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05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I congratulate former Senator Deirdre Clune on her election to the European Parliament. I am glad that we have the motion in that regard before us today to formally mark her election.
I welcome the announcement made by the Government that it is taking up the issue of...
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05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I echo Senator Bacik's approval that some personal insolvency arrangements, or PIAs, have been fast-tracked by agreement with some lenders. I highlight the plight of those who are borrowing from certain financial institutions which have made it abundantly clear that th...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [686]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I note that the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is coming to the Seanad next week. I thought I might have been informed of the date as the one notified does not suit me. I am surprised I was not consulted about the date as I issued the...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [686]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In any event, I concur with Senator Darragh O'Brien, the Leader of the Opposition, and congratulate Senators Sean Barrett and Marc MacSharry, who are the nominees of Seanad Éireann to sit on the banking inquiry. The Committee of Selection last night made the decision i...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [686]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In recent days, the European Commission published country-specific recommendations for each member state's national reform and stability programme. It would be appropriate given that we have recently exited the bailout and will soon be into budget preparation, for the ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [687]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] A couple of years ago, I raised the matter here of an Irish citizen who had been imprisoned without trial in Sri Lanka. Great efforts have been made to find a solution and the great news is that he arrived home this week to his wife and three children. He has been in ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [687]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome the appointment of the new US ambassador to Ireland. The post has been empty for approximately 18 months since Dan Rooney left it. It is a very welcome development. The relationship between Ireland and the USA is very important and the ambassadorial role is...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [687]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] There was a very well known film called "Dead Man Walking". I get the sense that we have a dead man walking in the Cabinet having seen media reports on the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly. It appears the backbenchers in Fine Gael are finally coming to the con...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [688]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I too welcome the imminent appointment of the new American ambassador. I am sure the Cathaoirleach will be proud of his good strong connections with his own county.
We have seen the roll-out of an extensive advertising campaign by the national lottery to play the Lot...
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05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join with the sentiments being expressed this morning. I believe the selection of Senators MacSharry and Barrett to sit on the banking inquiry augurs very well for the operation of that committee. I do not have to outline their credentials, as we all know how accomp...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [689]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I agree with Senator Ó Clochartaigh about the debacle over the review of medical cards and the taking of discretionary medical cards from people. It is amusing that people are standing up and listening to Ombudsman reporting on this, while in the past three years I hav...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [689]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I wrote on numerous occasions to the then Minister for Heath and Children, Mary Harney, and I asked that medical cards be made available to cancer patients. Repeatedly she refused, pointing out that there was very little discretion-----[Kelly, John]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The person to whom you gave the discretionary medical card.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The previous speaker did not have a question for the Leader. Let me conclude with this point. My representations to the Minister were followed a year later by representations from her to me on behalf of a woman who had an underactive thyroid. She could not believe a ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] But she was forgetting about the people who had cancer. These are the people we are talking about today. These people are suffering as their medical cards have been withdrawn-----[Kelly, John]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Bring the letters in here, because there have been a few Labour Party guys who claimed that things happened when they did not actually happen.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----but the Fianna Fáil Party did exactly the same thing when it was in Government.[Kelly, John]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am sorry; did somebody call my name? There was a bit of a melee.[Crown, John]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am sorry to interrupt the latest edition of why we should have abolished the House but I would like to raise three issues, which are interrelated, although at first glance they may not appear to be. We all understand what is going on here. Senator Barrett is the onl...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [690]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Second, if he is removed, it will be in the crass realm of political stunts. We have witnessed several other examples in recent times. People who supported the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Gilmore, to go into a coalition with a conservat...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [691]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Has the Senator a question for the Leader on the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [691]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The same is happening with respect to the Minister for Health. Everybody knew when he took up office, he had been dealt the worst set of economic cards possible by the outgoing Administration and at a time he was under the thumb of international financial spigot turner...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [691]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will the Leader pass on my best wishes to the Minister? He is the only one of the past four Ministers for Health who attempted to reform the system. He has made a few awful blunders during his tenure but it is incredibly unfair that he is being held responsible for wh...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [691]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join others in congratulating our former colleague, Deirdre Clune, on her election to the European Parliament.
I welcome the announcement of Mr. Kevin O'Malley as the new American ambassador to Ireland. I look forward to him visiting the House in the near future.
