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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re appointment of members of the joint committee into the banking crisis, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; No. 2, motion re the report of the Committee of Selection to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [152]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Leader has raised fundamental questions about democratic accountability in setting out the Order of Business. When the Government came into power it stated it would usher in a new era of transparency, but the events of the past week have shown this was a hollow truth. We ar...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [152]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] On a point of clarification, are two separate amendments being tabled? The Senator can move one amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [152]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I will move the amendment with regard to No. 1.
When the banking inquiry was first discussed, the Government Chief Whip came before the House and we had a debate. I call on the Leader to initiate further debate on this. I cannot understand what the Government hopes to achieve...
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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I move an amendment to the Order of Business that the Government Chief Whip come to the House to discuss No. 1.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I welcome the motion before the House proposed by the Leader. It will enable us-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If passed, it will enable us to move on with the banking inquiry-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] We do not need to have it passed to go on with the banking inquiry.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----and for a party which states it supports the banking inquiry Fianna Fáil has certainly done its best to play politics with it and politicise-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Excuse me, you are the ones playing politics with the banking inquiry.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] There is no point in putting the blame on Fianna Fáil.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is an outrageous statement. It is disgraceful.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [153]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Government wants an overall majority to have its own kangaroo court.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If Senators look at the terms of the motion, they will see it will give the Seanad greater representation on the inquiry, which is a rather positive aspect to it-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----by having four Senators as opposed to the original two.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It will also ensure some measure, not an adequate measure, of gender balance. It is unfortunate that of the seven members selected from the Dáil, no woman was selected.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Dear God Almighty, this is rubbish. That is a disgraceful comment-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Allow Senator Bacik to make her point on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----indignation that women were not put on the banking inquiry.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I ask Senator Daly to allow Senator Bacik to make her point on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] In Senators O'Keeffe and Michael D'Arcy we will have two excellent additions to the banking inquiry and they will strengthen its work and bring expertise and experience to bear. Colleagues will know that at the selection committee last week the Government was ambushed-----[Bacik...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] On a point of order, I want the Senator to withdraw that remark. The democratic process was undertaken and the procedures were fully adhered to by the chairman of the committee. The democratic process was adhered to. Senator Bacik was present at the time and how dare she make ...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If it has caused offence, I am happy to withdraw it.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [154]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] CPP issued a statement following its meeting yesterday that the inquiry which has been established on foot of the motion of 14 May is not a Part 2 inquiry and has no jurisdiction to deal with issues concerning allegations of conflicts of interest in respect of any member. It was...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [155]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I ask the Leader for a debate on the ongoing situation in Iraq which is of such huge concern. We see insurgents beating-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [155]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Even for Senator Daly, that is a somewhat ridiculous comment.
We see very worrying insurgency spreading throughout Iraq, coming within 80 km of Baghdad and taking over Mosul and other cities. It would be good to hear from the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade...
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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I want to raise an issue which has nothing to do with banking inquiry but which is far more serious. At some stage, we must get back to the business of representing the people. Going back to the previous budget, in my view the health budget was cut to a point where it cannot fu...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [156]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I second the proposal to amend the Order of Business as set out by my colleague, Senator Mooney. I stayed in my seat, but I was extremely disturbed at the remark made by Senator Bacik using the word "ambush".[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [156]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I dealt with that issue and Senator Bacik has withdrawn it.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [156]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I accept that, but, as Chairman of that Committee of Selection, I must put on record my serious disappointment with that remark.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [156]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It was not a question of ambush. I would remind Senator Bacik-----[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [156]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----that she might do well to reflect on the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. There were a few foolish virgins missing on that occasion and it was not my fault or that of the committee, and it is a disgrace to say there was an ambush.
I support the amendment to the Or...
