228/11/2012
Show details for 27/11/201227/11/2012
Show details for 22/11/201222/11/2012
Show details for 21/11/201221/11/2012
Show details for 20/11/201220/11/2012
Show details for 15/11/201215/11/2012
Show details for 14/11/201214/11/2012
Show details for 13/11/201213/11/2012
Show details for 08/11/201208/11/2012
Show details for 07/11/201207/11/2012
Show details for 25/10/201225/10/2012
Show details for 24/10/201224/10/2012
Show details for 23/10/201223/10/2012
Show details for 18/10/201218/10/2012
Show details for 17/10/201217/10/2012
Show details for 16/10/201216/10/2012
Show details for 11/10/201211/10/2012
Show details for 10/10/201210/10/2012
Show details for 09/10/201209/10/2012
Show details for 04/10/201204/10/2012
Show details for 03/10/201203/10/2012
Show details for 02/10/201202/10/2012
Show details for 27/09/201227/09/2012
Show details for 26/09/201226/09/2012
Show details for 25/09/201225/09/2012
Show details for 20/09/201220/09/2012
Show details for 19/09/201219/09/2012