...
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05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a technical matter, will the Leader consider an amendment to the Order of Business to allow the taking of No. 16 before No. 1?
I refer to the mini-debate on the Committee of Selection. No. 5 is a motion on the report of the committee. There is no requirement for ...
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05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I concur with Senator Noone's comments about the failure to nominate a female Member but the Dáil had the power to nominate seven members of the committee and this House could only nominate two members. That is where the spotlight should shine. The Dáil was remiss in ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [692]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I listened with great interest to Senator Bradford's contribution and I disagree with little of what he said. However, while I have chaired the Committee of Selection, there have been 17 decisions, culminating in last night's decision, which have been put to the House....Vol-231 Book-13 Page [692]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome the announcement of Ryanair's winter schedule which sees five additional routes compared to its winter schedule in 2013. We will see flights to Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Fuerteventura and Cracow continuing in the winter schedule. These flights commenced in Apri...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [693]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In regard to the banking inquiry, I welcome the report of the Committee of Selection and look forward to the Government's response. This is a test of the promise to have open and transparent government, a new beginning and a democratic revolution. I hope the Governmen...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [693]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] What happened in the past is still happening. I want to know what the Government is doing about it and why it has not asked the British ambassador to explain how sanction was given at the highest levels in the British Government to torture Irish citizens.[Daly, Mark]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [694]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I raise an issue which has received surprisingly little attention, namely, the good performance of the nation's finances in the first five months of the year. By way of comparison, the deficit in the first five months of last year was €5.3 billion, whereas the deficit ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [694]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome the appointment of a new US ambassador to Ireland. I hope this will accelerate progress on the ongoing issue of immigration reform in the United States now that we will have somebody in place in the Phoenix Park who will be able to act as a conduit, not only ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [694]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join in the words of congratulation to former Senator Deirdre Clune on her election to the European Parliament.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [694]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I congratulate Senator MacSharry and Senator Barrett on their appointment by the Committee of Selection last night. I presume the Clerk of the Seanad has notified the clerk of the banking inquiry of the appointments by the Seanad. Senator Bradford is correct that ther...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [695]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I call on the Leader to facilitate a debate in this House with the Minister for agriculture present. This should be done ahead of the Minister's submission to the European Commission relating to the new Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, programme and the rural developme...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [695]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have listened to much rhetoric relating to Standing Orders from the high moral ground on the other side of the House. There was a general consensus that we would appoint one Government Senator and one non-Government Senator. However, I agree this was not mentioned i...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It has come to my notice that it has been suggested Senator MacSharry may have a conflict of interest.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, there are very specific statutory procedures.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I was not going to mention this issue but I am being pressed by the other side of the House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am being pressed by the other side of the House in this matter and thus ask that it be referred to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. It is important that this House acts properly at all times.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, as the Leader has opted to make such a claim, it is only reasonable that he might do the House the service and me the courtesy of outlining the conflict of interest to which he refers.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [696]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, I second the request made by Senator MacSharry. I have no political dog in this fight but everyone knows what is going on here.[Crown, John]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That is a matter for the legislation that is setting up the inquiry. It is not a matter for this House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Cathaoirleach has explained this and that is where the matter will be taken up.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, I do not wish to interrupt the Leader but what is happening now is very serious. The Cathaoirleach chairs the CPP. The Committee on Procedure and Privileges has no role in the Committee of Selection. I am putting this question to you, a Chathaoir...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am not making a decision on that matter now. I have not received any requests and I am not making any decisions.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am just trying to be helpful. We want this matter to be resolved. A democratic decision was made last night under Standing Order 89 and in the context of a motion tabled by the Government. The Leader is responding by stating that he will make a request to the CPP. ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader is responding to the questions that were raised on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am sorry but all Members on this side have done is to simply ask whether the Government is going to abide by the democratic decision taken last night by the Committee of Selection in respect of the Government's motion tabled under Standing Orders.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have a serious point of order. The Cathaoirleach has never allowed the character of Members to be traduced or defamed in this House. In such circumstances, he must ask the Leader to withdraw-----[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I did not question the character of any Member and I want that comment withdrawn.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader made a very serious allegation against Senator MacSharry and the Cathaoirleach has never allowed that to happen before.