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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion of referral to Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality of the fourth programme of law reform prepared by the Law Reform Commission, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business - the motion on the Order Pape...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [73]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Following on from the amendment I proposed to the Order of Business yesterday in respect of the cuts to disability services in the HSE north-east region, I gave the example of the €1 million cut to the funding of St. Michael's House which serves 1,500 children and young people wi...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [75]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Is that an amendment the Senator is proposing, or is he simply opposing?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [75]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I am asking the Leader. I propose an amendment, that No. 2 be taken with debate, that time be allowed today in order that we can tease these things out and in order that I do not have to read about it in the newspapers or hear about it on radio. This is still a House of the Oir...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [75]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I was simply going to welcome the announcement of the setting up of the bank inquiry. Everyone wishes to see an inquiry into the events, particularly leading up to the night of the bank guarantee. That is rightly the preliminary focus and it should be the first focus of the inq...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [76]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] The motion before us which the Leader has proposed be taken without debate is simply the commencement order. It simply notes and approves the commencement order of the Act. I do not believe we should be looking to delay the commencement order.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [76]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I agree, however, that a debate about the nature of the banking inquiry would be useful and perhaps we might have that soon. I understand that, as yet, it has not been decided precisely which entity will take it, whether it would be the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expendi...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [76]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] However, the timing of that investigation is critical. It is quite right to look at postponing that particular focus or tranche of the investigation or inquiry until after the criminal trial.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [77]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] It is not right at all. That would leave out a sizeable part.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [77]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [77]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien that we need to debate this but I do not believe we need to debate the commencement order. I am keen to see this Act commenced quickly, as most people are.
Yesterday, Senator Mac Conghail paid an eloquent tribute to Seamus Heaney and I add ...
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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien in his call for No. 2 to be discussed. It is something we should do to ensure any inquiry is as we intend it and as we would expect. Perhaps it cannot be facilitated today but if there were a commitment, I would be supportive of it.
I commend...
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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Two matters arise on foot of yesterday's Order of Business. The first relates to the appearance of a 20-page property supplement in one of the daily newspapers. As I informed the Leader yesterday, there is a need to ensure banking reform. We have tabled two items on the Order ...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [78]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator van Turnhout who brought to the attention of the House that the French Senate has banned the exploitation of children via beauty pageants. This House should take the lead by ensuring that such pageants should not be tolerated in Ireland. I will be travelling t...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [79]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Once again Senator Barrett has put forward some very interesting statistics with regard to the forthcoming referendum. I am of the view that those statistics are factual in nature. If one compares them to the dearth of information being made available by those who support the a...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [79]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Yesterday the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, noted that in circumstances where repossession could possibly occur, the mortgage-to-rent option would in many cases be open to people who are facing the prospect of losing their homes.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [80]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom i dtosach báire tagairt beag a dhéanamh don chlár reachtaíochta a fuair muid inné ón bPríomh Aoire. Táim cinnte go raibh cuid mhaith rudaí in easnamh, ach thug mé faoi deara go raibh dhá Bhille in easnamh, Billí a bhí geallta dúinn don fhómhar seo, ceann amháin a ...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [80]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I call on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to examine the new rules governing off-road declarations for vehicles. The new system is causing great anguish and has resulted in long queues forming in county council offices. We heard on a radio progr...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [81]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Darragh O'Brien. I concur with the Senator's comments on the commencement order. I also share the views expressed by Senator Bacik on the need to ensure no action is taken that would interfere with the criminal...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [81]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with most previous speakers on the tone of the debate on the forthcoming referendum. I refer in particular to posters stating that fewer politicians will be good for the country and will save €20 million. If we do not have respect for ourselves, we cannot expect members...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [82]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] At the risk of being accused of being personal or parochial, as a former ESB employee, I am very concerned over how my former colleagues are being treated by this and the previous Government with regard to their defined-benefit pension scheme. Like all ESB employees, I paid almo...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [82]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] That matter might be suitable as a matter on the Adjournment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [83]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] It is not suitable.
We are told by the Government that there are increasing funding difficulties with pension schemes owing to people living longer and the financial downturn. It is no fault of any of those who contributed for many years. A contribution of 7% was and still is...
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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] With the greatest respect to the Leader of the Opposition, Senator Darragh O'Brien, we are ad idem on the banking inquiry. Everybody wants to get to the unvarnished truth and nothing must be excluded. As we all agree, no one in these Houses would wish to prejudice cases that ar...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [83]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator van Turnhout on the issue of child pageants. We should follow the lead of the French Senate on this; they are hideous competitions and should not be encouraged.
This morning the Irish Cancer Society has highlighted research into the attitude of teenagers towa...
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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to organise a debate on mental health services with the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, with particular reference to the implementation of A Vision for Change. Members will be aware of the great concern in east County Galway and Ballinasloe in particul...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] ----- when two fine young ladies, namely, Lorraine Ryan and Sinead Keane-----[Mullins, Michael]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] It will not be relevant next week either, when the Dubs win.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] ----- under manager Tony Ward brought two trophies to the west and gave us a great lift. I hope the Mayo people do the same on Sunday.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] While this is not relevant to the Order of Business, all tickets that can be given to the Cathaoirleach will be greatly appreciated.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Mullins has referred to mental health issues and I welcome the putting in place by Fine Gael of counselling services for Deputies and Senators who may be experiencing difficulties in their professional or personal lives in the wake of the tragic death last year of the Min...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [84]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue of the VAT rate within the hospitality sector and it is particularly relevant to so do before the budget. Figures that are being quoted suggest that an additional 9,000 jobs have been created in the hospitality sector. While they cannot all be due to t...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [85]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has raised the question of disability services in the north east. As the Minister is not due to come into the House in the next two weeks to the best of my knowledge, I suggest the Senator table an Adjournment motion on the matter to receive an adequate r...Vol-226 Book-2 Page [85]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] While the Government did not announce the banking inquiry the night before last, it did so yesterday.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [85]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] While I am surprised it was not raised at the time, I will certainly accede to the request that we have a debate on the matter. I have arranged for the debate to take place next Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [85]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] I note Senator Ivana Bacik's points on the banking inquiry and the criminal justice process.
Senator Jillian van Turnhout and a number of other Members - I believe Senators Cáit Keane and Catherine Noone also raised the point - spoke on the subject of beauty pageants for chil...
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19/09/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 2 be debated today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [87]
19/09/2013 [Order of Business] No. I thank the Leader for acceding to our request for a debate next Tuesday. I, therefore, withdraw the amendment.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-226 Book-2 Page [87]
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