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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I would remind Senators that we are on a timeframe and quite a number of Senators have indicated to speak. A Senator who takes too long eats into other Senators' time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I take the opportunity to salute those who came to Leinster House last night and those who came to Galway and Cavan, to honour those babies who died and the mothers who have suffered. I salute the fact they took the time, even though they know the inquiry has already been announ...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is fair to say that what is happening here today in relation to No. 1 is a disgrace.[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If the Government Senators vote for this motion, each and every one of them should be ashamed of themselves. I would ask not that the Chief Whip would come before the House, but that the Taoiseach would come before the House because he is the person who is pulling the strings he...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The reality is they do not want the banking inquiry to get to the truth.[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] They are more interested in scoring political points.[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I say that because the party they are scoring points off is Fianna Fáil. They are more interested in doing that than getting to the truth.[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [157]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is shameful that this amendment is being put to us. It states, "notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders", that we will set aside Standing Orders to allow the Government to gerrymander the banking inquiry. That is what they are attempting to do-----[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [158]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----gerrymander the banking inquiry for their own interests.
I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, that the Taoiseach comes into the Seanad. I also appeal to all Independent Senators not to be part of this sham that is happening in the Seanad today, and to stand wi...
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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is the ultimate irony to hear Fianna Fáil talking about skulduggery and Sinn Féin talking about democracy.
The other point I would make is never to let the truth stand in the way of a good story. Let us be clear about what we are appointing Senators to. We are not appointi...
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12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is why the Taoiseach stated he needed a majority.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [158]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----for some of the eminent minds on the other side of the House----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [158]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Government is appointing Senators to a kangaroo court.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [158]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is not a point of order. Senator Daly should resume his seat.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That proves my point about the level of debate on the other side of this House.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] They are gerrymandering the appointments to suit themselves and if Senator Hayden cannot see that, shame on her.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If Senator Daly does not resume his seat, I will not call him.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Wishing no disrespect, that is not a point of order and carries no content of any intellectual nature.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I have been interrupted. I should be entitled to make my point.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It may seem unusual to have a two-tiered process where one has one committee setting terms of reference and another committee constituting the banking inquiry, but there is no guarantee that those who are on the committee set up to set out the terms of reference will, in fact, be...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] ----- it is my honest opinion that the number of members of the banking inquiry was too small and that it needed to be extended in any event. It is a lucky coincidence that we happen to have two additional Senators on it. For the record, Senator O'Keeffe has a well-deserved rep...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [159]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This has nothing to do with investigative journalism.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Does Senator Hayden have a question for the Leader? She has gone way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I have a question for the Leader that does not revolve around this matter. I ask that the issue of the U-turn by the Health Service Executive on executive top-up pay be brought forward-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is outrageous that legislation was passed preventing-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----low-paid civil servants from getting increases while-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator, we are on a timeframe here and you are way over time. I call Senator Daly.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----HSE executives have had their increases protected.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I wish to support my colleagues regarding the amendment to the Order of Business and the proposal that the Taoiseach and Government Chief Whip should come into the House. Members are not seeing the democratic revolution promised by Fine Gael and the Labour Party when they came i...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is a shameful event for any Government to use a process that should only be used in emergencies to get its own way and to ensure it has a majority. As the Taoiseach stated in the other House, we cannot proceed until the Government has a majority. As to the reason, it is beca...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----and because the Government has now manufactured a majority on the committee, it will predetermine the outcome. Shame on all those Members opposite, because today they are abandoning the rule of law inside this House-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [160]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----in order that the Whip opposite and the Leader opposite, who did not get their way-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Coghlan, you have indicated you wish to speak.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] As for the democratically-convened meeting of this House in Select Committee, they have now abandoned it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] As they do not like the outcome, they intend to change it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Members have heard a lot about democracy here. I support the motion, which I hope will allow Members to move on. It is good for the House that there will be four Senators on the committee rather than two. Moreover, as Members will be aware on foot of the release by the Committ...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is according to the Senator's side of the House.[Daly, Mark]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I ask Senator Daly to listen. The Government is the Government because the people put it there.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 13 on the Order Paper be taken before No. 1." I also wish to state I am shocked by the disgraceful tampering on the part of the Government to try to fix this banking inquiry. Members should consider what they are trying...