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13/11/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on commemoration planning, to be taken at 12.30 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [509]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Yesterday, on the Order of Business, I referred to the move towards a compromise between the Minister for Education and Skills and the teachers' unions. It seemed that common sense had prevailed. However, overnight, the teachers' unions, specifically the Teachers Union of Irela...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [509]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I more than broadly agree with the various contributions of Senator Paschal Mooney on the junior cycle reform programme. I hope a desirable compromise will be achieved. I note what was said, it was interesting and I look forward to the Deputy Leader's response in regard to whet...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [510]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] ----- or so he was known. There will be nights in Killarney. There is the humanitarian award on Saturday night and a function also on Sunday. All are very welcome.
It is welcome that it now looks likely, thanks be to God, that the Central Bank might ease the 20% deposit requ...
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13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Deputy Leader if we could have a debate on the rules that Senator Paul Coghlan has just described. It is stated in the Nyberg report that had we had those rules on a 20% deposit and three and a half times income, the banks would have saved €62 billion. That is virtual...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [511]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] In the opinion polls this morning, the question "Should Kerry go it alone?" has a strong majority in favour.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [511]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I understand island status is already in place in Valentia, the Blasket Islands, the Skelligs and so on. Of course, we would miss Senators Ned O'Sullivan, Marie Moloney, Mark Daly and Senator Paul Coghlan himself. However, would the right side of this not be that the other 31 c...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [511]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am delighted to have attended the launch yesterday evening of the 2016 commemorations in the GPO. I look forward to Seán Mac Diarmada's birthplace in Kiltyclogher, County Leitrim, and the cottage becoming a major tourism attraction. It is in really good condition as, I suppose...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [511]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I wish to move the Seanad a little away from parochial issues to look to the stars and mention Laurence O'Rourke from County Westmeath, one of the joint leaders of the Rosetta project. He is one of the two scientists coordinating the Rosetta mission at the European Space Astrono...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [512]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] This is something historic which has been ten years in the making, as the probe has made a 4 billion mile journey through the solar system. It is a great success story and nice that an Irish scientist is involved. That is why I would like to recognise him in the Seanad and us t...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [512]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Like others, I welcome the launch of the 2016 commemoration ceremonies programme which took place yesterday in the GPO. It is fitting that the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is coming to the House today and in his absence I thank the Leader for facilitating th...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [512]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] May we have a debate on the resourcing of the health service, in particular, diabetes services throughout the country? Tomorrow is World Diabetes Day. I ask for the support of the House in seeking resources for the north west region where, for the first time, insulin pump thera...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [512]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am calling for a debate on our financial regulations in the light of an issue brought to my attention by a constituent recently. A lady contacted me about the fact that her mortgage with Bank of Scotland had been sold to a private equity firm, Lone Star. The concerns she expr...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [513]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I want to address the issue of teachers as addressed by Senator Paschal Mooney. We are at a very delicate stage in negotiations between both sides which have moved a considerable distance such that not a lot divides them. I would hate anything to be said by anybody at this stag...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [513]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] We have not had a debate in the House for some time on the issue of local authority housing and its future. We need a discussion on this issue. Many people whose economic circumstances have changed would be prepared to purchase their houses from the local authority, but there i...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [514]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Bhí díospóireacht an-mhaith againn anseo inné ar chúrsaí iascaireachta. Fáiltím roimhe sin, ach tá neart eile fós le rá faoin ábhar sin.
I concur with fellow Senators who have spoken about the space mission and the brilliance of being able to land a probe on a comet that is hu...
