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18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Freedom of Information Bill 2013 – Second Stage, to be taken at 11.45 a.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed six minutes.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [78]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] First, I express the appreciation of this side of the House for - I am sure all sides of the House will support the good wishes to - Mr. David Begg, the general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, who has announced his retirement, to take effect next March. I had th...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [78]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] This is a huge day for the people of Scotland as they go to the polls to decide their future. It has been extraordinary to watch the level of engagement and debates in that country as they have gone about their business. I wish, on behalf of my Labour Party colleagues, to state...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [79]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] There was not. They were not in the Labour Party manifesto; that is for certain.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [79]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Susan O'Keeffe to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [79]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I am not talking about the Labour Party manifesto here but about the reality of what happened.
As for the recovery, I do not believe it is a spin. While I believe some people clearly have not benefited, at least the recovery, which is slow, is making progress. Ultimately, the...
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18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Members will all have the time for Senator John Kelly.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I did not think it was an appropriate place to do that. It was not my understanding of what the business of the Seanad was about.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Senator not promote the Labour Party candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Please, Senator, allow Senator Susan O'Keeffe to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I will be very happy to campaign in the appropriate places in counties Leitrim and Roscommon but not on the floor of the Seanad.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I did not think it was appropriate. Perhaps I am wrong.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Susan O'Keeffe to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I would like to raise the serious matter of the special investigations unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. I have spent some time examining this issue and there have been some disturbing reports about evidence being planted, hiding evidence, bullying, hea...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Before I call Senator David Norris, I welcome some German visitors, Nina, Belke and Thomas Gumprecht from Erlangen in Germany, to the Visitors Gallery.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [80]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Yesterday, our colleague, Senator Katherine Zappone, welcomed the fact that she believed the Government would introduce what she described as reform of the university seats. That reform will expand the constituency to 850,000 voters. Once one takes into account the fact that th...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [81]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] When will the Forestry Bill be brought before the Seanad? It is very important legislation which has huge potential for the development of rural Ireland, in particular our indigenous industries, which form the backbone of the economy.
I refer to The Irish Times report that the...
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18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I seek a debate on the introduction of water charges. It is obvious from the summer months that the public will be asked to pay more for water than was previously anticipated and that the annual charge will be greater than what was presented by the Minister when we had very leng...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [82]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] We have seen further evidence today, with the publication of the Private Residential Tenancies Board rent index, that rents in this country are rising, in particular in the Dublin area. There is evidence that rent increases of 10% have occurred between June of this year and June...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [82]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I wish our friends in Scotland the best of luck in their fight for independence from Britain. Even if they are defeated, things will never be the same again. Scottish independence would be wonderful for Ireland and would bring a united Ireland faster down the track. I am a pas...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I have a problem with the revisionists who praise Redmond. We would have got home rule my eye; there is absolutely no way we would have got it.[White, Mary M.]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator is very wise about events that took place 100 years ago.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator must be allowed to conclude without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The greatest honour of my political life was to be asked to give the oration commemorating Tom Barry's final battle with the British army in County Cork. It is fascinating to note that Tom Barry would not have led that successful ambush if he had not fought in the First World Wa...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Seanad has frequently discussed illegal activity, including smuggling and diesel laundering. A new and sinister activity known as petrol stretching which involves the mixing of kerosine with petrol is reaching epidemic proportions in western and Border counties. This fuel i...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [83]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach will today address the OECD report published this week on base erosion through profit shifting, BEPS, and corporate tax. A Government press release indicates the Taoiseach will defend the 12.5% corporation tax rate, which is very valuable to the country. I support...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [84]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I commend the new Minister for Health, Deputy Leo Varadkar, for the manner in which he has approached his remit and brief and being so forthright and forthcoming. I ask him, at the earliest opportunity and possibly in the Seanad, to nip in the bud certain terrible speculation, r...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [84]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Welcome to the real world. It is the world of the Government.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [84]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Whelan to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Crown is an expert in the area of health services provision and he points out that one cannot expect to double performance and productivity in hospitals while reducing staffing and resources. Portlaoise hospital was neglected, under-resourced and underfunded for yea...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Do not believe Government promises. Look at what it promised in Roscommon and it got rid of the accident and emergency department.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Paschal Mooney in welcoming the moving of writs for the by-elections in Roscommon-South Leitrim and Dublin South West. I wish candidates, particularly the Fianna Fáil candidates of Mr. Ivan Connaughton and Mr. John Lahart, every success. This is the opportu...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] We were given promises in the last general election that were broken. Promises were given by the Taoiseach and the then Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, that the round-the-clock services at Roscommon's accident and emergency department would be retained but instead it w...