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23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re appointment of members of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission - back from committee, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; and No. 2, European Stability Mechanism (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Committ...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [131]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I believe the Minister for Health is scheduled to come into the House on 4 November next. I ask that he pays particular attention to the issue of medical cards for the over-70s and discretionary medical cards. I wish to bring to the attention of the House that between September...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [132]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should not allude to Membes who are not in the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [132]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] It is also a long-standing practice that people would respect the arms and laws of the State. I want to know - perhaps the Leader through the Taoiseach might assist on this - how many paedophiles and rapists they banished to towns and villages all over the Republic of Ireland. ...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [132]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien's comments on Maíria Cahill and the way in which Sinn Féin has been dealing with the statements made by her. I have been given a dossier on the Áine Tyrell case, information about which is in the public domain following the trial and convicti...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [132]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I express solidarity with the people and Parliament of Canada, following the invasion of the House of Parliament by a gunman yesterday. The Speaker of the Canadian Senate, Mr. Noel Kinsella, is a great friend of this country. He has called a meeting of the Senate to show terror...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [133]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Before I ask the Leader for a debate on the principal issue I wish to raise, I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien in his comments on Deputy Peadar Tóibín's interview on radio this morning. It is ironic that the Deputy should say the only way to deal with the issue is in a court ...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [134]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I hope Senator Pat O'Neill will bring this matter to the attention of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, who seems to be more involved in defence than agriculture matters.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [134]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Terry Leyden to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [135]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister had enough on his plate without taking on another portfolio. I know that Senator Pat O'Neill will have greater influence in Brussels in a few weeks' time when his and our friend will take over as Commissioner. I congratulate Mr. Hogan on his endorsement yesterday a...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [135]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Strangely enough, I received a very prompt response from RTE yesterday on the issue I had raised about our national games. It does watch what we are doing. The response was not very constructive, but we will follow up on it.
Anti-social behaviour is rife. In a research paper...
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23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Does the Senator wish to have a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [136]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] There is an undercurrent, which means that there is a need for legislators to look at the issue. After the recess I ask the Leader to request the Minister for Justice and Equality to come to the House to discuss what else we can do, as legislators, to stamp out this carry-on, wh...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [136]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I draw the attention of Members to the shambles that continues to unfold beneath our eyes in the guise of St. James's Hospital.[O'Brien, Mary Ann]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [136]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister for Health come to the House to deal with a very urgent matter which I do not believe will wait for two weeks until we are back - namely, the exact timeline for the provision of an early or expanded access programm...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [137]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Further to our debate earlier this year, I wish to note that it is hoped the terrible predicament of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria is coming closer to resolution. The papers at the weekend reported a spokesperson for Nigeria's national information centre say...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [137]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I condemn the allegations made by a number of Senators in this House that my party and my party's president, as they put it, were engaged in a cover-up of child abuse. I refute those allegations absolutely, as I did on Tuesday. I repeat that if anybody has information about abu...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [137]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, it is simply a dossier about the trial of Liam Adams which has concluded and is in the public domain.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator David Cullinane to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik seems to suggest, as do a number of other Senators in this House, that there is information in their possession in relation to a cover-up of abuse, which is simply not true. Sinn Féin as a party and the Sinn Féin president, Deputy Gerry Adams, were not involve...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator David Cullinane to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] We have had a bellyful of the Senator's false outrage on this issue in the House-----[Cullinane, David]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] It is not false outrage. I ask the Senator to withdraw that remark.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] It is false outrage. The Senator is trying to score political points.[Cullinane, David]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] It is not false outrage. How dare the Senator say that?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator is the individual who said he was disgusted with a Deputy in the Lower House who quite rightly said on the national airwaves that the way to deal with these issues was not trial by media or trial by politicians such as the Senator-----[Cullinane, David]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] He said he did not know whether he believed Maíria Cahill.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] -----but in a compassionate and the appropriate way, which is through the criminal justice system.
The point I wanted to raise was actually something I raised yesterday, which is the situation in Waterford and Carlow in respect of the proposed merger of the institutes of techno...
