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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the 2020 Strategy for the Irish Language, in a change to the original schedule, to be taken at 11.45 a.m. and conclude not later than 1 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all o...Book-8 Page [367]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I will try to behave myself today. I will retable that Adjournment matter following the break.
I refer to the need for a debate on the health service plan. I have raised a few instances of what is happening in the health service, as have many other colleagues. Last week the ...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Do Government colleagues agree that Mr. Flannery has questions to answer about his role as a lobbyist while working for Fine Gael as a strategist and in lobbying Fine Gael and Labour Party Ministers?[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [368]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] That should be left to the Committee of Public Accounts. We do not need to discuss the issue here.[Coghlan, Paul]Book-8 Page [368]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Earlier we found out that he was being paid €60,000 a year as a retainer by Philanthropy Ireland to lobby the Government while working as the main man in the main Government party. Does the Leader believe he should appear before the Committee of Public Accounts and answer questi...Book-8 Page [368]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I pay tribute to Christine Buckley whose death was announced yesterday for her courage and strength in raising the difficult issue of the abuse of children in State institutions. She fought her fight with dignity until the end. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult...Book-8 Page [369]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I note Senator Susan O'Keeffe's comments on penalty points. Will the Minister for Justice and Equality come to the House to debate the material that is coming to light, including the report that will be published later and the work of the Comptroller and Auditor General and the ...Book-8 Page [369]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] We should leave matters that are properly dealt with by the Committee of Public Accounts to the committee and anyone called to appear before it should attend. We are all agreed on that point. I have not read the reports.[Coghlan, Paul]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I was more worried about the Senator and Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] As regards the comments made by others referred to by Senator Darragh O'Brien, we should desist from playing the man and not the ball and bringing others into it.[Coghlan, Paul]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Will the Senator say that to the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Garda Commissioner?[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] What about what the Fine Gael did to Mr. Flannery?[White, Mary M.]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I second the amendment proposed to the Order of Business by my colleague, Senator Darragh O’Brien.[O'Donovan, Denis]Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I am deeply concerned about a Dutch super trawler which is six times longer than this room which is approximately 24 m long; it is one of the biggest super trawlers ever to fish in Irish waters and concerns about it have been raised nationally and elsewhere in Europe. A former S...Book-8 Page [370]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the news that AIB has written €150,000 off the loan on a family home of €400,000 for a family of four, which enables it to stay in it. The deal was negotiated by the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation. This is a very positive step in dealing with the issue of mortgag...Book-8 Page [371]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] It has never been my practice to call for heads because that is far too easy a political manoeuvre, but it is clear that it is time for the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, to go, for the moral welfare and decency of political sta...Book-8 Page [371]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, it is totally inappropriate for a Member to cast a slur on a Minister who is not here to defend himself. Senator David Norris should have a little courage and do it when the Minister is in attendance.[Sheahan, Tom]Book-8 Page [371]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Bring him in and I will be delighted to do it. I have no problem with it.[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator should not pontificate when the man is not here. He is absent.[Sheahan, Tom]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I am perfectly entitled to make a political charge against a Minister who has been-----[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Will Senator Tom Sheahan, please, resume his seat? Does Senator Norris have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] No; I do not have to have a question for the Leader. We discussed this issue yesterday. I have a few answers for the Leader, if the Cathaoirleach would like to hear them. We had a good example yesterday, with the clear indication that the Government did not have the slightest ...Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I have a statement for the Leader and the House. This is in the tradition of the House and I have been here longer than the Cathaoirleach.[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] It was perfectly clear yesterday that the Government was not going to do this, but we must insist on this House being totally reformed. It would be quite easy to do it, but it is against the selfish political interests of a corrupt Government.