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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for the update on the schedule for next week. Many of us have called for a debate on jobs and I appreciate the Leader's arranging these important debates with the Ministers and Minister of State.
I commend Senator Feargal Quinn for the passing of his Upward ...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Yes; I am delighted the Bill went through, but I would prefer it if they came to the House and actually put their money where their mouths were.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-3 Page [122]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I do have a question. I want to know what the position is on Senator Feargal Quinn's Bill. Will the Government accept it in the Dáil?
I also commend my colleague, Senator Mary White, and thank the Government for agreeing to pass the Parental Leave Bill 2013 on Committee Stage...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in thanking the Leader for outlining the format of the debates for next week. It is welcome that the focus will be on jobs, because a number of Members have called for a debate on this issue, and it is good to hear that the Minister for Finance, th...Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The committee also heard from the Turn Off the Red Light campaign.[Norris, David]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] On the same note, I welcome the vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The Parliament voted on a resolution put forward by socialist MEP Mary Honeyball calling for EU support for the Nordic approach to criminalising the clients of prostitution rather than those engaged in prostitution. This follows a report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defenc...Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] This is sanctimonious rubbish and an abuse of language.[Norris, David]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I really welcome the clear signal from the European Parliament that the best approach to tackling prostitution is to criminalise the client, that is, to criminalise the purchase rather than the sale of sex. We are seeing that understanding develop across the European Union and--...Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Please allow Senator Ivana Bacik to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] She should read the Swedish Government's own report-----[Norris, David]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I have been to Sweden and met many of those involved on a front-line basis with those engaged in prostitution.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [123]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I urge the Senator to read the transcripts of the extensive hearings of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on prostitution.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I do not want to engage in a conversation across the floor-----[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I add my support to those who have called for a debate on the situation in Ukraine, which is very volatile. We all very much welcome the fact that the killing has stopped and deplore the awful killings of last week. We must debate the situation in Ukraine and keep an eye on ong...Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for arranging the debates on unemployment next week. I also thank colleagues for supporting Senator Feargal Quinn's Bill yesterday. The advice communicated from the Attorney General is strange. It suggests one form of property right - namely, rent - enjoys c...Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I have sent correspondence to the Cathaoirleach regarding the fact that the record indicates that George Sigerson was the first Cathaoirleach of this House, if only for a few days, but he is not commemorated as such. Perhaps we might consider setting the record straight. Mr. Si...Book-3 Page [124]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I am always amused when Senator Darragh O'Brien speaks slightly tongue in cheek. I do not wish to revisit anything that happened yesterday, but we all know the only flaw in Senator Feargal Quinn's Bill related to the wise counsel of the Attorney General, which the Government wis...Book-3 Page [125]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I raise the issue my colleague, Senator Paschal Mooney, and others have raised on a number of occasions, including last week, namely, the appalling downgrading of, and lack of concern for, rural Ireland and rural post offices, which was very obvious last night with the very large...Book-3 Page [125]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] It is about time Fianna Fáil forgot the banks. That would be a good move.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Book-3 Page [125]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for arranging the debate next week with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, on An Action Plan for Jobs. It is only right that in 2014, the Government place a major emphasis on job creation, the promotion of entrepreneurship...Book-3 Page [125]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I raise two children's rights issues. I circulated a motion to my colleagues yesterday evening condemning the holding of child beauty pageants. I really hope we get cross-party support for this motion and I worded it in a way which I hope enables this. We need to unite in our ...Book-3 Page [126]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Yesterday was a superb day for Seanad Éireann. If anything vindicated its right to exist and its importance to democracy and political life in the country, yesterday was it. It was a superb triumph for our colleague, Senator Feargal Quinn, on which I compliment him. He has bee...Book-3 Page [126]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Can we have a discussion on the role of the Garda Commissioner and the position of the Garda? When a woman makes a serious complaint of sexual harassment and is told that the last person who made a complaint is now washing cars in Navan, that is much worse than the time the late...Book-3 Page [127]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] There are grave questions about the Minister for Justice and Equality. He is an excellent reforming Minister, but he has character flaws which have led him into serious errors of judgment. There are questions about him too, but the Commissioner must go first.[Norris, David]Book-3 Page [127]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Ivana Bacik's call regarding the report of the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on domestic violence. I have invested time and energy in this area and anything that raises the profile of those who work in this area, the sufferers or the perpetra...Book-3 Page [127]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator cannot allude to Members who have left the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [127]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien mentioned the Labour Party Senators who were not present.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [127]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I was merely pointing out that he is not present to hear what I am about to say.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Susan O'Keeffe to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, it is normal in these circumstances that the Cathaoirleach asks the Member who does that to withdraw his or her comment.[Walsh, Jim]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Members should not allude to colleagues who have left the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator is not supposed to make reference to an absent Member.[Mooney, Paschal]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien alluded to three Labour Party Senators not being present earlier.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator said they were not present here today.[Bacik, Ivana]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Four Labour Party Members were absent for votes yesterday.[O'Brien, Darragh]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Susan O'Keeffe to continue, without interruption. Senator Darragh O'Brien should resume his seat.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Does Senator Susan O'Keeffe have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] In fairness, most Members speak for three minutes.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Book-3 Page [128]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tacú leis an moladh atá déanta ag mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Sean D. Barrett, maidir le díospóireacht ar chúrsaí an Tuaiscirt.
