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16/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law and on the Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation and Training (Europol), to be tak...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [80]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Will the Leader clarify the arrangements for No. 2? He states it is to be adjourned not later than 3.45 p.m., with the Minister to be called on at 3.35 p.m. Must the Minister be called on at 3.35 p.m.?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [80]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I am expecting the debate on Second Stage to conclude before the time.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [81]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Can I leave out that reference? I do not want to guillotine the debate on the Bill in any way. The reason I am including a time for the Minister to reply is that the debate may conclude before that time. I will not conclude the debate until all Members have had their say on th...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [81]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for ensuring that everyone will have their say. We will not call a vote on the Order of Business today on the basis that many Members are waiting to speak and in order to deal with our business as quickly as possible.
I wish to raise a few issues. Certain p...
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16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Following on from Senator MacSharry's point, the Minister, Deputy Bruton, is the director of elections for Fine Gael in this campaign, not for the Government. That is an important point.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [82]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] It is collective responsibility. It is a coalition.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [82]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] As the Senator well knows, there is a very important difference, particularly in a referendum campaign, between those who are working on behalf of the Government as director of elections and those working on behalf of individual parties. The timing of the launch yesterday was mo...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [82]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I renew a call to the Leader for a debate in the autumn on the need to change our culture and procedures to ensure that our Parliament is more friendly towards diversity, particularly towards gender diversity. Many of us have worked very hard for many years to try to encourage m...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [82]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I was told there would not be a debate on this issue, but if the Senator wants a debate, I will take her on.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [82]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I will certainly take on Senator Bacik about sexist language.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I have ruled today that I am not allowing a debate on the issue.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I was told there would not be a debate on this issue.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] In fairness, I have made a call for this debate in a general sense-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] The matter is closed. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] This happened the minute I left the room, but I came back in to hear the Senator's rubbish.[Norris, David]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] That is my question for the Leader. I have asked the Leader about this on other occasions and have placed on the agenda of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges a proposal that we look at the procedures of the House to ensure it is more gender-neutral and that we encourage m...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I will start where Senator Bacik finished with regard to the Magdalen laundries. We had a debate in the House earlier this year which was adjourned and not resumed. I ask for the resumption of that debate. I am incredulous that the four religious congregations have said they w...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [83]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on Northern Ireland, either among ourselves or with a Minister if one is available. I also ask him to consider inviting back the Orange Order, representatives of which addressed the House on 3 July 2012. Stormont is reconvening today to disc...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [84]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] A comment was made in passing that the debate on the Seanad will be dirty. It has not been dirty thus far and I hope that remains the case. I hope it is informed and instructive. Deputy Regina Doherty did not know the Seanad existed in 2007. There are a lot of people like her....Vol-225 Book-2 Page [84]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator MacSharry in regard to mental health. I praise Carl O'Brien for the wonderful articles he wrote on this subject, which were published in The Irish Times yesterday and today. Apart from political action on mental health, it is also important that the media focu...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [85]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator MacSharry in asking the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, to clarify news reports on the €35 million or €70 million in funding which the mental health services expected. For the sake of all those affected by mental health iss...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [85]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I express concern at the Government's plans for developing casinos in this country. It is giving licences for 40 casinos. There is great hypocrisy in this. We are told that it would be a mistake to legalise drugs and that if it had the opportunity, it would not have legalised ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [85]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Snowden affair has cast a light on data protection issues and we all need to be aware of them. We need to know what kind of information companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google are gathering, what are they doing with that information and how they are using it. The German...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [86]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Tomorrow, hundreds of former Waterford Crystal workers will protest outside the gates of this Parliament for their just entitlements, their pensions and the compensation they are rightly due because of the failure of the State to meet its obligations under the EU insolvency direc...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [86]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome yesterday's announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, in co-operation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, of the resumption of recruitment of gardaí in Templemore, County Tipperary. This will be good for the force and the local economy in ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [86]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I would also like to ask the Leader to ascertain the position on the Waterford Crystal workers. We met them in the AV Room a few weeks ago after their rights had been vindicated in Europe. It would be regrettable if they were returned to limbo after seven or eight years.
I co...
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16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Clune's comments on data protection and privacy, following the Snowden controversy and Angela Merkel's recent call for an agreement on EU data protection rules.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [87]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Like other Senators, I express my deep disappointment at the decision by the religious orders not to pay their share to the compensation fund for their victims. It is really regrettable and one wonders if these people have learned anything, because it sends a very bad message. ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [88]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] In the interests of democracy - we have been joking about the burning of the Reichstag but we are coming close to that type of climate - it is essential that the Minister, Deputy Bruton, comes to the House, before we go any further in considering the Bill to abolish the Seanad, t...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [88]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support comments made by Senators Marc MacSharry and Jillian van Turnhout and others on newspaper reports of a proposed reduction in the €35 million ring-fenced this year for mental health services. The same amount was ring-fenced last year but I understand why that money was ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [88]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tréaslú leis an Seanadóir Barrett agus an Seanadóir Ó Murchú i dtaca leis an méid atá ag tarlú sna Sé Chontae faoi láthair. Is ábhar mór díomá é dúinn go léir go bhfuil na heachtraí sin ag tarlú oíche i ndiaidh oíche. It is unfortunate, and Senators Sean Barrett ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [89]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] The nice weather we have had in the past couple of weeks is welcome, but it brings with it problems. One significant problem which is annoying many is the increase in the volume of litter on beaches and in holiday resorts. What people, when they come to these resorts, enjoy the...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [90]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Unfortunately, the good weather has brought many tragedies to different communities throughout the country and many young people have drowned. On Sunday evening last there was a call that a young person had fallen into the sea from the east pier in my home town of Carlingford an...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [90]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to invite the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, to the House to put one question to him, that is, are those in the education system within his remit adhering to the Haddington Road agreement? A parent who came to me last week has a son ...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [90]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the commitments given yesterday in St. Angela's College by the Taoiseach on the future of the college. That is good news. It was a pity and I am sorry that I was not able to be there, but I was here on business. It is something for which others and I have been lobbyi...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [91]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry raised the question of HSE funding for mental health and suicide prevention services. My information is that the funding is ring-fenced. The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, has said so previously in the House. I am s...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [91]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Whatever the other extraneous charges are, one can make what one wants of the figures, but this is the figure the Accounting Officer for the Oireachtas Commission gave to the Committee of Public Accounts and any other argument is superfluous. The point has been made. The argume...Vol-225 Book-2 Page [91]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] Every time I speak, Senator Mary White interrupts.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [91]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I like the Leader very much, actually. He knows that I admire-----[White, Mary M.]Vol-225 Book-2 Page [91]
16/07/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator very much and appreciate what she said.
Senators Ivana Bacik and Ned O'Sullivan and several others raised the same matter. I take Senator Ned O'Sullivan's point on the timing of the statement made. It was ill advised at a time before any legislation had be...
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