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04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications on promoting a sustainable future for the post office network, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business and conclude not later than 1.15 p.m., ...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [692]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] As Senator Darragh O'Brien knows, I share his concerns about the code of conduct on mortgage arrears. It is ironic that people are having breakfast this morning and reading reports that the European Central Bank is going to leave rates as they are, even though many know they cou...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [693]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I note that in the Financial Times today there is an article by the associate editor, Mr. John Gapper, which states:
This week brought two announcements that strike at the distortions caused to banking by cheap credit and the underpricing of risk over past decades. One was the U...
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04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Use it as a reference point in the future. It is a well known academic discipline.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [694]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I will bear that in mind. I am commending the Minister of State, Deputy Tom Hayes, and the Leader. This will have unintended consequences. The Bill, if implemented, will do the exact opposite to what the Senator said and it was suggested the European Union would not like it. ...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [694]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I raise an important issue that has just come to my notice in regard to medical card assessments.[Kelly, John]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [694]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I commend Senator Kelly. He is missed as a community welfare officer in Ballaghaderreen where he was very fair and good to clients. I wish he were a Minister in that Department where he could bring about those innovations.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [695]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] He will not have much success with the Labour Party. I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Darragh O'Brien. He made a very good point. I share in the congratulations to the United States of America on this great day, 4 July, the 237th anniversary ...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [695]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with the general thrust of Senator Darragh O'Brien's remarks on the code of conduct on mortgage arrears. I also have a slight disagreement. He talked about it as though it were Government policy. This document was agreed, drawn up by the Central Bank in consultation wi...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [695]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Central Bank is independent. Senator Darragh O'Brien knows that.[Gilroy, John]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [696]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Gilroy makes my point. The Central Bank has a certain independence. I agree there is a need for balance. We cannot have the banks being allowed to ride roughshod over so many in society given their recent history, particularly regarding harassment. On that I agree str...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [696]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien's comments on the banks. Regrettably, every Government action, legislative and otherwise, has been to rebalance matters in favour of the banks and against the individual customer. Ulster Bank came in very aggressively promoting unrealistic loan...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [696]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The people are used as a convenience. This is one opportunity. If they want to give the Government a little slap because of austerity, what it has done to the carers or the rebalancing in favour of the banks, this is the one opportunity for a free kick. If they defeat this ref...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [696]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Does Senator Harte have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] You are putting that the wrong way, Jimmy. You voted against the kids. My God, Jimmy, you have nothing in you.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Harte signed it and voted against the kids.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Does Senator Harte have a question for the Leader? Senator, withdraw that remark.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Do you have a question for the Leader? We are on the Order of Business. We are not discussing yesterday's business today.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I can make a personal statement because I have been accused and used by Senator Ó Domhnaill, who did not come to the debate.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] This is not the forum for that. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Domhnaill was part of the Government that closed St. Agnes's.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] St. Agnes's is still open, Jimmy. It is your Government that is closing it. Get your facts right.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [697]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, if the Senator wants a debate on this issue, there is one on Highland Radio tonight.[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I thought I was in Seanad Éireann, but it appears I have inadvertently wandered into a meeting of Donegal County Council.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order. Does Senator Harte have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I have a question for the Leader. I want a debate on-----[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I am asking you if you have a question for the Leader on today's Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. I ask for a debate on the two specialist schools that Senator Ó Domhnaill has cynically used for a political end. I will tell you something else-----[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Those matters were debated on the Adjournment last night.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] They were not. That was totally different. I had a debate last night on hospitals in Donegal, which was important.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Ó Domhnaill told the people of Donegal that the Minister for Health, Deputy James Reilly, would not come to the Chamber.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator, resume your seat. I call Senator Cullinane.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I will resume my seat when I have cleared my name. The people of Donegal know me better.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] They know why Senator Ó Domhnaill is before the Standards in Public Office Commission.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [698]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator, will you respect the Chair? I call Senator Cullinane.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [699]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support the proposal to amend the Order of Business. It is a scandal that we have not had a debate in the House on the banking situation. Everywhere in the country, people are talking about the Anglo Irish Bank tapes and bankers and they want justice. They hear the Governmen...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [699]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I congratulate Emily O'Reilly, the new European Ombudsman. It is a remarkable achievement to succeed in securing the appointment.
I thank Senator Quinn for his debate yesterday evening. While I take the Cathaoirleach's point about refraining from comment on yesterday's busine...
