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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 45, Private Members' business, motion No. 9 re the beef industry, to be taken at 12.30 p.m. and conclude not later than 2.30 p.m. Tributes to the late former Senator Jimmy Mulroy will be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business.[Cummins, Maur...Book-9 Page [439]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group and as somebody who served with the late former Senator and Deputy Nicky McFadden, I express our sympathy to her family, particularly her two adult children, the community in Athlone and the Fine Gael Party. She was a great friend to everybody ...Book-9 Page [439]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Is the Senator proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-9 Page [440]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] -----on the basis of the incredible stories of the past few days. It is simply not credible. We will press this amendment to the Order of Business so as to ensure the Taoiseach or a senior Minister will make themselves available in this House tonight to tell us the truth, rathe...Book-9 Page [440]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] The amendment states: "That, at the conclusion of the Order of Business today, the Taoiseach or, in the event that he is not available, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Leo Varadkar, come to the House, make a statement on these extraordinary matters and answe...Book-9 Page [440]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join you, a Chathaoirligh, and Senator Marc MacSharry in paying tribute to the late Deputy Nicky McFadden and expressing, on behalf of the Labour Party group, our deep regret and sympathy to her family on her untimely death. Like many other colleagues, I served with the late f...Book-9 Page [440]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is most unfortunate that when we were introducing the statutory reform of An Garda Síochána in 2005 the Government of the day did not see fit to insert an independent policing authority or a policing board.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-9 Page [441]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] That is right. It was the then Minister, Mr. Michael McDowell, of whom I was critical at the time as an academic. Many of us were critical. It has been Labour Party policy that we should have an independent policing authority. It is welcome that we will do this and that the j...Book-9 Page [441]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Independent group, we are very glad to agree to the House not sitting tomorrow in deference to our late colleague, former Senator Nicky McFadden. I will not say very much about her today except to agree with what my colleagues have said and to say that, without ...Book-9 Page [442]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of increased charges for elderly and vulnerable people in nursing homes. It has come to my attention in recent weeks that many elderly people have been requested to pay extra money for services in nursing homes. We are all aware there is a fair deal system in ...Book-9 Page [443]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I express my deep condolences to Fine Gael and the McFadden family on the sad loss of Deputy Nicky McFadden. She was a lady, a political flower that had not yet blossomed. I soldiered with her on Gerry Ryan's first "Operation Transformation" programme. She had much less to los...Book-9 Page [443]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I also express my deep sadness at the passing of my very good friend, Deputy Nicky McFadden. She was a friend of mine for many years before she was a Member of this House. I have greatly admired her courage in the past two years as all of us have. I pass on my sympathies to he...Book-9 Page [444]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] We had a very good debate here on the amount of food we waste as a nation. I am delighted that Foodcloud has launched a pledge to reduce food waste. It has given some figures showing what can happen. Despite so many people around the world starving, we waste a colossal amount ...Book-9 Page [445]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Like others, I pay tribute to the late Deputy Nicky McFadden and offer my sympathy to her family. I knew Nicky from the hustings down through the years and the only way I could describe her is that she was a lovely person.
I am three years in this House looking for justice for...
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join in the expressions of sympathy on the death of Deputy Nicky McFadden and pass on my condolences to her colleagues and her family. I am sure we will have an opportunity over the next number of days and weeks to pay tribute to Nicky and I will do so when the occasion arises...Book-9 Page [445]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] No, that case is finished. It is a matter of public record and has been talked about in all media outlets. The point is that this happened in Waterford. We need to know how many telephone conversations there were, why they were recorded, what information was recorded and how w...Book-9 Page [446]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] A Chathaoirligh, I agree with your comments and those of the Leader and Senators Marc MacSharry, Ivana Bacik and Denis O'Donovan about our late colleague, Deputy Nicky McFadden, who was a brave person of magnificent courage. Please God, there will be an occasion shortly to pay t...Book-9 Page [446]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I wish primarily to express sympathy to the McFadden family on the death of poor Nicky and also to express my sympathy to the Fine Gael Party on its sad loss. She was an outstanding public representative who was cut down in her prime. I cannot find any cause for complaint with ...Book-9 Page [446]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome students from St. Joseph's national school in Dundalk, 70 of whom came through the House this morning.
