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15/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage, to be taken at 3.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed five mi...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [2]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] This being the decade of commemorations I believe it would be appropriate to set time aside this week for statements on the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf which is a significant milestone in the history of the country. This history did not begin at the beginning o...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [2]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] Like Senator Darragh O'Brien, I condemn the shooting that took place today outside a primary school in Ballymun in broad daylight. It is shocking to see another shooting carried out in such a brazen fashion. It deserves condemnation. We may seek a debate on crime and criminal ...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [3]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien in his suggestion that we should have a debate on the Battle of Clontarf. As a descendant of Brian Ború, he should have declared an interest. I have had meetings with Conor O'Brien, Lord Inchiquin, and the Minister, and some money has been rele...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [4]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in sympathising with the family who lost a loved one this morning in very violent circumstances. I support the call for a debate on gun crime. The number of violent deaths in Dublin is increasingly worrying, as is the number of firearms being used...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [4]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senators on all sides of the House in expressing sympathy to the family of the man murdered so callously this morning in Dublin.
Last week we paid tribute to the outstanding contribution President Higgins and his wife, Sabina, had made, with others, to the success of the...
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15/04/2014 [Order of Business] If a report in yesterday's newspapers is to be believed - God knows, they get things wrong when publishing bad news and rile people - the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is carrying out a review of national parks with a view to outsourcing work. I am surprised at t...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [5]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate on the report of the Commission for Economic Development of Rural Areas, CEDRA, which was published yesterday? The commission is chaired by Mr. Pat Spillane and it was worrying to hear him say on radio this morning that he reckoned that of 64 GAA...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [6]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] It is timely this morning that I raise the issue of wind and call for another debate on wind energy given that people are on the streets of Dublin protesting against pylons and wind turbines in certain areas of the country. It was very much highlighted in the news over the weeke...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [7]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I made very similar points on Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth as Senator Paschal Mooney made recently. I put them up on my Facebook page on 1 April and got a very interesting response.[Cullinane, David]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [7]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I presume people knew it was an April fool’s suggestion.[White, Mary M.]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [7]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I just wanted to raise again the State meeting its renewable energy targets. I commend the thousands of people who took part in a protest today outside the gates of Leinster House.[Cullinane, David]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [7]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join the commendations for and congratulations to the President, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, on the excellent job they did in representing the country last week during the first official state visit to Britain. It made me very proud to be an Irish person. I am par...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [7]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] How did he get on in County Louth in the presidential election?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [8]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] On numerous occasions I have raised the serious matter of the provision of mental health services and psychiatric beds for children and adolescents. It is unacceptable for a child or a teenager to be placed in an adult psychiatric unit. I was horrified to read a report from the...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [8]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien in his call for a debate on the Battle of Clontarf. It is a seminal date in our history. Although much Celtic legend and Paddywhackery is attached to it, a significant body of historical fact attests to the fact Brian Ború was a very important ...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [8]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] There is a deficit of €800 million and constant tension between management and staff, which will remain until it is solved. That culture of big bonuses got us into the mess we are in and are, hopefully, coming out of. I read that the Minister, Deputy Michael Noonan, said it wou...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [8]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Mary Moran in congratulating President Higgins on the superb way the UK visit went. It was a great credit to everyone involved in organising it and the contributions they made. It was well done and was a very good sales pitch from an Irish point of view. I had a...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [9]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] About this time in Liverpool today there is a remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster. We all remember that and perhaps we should bow our heads to remember that terrible, horrific tragedy. It was 25 years ago today. Some 20 years ago this past week was the genocide in Rwanda ...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [9]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] -----an arrangement could be put in place to help them to hold onto their homes, even if it was to rent.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [9]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I realise that, but I cannot state enough the trauma I experienced listening to the people concerned.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [10]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator can make these points during the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [10]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I would have thought that by now we in this country would have learned the consequences of turning a blind eye. We have seen in no uncertain terms what happens when we have light-touch regulation in the financial services sector, and we are all still paying the price for it, as ...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [10]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] It does what it likes with impunity. Thanks to the Cathaoirleach I was able to table a question to the Minister on the Adjournment last Thursday and I was horrified to learn the EPA is accountable to no one. It is not answerable to the Minister or the Department and it is not a...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [10]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Colm Burke in his criticism of the Government for the changes that will be to the detriment of women who will have children after 23 April when they will be deprived of maternity benefit, but I do not share his surprise. Given everything the Government has d...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [10]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I am flummoxed by the Government's audacity to bring forward Bills that it purports to be in the interests of children when it already has a particular track record. Its legacy will be horrendous for children.
I support the call made by my colleague, Senator Darragh O'Brien, f...
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15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senators Jim Walsh and Darragh O'Brien on an appropriate commemoration of Brian Boru. I have suggested previously that the Seanad consider meeting in Dromoland Castle, one of the homes of the O'Briens connected with Brian Ború.[Conway, Martin]Vol-231 Book-1 Page [11]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] The O'Briens are also connected with Killaloe. It would be most appropriate if we were to consider meeting at a location outside the city of Dublin to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary. I request that the Leader write to the Taoiseach to see if the Cabinet would be willing to...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [11]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader for a debate on the north west and the Border region in particular. Considering the impact of the recession, the contribution of various Governments to the regions has not been what it should be. Some recent research which has come to my attention is worth putt...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [12]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] I congratulate Dublin City Council, and particularly the individual concerned with enforcing minimum standards in private rented accommodation, on its recent sweep of substandard properties in the city and its bringing 70 landlords before the courts for their failure to meet mini...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [12]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien and other Senators called for a debate on the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. I have raised that matter with the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Jimmy Deenihan, and he has informed me that numerous events have been pla...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [12]
15/04/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Michael Mullins also called for a debate on gun crime, which can be expanded to accommodate a debate on bail and sentencing policy. The Senator also highlighted the loss to the economy arising from smuggling activities related to cigarettes and fuel laundering. I believ...Vol-231 Book-1 Page [13]
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