We have called for a debate on Northern Ireland issues on many occasions. It would be timely as there are many issues of concern to...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] A social welfare contract worth €50 million has been awarded to An Post, which will secure its future and the jobs therein.[Hayden, Aideen]Book-3 Page [129]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I refer to the sale of the Irish Nationwide Building Society, INBS, loan book, which has been raised in the House on a number of occasions. I attended yesterday's meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform expecting to be reassured by the special li...Book-3 Page [129]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I have, but this is an important issue. Third, interest rates will be imposed by the lender. That is grand when we are dealing with Bank of Ireland, AIB and so on, but these mortgage holders will be dealing with organisations that are based outside the country and there will be...Book-3 Page [129]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I second Senator Denis O'Donovan's amendment.
I commend tourism interests for the latest tourism figures, which highlight an 8% increase in tourist numbers between November 2013 and January 2014. That is an astonishing achievement and I congratulate Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ire...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Does Senator Paschal Mooney have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [130]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I have already asked the Leader to invite the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Leo Varadkar, to the House. This is because cultural institutions are a main source of tourism revenue. An extraordinary number of visitors, Irish and non-Irish, visit our cultural i...Book-3 Page [130]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I congratulate my colleague, Senator Feargal Quinn, on what was a triumph for the Seanad yesterday evening. Sinn Féin colleagues were eager to remind the correspondent from The Irish Times of my absence from the Chamber. I was addressing a school in Bettystown and happy to be o...Book-3 Page [130]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The point I want to raise was well articulated by Senator Aideen Hayden. Yesterday, I listened to the debate on the IBRC loan book at the committee. It is appalling that we are approving a situation where foreign private equity funds can target the purchase of the loans with no...Book-3 Page [131]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Deputy Mick Wallace outlined exactly what must have happened and, reluctantly, I said at the time that the Commissioner must look at his position. The Minister and the Commissioner must now go. I appeal to the members of the Labour Party who would have been shouting from the ra...Book-3 Page [131]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Two years ago, in conjunction with Senators Mark Daly and Jillian van Turnhout, I proposed legislation to ban smoking in cars where children were present. The Bill has passed a number of stages and we should be given a definite date for the debate on Report Stage. I received co...Book-3 Page [131]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I join Senator Sean D. Barrett in a request for a debate on Northern Ireland as a matter of urgency. I request the Leader to invite the Taoiseach to address the House on a serious issue. I support my colleague, Senator Denis O'Donovan, in his request that the Minister for Commu...Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] On a point of order, to correct Senator Diarmuid Wilson, he is talking about Government policy rather than any particular party policy. He is also misrepresenting Government policy. As he knows, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan...Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Invariably, Senator Ivana Bacik gets up under a pretence of making a point of order.[Walsh, Jim]Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I call Senator Diarmuid Wilson, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I thank the Deputy Leader for confirming that it is not only Labour Party policy but Fine Gael policy for rural Ireland to be discriminated against with regard to representation at local government level. I have a question for the Leader and perhaps the Deputy Leader could give ...Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure the Senator is under some misapprehension regarding the Government's position on rural Ireland. I remind the Senator that under his party in government, 197 post offices were closed. That was the last Fianna Fáil Government.[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator John Gilroy to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [132]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I explained to them that despite Fianna Fáil's scaremongering on the issue, the Government has no intention whatever of undermining the very efficient network. The Government recently invested €50 million in a contract for the post office relating to the Department of Social Pro...Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I did not say anything about post offices this morning.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] The Senators should speak through the Chair. Is there a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] It is only a matter of time before there will be negativity flowing from both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, as the local elections are coming up.[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] They are codding people on this issue and scaremongering. Senator Diarmuid Wilson has failed to understand that democracy is about representing people and not particular areas, fields or mountains.[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] If the population of Ireland has become more urbanised in recent years, I suggest it would be good to have those people living in urban Ireland equally represented.[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] We can ask them to turn off the lights when they emigrate.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] If Fianna Fáil has a problem representing people, as opposed to codding them-----[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] -----perhaps those in the party might reflect on this.[Gilroy, John]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I asked the Senator if he had a question. He is now over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I second Senator Rónán Mullen's proposal that No. 8 be taken before No. 1 today. I ask the Leader to consider having a debate involving the relevant Minister on the licensing of livestock ships. A livestock ship licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine las...Book-3 Page [133]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien asked about the status of Senator Feargal Quinn's Bill. It has been passed by Seanad Éireann and the other House will decide where and when it will proceed.
The Government accepted the Parental Leave Bill 2013, about which, as the Minister of State, D...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] -----but when it is, we will arrange to have a debate on it in the House. I also note the Senator's points on the situation in Ukraine and the request for a debate on the matter.
Senators Sean D. Barrett and Diarmuid Wilson called for a debate on Northern Ireland. I will requ...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I note Senator David Norris's comments about the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, and the Garda Commissioner. Senator Walsh had similar comments to make, but I do not share that opinion.
Senator Susan O'Keeffe spoke about domestic violence, an issue al...
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27/02/2014 [Order of Business] I have mentioned Senator Diarmuid Wilson's contribution and note his comments about rural Ireland. I also note Senator John Gilroy's comments in that regard.[Cummins, Maurice]Book-3 Page [135]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Denis O'Donovan has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That, in view of the threatened closure of post offices, a one hour debate on the need to protect the economy of rural Ireland be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [135]
27/02/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Rónán Mullen has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 8 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated that he wishes to accept the amendment. Is the amendment agreed to? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Book-3 Page [136]
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