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13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with much of what was said by Senator Gerard P. Craughwell about mortgages. We all understand the situation he outlined. Those of us who are a little advanced in years recall the torture we had to go through to secure a loan for a home years ago. We need to ensure we h...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [515]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am privileged to have been appointed by Deputy Micheál Martin to the Taoiseach's 2016 commemoration committee. Because of illness, I was unable to attend many of the committee's meetings last year. However, I am now reinvigorated. We had a meeting last week, and last night o...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [515]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I do not know if we have had a debate in recent times on post offices around the country. Post offices are facing serious threats. It is reported that An Post sent a letter to postmasters - I do not think it was published - indicating that the distribution of dole payments thro...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [516]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I echo Senator Feargal Quinn's hopes that the working group on Seanad reform will be productive. My own sense is that it should comprise people who are committed Seanad reformers and have spoken, acted, written and theorised on the issue. It should not include anybody who advoc...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [516]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Crown to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [517]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan is impeding Senator John Crown's flow of speech.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [517]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Several articles in the newspapers today refer to the issue of clinical genetics, an issue I have previously highlighted in the House. I ask the Deputy Leader to request the Minister for Health or one of the Ministers of State at the Department of Health to give his or her speci...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [517]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] In the light of the fact that the talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the planned new junior cycle collapsed after the Teachers Union of Ireland rejected a compromise offer from the Minister for Education and Skills, it is appropriate to reconsider the issue of junior certi...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [517]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Deputy Leader to arrange for the Minister for Finance to attend the House at an early opportunity for a debate on NAMA. This matter has been raised on a number of occasions, but recent reports give rise to a great deal of concern. The Minister has been anxious to put ...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [518]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney referred to the talks on junior cycle reform between the teacher unions and the Minister for Education and Skills. It is a matter of regret to us all that the talks have not led to a resolution of the differences of opinion on this issue. I agree with Sen...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [518]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] In countries such as Scotland, Finland, Australia and New Zealand where we see high-performing school systems state examinations at the end of junior cycle have either been abolished or replaced with the type of sensible combination of examinations and course work the Minister is...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [519]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Members should allow the Deputy Leader to respond without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [519]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am setting out the actual nature of the reforms being proposed. Under the system proposed by the Minister, 60% of the marks in the junior cycle will be allocated on the basis of an examination at the end of third year. In other words, the majority of the marks will still be g...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [519]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] The Deputy Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Senators raised a number of straightforward points, but the Deputy Leader has gone into excruciating detail in her reply.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] To be fair, the issue was raised by several colleagues and is a source of genuine concern.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am not suggesting it is not, but the Deputy Leader is taking a platform to speak about developments in education in the past 20 years.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] This House has a strong record on education issues, with six Senators representing university constituencies.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] When the Deputy Leader uses Scotland as an example, she should be aware that schools there pulled out of the system.[Craughwell, Gerard P.]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] We are not opening a debate on the issue. Members will have other opportunities to discuss the changes proposed in the junior cycle.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] The Deputy Leader has invited debate on the issue.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] We have had a debate in the House on junior cycle reforms and it would be useful to have another in view of the level of interest expressed in the issue.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I only asked the Deputy Leader to urge the Minister to work with the teacher unions to resolve the issue.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should allow the Deputy Leader to continue.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I was seeking to respond to all of the points raised by colleagues, not all of which corresponded with what Senator Paschal Mooney had said.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] All of the questions asked were specifically about assessment.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [520]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] To respond specifically to the Senator's question, of course, I will appeal to the unions and the Minister to work together. My intention in responding was to avoid repeating myself and ensure I covered all of the points raised by Members.
Senator Paschal Mooney also referred ...
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13/11/2014 [Order of Business] One cannot represent the leaving certificate oral examination as an internal exam. It is external and objective, which is what we need.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [523]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure the debate will roll on. It is only a proposal.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-9 Page [524]
13/11/2014 [Order of Business] I have given a very full response on it.
Senator Jim Walsh called on the Minister for Finance to come to the House in order that we might have a very broad debate with him. The Senator has raised a different issue about NAMA and the moneys to be recouped by the taxpayer from...
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13/11/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Alan Kelly, on the approach to small local authorities and, in particular, his purported intention to abolish Sl...Vol-235 Book-9 Page [524]
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