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24/10/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; and No. 2, Private Members' ...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [141]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] With regard to the action taken by the Garda Síochána and the HSE concerning two children, one in Tallaght and one in Athlone, I ask people to be careful about knee-jerk criticism of the force and the HSE in this regard. I agree wholeheartedly with the Minister for Justice and E...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [141]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien is right to urge caution in the commentary on the very difficult and traumatic cases of the two Roma children. We all welcome the fact that they were returned to their families and that in the end there were no grounds for the concern that was raised by t...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [142]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] In regard to the fact that we are to announce a new alcohol policy today, in this case I ask that we look before we leap. Overall drink consumption in Ireland is falling and not high by international standards. In international rankings The Economist places Australia first and...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [143]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien's views on the appropriateness of commenting on the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter. As Senator Ivana Bacik has outlined, I was in the House last evening when he had to make the sad announcement concerning the two child...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [143]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I second Senator Darragh O'Brien's amendment.
I ask the Leader for a debate on the fishing industry as soon as possible. I was glad to see the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Deputy Simon Coveney, in the House yesterday for the debate on the whole area of the Co...
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24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I was delighted to note that the House had handled matters in my absence yesterday with such care and dignity, on which I compliment all Members.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [144]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I note also that their considered proposals will receive due consideration within the constitutional parameters as we proceed. Senator Darragh O'Brien and the Leader led the House well yesterday according to what I read this morning.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [144]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] We are not discussing yesterday's business. We are on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [144]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I was detained elsewhere on other important parliamentary business.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [144]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] It is important to know that. Senator Diarmuid Wilson is still our Whip.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [144]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Point taken. I was also glad to note that this matter was going to receive the proper consideration at Government level because the Taoiseach stated in this House yesterday that he would consult all the Leaders of this and the other House-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] ----- both on Dáil reform and Seanad reform and the processes and procedures of this House. I, too, join in the congratulations and compliments paid to the Leader yesterday in that regard. This House has done well so far, but I will not go into the details because Senators hear...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] We are not doing commercials. However, the sixth annual humanitarian Hugh O'Flaherty memorial week will commence in Killarney on Sunday, 27 October.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Is the Senator seeking a debate on the issue in the House?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] No, but I am looking for some discussion of its highlights. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh will launch the programme officially on Sunday. Everybody is welcome and Members may have an opportunity to visit next week. On Wednesday the sculpture of Monsignor O'Flaherty will be official...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] This has nothing to do with the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Maybe not, but it is important in a national context. On Thursday evening Donal Courtney's one-man play "God has no Country" will take place -----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Several Members have been emailed about this event and may wish to receive a reminder. They are always welcome in Killarney.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] A few months ago we debated a Bill dealing with the availability of defibrillators. It received a great deal of credit and there was no opposition to it. However, nothing has happened since. The reason I raise the issue now is that I have received a letter from somebody who ha...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [145]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I ask for the Chair's indulgence and the House to join me in extending our deepest sympathy to the family of a bright young hurling star, Niall Donoghue, who won an under-21 all-Ireland medal with Galway last year and starred on the senior team this year and died tragically last ...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [146]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom a bheith ceangailte leis na smaointe comhbhróin a luaigh an Seanadóir Mullins. I would like to be connected with the condolences extended to the Donoghue family in Kilbeacanty and all connected to Niall. His death is an awful tragedy.
We had a very good debate ...
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24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I join other colleagues in expressing sympathy on the passing of Niall Donoghue. It is beyond sad that such a talented young man is dead. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
I support Senator Feargal Quinn's comments on the availability of defibrillators. I underst...
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24/10/2013 [Order of Business] There is an astonishing story that has been unfolding in the past couple of days, starting with the French leader and now, in the past 48 hours, involving the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, in which allegations have been made of monitoring of mobile phone calls by the US s...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [147]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I join other colleagues in expressing my deepest sympathy to the family of Niall Donohue, a great hurler. We saw him play last year in the all-Ireland championship, when many hoped Galway would win. It is desperate.
I welcome the announcement by Ryanair this morning of eight ...
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24/10/2013 [Order of Business] It will result in the creation of many more jobs than just the 300 at the airport. It is a good news story and the responsibility of all of us to welcome it. I commend him.[Conway, Martin]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [148]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I commend the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for the work they have done in the background in recent months to ensure this happened.[Conway, Martin]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [148]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I can guarantee the 300,000 extra passengers that they will get a great céad míle fáilte in County Clare.[Conway, Martin]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [148]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Almost 12 months ago we had the referendum on children's rights. It was held on 10 November 2012. On that day, following a campaign in which virtually every political party supported the referendum, 42% of the people said "No." We must concede that if the referendum had taken ...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [148]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I will be brief. I have a question again for the Leader on the murder of Fr. Niall Molloy. A good number of weeks ago I raised the issue here and asked that the Leader bring it to the attention of the Minister of Justice and Equality in order that we might get answers. The ful...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [149]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to arrange a debate on the issue of wind energy and the construction of wind farms in the State. Senator John Kelly raised this issue through a Private Members' Bill and it is unfortunate that the Government has not allowed it to progress to Committee Stage....Vol-227 Book-3 Page [149]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of the home renovation scheme which was announced in the budget and welcome its commencement tomorrow. There was a concern that projects which were ready to go might have been paused to benefit from the tax rebate. I also raise the issue of unfinished housing ...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [149]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Like Senator Sean D. Barrett, it is welcome that today the Government will publish its strategy to reduce alcohol abuse. I agree with the Senator that we should take a long look at this matter before jumping in and thinking that increasing the price of alcohol is the solution. ...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [150]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the issue of the return last night of two Roma children to their families. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, gave a comprehensive reply in this House yesterday when we were discussing the Private Members' motion. It is im...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [150]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] I am not looking at any particular side of the House but at all sides. Fifteen Senators had asked for a debate, but there were only eight contributors when the Minister came to the House. However, I take on board what Senator Denis O'Donovan said about the fishing industry.[Cum...Vol-227 Book-3 Page [151]
24/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Finance on the basis for his decision to cap tax relief on private health insurance be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-227 Book-3 Page [152]
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