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18/12/2013 [Bills] This is a Seanad Bill which has been amended by the Dáil. In accordance with Standing Order 118 it is deemed to have past its First, Second and Third Stages in the Seanad and is placed on the Order Paper for Report Stage. On the question "That the Bill be received for final consideration",...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [763]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I welcome the Minister, Deputy Howlin, to the House. I call the Minister on the subject matter of group 1, which is amendments Nos. 1, 4 to 7, inclusive, and 12. It should be noted that the text to be deleted and replaced in amendment No. 5 should not include a closing single quote after "...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [763]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach for his comprehensive explanation. Senators will be aware that we passed all Stages of the Bill in this House before the summer and that we had amended it to include a new issue in the Dáil, which is what brings me back to this House. I understand we will ta...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [764]
18/12/2013 [Bills] As no Member is offering I call the Minister to speak to group 2, insertion of Part 7A on sick leave remuneration and consequential amendments, the subject matter of amendments Nos. 2, 3, 10 and 13.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [765]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Group 2 is the more substantive group and contains the meat of what I want to achieve today. There are four amendments in this group which relate to the introduction of the new sick leave scheme for the public service. Given the relatively substantive change to the Bill during Report Stage...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [765]
18/12/2013 [Bills] As my colleague suggested in the Dáil, we do not have a huge difficulty with this and, by and large, we support it. The issue of sick pay in the public sector has to be dealt with and has been dealt with by all parties talking, agreeing and going before the Labour Court and the Labour Relat...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [768]
18/12/2013 [Bills] We all know the rationale for the sick leave legislation but, again, we ask why it is being dealt with in this legislation and why there is not standalone primary legislation to underpin it. The Minister mentioned earlier the importance of having specific primary legislation for this purpos...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [769]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I am coming to this Bill very late in the day. The Minister outlined the State agencies and bodies that are covered by the Bill but there are people within those bodies and agencies who are contracted out to do part-time work for local authorities, schools and so on. Are they covered by th...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [769]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Will the Leas-Chathaoirleach allow me to make a brief query?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [770]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I am not supposed to allow such interventions, but I will bend the rules to accommodate a very brief question.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [770]
18/12/2013 [Bills] It might be just as well.[Howlin, Brendan]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [770]
18/12/2013 [Bills] My question is a technical one relating to the earlier signature motion. If we pass the Bill today, does that not mean it will go to the President immediately and must be signed by him between five and seven days after he receives it, which would be Christmas Eve?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [770]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Yes, that is the norm.[Howlin, Brendan]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Are we passing the Bill today or not?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Yes, the Bill will be passed today.[Howlin, Brendan]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] In which case the President will receive it on Christmas Eve?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Yes, as per normal practice.[Howlin, Brendan]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I was inclined to support an earlier signature motion so that the President could deal with it before Christmas, but I would not want to rush him either.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] As I understand it, he is not going anywhere.[Howlin, Brendan]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] The Senator raises an important point, but I am sure the Minister and his officials are well capable of dealing with the legal issues and so forth.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Is there any way it could possibly fall to the Leas-Chathaoirleach?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] I expect I would manage if push came to shove. We will now move on to the third group of amendments.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Amendment No. 8 is a technical drafting amendment. On Report Stage in the Seanad the text of subsection 57D(b) of the principal Act was amended to remove any doubt that the Public Appointments Service must always consider any collective agreement on mobility or redeployment in the context o...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] We will now deal with the fourth group of amendments.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] This group comprises one amendment relating to the deletion of the commencement provision of the Bill. It is necessary to commence the Bill on enactment to allow for the regulations under the sick leave arrangement to be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas at the earliest possible date...Vol-228 Book-9 Page [771]
18/12/2013 [Bills] When is it proposed to take next Stage?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [772]
18/12/2013 [Bills] Now.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-228 Book-9 Page [772]
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