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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012 - Second Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business and adjourned not later than 5.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed ten minutes and those of ...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [137]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I will start with a measure of good news, certainly for Dublin Senators. It was a wonderful result in the all-Ireland final on Sunday. I was among the thousands of people on Merrion Square last night to watch the team come home with the Sam Maguire cup. On a more serious note,...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [139]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] Last Thursday, in the light of the introduction of a ban by the French Senate, I expressed my opposition to the child beauty pageant due to take place in Dublin. I am delighted to say the hotel where it was planned to be held cancelled the booking and that no other hotel in Irel...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [140]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the election of the first woman bishop in either the Church of Ireland or the Anglican Communion in the United Kingdom.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [140]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to come to the House in the near future to discuss crucial issues, including the suicide bombing that has killed more than 78 people at the All Saints church in Peshawar in Pakistan. Christia...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [142]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I commend Senator van Turnhout and the hotel in question on the matter of the child beauty pageant last week. Children are a most precious commodity and I thank Senator van Turnhout for raising the issue in the Seanad last week. It once again demonstrated the value of our Upper...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [142]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] -----and how important it is that it should be retained.
I welcome yesterday's launch by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Quinn, of the public consultation on promoting inclusiveness in primary schools. This consultation process is part of the Minister's action pl...
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I join my colleague in welcoming the first woman bishop in the church, either here or on the neighbouring island. I welcome also the humane statements of Pope Francis, which show there is compassion and dialogue. There is none in the Government. There is no dialogue whatever a...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [143]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] However, the Government uses the argument against this House. How much taxpayers' money is being squandered? We know Fine Gael gets €5 million in taxpayers' money and that party funds are used in its campaign. Those concerned are paying out of party funds. It is an unequal fi...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [143]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. Will the Leader ask the Taoiseach to have a bit of courage, be a bit of a man, face up to the issue and come to this House to listen to the questions that we, his victims, want to ask him? I ask the Leader to write to the Taoiseach today. He will not talk to anybody else....Vol-226 Book-3 Page [144]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] If they get away with it, they can fire the President and the members of the Supreme Court.[Norris, David]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [144]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] It is payback time. Let the people rise up and show the Government we are not prepared for tyranny.
There are wonderful slogans, each one of which can be ridiculed, including "One Parliament, One People, One Vote". I know the rhythm of that as I remember it from the 1930s new...
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator is way over time. I call Senator Coghlan.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [144]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] Follow that.
I second and support fully the vote of sympathy proposed by the Leader of the House on the death of the late Senator John Blennerhassett of Tralee.[Coghlan, Paul]
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] He was from an outstanding Kerry family, the Blennerhassetts, and he was a long-time councillor.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [144]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The man mentioned literally makes things disappear.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [145]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I would like to bring him here because there are a few people on whom I would like him to perform in both Houses.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [145]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I join Senators Sean D. Barrett and David Norris in welcoming the appointment of the first female bishop of the Anglican Church and look forward to it being the start of many more appointments of women in many other churches, including the one to which I belong.
It is no surpri...
