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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I realise time is short but, in the context of the new session, I call for a series of early debates as the budget preparations are under way. Reports of horse trading have made it into the public domain. Fine Gael is happy to cut child benefit and the Labour Minister, Deputy B...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [636]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Every Senator shares Senator MacSharry's desire to have a debate on the budget and I am sure the Leader will endeavour to facilitate it as soon as we return. One of the problems with debating the budget is the flying of kites between Government parties. The matter of who is say...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [636]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] The rules are broken here. That is the only problem.[Conway, Martin]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [637]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 11 be taken before No. 1". I join the congratulations given by the acting leader of the Labour Party in the House, Senator O'Keeffe, to Senator Mary Ann O'Brien on introducing the very important topic of the access of yo...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [637]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Is that not interesting? It is par for the course. I would love a debate on the budget and I would love to have the budget a few days before the referendum on the Senate. We all know it will be a stinker of a budget and the timing of this is very clearly done. There is a cont...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [637]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] It is completely wrong. I see lots of smiling in the other side.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Yes, I have asked the question and I am supporting it. There has been a serious allegation of an attempt to bribe a Member of this House and I would like to know the truth of it. I would like to know the names of the people involved and I would like the investigation also-----[...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----to track the preferment, the jobs and other inducements offered to people. It is an exact replica of Grattan's Parliament. The corruption must be exposed and if it was the last thing the House did, it would be a service to the people of Ireland.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] A Chathaoirligh, ba mhaith liom buíochas ar leith a ghabháil leat agus le Baill an tSeanaid as ucht an fháilte chroíúil agus an dea-ghuí a tugadh dom. It is a great honour for me to be appointed to the House and I thank the Members for their good wishes and warm welcome. I look...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to organise a debate on the Irish overseas and the diaspora.[Daly, Mark]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Following up on the point Senator Daly raised, there is good deal of merit in having a Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish overseas. I support the call for a debate not only on the Irish overseas but more specifically on the undocumented Irish in the United State...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [638]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I rise to congratulate Young Fine Gael in Kilkenny on its refusal to support the abolition of this House.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] They are an example to old Fine Gael, middle-aged Fine Gael and senile Fine Gael.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] It was done in the Minister, Phil Hogan's, home city at the Garret FitzGerald Summer School. Garret's spirit must have been there. I am sure he would be very proud of those young people.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I remind the Senator that we do not have any political broadcasts in the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator is not broadcasting on behalf of Fine Gael, rather he is broadcasting against it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I would like to echo the words of the Pope and Joe Connolly: "Young people of Ireland, we love you."[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Following on from what Senator Barrett said, as a former national chairman - the current title being president - of Young Fine Gael-----[Burke, Colm]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [639]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----I left the organisation with a degree of independence and there has not been a change in that respect since the day I left it. I am delighted that level of independence has remained.
I wish to raise the report published by the ESRI, Growing Up in Ireland, in terms of the ...
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Leader will know that last week a few hundred former Waterford Crystal workers protested outside Leinster House for their rights and for their pensions to be paid to them. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of an all-party Oireachtas group of Senators and Deputies, from...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [640]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I am glad to note the softer, calmer tones of Senator MacSharry this morning. I want to join him in calling for a debate on a matter early in the next session.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [640]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Originally, I was one of the so-called young tigers but I will not comment further.
I welcome what Senator MacSharry said in a general sense. It is good to know that PTSB and some of the other financial institutions are at last making more amenable longer-term arrangements for ...
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I hope so, and I will not mention private conversations.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [640]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I congratulate Senator Norris on another sterling performance on the "Today with Pat Kenny" show on RTE Radio 1 this morning. I am sure many of the Members heard it. I have no doubt that if that man gets enough access to the airwaves, I would be very sanguine about the outcome ...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [640]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I would not hold my breath waiting for the Taoiseach, or the Führer, Enda Kenny, to take him up on his offer of a debate. I think that is highly unlikely.
On a more serious matter and referring to what Senator Coghlan said, I do not think we can pass too lightly over the alleg...
