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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 11.45 a.m.; No. 2, Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Second Stage, to be taken at 1.30 p.m. and conclude not later than 3.15 p.m., with the contributions of gr...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [98]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] As today is the sixth anniversary of the Dáil passing a motion, which had cross-party support, calling on the British Government to release all its documentation on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings and the bombing of Kay's Tavern in Dundalk, I ask the Leader to raise with the Taoisea...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [98]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] -----given that Dublin City Council's elected members were not listened to. Effectively, the city manager bottled it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [99]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Dublin City Council manager is not here to defend himself.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [99]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I would like if he attended the House as I would have something to say to him because he blew it. He has cost the ratepayers of the city and fans millions of euro.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [99]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] As Senator Paschal Mooney has said his salary is paid by the ratepayers. He and his senior officials in the planning department of Dublin City Council should strongly consider their positions. This is a disaster for the city. We have got to make sure we get it right from hereo...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [99]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I echo Senator Darragh O'Brien's comments of concern and disappointment at the cancellation of the five concerts. It is not fair or appropriate to blame one official.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [99]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Apparently, the decision was taken by the artist and promoter. I am aware another promoter went on radio this morning to express his view which was somewhat critical of the way it was done. We need to look at how we ensure change to ensure it does not happen again. As legislat...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [100]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] As Members will be aware, the Seanad Public Consultation Committee recently held successful hearings on Ireland's obligations under the UN human rights treaty on civil and political rights and we subsequently sent that report in to the United Nations. The Minister for Justice an...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [100]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Yesterday was a bad day for Dublin, particularly, I suppose, if one was a Brazilian Garth Brooks fan. Not to be flippant about it in any sense, Mr. Brooks followed through on his threat to cancel all five concerts and it is a considerable blow to the Dublin economy. For a varie...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [101]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Noone will not run in Dublin Central on the next occasion then.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [101]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] It is not about blaming. The process is flawed. I said the same yesterday. Clearly, the nod and wink approach that has been applied to this area of outdoor event licensing is not acceptable and needs to be amended.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [101]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I endorse what Senator Darragh O'Brien stated with regard to the unanimous proposal by the Dáil six years ago concerning the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. I note that at the time the then Clerk of the Dáil communicated the unanimous resolution to the House of Commons and to the ...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [102]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Yesterday, Members celebrated Senator Darragh O'Brien's birthday, which was a big birthday with a zero in the number.[Quinn, Feargal]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [103]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Next week, they hopefully also will have the opportunity to celebrate Senator Norris's big birthday with a zero in the number. His birthday falls next week and just in case he is not present, Members should remember it by mentioning it today and should celebrate it because, as t...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [103]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the news over recent days regarding a huge increase in investment in farm buildings. It has increased by 50% to a total of €450 million in 2013. This reflects the confidence in the industry and in the dairy industry in particular, ahead of quotas being abolished in 20...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [103]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] It is likely that a new Minister for Health will be in place later today or tomorrow. Members should reflect on one key policy priority of the outgoing Minister for Health, Deputy Reilly, which was that all outpatients should be seen by a consultant within 12 months, while all i...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [103]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The blame game with regard to the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts continues but over the past week, all I heard with regard to the residents around Croke Park was a single word, around which I could not really get my head, namely, "lockdown". I was told it was quite se...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [104]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Should one build a stadium that has planning permission to host concerts, the problem could then be solved and facilitated. Yesterday, I mentioned to a colleague that this is something Members should debate in this House. Were a stadium in place for which one was not obliged to...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [104]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to facilitate a debate on this issue at some time after the Seanad returns in September, because this kind of debacle, whereby residents have stopped €50 million from coming into the city of Dublin, is outrageous.[Kelly, John]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [105]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] That was a very interesting contribution. I second Senator O'Donovan's proposed amendment to the Order of Business.
Further to raising an issue yesterday regarding abuse of social media and anonymous tweets, I brought the issue to the attention of Mr. Billy Hawkes, the Data Pr...
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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of licensing arrangements for outdoor concerts and suggest that the law needs to be amended in this regard. In respect of the events over the weekend, which have reached a crescendo with yesterday's cancellation of all five concerts, it is incredulous that a co...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [105]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I second the proposal by Senator Bacik to hold a debate on child care and after-school care. Given that we lack guidelines on after-school care, it would be a very welcome opportunity to have a debate.
The issue I wish to raise concerns investment, Ireland and the European Com...
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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] To pick up the issue raised by Senator O'Brien, there is something seriously wrong with a system that allows more than 400,000 people to buy tickets for a concert without giving an all-clear under the licensing system. Equally, however, it is wrong in our democracy that any one ...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [106]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on immigration reform. Last week my colleague, Senator O'Donovan, spoke about the difficulties US citizens face in getting work permits in Ireland. I am delighted that on of foot of our discussion in the Seanad on the one-year J1 intern programme, the progra...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [106]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] In regard to an issue of importance for members of the Joint Committee on Health and Children, I ask the Leader if he can bring the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts into this House. The Committee of Public Accounts has written to the Joint Committee on Health and Chi...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [107]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The deteriorating situation for Palestinians has to be a source of concern for all decent-minded people. The massing of troops and tanks by Israel as a prelude to an assault on a downtrodden, deprived and defenceless people is reprehensible. The only thing that can come from su...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [107]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] -----but I appeal to Israel in this case. I know they listen because of the missives I have received from them in the past any time I have spoken on this issue in the House. I spoke on the invasion of Iraq along exactly the same lines. I do not want to say "Weren't we correct ...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [107]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Much has been said in recent days about the terrible loss of revenue arising from the cancellation of concerts in Croke Park. It is self-evident and does not need any further embellishment from me. However, there are certain issues from which lessons must be learned. One is th...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [108]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Or the old Minister.
