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17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Protection of Children's Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at noon and conclude not later than 1 p.m., and No. 2, statements on an update on the situation in Ukraine, to be taken at 1 p.m. and conclude not l...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [137]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] There are many songs about water, one of which goes "Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink".[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [137]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] If I knew all of the words, I would. There appears to be an ongoing spat between the Government parties on the question of water charges. The Taoiseach was in the House last evening and we all welcomed his presence in the Chamber. I commend him for coming.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [137]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure it was appreciated by Members on all sides of the House. It is right and proper that Taoisigh should visit the House on a regular basis. The Taoiseach talked about honesty and truth and seeking and telling the truth in the context of the terms of reference for the tri...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [137]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I reiterate what I said at the time, that I support fully the new building regulations. It is long past time they were introduced and I commend the Minister, Deputy Phil Hogan. He appears to me to be the nearest thing to a Fianna Fáil Minister when it comes to having the vision...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [138]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] He is someone who, when he gets an idea into his head, proceeds with it without fear or favour. However, in this particular instance, I suggest that the Minister is wrong. It is time he revisited SI 9 to ensure those who wish to build their own houses under certified conditions...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [138]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] While Senator Paschal; Mooney spoke for my good friends opposite in Fianna Fáil, it is no harm to remind Members that Fianna Fáil has a recurring problem in dealing with its amnesia. I remind Members opposite that Fianna Fáil signed up to a four-year programme in 2010 and agreed...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [138]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] In the light of the peak of friendship in relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom after the highly successful visit by President Higgins to the United Kingdom last week, I seek a debate on Northern Ireland in which I ask the Deputy Leader to invite the Tánaiste to partic...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [139]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] First, in response to Senator Paschal Mooney, let there be no doubt that the Tánaiste has made the position clear. The Labour Party is only too well aware of the fact that one quarter of households in Ireland will be metered and it will not be signing up to any water charges sys...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [139]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] On the issue of Irish families currently living in hotels because they have nowhere else to live as they are homeless, I welcome the announcement by the Leader the day before yesterday that Members would have a discussion with the Minister for Social Protection on 28 May to consi...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [139]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I support what Senator Paschal Mooney said about water charges. It is critical. The position in Roscommon is that there is definitely water - water, water, everywhere - but not one drop to drink because the supplies are contaminated with cryptosporidium.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] How is the Senator managing in the western Dáil bar?[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] How are we to charge for water when people cannot drink it? Meters are being installed in houses in Boyle where people have to boil water and also in Castlerea where the water is unsafe to drink. An interim plant has been put in place in Roscommon town through the work of local...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Objection. It is outrageous to suggest any political party has gerrymandered constituency boundaries.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I ask that the remark be withdrawn. It is outrageous. An independent electoral commission sets the boundaries. The Senator's accusation is outrageous.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Terry Leyden to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I am not competent to make a factual comment on this case, but I am sure the Senator will remember the very remarkable gerrymandering that was given the name "Tullymander" in memory of the Labour Party Minister who had organised it.[Norris, David]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [140]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order. Senator Terry Leyden to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I thank Senator David Norris for reminding me of that fact. I knew Jim Tully well.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Yes, it is. An independent electoral commission sets the boundaries. It is outrageous and a slur on the Government parties and this House for the Senator to make those accusations.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Senator, please, resume her seat? Senator Terry Leyden should proceed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] It is also a slur on the independent electoral commission.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Tullymander helped to have Fianna Fáil voted in.[Norris, David]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] That is not relevant to the Order of Business. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader on the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] By the way, if the Government wanted to have an independent commission to draw up constituency boundaries, it would not have the Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government draw up the plans or the technical people-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Does the Senator have a question for the Leader on the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister knew what areas were in and interfered in the matter.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Even with all of the gerrymandering they are still going to lose their seats - thanks be to God.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [141]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Terry Leyden is out of order and I am very disappointed with him.[Moran, Mary]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [142]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator to continue on the Order of Business, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [142]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I refer to the welcome announcement made this morning by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, that €15 million would be made available for the school book rental scheme capital fund available to all primary schools. I have been a strong supporter of cuttin...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [142]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Aideen Hayden on security of tenure, which is very important. I am astonished as, I suppose, an elderly man that once again in this country we are seeing evictions, but it is not just evictions of tenants. Last Friday, as I was leaving the office, I was con...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [142]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I thank Dr. David Robert Grimes, physicist at Oxford University, for his excellent opinion piece in The Irish Times yesterday. He notes that UNICEF estimates that immunisation saves 9 million lives a year and has eradicated smallpox and made polio a thing of the past, among othe...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [143]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Deputy Leader for a debate on the proposal for free GP care for those aged under six. Despite everybody's best intentions for reform in the health service, it is worrying that we are going ahead with a political gimmick in making free GP care available for those aged u...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [143]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Mary Moran in welcoming the funding that has been made available for the schoolbooks scheme in primary schools. It is a very practical way of supporting parents and children in schools and reducing the cost of schoolbooks and the cost of going to school. More imp...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [144]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] When we consider that this is the 100th anniversary of Cumann na mBan, we can see that equality eludes us still. This can be compared with the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Irish Volunteers in the Garden of Remembrance, broadcast live on television, at which the...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [144]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Mark Daly to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [145]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik is the Deputy Leader today. I ask Senator Mark Daly to speak through the Chair. Does he have a question for the Deputy Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [145]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] For the first time in the history of the State a bridge over the Liffey was named after a woman, a member of Cumann na mBan. Considering Dublin is quite an old city, that in itself is a disgrace. I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to include our motion that the Gov...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [145]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator David Norris's request that Pope Francis be invited to Ireland. He has been a positive influence on the Catholic Church since his election as Pope. He has been very reforming and it would be positive for us to have him come to the country.
