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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 41, motion re report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the review of legislation on prostitution, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 42, motion re report of the Joint Committee on Justic...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [255]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] While I understand the reason behind the removal of the DNA database system Bill from the Order of Business, I fail to understand why the Deputy Leader can unashamedly propose that the three motions be taken without debate. If she was on this side of the House, she would object ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [256]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] We are not having debates now. The Deputy Leader is asking the House to agree to motions on reports from the relevant committee without debate. The purpose in taking such motions is to have a debate. I would like a reassurance that they will be debated and not sidelined becaus...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [256]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The main news of the past 24 hours has been the shock resignation of the former Minister for Justice and Equality and Defence, Deputy Alan Shatter. It gives me no great pleasure to comment on him, adversely or otherwise, on behalf of Fianna Fáil. I have known him for a long tim...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [256]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] That is no way to carry on business. The Government is a shambles and perhaps we are approaching the time for it to go.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [257]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I assure Senator Paschal Mooney that the motions will be properly debated in due course. There is no doubt about Deputy Alan Shatter's reforming zeal, his commitment to equality and immense law reform record but, equally, I wish the new Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [257]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I will not comment on the events surrounding the former Minister, Deputy Alan Shatter's resignation, but I extend personal thanks to him. When he was Opposition spokesperson on children and I was chief executive of the Children's Rights Alliance, he always showed his belief in c...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [257]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] Why have them tabled to be taken without debate? When we try to put them back on the agenda, we will be told the Seanad has approved them.
The first report emanates from work on which the Independent group, of which I am a member, tabled a motion. In the Seanad we held an exc...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I congratulate the Ministers whose appointments have just been announced and wish them every success in their new roles. I thank the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, for being most sympathetic on issues we raised here with him such as the rights of ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [258]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the statement by the independent expert panel set up to oversee the integrity of the process to be undertaken by EirGrid on the Grid Link and Grid West projects. Yesterday the independent panel which has met on four occasions issued a statement and also issued the term...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [259]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] It is extraordinary that a Government which has the biggest majority in the history of the State and which was all set to go right up to Easter 2016 is starting to get so wobbly that we wonder whether it will make the Whit weekend. It has been really shaken by the revelations, m...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [259]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I apologise, Deputy Charles Flanagan. That might have been a forecast.
These are tough times in politics. Another extraordinary point is that a great deal of the heavy lifting has been done. In fairness to the Government, it has carried out the Brian Lenihan blueprint for re...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues in paying tribute to the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, who was a reforming and hard-working Minister. It is a great pity; he will be a great loss to politics and I wish him and his family well. I also congratulate his succes...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [260]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On the news that Senator David Norris has been ill, while Members were not aware of how serious it was, I express Members' thoughts for him at this stage. He has always shown such vigour and enthusiasm and Members look forward to having him back here very shortly.
I second Sen...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of clarification, I do not believe Senator Jillian van Turnhout proposed an amendment. She stated she was opposing the Order of Business, but it is not a specific amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I had intended it to be a specific amendment. I apologise.[van Turnhout, Jillian]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I propose that the motions be deleted from the Order of Business.[van Turnhout, Jillian]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The issue of carbon monoxide was introduced in a Bill in this House only last month. At the time, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, explained that he thought this could be done in a different way. I congratulate him because ove...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure all Members of the House wish to join Senator Feargal Quinn in wishing Senator David Norris a speedy recovery.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator Denis Landy, in welcoming the terms of reference that were issued by the expert group regarding the issue of overhead pylons versus placing them underground. I also urge the expert panel to take submissions from all the community groups nationwide...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [261]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] As Members are aware, the leaving certificate examinations are due to start in just under four weeks. For many young people, it is perceived as the high stakes examination in the education system and there is a lot of pressure on young people to sit the leaving certificate exami...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [262]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senators in wishing our colleague, Senator David Norris, a very speedy recovery. We look forward to having him back among us very soon.
The events of the past 24 hours show how difficult political life is and how quickly the story moves on with the announcement of the n...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I acknowledge Deputy Alan Shatter's true reforming zeal, the technical expertise and the enthusiasm he brought to the reform process in the Department of Justice and Equality. He showed skills in that area that could be learned by many others throughout government. I think he s...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [263]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] Let me add my voice to Members wishing Senator David Norris well and hoping he will be back among us again.