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will the Cathaoirleach ask the Leader to withdrawn the allegation?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am asking that Senator Byrne to withdraw the comment he made about me. I have not questioned the character of any Member.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [697]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader has not made any allegation yet. He said he was going to request the Chair to hold a meeting of the CPP.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] He said that Senator MacSharry was biased in the context of the banking inquiry.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] This is not a matter to be dealt with on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Legislation and guidelines are to be put in place to deal with the banking inquiry.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will the Cathaoirleach ask the Leader to withdraw the allegation he made? He would not allow me to make such an allegation.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Byrne should withdraw the allegation he made about me.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, I am sorry the Leader finds himself in this position. It just goes to show the consequences of the Government putting a gun to the head of the Leader of this House.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It is my understanding that the Committee on Procedure and Privileges has no function-----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----in determining whether somebody has a conflict of interests.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Under the terms of reference of the banking inquiry, it has none.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] What is being done is both a smokescreen and a delaying tactic. It is drawing into question the character and professional and political reputation of a Member of this House.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have received no request to hold a meeting of the CPP. Will Members allow the Leader to respond to the questions that were raised?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader should withdraw his request immediately and accept the democratic decision made by the Committee of Selection which was taken yesterday. What is happening here is disgraceful.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [698]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, what the Government is doing is engaging in an act of political assassination. It did not get its way and it is now trying to assassinate the good name of a Member of the House, which is absolutely appalling.[Daly, Mark]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Cathaoirleach cannot allow the defamatory allegation which has been made to stand.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I did not hear any defamatory allegations being made.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I formally request that the sitting be suspended right now in order that we might deal with this matter. I am not suggesting that he did so for any particular reason - it may even have been a mistake - but the Leader has called into question the suitability of Senator ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That is a matter for the inquiry, not for the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Cathaoirleach has a duty to protect the reputation of the Members of this House. In that context, I am asking him to resolve this matter by suspending the sitting for ten minutes in order that we might find out both what the Leader is proposing and the nature of th...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] This matter is not going to be dealt with on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It will not be dealt with on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It was raised on the floor of the House. It is a serious matter.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, it was the Leader who chose to raise this matter on the floor of the House. As a Member of the House and as a citizen of Ireland, I am entitled to some level of protection from the Chair. The Leader stated that it has come to his attention that I ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [699]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The procedure which took place yesterday when I accused a member of the HSE of spending the public's money, was that I was lifted by the Chair for saying something about someone outside the House in a way which could have made that individual identifiable. Here we have...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----and stating there is a conflict of interest. He is not prepared to share it when the reality is quite different.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] For my information, will the Leader please place on the record-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----the nature of the conflict of interests to which he refers? Surely I am entitled to that information.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] If the Leader is not prepared to do that now, I expect a full statement-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will Senator MacSharry resume his seat for a moment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Outside the doors of this Chamber, the Leader will not have the protection of privilege.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader should repeat his allegation outside the Seanad.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The perception of bias is not a matter to be dealt with on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] This is an outrage. I accuse you of being partisan in order to protect the Government. What is happening here is a disgrace.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [700]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] What is outrageous is what the Chair has allowed to be done to a Member of the House. It is a disgrace.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It gives me no pleasure at all to say it, Sir. However, the Cathaoirleach is bringing the Chair and this House into disrepute by allowing this disgraceful impugning of the character of a Member.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Senator's accusation is worse than the one to which he is referring.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order and from my personal knowledge of him, I am of the view that Senator MacSharry does not have a conflict of interest whatsoever.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] If this is a court of law, then I am speaking for the defence of a Senator who has been accused by the Leader of this House of having a conflict of interest.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In Senator MacSharry's defence, I say that he has no such conflict of interest.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, I have the height of respect for the Cathaoirleach and his impartiality. As Whip of the Fianna Fáil group, however, I must make it quite clear that we cannot allow the reply by the Leader to the Order of Business to continue until this matter has b...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I repeat my ruling to the effect that the perception of bias is not a matter to be dealt with on the floor of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] We are talking here about an allegation. The Cathaoirleach should oblige the Leader to withdraw the allegation he made.