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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Before I call the Leader, I am sure that the House will join with me in welcoming guests of Senator Walsh, General Tommy R. Franks (Ret.) and his wife, Mrs. Cathy Franks, Senator Briggs Hopson and his wife, Mrs. Alison Hopson, and Mr. Doug and Ms Amy Polasky, to Leinster House. ...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [436]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome back our friend and colleague, Senator Norris. It is great to see him back in the House.
The Order of Business is No. 1, Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 - Report Stage, amendments from Dáil Éireann, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Busine...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I join with colleagues in welcoming back Senator David Norris. It is good to see him.
I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to ask that the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, or whatever Minister is available, comes to the House today to discuss the new voluntary c...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Could I clarify what Senator MacSharry is calling for? Is it a new code of conduct? What are the exact words?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [437]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] My amendment states: "That the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, or whatever Minister is available, comes to the House today to discuss the new voluntary code of conduct on mortgage arrears announced by the Central Bank of Ireland and the personal debt crisis which is now the ...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [437]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I join with the Leader in welcoming Senator David Norris back to the House. The Senator was missed yesterday in the debate on the referendum Bill but we look forward to his-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [437]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] No doubt he will make up for his absence. We are delighted to see him back.
I refer to the new Central Bank of Ireland code for those in mortgage arrears. The number of mortgages in arrears by more than 90 days - almost 100,000, or 12.3% of mortgages - is extremely worrying. ...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] This code has just been published and as I said, there are issues of concern in it, although there are some welcome aspects. I am very glad to see there will be no fast-tracking of home repossessions and no forcing people off tracker mortgages, both of which the banks wanted but...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [437]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Those of us who visited Sweden as part of the committee delegation were hugely impressed by the very compelling evidence in favour of the new model of legislation we saw in operation there. I would really welcome a debate on the report, as I know other colleagues would. I ask t...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [438]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I call Senator Norris, whom I welcome back to the Chamber.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [439]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach and everyone else for their kind comments. I hope you will all forgive me for getting well. I feel so much better and I am enjoying life so much. It is a pleasure to be here. I hope no one will think it is a fraud perpetrated for the sake of gaining ...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [439]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator continues to take latitude on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [440]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I regret to say that I still do not believe the Government realises the anger among the public at the revelations during the past week in regard to the banks, what went on within them and the cavalier and inappropriate attitude of senior bankers in 2008 and, I suspect, today towa...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [440]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome Senator Norris back to the Seanad. He was missed. I am glad he is continuing his curmudgeonly view, in particular in regard to prostitution. I commend the Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on its work on the issue and, in particular, I acknowledg...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [440]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Eventually. They wrote to me when they were barred.[Norris, David]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [441]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] There was a substantial amount of debate and discussion across all sides. I urge all members of Seanad Éireann to read the report, which is the result of an issue first highlighted here by me and Senators Zappone, van Turnhout and Mary Ann O'Brien. I support Senator Bacik's req...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [441]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] In the context of tracker mortgages, for example, Mr. Bernard Sheridan, the director of consumer protection with the Central Bank, has stated, "No doubt the lenders would prefer more options to move people off trackers but to do so they have to offer ... an alternative which is a...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [441]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I also wish to welcome Senator Norris back to the House. While he does not agree with everyone all of the time, he does tend to agree with some of us some of the time.
I second Senator MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business. The new code of conduct to which he referre...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Did Mr. Morton say that? Will the Senator provide a reference for that statement?[Gilroy, John]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [442]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] An interesting headline relating to this matter appeared in The Kerryman, which declared "Cuts are just death by geography" and this is exactly what happens when one lives in a rural area. If Mr. Morton, who lives in a nice suburban home-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [442]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator should refrain from using people's names on the record of the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [442]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach. If Mr. Morton, who lives in a nice suburban home in Dublin, was obliged to wait an hour and a half for an ambulance to arrive at his front door, I have no doubt that there would be an inquiry. If people in Dublin were obliged to wait two hours for the...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [442]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] When something of this nature happens in rural areas, nothing is said. According to the director of the national ambulance service, that is the price those who live in such areas must pay.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is good to see Senator Norris back in the House and in his usual good form.