[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I hope Senator David Norris did not mean to cast a slur on the integrity of the elected members of local authorities.[Mooney, Paschal]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Of course, I did not. The system is corrupt and one cannot blame people for operating it.[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [372]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien's call for the Minister for Health to come to the House for a debate on many issues relating to the health service. We have still not had a proper debate on the national HSE service plan and the impact it will have on acute hospitals and prim...Book-8 Page [373]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is opportune in the light of the recent flooding and storm damage that the Seanad should debate insurance cover. We are all aware from interaction with people on a daily basis that significant issues remain in terms of the impossibility of insuring homes and businesses which ...Book-8 Page [373]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] There is a need for joined-up thinking in this area and there is also a need for a forum where present needs, future works and insurance risks could be discussed and matters resolved to benefit the population as a whole. I hope the Leader will facilitate such a debate.[Naughton,...Book-8 Page [374]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I hope the Seanad will join me in wishing the Irish diaspora a very happy St. Patrick's Day. I am delighted that Ministers are travelling abroad, as I did in the past, to visit countries and spread the good word about Ireland. I hope they enjoy themselves as well. It is tough ...Book-8 Page [374]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] There is no doubt it is a tough job. St. Patrick's Day is very important and it is building up to being an extremely important day from a sales and marketing point of view for this country, which is why it is important that we send our wishes from the Seanad. I hope the Leader ...Book-8 Page [374]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Excellent. I wish you success and hope you pull it off.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [374]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I have a mini-vested interest in this particular regard. There is so much red tape. Ireland is renowned for dancing - dancing at the crossroads, the comely maidens and athletic young men. Senator David Norris probably gave the details of Éamon De Valera's famous speech. The r...Book-8 Page [374]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The law does not apply to public dancing in the recreation room managed or conducted under the authority of the Minister for Defence or the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Commissioner can have a dance up in the Phoenix Park-----[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] -----and he does not require a licence, but if we have a little dance in a public house in the west or at a crossroads, we have to have one.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] No. The Minister of State, Deputy Michael Ring, is the most practical person in the Government. He has been responsible for The Gathering.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I hope the Minister of State will bring about a situation where he will get rid of this rubbish. This is Ireland. In Spain or elsewhere one can dance where one wants to dance in any pub or anywhere else without having a stupid licence.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is ridiculous one has to go to a District Court and advertise for dancing in Ireland. This country is renowned throughout the world as a country where we welcome dancing. I hope I have got the message across. Good luck to everybody on St. Patrick's Day.[Leyden, Terry]Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange to have the Minister for Social Protection come to the House if that is possible. A case was highlighted to me recently about those who are unemployed who had worked in the construction industry. They have a safe pass certificate and if it is due to ...Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to inquire about the workings of a new European health directive called the cross-border health care directive. It appears that Irish citizens will be eligible under new terms and conditions to access health care abroad and to have such health care paid for by t...Book-8 Page [375]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Terry Leyden in extending our good wishes to the Irish throughout the world on St. Patrick's Day weekend. This is the last sitting of the House before St. Patrick's Day and it is appropriate that we wish Ministers embarking on the promotion of our country abroad a...Book-8 Page [376]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I was not in the Chamber yesterday, but I commend Senator Terry Leyden for the trenchant manner in which he raised the issue of the now infamous Trichet letter to Brian Lenihan on the eve of the bailout, which clearly precipitated that bailout, no matter which Government was in o...Book-8 Page [376]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Deputy Paul Bradford raised the issue of cross-border health care. As someone who was involved in this area at European level, I believe it is important the directive is transposed into Irish law. The directive has been passed for some time and the deadline for transposition in...Book-8 Page [377]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] To add to what Senator Colm Burke has said, it was also designed with the intention of reducing the number of women entering medical school - another shameful aspect.[Barrett, Sean D.]Book-8 Page [377]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues in wishing the various Ministers and delegations travelling all over the world for St. Patrick's Day the best of luck. I hope their trips will prove successful for the country.
