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16/01/2014 [Bills] I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."
I welcome the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, and thank her for coming to the House to take the Valuation (Amendment) Bill 2013. It is a small but important Bil...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] I take pleasure in seconding the Bill and compliment my colleague, Senator Paul Coghlan, on bringing it before the House. Too often, we hear Senators complain about the decline of town centres and cities and suggest means of revitalising them. This small Bill could go some way towards addr...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [115]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I thank Senators Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins and Michael Mullins for proposing the Bill. The Fianna Fáil Party will support the passage of the Bill on Second Stage and I hope the Government will do likewise. I ask Government Senators to note my party's view that this is a positive Bill w...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [116]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I understood that was the case from communications via a back channel.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [116]
16/01/2014 [Bills] We are delighted the Senator introduced the legislation and are glad to support it.
Out-of-town shopping centres offer significant advantages and people like to visit them. The issue is one of providing balance and ensuring town centres are not placed at a disadvantage. This Bill could p...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] Such details can be dealt with on Committee Stage in any event.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [117]
16/01/2014 [Bills] Yes, exactly. In referring to such places, I do not believe they pose a direct threat to town centres and in fact are necessary. However, I understand the Senator has dealt with this issue and I will accept that.
I ask the Minister of State to comment on the Valuation (Amendment) (No. 2)...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, and wish her all the best for 2014. I also commend Senator Paul Coghlan and his colleagues, Senators Cummins and Mullins, for bringing forward this legislation. It is an important and topical issue that surfaces regularly. A number o...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [118]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan. I welcome the Bill and thank Senators Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins and Denis Landy for their presentation. We on this side of the House have always found a most courteous reception when we table Private Members' Bill, for which I tha...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [119]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I also thank Senators Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins and Michael Mullins for introducing this Bill and raising important issues with regard to the treatment of car-parking spaces in the valuation of retail centres.
The Bill addresses a real concern that the Minister for Public Expenditure a...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] I thank the Minister of State very much for attending. It is always a pleasure to listen to her. I compliment my colleagues who introduced the Bill.
I would like to address directly the issue of out-of-town retail areas and superstores such as Lidl and Aldi which are incentivising shoppe...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] Sheltered.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [124]
16/01/2014 [Bills] -----very sheltered, whereas it is very different in the private sector. For example, when I became involved in starting up Lir Chocolates my passion was to create employment, given that the national unemployment rate was 17% at the time. The people in retail work morning, noon and night a...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [124]
16/01/2014 [Bills] The Senator's time has expired.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [125]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I apologise. There does not appear to be any logic to what is going on. I do not know from where we will get the brains to sort out the country. I am not optimistic.[White, Mary M.]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [125]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I compliment Senators Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins and Michael Mullins on bringing the Bill before the House. Since I became a Member I have heard many raise the issue of what the large, out-of-town shopping centres are doing to local cities and urban and neighbourhood communities. We hav...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [125]
16/01/2014 [Bills] Cuirim céad fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit, an Teachta McGinley, agus muid ag caint le chéile anois faoi ghnóthaí eile seachas gnóthaí Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta. Ba mhaith liom tréaslú leis na Seanadóirí a thug an Bille seo chun cinn. I bprionsabal, táimid ag tacú leis an rud atáthar ag iarraidh...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [126]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I did not indicate a wish to speak, but I have a question for the Minister. Is it true that the valuation Bill does not apply to existing buildings retrospectively? If so, my one concern is that new multinationals will view the Bill as an obstacle to moving into rural towns because they wi...Vol-229 Book-2 Page [128]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I thank all of the Senators for their contributions. I also thank the Minister of State, Deputy O'Sullivan, for representing the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and thank the Minister of State, Deputy Dinny McGinley, for being present.
All Senators, in one way or another, have ...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] I will excuse the Senator.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [128]
16/01/2014 [Bills] I understood, probably through backchat or some communication with his good self, that Fianna Fáil shared my view and I felt sure we were travelling in the same direction.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [128]
16/01/2014 [Bills] A similar direction.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [128]
16/01/2014 [Bills] Yes. I understood we were on parallel tracks. The Senator asked whether the legislation applied to pubs and restaurants and I can confirm that it does not.
I thank Senator Denis Landy for his comments. He has strong views on towns and on levelling the playing field. He asked whether th...
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16/01/2014 [Bills] Question put and agreed to.Vol-229 Book-2
16/01/2014 [Bills] When is it proposed to take Committee Stage?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [129]
16/01/2014 [Bills] On Wednesday, 22 January 2014.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [129]
16/01/2014 [Bills] When is it proposed to sit again?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [129]
16/01/2014 [Bills] At 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday next.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-229 Book-2 Page [129]
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