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [161]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Would it be appropriate for the Leader to give consideration to amending the Standing Orders of the House to ensure that when committees are called, at least two days' notice would be provided to bring order and procedure into the methodology of selection of members-----[Keane, C...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Deputy Kehoe demanded that the meeting in question should take place and no one else.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is my understanding that for most committees, even when I was on the county council, there is order and procedure regarding days of notice for appointments or membership-----[Keane, Cáit]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] When one was obliged to attend a committee meeting, one had to plan for that. People have families as well-----[Keane, Cáit]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] On a point of order, I am not prepared to allow the decision of a Committee of Selection-----[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is not prepared. The Cathaoirleach-----[Keane, Cáit]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator, please let him finish. He is making a point of order.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do not believe the decision of the Committee of Selection should be rubbished in this House by the Government side.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is now the second person who has tried to do this. She can withdraw that remark.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] No, I do not wish to be taken out of context. I am not rubbishing the methodology of selection. I am asking for a change of Standing Orders to ensure the notification of any committee, including the methodology of procedure of selection, be examined to ensure-----[Keane, Cáit]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is what the Government does. There is no need for any committees-----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [162]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Please, allow Senator Keane, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] There is no need for any committees. The Government should suspend everything.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] People should be given at least two days' notice to plan. If one is talking about a family-friendly Dáil and Oireachtas, how in the name of God can one order one's life, if one must jump at the drop of a hat? I ask that this issue be examined and I ask the Leader for a discussi...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] There is an old saying in Ireland that one cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and that is precisely what some people are endeavouring to do here this morning. There is a whiff of communist Russia in what is being heard this morning. As big as the banking inquiry may be...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do not know how an eminent Senator such as Senator Bacik, who has a crusading spirit, could stand up here this morning and justify what is happening.[Ó Murchú, Labhrás]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do not speak on behalf of any political party or even on behalf of the Oireachtas, but on behalf of the people of Ireland.[Ó Murchú, Labhrás]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [163]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This could be the end if it goes through this morning. I appeal to every Senator with any sense of decency or generosity to pull back from the precipice.[Ó Murchú, Labhrás]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [164]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is ironic that a few months ago the Taoiseach tried to abolish this House on a single minded crusade. Thanks to democracy and the people of this country, he was not allowed to do so. I congratulate the Leader in this regard because we had to fight to have representation on t...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [164]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Two Members were selected less than a week ago but because the outcome of that democratic process did not suit the Taoiseach, the Chief Whip or the Labour Party, a gun was put to the head of the Leader of this House, who is an honourable and decent man. When every process was tr...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [164]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I want to put it on the record of this House that we will not co-operate with the smooth running of business in this House -----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [164]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I am sorry to have to say that. Until we stand up and realise what is happening in this country, with -----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [164]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I advise him to get rid of them. Until we stand up in this House and in this country for democracy, we will go nowhere.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I have the height of respect for the Cathaoirleach but I have -----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I appreciate that but this country is nearly out of time.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] In relation to democracy, we are running out of time in this House. We will not stand for it.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I, too, object in the strongest terms to what is being pushed through the House today. It is an absolute farce. The people of Ireland deserve a proper banking inquiry that can get to the bottom-----[Power, Averil]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----of the practices that led to the financial crisis. People deserve the truth but what they are getting instead is the Taoiseach's own little puppet court, for which he appoints the chairman-----[Power, Averil]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----and dictates the terms of reference. The conclusions have been drafted and are sitting in the Taoiseach's office, and he is just waiting for the committee to do its business so the members can sign their names to it. It is a farce. Shame on everyone on that side of the Ho...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] People can see what is going on. Instead of getting a proper banking inquiry, we are seeing politics being played on an incredibly important issue in order to serve the narrow and petty political interests of Fine Gael and the Labour Party ahead of the next general election.[Pow...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is an absolute disgrace. The bankers are laughing at us and at the people of Ireland because they will walk away scot free. The Government has no interest in getting to the bottom of this or in finding out the truth. It simply wants to play politics. Shame on all of you wh...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [165]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is appropriate that we also devote some of our parliamentary attention to other weighty matters. I apologise if I sound like a broken record but this is yet another day without a dermatologist in the part of the country with the highest incidence of skin cancer, despite month...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [166]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Members will understand how one can be troubled in deciding how to vote on this issue.[Crown, John]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [166]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I want to be associated with the remarks of our acting leader, Senator Mooney. I second the amendment to the Order Business proposed by Senator Healy Eames. What has happened over the past week in regard to the establishment of the banking inquiry is nothing short of a disgrace...