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14/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on budget 2015, to be taken at 4 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes each and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes each, and the Minister to be called on to reply to the debat...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [773]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Fianna Fáil Senators, I formally welcome the newly-elected Senator, Gerard Craughwell, to the Seanad. It is a momentous day for him and a proud day for his family, the members of which are present for him. Like all colleagues across the House, I look forward to...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [773]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join others in welcoming the new Senator, Gerard Craughwell, to the House. He will bring a particular expertise in education and I look forward to his participation in debates on education legislation and statements on education.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [774]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I warmly welcome Senator Gerard Craughwell to the House. I have no doubt that my colleagues in the Independent group of Taoiseach's nominees would like to extend a warm welcome to him. We look forward to working with him in a constructive atmosphere that I hope we can embody he...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [774]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join in the words of congratulations and welcome extended to Senator Craughwell, our new Senator. His election is a cumulation of a hectic few weeks. I also welcome his wife and son to the Chamber today. He is another man with Galway connections so there is no doubt he will ...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [775]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I take great pleasure in welcoming the new Senator Craughwell to Seanad Éireann. It was a remarkable victory. Mr. Craughwell, as he was then, contacted me in advance of the election and we had a very good discussion. I indicated that Independents do not normally support candid...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [775]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Like others, I warmly welcome our new colleague, Senator Craughwell. If my maths are correct, we have a situation now where in excess of 10% of this House has Galway connections. Seven of the 60 Senators have Galway connections.[Conway, Martin]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [776]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I would like to join in the very warm welcome to Senator Gerard Craughwell on his membership of Seanad Éireann and to welcome him to this House. I congratulate him, his wife Helen, his son David and his daughter Rebecca on this great achievement for the family. Senator Craughwe...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I remind the Senator that this is not a party political broadcast.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Let me say this. He played a very important role in the constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim and the other constituency. I can assure the House that I have never come across a more popular leader in Fianna Fáil in my time and I have served under five or six of them.[Leyden, T...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Deputy Martin will be glad to hear that. He will put Senator Leyden on a list.[Conway, Martin]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] If anyone has any doubts about his continued leadership of the Fianna Fáil Party, he is going to lead us into the next election and will be successful then.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the new Senator, Senator Craughwell to the House and welcome the disproportionate representation that the west now seems to have in the Seanad - I believe it is a good thing. In the last days I have expressed concern that RTE is going to get rid of the long wave servic...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [777]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join with others in welcoming our new colleague and wish him every success in his endeavours here in the coming months and years. It is with great dismay that I note the Taoiseach's ongoing contempt for this House continues.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [778]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome Senator Craughwell and congratulate him on his election to the Seanad. I wish him every success during his tenure and I look forward to working with him. It is a great honour for him and his family and I wish him every success.[Naughton, Hildegarde]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [778]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome Senator Craughwell to Leinster House. JFK used a quotation from Lord Edward Fitzgerald that: "Leinster House does not inspire the brightest ideas". That is wrong. It will inspire the brightest ideas and I hope he will enjoy and learn from it as much as I have.
I co...
Vol-234 Book-12 Page [778]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Now, with the two systems being combined it will catch those who did not pay their taxes, those with enough tax lawyers and accountants, but we cannot neglect the fact that the majority were tax compliant. We are dealing with an organisation, Irish Water, which as John FitzGeral...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [778]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Irish Water needs to be reformed. I wish the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, every success in accomplishing that task.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [779]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I would like to welcome Senator Craughwell to the House and extend many congratulations to him. I am glad the second preference I gave him made a difference in the end.[Cullinane, David]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [779]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I do not doubt that he will be an independent voice in this Chamber. I am sure he will be on the right side when important votes are taken on issues that have an impact on people. Fair play to Senator Craughwell on his election.
On three occasions over the last two weeks, I h...
Vol-234 Book-12 Page [779]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] The vast majority of the 100,000 people who were out on the streets on Saturday cannot afford to pay these water charges. On each of the three occasions in recent weeks on which I have asked the Leader to arrange a debate on this matter, I have put it to him that 180,000 familie...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [780]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] The former Minister of State who set up Irish Water, with whom Senators on this side of the House argued for almost 16 hours, now agrees with us that the whole thing is a disaster. The Government needs to wake up and listen. It got a wake-up call in the two by-elections. It go...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [780]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I wish him well. By way of advice, as the Fianna Fáil Whip I had a conversation with the Government Whip, Senator Paul Coghlan. The voting system can be confusing for those of us who have been here for a while, and we agreed that perhaps for the first year or so Senator Craughw...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [780]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I remind Members to be brief as the budget will be introduced in the other House and most of us want to attend.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [781]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join with my colleagues in welcoming our new colleague, Senator Craughwell, to the House. I welcome his family to the Distinguished Visitors Gallery. Everybody is talking about the west of Ireland connection. I hope we will all work together to deliver for all of the country...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [781]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome Senator Craughwell to the House. He made a very interesting election for us. It is not often that we have by-elections for this House but he certainly made it very interesting. I congratulate Senator Craughwell and look forward to a long and fruitful period serving w...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [781]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] One career guidance teacher for 500 kids is pie in the sky. It is not possible to sustain that.
Will the Leader ask the Minister for Defence, Deputy Coveney, to come to the House to discuss the Ebola crisis? It is growing more worrying by the day. We need to know that we are...
Vol-234 Book-12 Page [782]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I congratulate our new colleague, Senator Craughwell, and wish him well in his term here. I also congratulate his family, who are justifiably proud of his great achievement. He showed great courage in contesting an election which 90% of the public expected to be a foregone conc...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [783]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues in wishing Senator Craughwell well and I congratulate him. Senator O'Sullivan summed it up very well in that at the outset of this campaign, the general public and certainly those of us in the political system would have seen Senator Craughwell's nomination ...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [783]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Last but by no means least, I call Senator Craughwell, who is more than welcome to make a contribution.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [783]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Tá an-áthas orm a bheith sa Teach seo inniu. Gabhaim míle buíochas le gach duine. I am extremely proud to be here. I did not expect to speak today and thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach for the opportunity. Now that I am on my feet, I could not let the day go by without doing so. ...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [783]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Before I call the Leader, I wish Senator Craughwell good luck in this House. I am quite sure he will make a noble contribution and I wish his wife, Helen, and his son, the very best. It is a very auspicious and great occasion for him and his family and I hope he will enjoy the ...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [783]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] I join with the Leas-Chathaoirleach and all the Members of the House who have welcomed Senator Craughwell. We all look forward to working together for the benefit of the country. I wish him, his wife and his family every success over the coming years. Senator Craughwell was el...Vol-234 Book-12 Page [784]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Cullinane gave me a copy of his party's budget proposals last week, which I read with interest, but if I was buying it in a bookshop it would be on the fiction shelf.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [784]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Cullinane has moved an amendment to the Order of Business seeking to have a debate with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [785]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] Given that it is budget day, I will withdraw the amendment and re-table it tomorrow.[Cullinane, David]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [785]
14/10/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator has decided to withdraw it. As it has not been seconded, it would fall anyway but I will give him the privilege of withdrawing it.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-12 Page [785]
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