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29/01/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re Convention on the Constitution, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, Health Identifiers Bill 2013 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage, to be taken at noon and adjourn not later than 1.30 p.m....Vol-229 Book-7 Page [382]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, come to the House to discuss the expert group that has been established. While we afford a cautious welcome to the individuals that are involv...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [382]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] It is that the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, come to the House today to explain the make-up of the expert group that is to consider high voltage lines and why he has excluded 40% of the people of Ireland in that action.[MacSharry,...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [383]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I also welcome the appointments by the Minister to the expert group and, in particular, very much welcome that it will be chaired by the former judge and Senator Catherine McGuinness who had proven herself to be an excellent chairperson in producing similar expert group reports o...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [383]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Feargal Quinn referred to the school holidays as being too long. Primary school holidays are only two months long - it is just July and August. There are good pedagogical reasons children and teachers should have a break from the intensity of lessons. I speak as a pare...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [384]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I am sure my colleague, Senator Feargal Quinn, was not advocating forced labour for the children involved. He did make an interesting point, nonetheless. Tacaím go mór leis an méid adúirt mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Marc MacSharry, maidir leis an Aire Cumarsáide, Fuinnimh ag...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [384]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] We have learned also that wind energy companies are planning to lay more than 200 km of high voltage electricity cables underground across five midland counties. Does that not undermine the Government's previous insistence that burying power lines was not feasible?[Mullen, Rónán...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [384]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to invite the Minister for Education and Skills to the House to debate the respective responsibilities and liabilities in the primary school sector and the sector's interaction with the State. I am delighted that Ms Louise O'Keeffe received the result she deserv...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [385]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I am asking the Leader to invite to the House the Minister for Education and Skills to discuss the respective responsibilities and liabilities in the primary school sector and the sector's interaction with the State.[Naughton, Hildegarde]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [385]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I join those who welcome the findings of the European Court of Human Rights yesterday in the O'Keeffe case. The protection of children must always be prioritised. We should recognise that the State has rightly been very critical of failures in the church organisations and vario...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [385]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] It is a Dáil committee, as the Senator knows well.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I do not accept that the functions of that body should exclude Members of this House. It does not involve increasing the cost of the Exchequer but scrutinising and monitoring. There are many Members in this House who would be prepared to do this. Most of us would agree that Se...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I am rarely surprised by anything that happens in this House, but I must admit I was somewhat surprised by Senator Rónán Mullen's intervention. I fully expected him to rise to his feet to condemn Senator Ivana Bacik's comments on religious teaching in primary schools. Instead, ...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] He applied himself to the matter of pylons, which makes me wonder who is in election mode around here.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Unlike the Government, I never stray from my roots.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] It seems the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, is damned if he does and damned if he does not. I welcome the appointment of the expert panel, chaired by Ms Catherine McGuinness. It will inspire confidence regarding the location of t...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I took pleasure yesterday in attending the launch of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county sports participation strategy for the years 2013 to 2017. I am happy to state Dún Laoghaire exceeds the national average in every category of activity. What is important to note, however, is ...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [386]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I again call on the Government, through the good offices of the Leader, to halt the establishment of Irish Water and abandon its regressive policy on water provision. We have heard in recent days from experts and economists that there could be an overspend of €2 billion on Irish...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [387]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome this morning's job announcement in the Cork region, the fourth such announcement in the past seven days. It indicates that the way we are running the economy is having a positive effect on investors who now have the confidence to invest in this country again.
While I...
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29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I am closer to the land than the Senator ever was. It is a while since he last saw the back end of a cow.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [387]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] The Senator will become very familiar with these issues in the next few months. As someone who comes from an area where an entire valley was flooded to provide electricity-----[Burke, Colm]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [387]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I do and it is very relevant. I come from an area where an entire valley was flooded in the building of a hydroelectric power station. While my own family was directly affected by that development, benefits accrued to the entire community and country in that the State was able ...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [387]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I raise an issue touched on by Senator Aideen Hayden. A study was published this week which showed that the risk of obesity doubled for those living in low income households, which is no big surprise. The study of childhood obesity discovered that socioeconomic factors impacted...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [388]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I second Senator Marc MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and National Resources to come to the House to discuss the establishment of an expert group. While I welcome the establishment of the expert group, I deplore t...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [388]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Members will agree that access to a supply of safe, clean drinking water is a basic human right. However, householders and business people in Kilreekil having been fighting for this basic right for 30 years. Unfortunately, they are now considering taking a case to the European ...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [389]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I support Senator Marc MacSharry’s amendment to the Order of Business to allow for a debate on the pylons issue. What have the people of County Meath done to the Government that means they are treated as second-class citizens? What is going on is outrageous. Deputies in County...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [389]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I have councillors from Cavan and Monaghan phoning me about this review. There is uproar there, too. They feel they are second-class citizens. It is as if the Government is saying “We do not care. Push ahead”. The question is why. Is it to do with the wind farm projects goi...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [389]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Two weeks ago I suggested in the House that we have a forum to discuss pylons, overhead and underground cables, their advantages and disadvantages, a forum similar to the hearings we had with outside experts on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.
I welcome the Ministe...
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29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I pay my respects to the late Ted Nealon. There are many in the House who would have known him as a former Deputy for Sligo-Leitrim. I extend my condolences to his family. He was a journalist, a footballer and a politician who will be missed.[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Many Senators campaigned vigorously for the retention of the 9% VAT rate in the hospitality sector. The Minister for Finance agreed to our request and retained it. However, it is now time for the sector to play ball with the Government. For example, on the night of the Garth B...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry raised the question of the appointment of the expert group to oversee the quality of route options for the EirGrid transmission project. This has been welcomed and I note the comments about the north east. I have sought clarity on the matter but have not ...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] If the Leader was in listening mode, he would know what the people want on the pylons issue.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] I received the Senator’s invitation to attend the launch of his candidacy in Galway, but, unfortunately, I will have to decline.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Ivana Bacik called for a debate on school patronage and asked for the Minister for Education and Skills to come to the House to discuss the matter. Senator Hildegarde Naughton asked about the implications of the O’Keeffe judgment and for the Minister to debate this matte...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [390]
29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke also called for action on the issue of flood prevention in Cork and a further debate on the matter.
I note the points made by Senators Diarmuid Wilson and Thomas Byrne about EirGrid. I also note Senator Michael Mullins's points about difficulties with the wa...
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29/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to explain the make-up of the expert group which will consider the location of high voltage power lines be taken today." I...Vol-229 Book-7 Page [391]
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