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16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] On behalf of Members of the Seanad, I welcome Mr. Tom Arnold, chairperson of the Convention on the Constitution. The Seanad is determined to modernise its procedures and actively engage with civic society. To begin this process, we have changed Standin...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [94]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] It is a great honour to address Seanad Éireann as part of its programme for more active engagement with civil society. This is a very welcome initiative. I will use the opportunity to speak on the Convention on the Constitution and will not only update...Vol-229 Book-2
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I remind the principal speakers that they have five minutes each. Perhaps they might feel it is not enough, but it is how the debate has been structured. Other Senators also wish to speak and we want Mr. Arnold to have time to respond. I will be fairl...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [99]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I welcome Mr. Arnold who, it is widely agreed, has been an excellent chairman of the Constitutional Convention.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [99]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] It might be a good omen for the role of women in the Constitution that six of our seven first speakers are ladies. That might be a good start.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [100]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I, too, welcome Mr. Arnold and his officials. As a member of the Constitutional Convention, I have been very impressed by how Mr. Arnold has chaired it and the efficient way his team organised all our meetings, communicating with us before the event, en...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [100]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I am delighted to welcome Mr. Tom Arnold in his capacity as chairperson of the Constitutional Convention.  Many of us had asked for the opportunity to invite him to address us, and this is a good moment to do so as the convention moves to the final stage...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [101]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I join my colleagues in welcoming Mr. Tom Arnold and hail his leadership in the operation of the convention, with the support of his very able right-hand man, Mr. Art O'Leary, and his team. Others have mentioned Professor David Farrell, Dr. Jane Suiter ...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [103]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I thank the Senator. I call the odd man out, Senator David Norris.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [104]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] The very fact that I am an odd man means that I fit in very well in the company of women. I regard myself as an honorary gender-neutral person.
I echo the compliments paid to Mr. Arnold who has been a friend of mine for many years. I have always grea...
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16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] From the odd man out to the baby of the Seanad, I call Senator Kathryn Reilly.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [106]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I welcome Mr. Arnold to the Chamber and commend the work of the Constitutional Convention. It was a breath of fresh air for the democratic process. It has been such a success that there should be another convention with an extended remit to consider th...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [106]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] Senators may ask questions for one minute before we put them all to Mr. Arnold. We have all welcomed him and I do not want statements. Senators should be specific in their questions and we may elicit a more appropriate response from Mr. Arnold.[An Leas...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [106]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I ask for a minor indulgence as I must make a statement in order to ask a question. I also welcome Mr. Arnold and his team and thank them for the work they have done. I am proud of the fact that the convention started as a Labour Party initiative arisi...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [106]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I welcome Mr. Arnold who has such a distinguished record in agriculture, public service, research and media in The Irish Times. His humanitarian record is celebrated in the Ellis Island medal for humanitarian activities. Mr. Horace Plunkett was the per...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [107]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I welcome Mr. Arnold and compliment him on the work he has done in the citizens' assembly, or rather the Constitutional Convention. I mentioned "citizens' assembly" inadvertently as I knew it was a term used in the Fine Gael document. I do not think an...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [108]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] -----nomination be extended to the people. My recollection is that the Government decided to send this issue to an Oireachtas committee for recommendation. I know the Senator was very exercised because this was missing; it is not but rather has been re...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [108]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I welcome Mr. Arnold; it is good to have him here. I was honoured to be at the convention and there were moments when I pinched myself and had to think it was really happening and that I was part of it. Much of the collegiality about which Mr. Arnold s...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [108]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] Does the Senator think her place is in the kitchen?[Norris, David]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [108]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] Please allow Senator Susan O'Keeffe to ask her question without being interrupted.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [108]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] We can allow frivolous moments.
The role of women in public life and same sex marriage were highlights in the very important matters of our time that were discussed. The subjects were pretty tough and the discussions timely, but are there as many ag...
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16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I am glad I almost promoted - or perhaps demoted - Mr. Arnold.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [109]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I cannot participate in the debate, although I am itchy in one sense to do so because of a previous role I played. Referendums may often be used as a whip with which to beat the Government rather than having a genuine purpose.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [109]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I thank Senators for their wide-ranging comments and compliments. I will start, naturally enough, with the common theme.
I thank Senators for their kind remarks about the manner in which the convention was run and my colleagues in the secretariat, w...
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16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I am not exactly sure which one. It is whichever one is the relevant one.[Arnold, Mr. Tom]Vol-229 Book-2
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] It is the Joint Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [111]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I thank the Senator for the clarification. In response to Senator Sean D. Barrett’s question on how many people it took to get the 66 representatives, I am told that it took about 3,000. This happened through a polling company. It was given four crite...Vol-229 Book-2
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] Does Senator Sean D. Barrett wish to clarify an issue? I do not wish to allow speakers to make further comments.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] Will the economic rights meeting that will take place next month include some of the factors to which reference was made in the House?[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I imagine that issue will inevitably arise. We have not started to construct the agenda for that meeting yet, but it is an issue in which there is huge interest among quite a number of civil society groups. We will need to ensure that on this issue, as...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I thank Mr. Arnold for what has been a wonderful engagement which I thoroughly enjoyed from this position. I would have loved to have participated from the floor, but my duty as Leas-Chathaoirleach prevented me from doing so. I call on the Leader, Sena...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I thank Mr. Arnold for honouring us with his presence and making a very interesting speech. We have had a good exchange of views and it was like holding the Constitutional Convention here. It was wonderful to have that exchange. I wish Mr. Arnold well...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I missed the cake and could do without it. I sincerely thank Mr. Arnold for coming to the Seanad. It was a wonderful exchange of views and we wish him well for the future.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
16/01/2014 [Address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold] I also welcome Mr. Art O'Leary and his officials. It is almost a decade since the experienced, able and capable Mr. O'Leary held my hand during a difficult committee regarding the removal of a judge back in 2004. It is hard to believe ten years have pa...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [112]
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