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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 44, motion No. 9 re annulment of SI 105 of the Building Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014, to be taken at noon, with the contribution of the proposing Senator not to exceed six minutes, the contributions of all other Senators not to exceed ...Book-15 Page [788]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] It will be very difficult for me to be nasty after that.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-15 Page [788]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator was never nasty; it was only a pretence.[Coghlan, Paul]Book-15 Page [788]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I wish Ms Jody Blake all the best in her retirement. The Cathaoirleach and the Leader have highlighted what she has meant to this House and its Members over the years. I hear some of her utterances from time to time because I am seated very c...Book-15 Page [788]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Labour Party group, I join others in paying tribute to Jody Blake. We all wish her a very happy early retirement; I stress early as otherwise she would have had to be ten when starting. She served 23 years in the Seanad, as the Leader has said, which is a long ...Book-15 Page [789]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I, too, join in the tributes to thank Jody for all her help. I am a Member for less than three years, but I can still remember the day I entered the Seanad and met the formidable team between Deirdre and Jody who were very helpful in ensuring I had guidance and advice. Straight...Book-15 Page [790]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I had understood the tributes to Jody would be after the Order of Business, but it is quite appropriate that we give it primacy because this is the most important event that will take place today. I would ask for the indulgence of the House, since we have a rota, that after I sa...Book-15 Page [790]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] We will miss Jody very much. I know that her dog, garden, friends and family will be the beneficiaries of her time away from us. She has been more than helpful, particularly to those of us who are new not only to the Seanad but to the Houses of the Oireachtas. I greatly apprec...Book-15 Page [791]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Mar chomh-Thiobraid Árannach, is mian liom mo bhuíochas a chur in iúl do Jody Blake. Níl aon amhras faoi ná gur thug sí an-chabhair agus an-tacaíocht dúinn anseo i gcónaí. Is cinnte nach mbeidh a leithéid arís ann.
As a fellow Tipperary person, I would like to express my appr...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in wishing Jody well. I discovered early on following my election to Seanad Éireann three years ago that we had mutual friends. I will always appreciate the sound and solid advice provided by Jody to me when Acting Chairman and the help, support and courtesy s...Book-15 Page [792]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I echo all the sentiments expressed about Jody Blake. When she left Golden in Tipperary she ushered in a golden era in the Seanad. I thank her very much for all her kindness to us all.
This week, most generous tributes were paid by Queen Elizabeth II in her speech at Windsor ...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I, too, would like to be associated with all the tributes paid to Jody, all of which are well deserved. I, too, found her ever helpful, particularly when I was Acting Chairman. Whenever Jody was there when one was in the Chair, one could not go wrong. I am extremely grateful f...Book-15 Page [793]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I, too, would like to be associated with the tributes to Jody and thank her for all her work on behalf of this House.
Senator Darragh O'Brien referred to the Seanad count. As a new Member, I found the counts of parcels and sub-parcels and the inside and outside rules all very ...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I also pay tribute to Ms Jody Blake on her early retirement, which has to be emphasised. I echo the comments on her dress sense which is something we have had a good few chats about. In fact, I think we have a dress or two in common. She is very quirky and cool and I really en...Book-15 Page [794]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I wish solely to pay tribute to Ms Jody Blake. I express my gratitude to her, as others have done. She was the first professional in the Seanad to give me a telephone call after my appointment. It was her call and she shared her mobile number with me as well, which I was so im...Book-15 Page [795]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join in the tributes to Ms Jody Blake. It is hard to believe she will be leaving. I remember before our first day's sitting, when I was new and quite nervous about the Chamber, I was trying to figure it out. As Jody very kindly brought me in and showed me around, we figured ...Book-15 Page [795]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Like other colleagues, I join in the good wishes to Jody Blake on her early retirement. I was saddened to hear last week that she would be leaving us today. As colleagues have said, when one attends the count in the Members' restaurant Jody and Deirdre are two of the most promi...Book-15 Page [796]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join all my colleagues who have said that it was a very successful visit. We were proud of the President and the country and I hope there will be many more such visits.
