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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 11.45 a.m. and conclude not later than 3.45 p.m.; No. 2, Water Services (No. 2) Bill 2013 – Committee Stage (Resumed), to be taken at 4 p.m. and to conclude not later than 6...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [437]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Minister attending for the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Yes, I am referring to the health insurance legislation.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Minister shall be called not later than 7.50 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Cathaoirleach has not started the clock, excellent. I cannot agree to the Order of Business. What is the rationale for taking Committee and Remaining Stages of the Finance Bill? Yesterday we had a decent Second Stage debate with the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes. ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] We have a number of Committee Stage recommendations.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien please, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien please, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Is Senator Paul Coghlan finished? It is not sensible to guillotine the Bill. The Leader is proposing to shut down a debate on the Finance Bill. Yesterday, we highlighted that the Bill contains some serious measures. For example, an increase in the pension levy, a reduction in...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [438]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Is the Senator opposing the Order of Business or proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [439]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I am opposing the Order of Business and everybody knows the reason.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [439]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I spoke yesterday in support of Senator O'Brien on the pyrite Bill. It is important that we do not simply rush through all Stages of the Bill in one sitting, just because it is welcomed. Indeed, it is welcomed by both sides of the House and, in principle, it is a good idea. I ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [439]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the establishment of the National Data Analytic Centre which will be announced later today by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton. It is the combined effort of four universities, namely, Dublin City University, National University of...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [440]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that No. 15, the Valuation (Amendment) Bill 2013, be taken before No. 1 today.
I join with Senator Sean D. Barrett in welcoming former British Prime Minister, John Major, to Ireland. I agree thoroughly with him that it was a wort...
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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] A Chathaoirligh, the Leader and members will have heard me refer time and again to ongoing problems with the Shannon LNG project whereby liquid gas is imported into the country and is reliquified in a station built particularly for that purpose. This project was mooted in 2004 w...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [441]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] In February 2012 I introduced the Wind Turbines Bill in the House and it was passed with flying colours. Eight months ago, as a result of the legislation, the Department decided, with the help of the Minister, to review the wind energy guidelines. Hundreds of submissions were m...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [442]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tréaslú leis an Seanadóir Kelly. Tá an ceart ar fad aige. He is absolutely right in what he is saying about wind turbines and I agree with much of what he has said in the past two and a half years. We need a serious review of policy in this area and a very serio...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [442]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] He will be here to take the Senator’s Adjournment matter.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [442]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] A debate with all Senators present would be much more fitting, given the seriousness of the issue.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] We can all attend the Adjournment debate if the Senator is so interested.[Gilroy, John]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I will be very willing to share my time with the Senator if he turns up.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] We have a wonderful facility in this House that has been well utilised, namely, the facility to invite distinguished guests to contribute. We have heard from MEPs, Mrs. Mary Robinson and Mr. Drew Nelson. I ask the Leader to consider talking to the Seanad Committee on Procedure ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to ascertain for me when the €10 billion that Europe has siphoned from us since 1973 will be repaid to the Irish people, particularly to the fishermen. Approximately, €10 billion of valuable fish has been take from Irish waters in that 40 years. I note the Mini...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [443]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I ask that at some stage some Minister would have the bravery and audacity to challenge Europe at the highest level and state that what we got in 1973 was wrong, it was an injustice and it is about time there was a fair adjustment for the Irish fishermen. Until such time as that...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [444]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] We have lost €10 billion out of our waters. I ask the Leader whether it is at all possible that at some stage a Minister, Taoiseach or Government would have the capacity to take on Europe on these issues because previous Governments have failed. Somebody at some time must grasp...