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The best anti-Government candidates are Mr. Connaughton and Mr. Lahart, who represent the Fianna Fáil Party. There will be a great opportunity for the people to have their say at this point. I hope the numbers will emerge.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should listen to Councillor Mary Hanafin.[Conway, Martin]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] We are getting a wonderful response on the doorsteps. The Fine Gael candidate in Roscommon-South Leitrim promised there would be no water charges for anybody who had to boil water for more than three months. That is a lie.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [85]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] That statement has been taken down from the Fine Gael website. This will be a great opportunity and we all look forward to 10 October. It will be the start of the fightback and the beginning of the evolution in Fianna Fáil in finding its way back to government. Our ambition is...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] If we had less of the political broadcasting, it might be helpful to the Order of Business.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I understand why Senator Paschal Mooney advertised his two candidates, aided by Senator Terry Leyden. Mary Hanafin probably does not know who they are.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator would like to forget his former Cabinet colleagues.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] This is the first opportunity to replace the two elected members of the European Parliament. By-elections, by law, must be held within six months of a vacancy arising, so this is normal business. I smiled when the Senator mentioned water charges, with his tongue planted firmly ...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Civil Service is telling the Government what to do.[White, Mary M.]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] This Government is not reneging on anything and it is acting properly. As has been said, the recovery is under way. Although it may be slow, it is sure. It is better that we are going in that direction when we consider from where we have come.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, there are 21,000 people in Roscommon who cannot use water.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I have given the Senator much latitude and that is not a point of order.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The Government is voting today on a Fianna Fáil motion and it will reject the notion of giving an exemption to those 21,000 people and others who must use boiled water. That is not a good-----[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [86]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] There is no clarity around the medical exemptions.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [87]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I have given the Senator much latitude. He should resume his seat.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [87]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I am sorry to interrupt the combined history lesson and party political broadcast we have seen this morning. I will make a happy announcement to the House. In San Francisco two days ago, Dr. Pierre Thirion, acting on behalf of the Ireland Co-operative Clinical Oncology Research...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [87]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I have just noted the queues at polling stations in Scotland. The last time we saw queues at polling stations was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela became president. I believe it will be an historic day one way or another. It is actually quite exciting and whether they vote ...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [88]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I second Senator Paschal Mooney's amendment to the Order of Business. I join him in commending David Begg who has announced his imminent retirement. As a Senator on the Labour Panel, I have had considerable dealings with him. He has played a major role in industrial relations...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [88]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I am a supporter of the JobBridge internship scheme and will continue to support it. International evidence and experience shows that internship schemes play a very important role in supporting labour forces. The experience in Ireland has shown that 63% of people who take part ...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [89]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Last year, we had a very interesting debate on the Food Provenance Bill and I believe I got wholehearted support. However, the Minister said he wished to delay it because the Food Provenance Bill was aimed at identifying the ingredients in processed food and particularly after t...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [89]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The new education and training boards set up under SOLAS to deliver skills and apprenticeship training to our young school leavers will meet for the first time this month. The legislation to establish the education and training boards was initiated in the Seanad and significant ...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [90]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Bheadh sé tráthúil agus cabhrach dá mbeadh díospóireacht againn ar chomóradh Éirí Amach na Cásca. Tá an díospóireacht seo ag tarlú i measc an phobail agus sna meáin i láthair na huaire. Tá stádas faoi leith ag Seanad Éireann chun a bheith páirteach sa díospóireacht sin.
I ask...
Vol-234 Book-2 Page [91]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I support the good wishes expressed to Mr. David Begg, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. I worked with him for years in the ESB and many years ago I knew he would make it to the top as a professional trade unionist. I wish him success and good health in h...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [91]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Significant historical moments have been mentioned in the House this morning and culture has been referred to also. Yeats has been quoted liberally and next year we will celebrate what would have been his 150th birthday. Senator Susan O'Keeffe and I are heavily involved in the ...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [92]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senators Paschal Mooney, Ned O'Sullivan, Terry Brennan and others marked the retirement of Mr. David Begg from his position at the head of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU, and I wish him well, too. He made a very good speech in this House last year and we all wish him t...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [93]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I did not. The wife of Thomas Clarke who was the first person to be executed by the British Government said so in a recording-----[White, Mary M.]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [93]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to speak, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [93]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] I would be reluctant to call Parnell, Redmond, Pearse, Collins and de Valera traitors either. They all did their best in their own way for their country.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [93]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] The woman said it in a recording broadcast on radio the other day.[White, Mary M.]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [94]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Please allow the Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-234 Book-2 Page [94]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Hildegarde Naughton inquired about the Forestry Bill. It has reached Report Stage in the other House and is expected to be brought before this House in early October. I also note the Senator's points about the importance of education on diabetes. Perhaps we might invit...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [94]
18/09/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Education and Skills on the trade unions' objections to the junior certificate reform programme be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach...Vol-234 Book-2 Page [95]
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