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [701]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Could Members please allow the Cathaoirleach to speak?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] There are guidelines and legislation in place for dealing with this issue.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] What about the allegation? The Cathaoirleach does not need any guidelines to rule on that.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] You may say it is not a point of order, a Chathaoirligh. Could I ask, as a long-serving Member of this House, that we reflect on the very sensible, wise and calm intervention of Senator Michael D'Arcy? We are all adults and surely if we could suspend for 20 minutes or...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I can only accept a proposal such as that from the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I will agree to a suspension of the House for 30 minutes so that the leaders can discuss this matter.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] To clarify the ruling that I made earlier in the House, on 5 February this year, the Seanad adopted Standing Orders which among other things set down procedures for dealing with perception of bias in relation to Members appointed to take part in a Part 2 inquiry under t...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In light of the Chairman's ruling, I ask for a suspension of the House for a further half an hour to enable us to discuss the matter with the leaders.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The only person who breached those Standing Orders this morning was the Leader of the House. The Cathaoirleach should ask him as a matter of course to withdraw the allegations that he made.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I agree with the Leader's proposal for a further suspension so that the leaders and the Whips might discuss this matter. We fully understand the gravity of the situation and we shall try to facilitate the Government getting out of the mess that it created this morning....Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome the Cathaoirleach's clarification that any comment on any Member who is appointed to serve on the banking inquiry must go in writing to the CPP and cannot be mentioned on the floor of the House.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I propose a further suspension of the House until 2 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I also propose that we defer debate on the Companies Bill until next week.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I ask the Leader to withdraw the remarks in relation to Senator MacSharry.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have listened to the recording of this morning's proceedings. What I actually said was that I had information of a suggested conflict of interest. It was only ever my intention to have the information I received considered by the Committee on Procedure and Privilege...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] No. What happened here today is most unfortunate. The Committee of Selection met legitimately with a quorum and selected Senators Seán D. Barrett and Marc MacSharry to be members of the banking inquiry. It is not in any way, shape or form coincidental that the statem...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have the utmost respect for the Leader. I have worked closely with him over the past three years and have the utmost regard for how he has always conducted himself in this House. For us, what happened this morning was a bridge too far. The Leader has withdrawn the ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [704]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That is appropriate. We all make mistakes. I have said things before that I regretted saying and I have apologised for them. Members here know that. There is no weakness in apologising and admitting one made a mistake. I put it to the Leader that the foundation of ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Okay. I welcome that. However, I believe it is not too much to ask that the Leader apologise to a colleague in the House for putting those remarks on the record of this House.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader made a very serious charge earlier, which has already had ramifications in terms of the broadcasting of the proceedings of this House and on the Internet and so on. What happened is unfortunate. It should not have happened. It was a mistake. I put it to t...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] As I said previously, what I actually said was that based on information I had received, there was a suggested conflict of interest. I am prepared to withdraw those remarks.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Bradford has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 16 be taken before No. 1". Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader of the House has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 4 be deleted from today's Order of Business." Is that agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [705]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] All I am asking is that, for our knowledge, the Cathaoirleach expand on that ruling, explain the nature of the guidelines and indicate how the matter will be dealt with.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order and as the Cathaoirleach rightly stated, we amended Standing Orders to cover the perception of bias. Those Standing Orders do not, however, cover the Leader of the House making an off-the-cuff allegation about one Member. In fact, I am of the view ...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The allegation he made has nothing to do with the Standing Orders relating to the perception of bias.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, I think the Seanad should take some time to consider this matter. I propose, therefore, that the sitting be suspended for 30 minutes.[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It is a matter for the Leader to propose that proceedings be suspended.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am not accepting the Senator's proposal. He is not the Leader of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I ask that the Leader move the suspension of proceedings for a period of 30 minutes.[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] On a point of order, it has been brought to my attention that the only other occasion on which proposals from the Committee of Selection were challenged in the Seanad was when the Labour Party opposed former Senator Joe O'Toole's nomination to the Commission of the Hous...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That is not relevant. I call on the Leader to reply to the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-13 Page [702]
05/06/2014 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I apologise but, with all due respect to the Cathaoirleach, the Leader and other Members, I made it quite clear that our group will not allow the Leader to continue with his reply to the Order of Business until this very serious matter - which relates to a Member of the...Vol-231 Book-13 Page [703]
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