I wish to ask the Leader two things briefly. I have mentioned on several occasions in the House that mobi...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] This is a great opportunity to pay tribute to the team. I know when the Tipperary team take to the hurling pitch they are unbeatable.[Quinn, Feargal]Book-15 Page [797]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] They are not quite unbeatable, but they are almost unbeatable. I had not realised until today that between Golden and Rathcabbin we have a Tipperary team in the House. We are losing half of it today, but I hope we are not losing it permanently. I imagine Jody will keep in touc...Book-15 Page [797]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Nuair a bhí comhrá fada agam le Jody inné, chuir mé in iúl di an méid measa atá agam uirthi. I wish to be associated with all the words of good wishes to Jody. We had a great chat yesterday between Adjournment matters. I expressed to her my considerable pride having worked wit...Book-15 Page [797]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join wholeheartedly in the tributes to Jody Blake. I thank her for her professionalism and courtesy to all of us during the years. Present company excepted, it is sometimes the fate of politicians around here to be forgotten but not gone. The opposite will be the case with J...Book-15 Page [798]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil Party Senators are feeling wry amusement at the new-found enthusiasm of the Senator for septic tanks.[Mooney, Paschal]Book-15 Page [798]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should not pooh-pooh my contribution. I am a country dweller.[Mullen, Rónán]Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator is correct. Fianna Fáil Senators are smiling wryly because our party has been fighting this issue for several years. The latter day conversion of Senator Rónán Mullen to the issue may have something to do with his tramping through the highways and byways of 15 rural...Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should check my voting record. He is not sufficiently in touch with his constituency.[Mullen, Rónán]Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I wish the Senator well and welcome him and his new-found enthusiasm for septic tanks on board. I hope he will continue to follow in the footsteps of the Fianna Fáil Party in protecting those who are financially impoverished. I welcome much of what he said on this issue.
I am...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I found it to be an historic occasion and I am sure Senator Paul Coghlan enjoyed the occasion yesterday. President Higgins lifted the morale of the Diaspora, including the Irish in Britain, and those of us who are at home. I pay particular tribute to the President's wife, Sabin...Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] On Tuesday the European Court of Justice issued its judgment on the EU data retention directive, No. 2006/24/EC. The court struck down the directive on the basis that it is incompatible with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and stated it entailed an interference with the fun...Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Having been distracted by septic tanks, I completely forgot to join my colleagues in wishing Jody Blake every happiness in the future. While it may be a cliché, the saying that one's health is one's wealth is true. I am aware Jody has taken the decision somewhat reluctantly on ...Book-15 Page [799]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris wishes to make a further contribution on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-15 Page [800]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I appreciate the flexibility shown by the Cathaoirleach in this matter. I welcome the Supreme Court judgment in the Callely case which vindicated the honour of the Seanad. When there has been time to examine the case, more will be said on the matter in the House. Yesterday was...Book-15 Page [800]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] It is appropriate that Senators have paid tribute to Ms Jody Blake. We may ask her to retire a few more times as her decision has resulted in the Order of Business being a little less confrontational than usual this morning.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-15 Page [800]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien inquired about Mr. Frank Flannery and Ms Angela Kerins. The Taoiseach has made it clear that he believes they should both appear before the Committee of Public Accounts.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-15 Page [800]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] That is the Taoiseach's and the Government's position on the matter.
Senators Jillian van Turnhout, Martin Conway, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and David Norris referred to human rights and the direct provision system, which has been in place for 14 years. The Senators requested a fu...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Kathryn Reilly referred to the youth guarantee and suggested we invite the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, to come to the House to discuss it. I have invited the Minister to return to the Seanad to deal with a number of issues. I am informed that 28 ...Book-15 Page [801]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] If the Leader knows of anyone who might be interested, perhaps he might forward his or her details to me.[Mullen, Rónán]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I would be happy to canvass with the Senator. I might not support him, but I would be happy to help out.[Norris, David]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] In the context of registration or non-registration of septic tanks, I recall that we engaged in two or three debates on the subject.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] There were those who encouraged people not to register and pay the €5 fee. The number of environmental infringement cases taken against the State has decreased by 66% since the Government took office. As a result, a considerable sum of taxpayers' money has been saved. The Mini...Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Would it be possible for the Minister to come before the House?[Mullen, Rónán]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Hildegarde Naughton requested a debate on data protection and EU law. I hope to be in a position to arrange such a debate.
Senator David Norris welcomed the Supreme Court's decision in the Callely case. The Senator also correctly highlighted the plight of members of t...
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10/04/2014 [Order of Business] I referred to the President's state visit to the United Kingdom because I hoped the Leader would convey the appreciation of the House to the President and Mrs. Higgins on the outstanding work they had done on behalf of the nation.[Mooney, Paschal]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Perhaps we might also convey our appreciation to Her Majesty the Queen.[Norris, David]Book-15 Page [802]
10/04/2014 [Order of Business] Jody played a big role in ensuring the final Order of Business for which she served as Clerk Assistant to the Seanad went so well.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-15 Page [802]
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