I extend my sympathy to the family of the late former Senator and Deputy Nicky McFadden.[Moran, Mary]
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I express my sadness at the untimely death of Deputy Nicky McFadden. She was a great friend to me and will be missed. I have missed her for a long time, such was the isolating nature of the disease. She had a beautiful quality in her voice and, sadly, it was the first thing th...Book-9 Page [447]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I express my sympathy to the family of my late friend and colleague, Deputy Nicky McFadden, who bravely fought the horrendous illness from which she suffered. She was a beautiful person. We will have an opportunity to pay tribute to her on another day. May her gentle soul rest...Book-9 Page [448]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join those Senators who have extended sympathy to the family of the late Nicky McFadden. She was, as has been stated by many Members, a very gentle lady who was always pleasant and engaging when one met her. I join my colleague, Senator Paschal Mooney, in extending sympathy t...Book-9 Page [448]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Yes. I am putting the case to the Leader for a debate on the issue.[Walsh, Jim]Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] It undermines the relationship and the trust between a Garda Commissioner and future Ministers for Justice and Equality which is detrimental to the State. Unless the Taoiseach has the courage to do the right thing, given that the Minister is not doing it, this is an appalling vi...Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in expressing sympathy to the McFadden family on the death of Nicky who as a councillor, Senator and Deputy worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents. She will be sadly missed by her family, her constituents, all in the Houses of the Oireachtas and the Fi...Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Thank God somebody in this House has a sense of humour.[Norris, David]Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] -----to ensure all the information is properly dealt with.[Burke, Colm]Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Cabinet has dealt with the issue and we are moving forward in a proper manner rather than, as in the case of previous Governments, hiding behind State confidentiality and so on. The Taoiseach has acted properly in this matter. People are jumping to conclusions too early on ...Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join in the moving tributes of other Senators, in particular Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, to the late Nicky McFadden. Those of us who were Members of the previous Seanad are very sad at the loss of our former Seanad colleague. We will remember Nicky as having been a gentle an...Book-9 Page [449]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in expressing sympathy to the McFadden family, particularly Caren and Eoin, Gabrielle and Áine, on the sad passing of Nicky yesterday. All of us who knew Nicky were aware that she was a special lady. We all felt better having met her and conversed and interact...Book-9 Page [450]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join in the expressions of sympathy on the death of former Senator and Deputy Nicky McFadden. Nicky had the gift of personal connection with the person. During the time in this House when Nicky was in opposition and I was on the Government side we would smile across the room ...Book-9 Page [451]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues in conveying our sympathy to the McFadden family. I got to know Nicky McFadden in 2011, although many other Senators had the privilege of knowing her long before I did. She was one of the nicest people I have met in politics. She had a lovely way with her....Book-9 Page [451]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is true for our party, Fine Gael.
As regards what we are discussing today, including the Garda Síochána and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, I support the proposal by our Whip, Senator Paul Coghlan, for a full debate on these important issues. It ...
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Does the Senator have the political briefing notes?[Byrne, Thomas]Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Cáit Keane to continue, without interruption. Does she have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister has said he did not know but other people did not know either, so it is unfair to say that he is the first Minister who has handled this situation. That recording was already going on. I listened to Mr. John Redmond, the general secretary of the Association of Gard...Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I do. I congratulate the Government on bringing forward the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 to protect whistleblowers. It was initiated in this House but when will the Bill come back to this House? I would like to get an update on it.[Keane, Cáit]Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Mary White said she was sad the previous Government had not introduced an independent Garda authority. Such an authority is being introduced by this Government. Goodness can come out of badness. With the forthcoming statutory inquiry we will see more goodness.[Keane, C...Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I have Senators Terry Leyden, Thomas Byrne, Diarmuid Wilson, John Crown and Mark Daly left. I ask them to be very brief.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I wish to be associated with the vote of sympathy to the McFadden family on the death of former Senator and Deputy, Nicky McFadden. We sympathise with her daughter Caren and son Eoin, as well as her sisters Gab and Áine, granddaughter Matilda, aunt Kay and her extended family. ...Book-9 Page [452]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I want to be associated with the expressions of sympathy and tributes to the late former Senator and Deputy Nicky McFadden. She was a lovely person with whom I had many interactions during the years. We both served in opposition in our time here.