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I was not being flippant. Senator Norris raised it.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [641]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----I referred to Grattan's Parliament and what the old Gaelic writers said about it at the time was mealladh breabadh agus bagairt, which means persuasion, bribery and threats. That is how that Parliament was suppressed.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [641]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] At the time I made a point to making sure that I was not making any allegation of bribery. I said certainly there were threats and we know that and a lot of persuasion was going on but I am not so sure about the bribery aspect now.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [641]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support the issue raised by Senator Burke, which I raised yesterday. He emphasised the need for the child care debate. Again I would like to talk about children, although I do so in an indirect way. A survey was carried out in the US which showed that a healthy breakfast pre...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [641]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] That is a well made point by Senator Keane. The outcomes for children when they have a good breakfast are well documented.
Senator Landy's allegations are very serious. If someone attempted to bribe him to absent himself from votes in this House last week, then that is very s...
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome that if he has, but we do not have that information. The reputation of this House is being affected by that type of behaviour. To be fair to Senator Landy, he has gone a long way towards explaining it. He needs to go another little way and give us the truth on this.
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. Why is it that the only type of support which some in this House feel is needed for women in difficulty is abortion? What we are not having positive discussions about-----[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] You can ask those questions to the Minister for Health today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Why are we not having positive discussions about sex education, adoption and non-directive counselling, which we know is not happening in the Irish Family Planning Association?[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] That is a very serious allegation. The Minister for Health promised an inquiry on this, and it has still not been delivered.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I am grateful for your time, but I am looking for a response.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I join with colleagues who called for a debate on the forthcoming budget in the House when we return. We all want to see an expansionary budget that will help grow our economy, start getting people back to work and help small businesses in particular. Many Members of this House...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [642]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] At the outset I thank my colleague Senator Keane for her advice this morning that people who are less likely to take their breakfast in the morning are more likely to have a heart attack. As one who does that regularly I must thank her and assure her-----[Brennan, Terry]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [643]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----that it is not going to happen in the future.
Dunleer railway station in County Louth is on the main commuter belt running from Dublin to Dundalk and Belfast. It has been closed for several years. In mid-Louth the towns of Dunleer and Ardee and the area in general have d...
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23/07/2013 [Order of Business] That is more appropriate to an Adjournment debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [644]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Perhaps. The station should be opened for the benefit of people working in Dublin and students who travel to and from Dublin daily who now have to travel to Drogheda and Dundalk. It should be reconsidered as the town and the area have developed significantly in recent years. W...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [644]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I echo Senator Keane's comments on breakfast. It may seem like a frivolous matter on the face of it in the context of economic and other such matters but I have been calling for a debate on nutrition generally for some time. On the other side of the equation, going without brea...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [644]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] We are all well aware of the really good weather we have been having over the past two weeks or thereabouts, although today is not the most spectacular day. It came to my attention recently that Bord Gáis, among other providers, is dealing with a much higher level of arrears thi...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [644]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] We should be directing our attention towards the upcoming budget. To that end I have written this morning to the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, asking that we give austerity a break, following the words of Mr. Mody, formerly of the IMF. I believe he is right. The working...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [645]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Keane’s reference to nutrition and healthy eating. We had a very interesting debate and passed Second Stage of the Food Provenance Bill. This is something the Government can actually do. The Bill has passed Second Stage. It can be created and passed and it w...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [645]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I join with other colleagues who welcomed Senator Naughton to the House. I wish her well in the next two and a half years or so that remain in this Seanad. I commend Senator David Norris on his excellent contribution on "Today with Pat Kenny" this morning. I encourage him to k...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal and Tyrone, four proud Ulster counties, are still there, with each and every one of them capable of taking on whatever-----[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I do not think this is relevant to the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I might as well start with Senator Wilson and remind him that the Kerry and Cork people are still there as well.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I suggest that Senator MacSharry should not believe everything he reads in the newspaper. There will be much speculation about the budget-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] I have managed to think of that point all by myself.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----between now and budget time. There will be plenty of such speculation. Senator MacSharry also asked for a debate on the progress of the banks on mortgage arrears. He welcomed the fact that Permanent TSB is moving in the right direction at least. We hope that all the othe...Vol-225 Book-7 Page [646]
23/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator David Norris has moved an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 11 on the Order Paper be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated his willingness to accept the proposal.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-7 Page [648]
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