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16/01/2014 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Tom Arnold, chairperson of the Convention on the Constitution, to be taken at 11.45 a.m. in accordance with the arrangements set out in the motion passed by the House yesterday, 15 January 2014; and No. 2, Private M...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [83]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] While the Fianna Fáil Party will not oppose the Order of Business, we propose to raise a number of issues. The Deputy Leader and those Senators who have served on local authorities will be aware of the minor works scheme, under which funding is provided annually to address flood...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [83]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] That is a legitimate question.
Towards the end of last night's briefing of the Committee of Public Accounts, we learned about a €5 million sum for county and city managers. For what purpose has this money been provided? Is it for additional consultancy for these managers who ...
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16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I also have a legitimate question which I ask the Deputy Leader to raise with the Minister. How many former local authority staff who have been in receipt of lump sums on retirement are working for Irish Water and in receipt of a State salary from the company? This very importa...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [84]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Like everyone else, I share the natural concern that has been expressed about the Liebherr plant in Killarney. Some 160 of its 670 employees voted in a ballot to reject a recommendation of the Labour Court. This is a serious matter. The company which has been operating in Kill...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [84]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Apart from the hotel, some of them were extremely industrious and created other great companies. The company employs 670 people and 20 new trainees were due to start in the plant. This is a difficult problem and I do not have the solution. As was noted yesterday, the machinery...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [85]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] On the possibility of reviewing our decision on the moment of reflection, I very much appreciate this moment of silence. It is a wonderful way to start proceedings.
I support the eloquent appeal made by Senator Paul Coghlan.
I have a request for the Deputy Leader arising f...
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16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I echo the comments of Senator Marc MacSharry on Irish Water. Following 18 hours of debate in the Seanad, we have had two days of hearings on the issue. I compliment Deputies Michael McCarthy and John McGuinness on chairing the two committee meetings in question. After 30 hour...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [85]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement made yesterday by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Jimmy Deenihan, on the turf cutting issue. Because of the great work the Minister has done, the number of planned designated natural heritage area, NHA, bogs has been reduced f...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [86]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I will not repeat what has been stated about the water issue. In the debate promised for next week, apart from the security of supply of water which is of critical importance to all citizens, the quality of the water coming through taps is an issue that has not been addressed fu...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [86]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Much has been said in the past 48 hours about Irish Water and so on. I remind Members that taxpayers spend €1.2 billion on water, of which, unfortunately, €600 million is wasted. One litre of water out of every two that is purified in Ireland is wasted. The concept behind char...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [87]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] The money should be spent on repairing the pipes instead of installing meters.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [87]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] As an entity, Irish Water is a creation that will work. However, the bonuses being paid to approximately 299 of its staff are inappropriate and unacceptable. It smacks of the carry-on that took place during the Celtic tiger years. I call on the chief executive of Irish Water t...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [87]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] It must be 20 years since I referred to the plight of single fathers for the first time in this House. I wish to do so again today, albeit in particularly tragic circumstances, that is, of a woman who was brought to hospital - I believe she was 39 weeks pregnant - in a state of ...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [88]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Much has been said about Irish Water, some of it a little hysterical. I agree with Senator Martin Conway that Irish Water as an entity will work. It is a whole new structure and utility being established. However, there are serious questions to be asked. We need to tease out ...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [88]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom aird a tharraingt ar dhá cheist an-tábhachtach ar maidin.
I am sure the Leader will be aware of the detention yesterday of Ms Margaretta D'Arcy who is a member of Aosdána. She is a well known film maker and a peace activist. She was arrested a number of months ...
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16/01/2014 [Order of Business] There is a report highlighted in Ms Mary Regan's article in the Irish Examiner today, where a letter from the HSE to the Committee of Public Accounts shows that the administrator appointed by the executive has found significant issues related to the final salary payment and retir...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [89]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I ask the Deputy Leader to clarify to the House the position on the human tissue Bill. She might recall that during the summer we sat for a day to debate the issue of organ donation and in the course of that debate, a number of statements were made, including the following - by ...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [89]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I have two issues to raise with the Deputy Leader. When can we expect the Coroners Bill in the House?
I understood the two pillar banks were instructed to, and indicated that they would, lend €3 billion each to the business community. Could we have the Minister for Finance ...
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16/01/2014 [Order of Business] We are soon to have legislation that will have the effect of introducing plain packaging and other restrictions on the tobacco industry. I hope it will be passed and put into law expeditiously. I greatly regret the fact that tobacco control legislation that I introduced and whi...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [90]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry raised the issue of storm damage, particularly in counties in which the damage was not as severe as in others. I agree with him that it is important that this matter be tackled wherever there was storm damage. People were enduring terrible conditions as a...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [91]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I will come to that point. The law has been changed to enable single fathers to obtain guardianship in a much easier way, which is welcome. It is a point we might well raise during the debate on the children and family relationships Bill which the Minister for Justice and Equal...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [93]
16/01/2014 [Order of Business] I know the Government Whip has many powers, but I do not think he has the power to expedite legislation. I will certainly make inquiries as to the projected date for publication of the Bill. It appears in the Government's legislative programme, but there is no publication date ...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [93]
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