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16/10/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 - Report and Final Stages, amendments from Dáil Éireann, to be taken at 11.45 a.m. and to conclude not later than 2 p.m.; No. 2, County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill 2013 - Report Stage, to be taken at 3.30 p.m. and...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [721]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Yesterday we debated the provisions of the latest budget brought forward by Fine Gael and the Labour Party. I welcomed some aspects of the budget and pointed out the many which are deeply troubling. We will have an opportunity to debate those provisions further when the Social ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [721]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I take this opportunity to clarify that the provision of free GP care will include all children aged five and under, not just those aged under five. There was some confusion in that regard. I asked the Leader yesterday to arrange a debate on universal health insurance provision...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [722]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Five of the Gaeltacht constituencies - Donegal, Meath, Waterford, Galway West and Cork - voted to retain this House in the recent referendum, while the remaining two - Mayo and Kerry - did not. Our debate on democracy and participation began when the democratic elections to Údar...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [723]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton, or the Minister of State at his Department, Deputy Perry, to come before the House to discuss the Action Plan for Jobs for next year, which is currently in preparation? Everybody will ag...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [723]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] The Government is trying to take a further €133 million out of------[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [723]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Those to whom these cards relate may have left the country or their circumstances may have changed and they do not use them anymore.[Clune, Deirdre]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [723]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure Senator Darragh O'Brien would agree that it is sensible that the Government should review the position with regard to medical cards and ensure that GPs are not paid in respect of cards which are not being used. The evidence shows that this review is necessary. Anybody...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [724]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Later today I will be introducing a Bill which advocates that data from the 1926 census should be made available to the public. I cannot overemphasise the importance of this census, particularly as it was the first to be conducted following the foundation of the State. The usua...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [724]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with calls for a debate on employment in the wake of yesterday's budget, which is very progressive for small and medium-sized businesses. Perhaps the relevant Minister might come before the House to discuss the matter.
I met a hotelier from the midlands who is a Fianna...
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16/10/2013 [Order of Business] There are a great many political people involved in that sector.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [724]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. The man in question stated that he would not be saying it publicly but that the budget is reasonable.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [724]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I will not name him publicly but I can supply his name in private.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Harte should address his remarks through the Chair. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Perhaps he might give those opposite a good discount if they opt to stay at his hotel.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] As already stated, I support the calls for a debate on enterprise and employment with the relevant Minister. I come from a business background and, as a result, I can see the positives in the budget. This budget is progressive for small businesses and towns that are struggling....Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] When Governments and Ministers frame budgets, the first thing they should do is to put safety nets in place for the most vulnerable in society and for the different groups and sectors which must be protected. The budget introduced yesterday removed the safety net relating to you...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Yesterday, we heard a great deal about job creation. For some people such as vintners, retaining jobs is extremely important. Yesterday was not a very good day for vintners. Will the Leader request that the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Alex White, come...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [725]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] We have heard a good deal today about the benefits for employment creation in this budget but let us consider some of the specifics. When the retention of the 9% VAT rate is removed, there is very little left. The start-your-own-business scheme provides an income tax exemption ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [726]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Allow Deputy Byrne to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [726]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Some 500 houses will be built or renovated in local authority estates this year. That is welcome but it is necessary because any of us who walk into local authority housing estates will know that many of them are boarded up waiting for funding. I suspect those targeted 500 hous...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [726]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I want to talk about fairness and to have a debate on fairness. The Government issued a leaflet on fairness in budgets yesterday. Again this year, the only way it could stack up the fairness claim was to include the Fianna Fáil budgets going back to 2008 or 2009. In its leafle...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [726]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I am sorry to hear that my good friend, the leader of the Opposition, Senator Darragh O'Brien, is troubled by aspects of this budget. I thought it was a very fair and equitable measure designed to grow the economy is the fairest way possible. Given our economic circumstances, I...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [727]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] The Fine Gael-led Government is boasting about Fianna Fáil budgets in its leaflet on fairness on its website. I do not know if the Senator got a copy of that?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [727]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Of course I have. Given our economic circumstances, this is a very fair measure overall.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [727]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] We are talking about the budget. Senator Byrne is reading too much into his good constituency colleague, the Minister, Deputy Reilly-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [727]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] -----and the absence of some details which, I have no doubt, will follow in due course.
I want to do something special, I want to welcome the contribution of a man Members opposite much like to malign and criticise, although in fairness to Senator Darragh O'Brien, he has praise...