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04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in congratulating our friends in the United States of America on the anniversary of their independence. It is salutary to remind the House that not only is there a US Senate, but bicameral systems operate in all of the states and have done so since the 18th cen...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [700]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I repeat my request to the Leader and I ask him to reconsider his response that only ten minutes would be allotted to speakers on the Second Stage of the so-called Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. This is one of the most important, dramatic and far-reaching items of leg...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [700]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The timings can be decided on the day of the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [700]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] That may be the case but the response yesterday was unsatisfactory and I ask the Leader to reconsider. In order to look at these issues properly in terms of the overall policy, as distinct from looking at matters section by section, more time is needed. That is the least we can...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I have filibustered in the past, so has Senator Mullen.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I do not regard the tactic of filibustering as being appropriate-----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Some 77 amendments were submitted, all exactly the same.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] -----but I believe in searching and sustained scrutiny of serious issues. It is not acceptable to have a nod and wink arrangement whereby on one hand there is tacit approval from the Government side and from the Leader when people do whatever is necessary to speak up for the ret...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I join Senator Aideen Hayden in expressing welcome for the news that St Patrick's Institution for Young Offenders is due to close.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] It is shocking in this day and age that human dignity is so disrespected, as it has been in this institution.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order and information, can the Leader inform us whether ten minutes was exactly the same amount of time given to us to speak on the referendum Bill?[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Some people abused their privilege and spoke for 15 and 16 minutes but I cannot legislate for that.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [701]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I add my words to the request for the Leader to accede to a greater amount of time on the abortion Bill. It would be helpful.
I join in the welcome for the report on the youth guarantee produced this morning by our great colleague, Senator Kathryn Reilly. She is absent at the...
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04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I would like to draw the attention of Members to a meeting between the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party and the representatives of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul on the evening before yesterday. The austerity programme is being run by four men, the economic council of the Gov...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [702]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I want the Leader to get the Taoiseach to come to the Chamber, along with the Minister for Finance and Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul told us it is spending over €1 million per week providing direct assistance to individual...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [702]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I ask Members to remember that the future of our country lies in the hands of our children. Please do not make these cruel cuts to the weakest and most vulnerable people in our society in budget 2014.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [702]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I join in the congratulations to Senator Kathryn Reilly and her committee on the production of the timely report Guaranteeing Our Future - a report on the need for a youth guarantee. The employment issue dovetails with a call this morning by Senator John Whelan for a debate with...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [702]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I raised the matter earlier this week of the obscene literature we have been receiving, which resonated with other Members. To my surprise, it resonated with my electorate, namely, county councillors who are in touch with me on matters such as this. Whether they were for or aga...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Should those involved have to indicate how much they are spending and, more important, where they are getting it?[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] They should register with SIPO, which they refuse to do.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I do not know why Senator Mullen needs an additional ten minutes to contribute to next week's debate because for the past three years he has spent ten minutes a day raising the issue.[O'Sullivan, Ned]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Should organisations such as these, as well meaning as many of them may be, be able to spend money without answerability and accountability about how much they are spending and, more particularly, where the money is coming from? People on the street are asking that question. Wh...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I was concerned to hear on radio earlier that the Australian Government intends to review the 457 visa for people who have emigrated to the country. Given many people from counties Sligo and Leitrim have emigrated to work in town and cities there, it is worrying. We should make...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [703]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom aontú le mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Mullen, i dtaca leis an díospóireacht a bheidh ar siúl ag tús na seachtaine seo chugainn maidir le ceist na ginmhillte.
I refer to next week's debate. While people might have differing views on whether contributions are te...
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04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator O'Keeffe regarding the issue of childhood obesity. I commend Senator Quinn on the Food Provenance Bill 2013. I am afraid that labelling is only one aspect of this issue. It goes much deeper than that and I join Senator O'Keeffe in calling for a debate on ...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [704]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Will the Leader use his good offices to ascertain from the Minister for Health the schedule for Committee Stage of our Bill to protect children from the harmful effects of cigarette smoking in cars? First and Second Stages were taken more than a year ago. It was our hope that i...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [704]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Crown. It shows the national democratic deficit and dysfunctional nature of the legislative process in this House that when a Member with such a reputation as Senator Crown brings forward legislation that will protect children from the harmful effects of smokin...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [705]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] If my colleague opposite is willing to defend the fact that it has taken a year for a Bill-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [705]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] It would protect children from the harmful effects of smoking. Is the Senator willing to defend that lack of legislative progress?[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [705]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] If he is happy with that, he is more than welcome to stand up and defend the fact that legislation which would protect children from the harmful effects of smoking has not progressed an inch. Is the Senator saying Senator Crown does not have the credibility to say that the legis...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [705]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator has indicated that he wants to answer it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [706]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Yes, on the topic of job creation. In Kerry, funding for the south Kerry development partnership was reduced by nearly €2 million and 172 jobs that could be created will now not be created because the funding has been cut.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [706]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator should raise that on the Adjournment. I call the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [706]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the code of conduct on mortgage arrears. He also raised it on Tuesday and Senator MacSharry raised it in his absence yesterday. Senator Hayden also raised it. I have asked the Minister for Finance to come to the House but I have not yet received ...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [706]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] In response to Senator Mullen, we are not prioritising the Seanad Bill over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. I have allocated over eight hours for the Second Stage debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. That should be more than ample time for Membe...Vol-224 Book-9 Page [707]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] When Grattan's Parliament was abolished there were 21 hours of continuous debate.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [707]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Leader and the Cathaoirleach were shocked when they heard what Enda said in opposition.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [707]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator has spoken already. The Leader without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [707]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] When I am dealing with the Order of Business next week I will put forward the time that will be allocated.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [707]
04/07/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a one hour debate on how the Central Bank's new code of conduct will protect mortgage holders be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-9 Page [708]
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