I pay tribute to the work of the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter. A number of political commentators have jokingly said that he was the nex...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I had better correct the record from yesterday morning when I said "it appears that the Minister, Deputy Shatter, has taken on some of the Teflon left behind by Bertie." It is quite clear this morning that Bertie is still ahead in the Teflon stakes.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [265]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I pay tribute to Deputy Alan Shatter for the work he has done since long before he came into the Oireachtas. He was the first person to publish a comprehensive review of family law, as far back as 1976, and gave leadership in progressing family law since. He went on to prepare ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [265]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I wish Senator David Norris a speedy recovery and hope he will return to the Chamber soon. We miss his wit when he is not here.
On a more sad note, I was previously a constituency colleague of Deputy Alan Shatter in Dublin South prior to my transfer to Dublin South-West. I ...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Aideen Hayden mentioned an important issue that should be discussed in this House in regard to Women's Aid not being happy ever after. We have had a good Minister.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [266]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] With fellow colleagues, I send my best wishes to Senator David Norris. I also send my best wishes to Senator Jimmy Harte who, I understand, went back to Donegal yesterday, which is a good sign. We wish him well and hope the air of Donegal will restore him to health.
Like ot...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome the appointment of Deputy Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice and Equality. When she was a Member of this House, she was fair and equitable and it is great to see that, on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cuman na mBan, the Minister for Justice and...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [267]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On a personal note, it is very sad for any Minister or somebody who pursues a career in any walk of life but in particular in politics which is a very public career to be forced into a position where he or she must resign. I suppose many of us would empathise with Deputy Alan Sh...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [268]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] One issue has dominated the Order of Business today, the resignation yesterday of the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter. We also had the announcement while we were sitting of the appointment of Deputy Frances Fitzgerald as Minister for Justice and Equ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [269]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business was sent after 7 p.m. yesterday evening after every effort had been made to try to find alternative business to be discussed. Clearly we could not take the DNA database system legislation. In the light of the comments made by colleagues and my own views, I...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [269]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I should have stated it was always envisaged that we would have full debates on the three reports. I authored the report on penal reform and was very involved in producing the other two on prostitution and Traveller ethnicity, on which we always wanted to have debates. If one h...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [270]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] There is still no other business to be discussed. The Deputy Leader could not find a Minister to take any other business.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [270]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The Deputy Leader to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [270]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I have explained that the Leader's office made every attempt until after 7 p.m. yesterday to find another Minister to come and take other business. My preference was to have a debate on at least one of the reports today, but we simply could not arrange it. When the resignation ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [270]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of information, may I take it that I would have the Deputy Leader's support for such a motion?[Crown, John]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [272]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] I am not saying that for sure. All I am saying is it would be an interesting debate to have.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [272]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] As a lawyer, I could not sign up to anything, the wording of which I have not seen.
Senator Aideen Hayden referred to the resignation of the former Minister for Justice and Equality. She also welcomed the joint campaign being launched today by the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] It is the Committee of Public Accounts that is the problem.[Burke, Colm]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [272]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] It is a matter for the Chairmen of the committees to decide what comes within their remit, but statutory issues may have to be looked at.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [272]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] It is outrageous that we cannot examine the 25% of the budget that is outsourced.[Burke, Colm]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [272]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] We all take on board the points made by the Senator. I am not sure that this House is the appropriate forum, but I can ask the Leader if we can facilitate a debate. I suspect, however, that it might be a matter that will go before the relevant committee.
Senator Cáit Keane ex...
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08/05/2014 [Order of Business] Does it also include the murdering of Christians in recent years?[Walsh, Jim]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The motion deals specifically with the appalling abduction of girls that was highlighted. Colleagues can raise other issues in the debate on Tuesday.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] That completes my response to the Order of Business.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, while I empathise with the Deputy Leader in her dilemma in dealing with the motions, it was unacceptable to put them before the House to be taken without debate as that was to treat it with a certain contempt. If one cannot find a Minister of State to superv...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] Earlier I raised the issue of postcodes and asked the Deputy Leader to take it up. Let me comment on the escalation of costs in nine months from €15 million to €24 million.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] We cannot reopen the debate. The Senator has already raised the issue with the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [273]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] All of the people responsible were men, which may be the problem.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [274]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] On the day that is in it, that is an appropriate comment by the Senator. I meant to respond to him on the issue of postcodes. We might be able to get the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to attend for a specific debate on the matter. I am sure he would...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [274]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] In response to the point made by Senator Paschal Mooney about the motions, I want to have full debates on the reports; all of us who were involved in producing them want the same. I do not think it would have been appropriate to arrange for a Minister with no knowledge of their ...Vol-231 Book-5 Page [274]
08/05/2014 [Order of Business] The Deputy Leader has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That Nos. 41, 42 and 44 be deleted from the Order of Business for today." Is the amendment agreed to? Agreed. That means that Senator Jillian van Turnhout's amendment cannot be dealt with.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-5 Page [274]
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