I also wish to be associated ...
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] However, if Deputy Alan Shatter is not going to be appointed as the specified Minister under section 3 of the Commissions of Investigation Act, who is? If he is not going to be appointed, why does he remain as Minister for Justice and Equality when matters current to his Departm...Book-9 Page [453]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] My proposal is that the Attorney General attend and be heard in the Seanad under Standing Order 56.[Byrne, Thomas]Book-9 Page [454]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I wish to be associated with the tributes that have been paid on all sides of the House to our former colleague, the late Deputy Nicky McFadden. Like others in this Chamber, I had the pleasure of serving with her in the 23rd Seanad. As previous speakers said, she was a very gen...Book-9 Page [454]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] To clarify, did Senator Thomas Byrne specify a date in respect of his amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-9 Page [454]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I am proposing that amendment to today's business.[Byrne, Thomas]Book-9 Page [454]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I extend my sympathy to the family of the late Deputy Nicky McFadden. The disease from which she suffered is an extraordinarily cruel one and she bore it with great bravery. It was particularly inspiring that she went public and used the knowledge of her illness in an attempt t...Book-9 Page [454]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I wish to be associated with the comments on the late Deputy and former Senator Nicky McFadden. Her death is a sad loss to the Houses and public life but, above all, to her family.
I second the amendment to the Order of Business that the Attorney General come before the House ...
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I thank Members for their kind words about the late Deputy Nicky McFadden, a former colleague of ours in this House. We will have an opportunity at a later stage to pay tribute to her. It was remiss of me not to express our sympathy also on the death of former Senator Edward Ha...Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I expect him to continue being a reforming Minister for the remainder of the Government's term.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Mr. Dermot Ahern passed more Bills than the Minister in the equivalent period.[Byrne, Thomas]Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] There were calls for clarification of the sequence of events involved. I understand the Minister will clarify the matter. Several questions were raised by Senators. The questions that arise are the reason the Government has set up a commission of inquiry to get to-----[Cummins...Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] That inquiry cannot be set up until we approve it.[Byrne, Thomas]Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Senator, please, allow me to finish? I did not interrupt him while he was speaking, even though I disagreed with most of what he had to say.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-9 Page [455]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is important that the Minister come to the House to debate the issues with us, even though, as colleagues are aware, the Government is responsible to Dáil Éireann under Article 28 of the Constitution. I am sure, however, that he will be willing to come to the House to address...Book-9 Page [456]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] There are no full-time cardiology services in the north west.[MacSharry, Marc]Book-9 Page [456]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I accept that it is the case. No region should be without cardiology services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Senator Colm Burke noted the importance of the Bill on missing persons in the context of the loss of lives in the Malaysian Airlines disaster. I note the points ma...
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26/03/2014 [Order of Business] While I understand the issue of the day is the political difficulties the Government is experiencing, I raised another matter of great seriousness. I refer to a convention established by resolution of the House. The Government is in contravention of the decision of the House in...Book-9 Page [457]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] I will bring the matter to the attention of the Government. The response period is four months, not three.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-9 Page [457]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Taoiseach or the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on matters relating to An Garda Síochána be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-9 Page [457]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Thomas Byrne has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That, in accordance with Standing Order 56, the Attorney General be invited to attend and be heard in the Seanad today on matters relating to An Garda Síochána." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoir...Book-9 Page [458]
26/03/2014 [Order of Business] Under Standing Order 62(3)(b), I request that the division be taken again other than by electronic means.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Book-9 Page [458]
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