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I am sorry, but it is hard to defend the fact that the Taoiseach leads a party that is putting untruthful slogans on posters the length and breadth of the Twenty-six Counties in an attempt to link this House with saving money. It is a disgrace. It has been proved that the amoun...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [145]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach is forcing his colleagues in the Lower House to do the same, which is a disgrace.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [145]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] It is a pity they did not take into account the number of days people are in this House attending to the democratic duties for which they were elected to attend. On one occasion colleagues entered pairing arrangements due to parliamentary business and missed a day on which there...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [146]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I call on the Minister for Finance to come to the House to debate the urgent need to retain the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality industry before any budget discussions on it. The restaurant and hospitality sector, particularly hotels, were particularly badly hurt during the econo...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [146]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to organise a debate on the Irish overseas and the diaspora in light of a comment by the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Deputy Brian Hayes, in today's Irish Post. He said the Irish overseas should not get a vote in the Dáil, if there is to be a ...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [146]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] University graduates overseas can vote in the Seanad elections.[Norris, David]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [146]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] With minds starting to focus on the budget, I join Senator Lorraine Higgins in referring to the 9% VAT rate on tourism products. I welcomed this initiative when it was first introduced shortly after my election to the House. A number of businesses were not embracing the initiat...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [147]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] If Mayo had won the All-Ireland football final on Sunday more Members of the House would be congratulating the Cathaoirleach and Mayo on a successful win.[Coghlan, Eamonn]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [148]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I congratulate my beloved Dubs. When my dear friend Bernard Brogan put the ball into the net with his fist over the weekend it was reminiscent of the 1963 all-Ireland final when Gerry Davey controversially palmed the ball into the net. I congratulate Dublin, the GAA and the spe...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [148]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I echo the comments of my colleagues with regard to the appointment of the new bishop of Meath and Kildare. Church of Ireland parishioners in County Meath were very anxious that a bishop be appointed. It is a first step and is quite welcome. I will take this brief opportunity ...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [148]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I support the call for the Minister, Deputy Noonan, to come to the House to discuss the very important issue of the possibility of the 9% VAT rate going back to 13%. It has been a great year for tourism, given the success of The Gathering and, as other Senators have noted, some ...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [149]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I would hate to see VAT going up to 13%, which would make it nearer €4 for a glass of water.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [149]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I do not know about having tap water at that price but it would certainly not be helped by a VAT increase on that basis.
I have the same feeling as others that this House should be debating the budget prior to the budget and prior to the making of the decisions before it is ann...
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I join with Senator Leyden in condemning the atrocity in the shopping centre in Nairobi. What is really sad about the matter is the fact that all of those killed are innocent people who had nothing to do with conflict in any of the adjoining countries. What really brought it ho...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [150]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I support what Senator Feargal Quinn has said about debating budget proposals. New politics must mean treating people and Parliament maturely. One of the problems with old politics during the Celtic tiger years was that there was no real scrutiny of budget proposals. In opposi...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [150]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I very much regret the breaking news that there will be no criminal complaint by the Central Bank against those who participated in the so-called Anglo tapes. We can all remember the revulsion a number of weeks ago when details emerged of the internal telephone conversations bet...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [151]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I advise the Senator to be very careful on this issue.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [151]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] It is most regrettable that the Central Bank has announced today that there will be no criminal investigation.[Conway, Martin]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [151]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The "What's Left" income survey commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions was published today. It shows that almost 500,000 people have no money left at the end of the month after paying essential household bills. The study also shows that people are cutting the amount ...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [151]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] We had a recent discussion and the Seanad sponsored a consultation on lifestyle changes and cancer. If, however, the Seanad is not to leave itself open to an extraordinary charge of hypocrisy in making aphoristic statements, it needs to come to grips with a few things that we in...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [151]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] The acting leader of the Opposition, Senator MacSharry, raised an important question about discretionary medical cards for people who have serious illnesses. As he mentioned, since 2011, 22,584 individuals who were previously recorded on the medical card register as eligible for...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [152]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I assure the Senator that the invitation will be extended, but I cannot tell him whether it will be accepted.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [153]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for undertaking to extend the invitation.[Norris, David]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [153]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan lauded the benefits of Culture Night and joined Senator Ned O'Sullivan in expressing condolences on the death of former Senator John Blennerhassett from Kerry. Senator O'Sullivan praised the contribution of Senators from that county over the decades.
Senat...
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24/09/2013 [Order of Business] If pairing arrangements were discontinued no legislation would be passed. The Minister should be aware of that.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-226 Book-3 Page [153]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] Another glaring omission in the article was the failure to acknowledge that the Leas-Chathaoirleach cannot vote. I understand a journalist telephoned to ask why the Leas-Chathaoirleach had missed so many votes, clearly unaware that he cannot vote when he is in the Chair. Notwit...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [154]
24/09/2013 [Order of Business] I join in the vote of congratulations to Senator Katherine Zappone, as I am sure all Members do. I would also like to be associated with the vote of sympathy to the family of the late former Senator John Blennerhassett. I am sure the Leader will arrange for formal expressions o...Vol-226 Book-3 Page [155]
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