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [166]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] On a point of order, is Senator Ó Domhnaill suggesting this coalition Government-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [166]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----which did not participate in the collapse of the banking system in this country -----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----would set up terms of reference deliberately-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I think we are looking at the wrong side of the House.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] On a point of order, I remind the Government side that the Taoiseach said there was an axis of collusion between the bankers and Fianna Fáil. How political was that charge?[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The answer to the question from Senator Hayden is "Yes".[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This Government allowed the bankers to decide that mortgages holders are not co-operating if they do not respond to banks in the manner demanded.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is an absolute disgrace. The Government is facilitating the bankers by creating a cloud of smoke around this inquiry.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do have a question for the Leader. I know he is an excellent Leader of this House. I ask him to bring the Taoiseach and the Government Chief Whip to this House today in order that we can question them.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is way over time and should resume his seat. I call Senator Bradford.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This House has a democratic right to question both those men for the decisions they have taken.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is way over time. I call Senator Bradford.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I was the first Senator to propose formally that Senators be appointed to the banking inquiry. I am speaking as a member of the 11 person Committee of Selection. Much has been rewritten over the past week as to what happened last Wednesday night. It is important to put on the ...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [167]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] My request to the Leader is that, at a minimum, we would debate these motions before us. I want to note my concern-----[Bradford, Paul]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is out of time. I call Senator O'Sullivan.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Yes, but I just want to note my concern that we are entering a new GUBU period and we should proceed with extreme caution.[Bradford, Paul]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do not normally get involved in argy-bargy across the floor. I have tried to avoid that all my life, even in the county council, and I got away with it. Today is different, however. Today is a very dangerous day for us and for democracy in the country. In the previous Seana...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Quite clearly, the Government has no real interest in a real, meaningful and productive banking inquiry at all.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The people made their decision on Fianna Fáil in 2011 and we got hammered. We accepted it and got on with the business. The Government is not finished with that business, however. Quite clearly, by seeking to have a built-in majority in this inquiry, it is going to ensure the ...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [168]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I have. One could put on ten or 15 more people on that committee, yet Brian Cowen will come before it and will answer the questions.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It will show that the blueprint of Mr. Lenihan is the one that, under Deputy Michael Noonan, has got this country out of the mess.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is not relevant at all. I call Senator Ó Clochartaigh.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator is out of time and some of his colleagues will not get in.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] To conclude, I am appealing to Members opposite, especially the Independent Members, not to stand for this.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is going to be the worst day in the history of this Seanad and probably one of the worst days for democracy since the Blueshirts.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Tacaím leis an leasú atá molta ag mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Cullinane. I second Senator Cullinane's amendment that the Taoiseach be called in for a debate today. We are hoping that would be a two hour debate, at least. It is obvious that the Taoiseach is the puppet master...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [169]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I ask Senator Cullinane to clarify his proposed amendment. The House cannot decide who will come in to debate issues. Is Senator Cullinane supporting Senator Mooney's proposal?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [170]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] We are calling for the motion to be taken with debate for two hours. That is the amendment.[Cullinane, David]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [170]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] You are supporting that amendment. I call Senator Walsh.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [170]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I concur with everything that Senator Crown has said. There are people in serious medical situations who cannot access the services they require. As we have seen in recent weeks, there are people who require medical attention but cannot afford it because their medical cards hav...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [170]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Yes. I support the debate that has been called for. I will conclude on this point. In my opinion, it undermines the make-up of our Seanad. It highlights something I have argued for some time, that an in-built artificial Government majority in this particular House is unnecess...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [170]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] -----and in private media briefings outside the House.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [171]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] It is outrageous to propose that the House pass a motion without debate when it could result in flaws in the banking inquiry. We held full debates on the establishment of the banking inquiry and the Government side is now proposing to amend the motion that established the inquir...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [171]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This streak has been in evidence in the decision being made on membership of the banking inquiry and in the case of the former Garda Commissioner. The Minister of State, Deputy Alex White, has accused the Taoiseach of illegality in the latter matter. Labour Party Senators are d...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [171]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] If the Government side succeeds in having the motion before us passed, will the amended motion come before the House? Will a related motion come before the Dáil? Senator Aideen Hayden should note that the title is the joint committee on certain aspects of the banking crisis. W...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] While I do not know about its composition, I would hold the inquiry in the Galway tent because that is where one will find most of the old bankers.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is not relevant to the Order of Business. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I have great respect for Brian Cowen and the late Brian Lenihan.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I will ask the Senator to resume his seat if he does not put a question to the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I am pleased to note that Senator MacSharry will remain on the committee.