I also support Sen...
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17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Although I welcome the fact that the Minister, Deputy Simon Coveney, has commissioned a report on fluoride, I wish he would not waste our money on that report because I am not paying water charges if I am going to be medicated without my permission. We are all being mass medicat...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [146]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business tabled by my colleague Senator Mark Daly. It would be opportune to commemorate the founding of Cumann na mBan 100 years ago and I regret that the Government has not taken the initiative. These women dedicated themselves in a selfl...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [146]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Paschal Mooney's comments on the excellent debate here last night with the Taoiseach on the terms of reference of the commission of investigation. As the Senator said, it was good to see the Taoiseach here and we would like to see him here more often. He ha...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [146]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney also raised the issue of water charges. This morning, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, made clear on "Morning Ireland" that no decision had been made, nothing had been signed...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] As Senator Aideen Hayden pointed out, the Tánaiste said the Labour Party would not sign off on any water charge that is not fair and equitable. In particular, we want to ensure that families on low incomes are not disadvantaged unduly by water charges.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry acknowledged, and all of us accept, that there is a water conservation issue and that charging for water will have an effect-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] There are many issues around water and colleagues have raised a number of them. We will all benefit from moving to a better and more sustainable water infrastructure. The Government has made figures available that show that the State has been under-investing in water services f...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I have been given that figure as a national figure. Dublin is struggling to meet capacity requirements. We have had water switch-offs in Dublin and many treatment plants are inadequate.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I will make no comment on whiskey in the Senator's water.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Is it whiskey in the water or water in the whiskey?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The State has been underspending for decades. It has spent an average of €300 million per year while the true cost of meeting the national requirements for water and wastewater treatment plants and for upgrading infrastructure would be more than €600 million.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [147]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan has pointed out that there is a great deal of wastage and a great deal to be done. May I speak without interruption?[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I listened with courtesy, although it was difficult sometimes not to interrupt my colleagues on the other side.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I am just a little excited about it. I apologise.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I know the Senator is a little excited with the holidays starting this evening.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Please allow the Deputy Leader to speak without interruption and reply to all the questions raised on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] We had an extensive debate on the establishment of Irish Water and the concept of a water charge and we have been told the Government will make a decision on that in due course but that there was not enough information available to make that decision at this week's Cabinet meetin...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Government parties will not win a seat in Roscommon.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Members should allow the Deputy Leader to reply to questions put.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] As someone who grew up in rural Ireland, I reject any notion that the Government is anti-rural Ireland. It is nonsense.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Paschal Mooney magnanimously acknowledged that Fianna Fáil had referred to the incorrect statutory instrument during Private Members' time. If he wants to have a debate on the matter, he should put forward the correct statutory instrument next time and, of course, we wil...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [148]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Who drew up the plans but the Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [149]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] We cannot have independence if we are relying on civil servants.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [149]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] I did not interrupt the Senator. When the leader of Fianna Fáil, Deputy Micheál Martin, made a comment about this issue after the conference, he was utterly contradicted by the members of the independent electoral commission.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [149]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should allow the Deputy Leader to reply.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [149]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Mary Moran welcomed the announcement made by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, of the allocation of €15 million for the school book rental scheme for all primary schools. I join her in welcoming the measure which is hugely important. The cost o...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [149]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] Can the House ask the Government to call on the local authorities to deal with it?[Daly, Mark]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [151]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator may wish to reword the motion which may then attract all-party agreement.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [151]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] In the spirit of commemorations, I have asked the Leader to commemorate in June this year the 750th anniversary of the first parliamentary gathering in Ireland, held in Castledermot, County Kildare. It is referred to on the Oireachtas website and colleagues interested in commemo...Vol-231 Book-3 Page [151]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of clarification, does Senator Mark Daly wish to deal with No. 44, motion No. 5?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [151]
17/04/2014 [Order of Business] In the light of the Deputy Leader's suggestions, I will withdraw the motion and have it reworded. I hope the motion will then get Government approval and that the Government will call on local authorities to name buildings after members of Cumann na mBan.[Daly, Mark]Vol-231 Book-3 Page [152]
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