Vol-235 Book-3 Page [138]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator David Cullinane that anybody with information on child abuse or sexual abuse of any nature should pass it on immediately to the relevant authorities, the Garda in the South or the PSNI in the North. I hope that his party leader and his fellow party members w...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [139]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Last weekend, as a member of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I and a number of colleagues from this House, including the Leader of the House, attended a plenary with a difference. We spent Monday visiting the battlefields of Flanders in south-west Belgium, on the borde...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [139]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien in everything he said. I will not repeat it. Nobody else should be silenced by the pretext that anybody now who speaks about Maíria Cahill is playing politics. That is insulting to politics, to democracy, and to everybody. Maíria Cahill, in h...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [140]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I note that despite the fact that it does not specify on the Order Paper the Leader has indicated that No. 1 is to be taken without discussion. This is despite the fact that when I raised this matter on Tuesday the Deputy Leader said there would be discussion. I propose an amen...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [141]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I am discussing what happened yesterday. It is a very important matter because the message should go out that asylum seekers were left swinging by the vote. An inaccurate account of the Bill was given by Senator Ó Clochartaigh. He said there was no provision for travelling. I...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [141]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the pronouncement of the Taoiseach regarding the deposit necessary for first-time buyers of new homes. A deposit of 10% was always the norm, as we know. The Central Bank's recent requirement of a 20% deposit is more than excessive given current practice throughout the...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [141]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I am surprised by Senator Norris, who is usually very astute about these matters. It will become increasingly apparent to him that Sinn Féin is grooming Fine Gael for after the next election.
I agree with Senator Leyden, who referred to censorship in the media. We have all se...
Vol-235 Book-3 Page [141]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator can bring that to his representative on the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [142]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Okay. We could have an opportunity to listen to somebody who served throughout that period and has very sound views on what needs to be done.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [142]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Mooney's call for an end to the foot-dragging on the 1916 commemorations. I have mentioned this once or twice before. I read a newspaper article by historian Diarmaid Ferriter, who is on the commission, in which he declared his impatience with the Minister's t...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [142]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] -----or many of the sizeable provincial towns which used to have mayors. I ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Kelly, to come before the House and make some alterations to the Act introduced by the former Minister. If a local authority c...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [142]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I understood there was a vote. Certainly some voices said "No". It was not unanimous. This issue deserves a debate. Senator Paschal Mooney described it well when he said we must not ignore the fact that Palestine was dropping rockets into residential areas in Israel over and ...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [143]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Feargal Quinn's own clock is set for twice per year to remind us of this valuable question, which we should address properly.
I support and second the comments made by my colleague, Senator Jim Walsh, regarding the national broadcaster. After the Fr. Kevin Reynolds deb...
Vol-235 Book-3 Page [143]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien spoke about medical cards and called for a debate with the Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar, on the issue. He will be in the House on 4 November for a comprehensive debate on health matters. At least three Members asked that he come to deal with ...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [144]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] In case the Leader missed it, there is a court case in that regard.[Cullinane, David]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [144]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien referred to a drug for multiple sclerosis sufferers, while Senators Cáit Keane and John Crown spoke about the availability of a drug for hepatitis C sufferers. As I noted, the Minister will be in the House on 4 November when I am sure the Members concerne...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [144]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] The matter was debated in detail by the committee for 40 minutes.
Senator Paul Coghlan referred to reducing the deposit requirement in the case of first-time buyers to 10%. We hope to have proposals on that matter in the near future. Obviously, a requirement of 20% would be v...
Vol-235 Book-3 Page [146]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a 15-minute debate with the Minister for Health on when the drug Fampyra will be made available to those suffering from multiple sclerosis be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathao...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [147]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Crown has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Health to establish the exact time schedule for the making available of the drug Sovaldi for the treatment of hepatitis C be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[...Vol-235 Book-3 Page [147]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] I understand the Minister may be downstairs and that I will have an opportunity to speak to him. Therefore, I will not press the amendment today.[Crown, John]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [148]
23/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 1 be taken with debate." The amendment was not seconded. As a consequence-----[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-235 Book-3 Page [148]
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