On Monday I attended a public meeting organised by Monaghan Integrated Developm...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I acknowledge the announcement this morning by the Minister of State at the Department of Finance with responsibility for the OPW, Deputy Brian Hayes, that an initial allocation of €19 million would be made available through his offices for flood defence works, following the dama...Book-8 Page [378]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I support the comments of my colleague, Senator Diarmuid Wilson, on the alignment process and the restructuring of Leader companies under the provisions of the recently passed Local Government Reform Bill which will have a negative effect and create more, not less, bureaucracy. ...Book-8 Page [379]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Jimmy Deenihan, knows Killarney National Park better than I do, but-----[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Book-8 Page [379]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The volume of traffic through the other national parks is equal to that in Killarney, but they are only receiving 20% of the allocation.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Book-8 Page [379]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] There are much smaller staff numbers in Glenveagh National Park.[Coghlan, Paul]Book-8 Page [379]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Perhaps the Leader might invite the Minister to come to the House to give us an explanation for why Killarney National Park is receiving €913,000 this year-----[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Book-8 Page [379]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] -----while Glenveagh National Park in my area is only receiving €142,000 and Connemara National Park, €13,000.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Book-8 Page [380]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] That is a disgrace. The Minister should spread the money around.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [380]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] It is my pleasure to be associated with the good wishes to the Irish Diaspora. It is a tragedy for Ireland that so many young people are still emigrating every week. As my party’s spokesperson on employment, it is my pleasure that the company I co-founded and on the board of wh...Book-8 Page [380]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The reason I started Lir Chocolates was to create employment, which is still my passion. I congratulate the company on creating more jobs in Navan, County Meath.
A Chathaoirligh, I am very appreciative of your patience in the past 12 months. This is only the third day since N...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Obviously, the Cathaoirleach got chocolates that many of us did not get.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [380]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I assume there will be an Easter egg for everyone in the audience.
Senators Darragh O’Brien and David Cullinane called for a debate on the health service plan. I will try to get the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, to attend the House to discuss that matter. The numb...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] There is a difference between medical care and medical cards.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [381]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] If the Senator allows me to finish, I will give him the information.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [381]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator tends not to let other Members finish their points. Up to 43% of the population, 1,988,321, had access to free GP care at the end of 2013. A total of 1,863,984 people had full medical cards, while a further 124,337 had GP visit cards. In 2013 the Health Service Exe...Book-8 Page [381]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Of course, smoking is not allowed in the House.
I have no intention on commenting on the spats between the two Deputies in Carlow and Kilkenny. The Taoiseach has stated Mr. Frank Flannery should give evidence before the Committee of Public Accounts, with which I agree.
Senat...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] What about Deputies Clare Daly and Mick Wallace and the other people involved?[Norris, David]Book-8 Page [382]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Michael Mullins raised the issue of the €68 million allocation for new social housing announced by the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O’Sullivan. This is to be welcomed, in addition to the €15 million allocated for the refurbishment of local authority houses that are boar...Book-8 Page [382]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] The Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, knows where it is. He has it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I queried why the previous Government had not put it in the public domain for people to examine.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I agree with the Leader, but why will the Government not publish it?[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I will share the concerns of the Minister for Finance with Senators-----[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Will Senator Terry Leyden, please, let me respond? He had a very good innings. As he was dancing for a long time, will he let someone else respond?[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] In the case of some 70% of appeals in respect of invalidity and disability payments the decisions have been overturned. I agree that the number is far too great and that the matter should be examined.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-8 Page [383]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] I will ask the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, to come to the House to discuss it.
Senators Diarmuid Wilson and Brian Ó Domhnaill mentioned local development companies. I have the utmost confidence that local authorities will provide the best possible ser...
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12/03/2014 [Order of Business] We have loads of time to talk about it because there is nothing else happening.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-8 Page [384]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Martin Conway referred to the initial allocation of €19 million in response to the recent flooding and mentioned that €8.7 million had been allocated to County Clare. That county was very badly hit and it is right that such an amount of money be allocated, in addition to...Book-8 Page [384]
12/03/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Health on the issue of medical cards for children, those with a long-term illness and the elderly be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-8 Page [384]
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