I agree with my colleagues, including Senator Ó Murchú, who have eloquently articulated the situation concerning the Palestinians and what is happening in Israel and Palestine at the moment. It is a real travesty that Israel set about ensuring that the pea...
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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I find myself in agreement with Senator Daly on the removal of the advocacy service for the deaf community. This has been an oversight in reform, so I sincerely hope that this situation will be remedied. There are many ways in which that can be done. I urge the Government and ...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [108]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I am seeking a debate with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources regarding his announcement that he has received Cabinet approval to introduce legislation to enable An Post to access Sky and UPC subscription data. We are told that is part of a drive to re...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [109]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to invite the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to the House to discuss the situation in the Middle East and Ireland's position in that regard.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [109]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I wish our colleague, Senator Bacik, every success. She is highly qualified for any job in any Department but particularly the Department of Justice and Equality. I wish her well on behalf of my colleagues.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Exactly. She should not forget about us.
A Russian television network highlighted the speech by Pope Francis in the Santa Maria basilica on 15 June in which he criticised Europe for being tired because of the high level of unemployment and discarding the elderly. This Governm...
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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Senator White, without interruption. Do you have a question?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil will fight cuts to the free travel pass for older people and people with disabilities. Do not dare to touch it.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Pope also said that the treatment of older people and people with disabilities reflects the quality of the society. That was on Russian television.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I would hope that the Pope would be a bit more infallible than Fianna Fáil but my clear understanding is that absolutely no consideration is being given to the removal of the free travel pass.[Bradford, Paul]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] There is a review underway. Stop the Government review.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [110]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I believe it is the subject matter of a Private Members' motion in the other House so, presumably, it will come to a satisfactory conclusion for everybody this evening.
I support the request from Senator Jim D'Arcy that the Leader invite the new Minister for Foreign Affairs and...
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09/07/2014 [Order of Business] As I am sure the Cathaoirleach and many Members will be aware, some of the Leader organisations are in the capital today. They had a press conference this morning and will hold a demonstration at lunchtime and I hope to see Members of this House supporting them. In my own town ...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [111]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Like Senator Mary White and others, I wish Senator Bacik well as a potential future member of the Cabinet or Minister of State. While Senator White said she would be particularly suited to the Department of Justice and Equality, I think she would be well-qualified to take on any...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [111]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Since becoming a Member of the Seanad, I have not done what I now propose to do. I read recently that under the previous Fianna Fáil-led Government, the Christmas bonus-----[Brennan, Terry]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] -----of €223 was abolished, the State pension was cut and carer's allowance, disability allowance, the blind pension, widow's pension and invalidity pension were cut twice.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Yes. This was all done under the watchful eyes of Deputies Micheál Martin, Willie O'Dea and Éamon Ó Cuív and Ms Mary Hanafin, all of whom were Ministers at the time. These are the facts and figures.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator did not put a question to the Leader. He should resume his seat.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Leader ask Senator White to withdraw the remarks she made?[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I am on the same page as Senator Brennan on this matter.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should resume his seat if he does not have a question for the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [112]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The notion that the Government is trying to cut free transport is-----[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I am entitled to continue to speak. I am asking that the Leader request Senator White to withdraw the remarks she made.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The issue the Senator raises does not have anything to do with the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] As Senator Brennan stated, Fianna Fáil cut the blind pension, invalidity pension, disability pension and carer's allowance.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Government is causing distress to older people.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator does not have a question. He must resume his seat as he is completely out of order.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [113]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Leyden spoke about the Data Protection Commissioner warning about social media content and I agree with his remarks. Senator van Turnhout spoke about child care and after-school care, and she also gave her views on the next person to fill the portfolio of EU Commissioner...Vol-233 Book-2 Page [114]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] That is pathetic. Why did the Government parties do so badly in the local elections?[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [115]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Come on. We need to get past that type of nonsense.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [115]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] At the doorsteps people said the Government was far worse than Fianna Fáil.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [115]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Members opposite are smiling because they have realised themselves, as I told people yesterday-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [115]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] We are thinking of the results of the local elections. That is why we are so happy.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [115]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] People were saying the Government is worse than Fianna Fáil.[White, Mary M.]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I know the truth is bitter but they will have to listen.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I should clarify for the Leader that we are smiling at his exuberance.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] That was not a point of order. I ask the Leader not to invite trouble.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I indicated yesterday that comments on the free travel pass amounted to scaremongering from the other side of the House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] There is no question whatever of the travel pass being withdrawn from people.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [116]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] People clearly did not listen to what went on in the House or else they were not here yesterday.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] The Senators opposite were never very good with freedom of speech and their party tried to restrict it many times.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I know Senators do not want to listen but allow me to get a word in and remind them of the cuts introduced by the Fianna Fáil-led Government. It abolished the Christmas bonus and it cut the carer's allowance, disability allowance-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] What was Fine Gael going to do? It was to reinstate everything.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] It was going to reinstate everything but it did nothing.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] They have a cheek at this stage and a brass neck to speak about this Government's cuts.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] What has Fine Gael done since taking office? It has gone even further.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] That is the current position, whether Senators like it or not.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] Fine Gael has gone even further and Senators do not like it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I have no intention of letting those opposite shout me down.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-233 Book-2 Page [117]
09/07/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome a former Member to the House. A former Senator, Fergal Browne, is now mayor of Carlow, and he is welcome to the Visitors Gallery.
Senator Denis O'Donovan has moved an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate on the removal of the SOLAS €20 weekly training a...
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