I welcome the first ever higher education system performance report, which was published yesterday. It notes that half of those aged between 30 and 34 years have third level qualifications, the highest p...
Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This is a very important result because the education system has been criticised repeatedly in recent years. I congratulate the Higher Education Authority and its affiliate colleges on rising to the challenges they faced.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I propose to comment on the banking inquiry as it is turning into a fiasco. The Government has treated the Seanad and democratic institutions of the State in a reprehensible manner. A decision was made and the Government decided to change the rules and move the goalposts becaus...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [172]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] That is unparliamentary language. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] No, I wanted to make a comment. The Senators on the other side may call themselves democrats but they are à la carte democrats. This proposal is a complete joke.[Heffernan, James]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Calm is needed on this matter. We are engaging in a blame game. I am not part of this.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] My attitude is that the banking inquiry must find out how decisions were made and ensure that similar decisions are never made again. The inquiry is about ensuring taxpayers-----[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I did not interrupt previous speakers and I ask that they do not interrupt me.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] The Senator knows that is not what the inquiry will be about.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Please allow Senator Burke to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] We must ensure that, as a result of the banking inquiry, taxpayers will never again have to pick up the tab for bad decisions taken by people in the financial world.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] My question relates to the report on the reorganisation of maternity services in the north west, which was leaked bit by bit. I concur with colleagues who stated it was outrageous that the report was commissioned. I will explain the reason.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Yes. I am from a legal background. Those who wrote a report setting out a reorganisation of maternity services, an area with a high level of litigation, did not have a clue what they were talking about. It is outrageous that the report has caused so much alarm.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Yes. It is also outrageous that a public institution would commission a report without considering the consequences of doing so. It is important that the House receives a full report on the matter.[Burke, Colm]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] To get away from the banking inquiry momentarily-----[Noone, Catherine]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [173]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I deserved that remark.
I refer to a serious issue, one that is related to the issue about which I am being slagged, Senator Crown referred to bariatric services in St. Vincent's Hospital yesterday. Cutting these services is a step too far as it is akin to removing cancer care...
Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I welcome the decision of the chair of the west-north west hospitals group to resign. I hope the report commissioned with the company with which the chairman was associated will not feed into the review of maternity services. While we all accept the need to review maternity ser...Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Mooney referred to motions before the House. It is the intent of the Government to accept the decision of the Committee of Selection and give further representation to Seanad Éireann-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] I do not intend to accept the relevant amendments to the Order of Business.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] This decision will come back to haunt the Government.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Bacik called for a debate on the situation in Iraq and the EU's response to it. I will endeavour to bring the Tánaiste to the House to discuss that matter.
Senator Barrett referred to the Apple case. The Government is committed to defending and retaining our corporati...
Vol-232 Book-3 Page [174]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Keane referred to amendments to Standing Orders. Any such amendments will be considered by the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.
Senator Crown raised issues in regard to dermatology and skin cancer services. I understand a recruitment process is under way in resp...
Vol-232 Book-3 Page [175]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney has moved an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 1 be taken with debate." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [175]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] In the interests of democracy and under Standing Order 62(3)(b) I request that the division be taken again other than by electronic means.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [175]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] Senator Healy Eames has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 13 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated that he will accept the amendment. Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [176]
12/06/2014 [Order Of Business] In the interests of democracy and under Standing Order 62(3)(b) I request that the division be taken again other than by electronic means.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-232 Book-3 Page [177]
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