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16/10/2013 [Order of Business] As a Fianna Fáil man, I welcome the retention of the 9% VAT rate. I advise Senator Harte that it was not I who had that conversation with him. People welcome what is good about the budget. I spoke, on our party's behalf yesterday, and began by acknowledging the good measures. ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [727]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I never worry about Labour's fortunes when I hear us being attacked by Fianna Fáil.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I has been very noteworthy that over the last two days we have been subject of Fianna Fáil ire. I will rest easy tonight knowing that the Labour Party is definitely on the up.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh Byrne asked a very interesting question, namely, what was the Labour Party's contribution to this budget? Its contribution was the fact that there are €2.5 billion in cuts as opposed to €3.1 billion.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator has not read the Minister's Budget Statement yesterday.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] -----is the fact that there is no cut to the basic rates of social welfare. There has been no increase in the universal social charge. There have been many measures in this budget-----[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] -----to protect the weak and the most vulnerable. That is Labour's contribution to this budget.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Hayden to continue without interruption. Has the Senator a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [728]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I call for a debate on this budget. A number of issues were raised last night in statements but we have all had more of an opportunity to digest the budget and its contents and it would be very helpful if we had a more considered debate. A good point was raised by Senator Byrne...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [729]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] It is important to put on record that last week I and other colleagues pleaded with the Government not to increase the VAT rate from 9% to 13.5% and I am glad it listened to us. As my colleague, Senator Byrne said, other than that, there is very little in the budget for small a...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [729]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I have listened to those in the Opposition this morning and if there was a degree course in negativity they would all get A1 grades.[Burke, Colm]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [729]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I remind those in Fianna Fáil that in its final three years in government, 7,000 jobs were lost per month. We are now creating 3,000 per month. That is positive and is the way forward. This budget plans to increase that number to over 45,000 jobs per annum and that is what we ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [729]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] To take €2.5 billion out of the economy in tax and expenditure savings is a very difficult task. To find €1.6 billion in expenditure cuts has also presented difficulties. I suppose it is the job of those in the Opposition to oppose policies by the Government but I wish they cou...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [730]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] My apologies for missing the initial part of the debate. I trust most of it was a rerun of yesterday's budget debate. It is fair to say that during the course of the finance Bill and the social welfare Bill we will all have ample opportunity to go through the measures in more d...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [730]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Generally speaking, the tone and emphasis of the budget has been particularly positive. There are three areas where it is very positive, including the area of job creation. Despite what Senator White has said, most business organisations have welcomed it.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [731]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] They have welcomed the positive job creation measures in the budget.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [731]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] One area that is very positive is the area of tourism. The retention of the 9% VAT rate has been universally welcomed and has the potential to create significant jobs.
The position is likewise in the agricultural sector, where significant investment will be made. I call on th...
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16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Our international reputation will be restored and, hopefully, people who emigrated during the past five or six years will start to flow back again.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [732]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] One element of the budget about which I was unhappy was the fact that the cost of a packet of cigarettes went up by only ten cent. The Minister had scope to increase the price of cigarettes significantly. There is a serious public health issue with cigarettes and smoking which ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [732]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Conway, without interruption. Has Senator Conway a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [732]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] What we need to do is get behind this budget. I suggest to the Leader that Seanad Éireann gets behind and promotes this budget and injects the confidence into our economy that this budget is clearly designed to foster.[Conway, Martin]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [733]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] On a positive note, I commend the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government for the second day in a row for his initiative in respect of the pyrite problem, which has been raised by the leader on this side of the House since this Seanad came into existence. I ...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [733]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with comments from the other side that the devil is often in the detail. There are certainly difficult cuts in this budget. I do not think anyone expected that it would not be a difficult budget. At the end of the day, there were serious cuts to be made and there is no...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [733]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien, who is the leader of the Opposition, mentioned the social welfare Bill. On my way to the House I had been been informed that the Bill would be debated in the House in mid-November. However, I have now received a note that the Bill will be completed in t...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [733]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Clearly the Senators opposite do not want to know about the good measures. They want to dwell on the negative. I do not blame them for so doing given that they have little to say about the budget other than picking out negative elements. I will not continue to outline the good...Vol-226 Book-12 Page [734]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Murchú referred to this evening's Private Members' business and his Bill on the 1926 census. I cannot at this stage predict the Government's position on the Bill but I am sure we will hear it this evening. I commend the Senator for bringing the Bill before the House.
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16/10/2013 [Order of Business] That is a bit rich coming from Senator Gilroy given how the Labour Party broke its promises.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-12 Page [735]
16/10/2013 [Order of Business] We will not get into it this morning. Senator Bradford spoke about welfare dependancy and the Social Welfare Bill. I have already indicated when that Bill is likely to come before us.
Senator Mullins called for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to come to the ...
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