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [444]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Following on from the meeting of the Committee of Public Accounts yesterday on the organisations which are getting State funding, I raised this issue in the Joint Committee on Health and Children on 17 October where there was an acceptance by the HSE and the Department of Health ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [444]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] There are days where we should have good news stories. There is a good news story being announced at 11 o'clock today. We passed Second Stage of the Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013 earlier this year and it has been announced today at 11 o'clock that HIQ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [445]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I take the opportunity to acknowledge the work of the National Board for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church and the reports it produced this week. There is clear evidence that some progress has been made and some of the orders concerned have made progress in terms of listening ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [445]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader about an issue that has come up that warrants raising here on the Order of Business. As Members would be aware, the remuneration and expenses paid to Members of the Houses are now fully vouched, which, of course, we all welcome as a much more transparent system ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [446]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The matter the Senator raises is not suitable for discussion on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [446]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] It has been suggested primary legislation is required to give effect to the necessary changes, but that is not the case, as officials confirmed to me this week. A statutory instrument is required and I hope the Committee on Procedure and Privileges, following its meeting, will i...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [446]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] People are justifiably outraged by media reports and the information emerging from the Committee of Public Accounts on the salaries and top-ups being paid to the chief executives of various organisations. Complete transparency is required from all organisations in receipt of Sta...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [446]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Denis O'Donovan's position in challenging the European Commission's proposal to reduce the fishing quota available to Ireland next year. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, will attend the Fisheries Council which will be hel...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [446]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with the comments made by Senators opposite. An open-ended debate on wind energy is required. Let us bring facts to the table. International evidence shows that wind energy is a farce that does not make sense. Consumers will face colossal electricity bills in five or ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [447]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I second Senator Paul Coghlan's amendment to the Order of Business, that No. 15 be taken before No. 1.
I ask the Leader to list in order of priority a number of serious issues raised by Senators. I agree with Senators Brian Ó Domhnaill, John Kelly and John Whelan on the issue ...
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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues in congratulating the members of the Committee of Public Accounts on the work they have undertaken to investigate the debacle in the charities sector. However, none of us should be surprised about this debacle because, tragically, what is being unearthed is ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [448]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with those who spoke about the Central Remedial Clinic. All I will say is that the board should resign immediately. Yesterday's committee hearing lasted five hours. What went on was despicable.
I hope there will be a debate on wind energy in the near future. An arti...
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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The quote is only two sentences but it is important. He stated:
The Government commissioned a report on these issues last year, but it has not yet been published. There should be no further government support for wind generation until a full technical and economic analysis of c...
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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I want it to be cost effective. The report should be published because we are paying 41% more for our energy than any other country in Europe. Our environment needs wind energy to get rid of coal, gas and oil.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Mulcahy asked about the benefits. The environment will benefit.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] There is a lot of hot air on all sides of the House. Senator O'Brien referred to the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2013. We had a comprehensive debate on Second Stage that lasted three hours. I have allocated four hours today for Committee and Remaining Stages. I understand the Minist...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I cannot do so. I could agree to take Committee Stage for 90 minutes and allocate two and a half hours for Report Stage but what difference would that make?[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] It would allow us to address more recommendations.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Leader is replying to questions raised on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I will keep to the order I have outlined and I hope the majority of the House will accept that. I might have better news for the Senator on the Pyrite Resolution Bill 2013. I think that Bill should be broken up so that we can take Second Stage separately. I will be suggesting ...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [449]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] That is the best I can do for the Senator. It would be welcomed by everybody if the Bill went through both Houses by Christmas. Senator Bacik noted that we will shortly be exiting the bailout and getting back our economic sovereignty. That is to be welcomed by all and the peop...Vol-228 Book-6 Page [450]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Is the Leader willing to extend an invitation to the commissioner? That was my question.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [450]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] I asked a different question today. I asked whether the Leader was willing to invite the commissioner as a distinguished guest.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [450]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] The Coimisinéir Teanga is standing down. As I said yesterday, a new commissioner should be put in place, as a matter of urgency, in order to replace the commissioner who is stepping down. I am sure that the Government will act, as a matter of urgency.
Senators O'Donovan and Ó...
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12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business. Does the Leader accept his amendment?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [451]
12/12/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan's amendment has been seconded. Is the Order of Business, as amended, agreed to?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-228 Book-6 Page [451]
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