I congratulate Major General Michael Finn on his appointment as head of mission and chief of staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation. This is not just a great honour for Major Gen...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Does Senator Paul Coghlan have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] No, I have said what I have said. I am sure the Leader-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] For the information of the Senator, it is on the record of the House and is well known.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan should resume his seat. I call Senator Barrett.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Representatives from the Department of Finance met the bankers-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----because the latter were seeking changes to the personal insolvency legislation. We are not clear as to whether-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is normal for communications to take place between-----[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan is way over time. I call Senator Barrett.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [443]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Leader for his splendid contribution on the role of the Seanad during yesterday's debate on the Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill.
On the points made by Senators Conway and Hayden, the House will be taking Committee Stage...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I refer to the revelations relating to Anglo Irish Bank. Apart from the damage that was done to the country financially, we need to take into consideration the number of people who lost their homes, the number of people who committed suicide as a result of financial distress, th...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [444]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tacú leis an moladh atá déanta ag mo chomhghleacaí, an Seanadóir Zappone agus dea-ghuí a dhéanamh maidir le Seachtain an Bhróid. Táim cinnte go mbeidh an-deireadh seachtaine ag gach duine. I concur with the remarks of Senator Zappone, who offered her best wishes ...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [445]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is timely that I am making my submission after my Sinn Féin colleague. I welcome the fact that the leader of Sinn Féin, Deputy Gerry Adams, took up my point in the Dáil yesterday when addressing the Taoiseach. I raised this issue in the House last Tuesday, when I called on t...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [445]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Táim an-bhuíoch den Chathaoirleach seans a thabhairt dom labhairt this morning. Yesterday evening at the gate of Leinster House I joined 600 people who were protesting at the cruel cuts in education for children with disabilities and special needs. The group of 600 included chi...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [446]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] In light of the ongoing revelations in the media about Anglo Irish Bank I call on the Leader to contact the Minister for Finance with a view to setting up an inquiry into one particular element of the story which is in danger of being overlooked. We know that the revelations are...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [446]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] This morning, Senator Barrett referred to the price of generic drugs as against branded drugs. I have before me an ESRI report which is rather startling. I realise we have taken action on this and moved to have legislation in place. Therefore, I am somewhat unsure where we sho...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [446]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] As we discuss all our own problems it is very easy to lose sight of problems and difficulties in the world as a whole. I renew my call for a debate before we rise for the summer on the ongoing crisis in Syria and the lack of progress being made in any peace process to help resol...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [447]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business to have the Minister for Finance come to the House to discuss the mortgage issue and the new code of conduct published by the Central Bank. While many people are struggling with mortgage repayments, banks are putti...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [447]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I concur with Senator Ó Domhnaill and other speakers throughout the week. Every day the tapes have revealed more and it is vital that this be addressed urgently. The perpetrators need to be brought to justice immediately. Those people addressed a serious situation jokingly but...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [447]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] At the risk of making the Chamber sound like a broken record, I mention issues relating to the banks and attempted to get the Order of Business amended. I am somewhat troubled by the fact that there are two wholly separate things that need to be investigated in the banks. There...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [448]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I would also like to recommend that any of those folks who state they cannot get access to the Taoiseach to make very important points to him might consider getting jobs in the tobacco industry.[Crown, John]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [449]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Like everyone else I abhor the revelations on the Anglo Irish Bank tapes. Senator Ó Domhnaill has accused the current Ministers of lip service. It will be very interesting to hear what type of lip service was coming from Ministers involved at the time. I welcome the call by th...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [449]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Will the Leader invite the Minister for Justice and Equality to the House as soon as possible to review our bail laws? Last week I wrote to the Department to seek up-to-date figures for crimes committed by people while on bail. We seem to have a massive problem with burglary, a...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [449]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome Councillor Frank McDermott to the Gallery.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [449]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I certainly disagree with the interpretation of Senator MacSharry, the Acting Leader of the Opposition, of the proposed code of conduct on mortgage arrears. Today we will debate Committee Stage of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Bill, and what better time to raise...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [449]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] I know they have no leaders.
Senator Conway wondered whether the Government is aware of the anger of the public, and I assure him it is fully aware of it. This was outlined particularly at the parliamentary party meeting at which many members expressed the same sentiments as h...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] He should not have made that decision in the first place.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [451]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Gilroy made relevant points relating to the sale of an Anglo Irish Bank subsidiary in Austria which should form part of the banking inquiry - I am sure it will. Senator Quinn raised the issue of generic drugs in addition to the traceability of food and the question of la...Vol-224 Book-6 Page [451]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, the Leader misled the House somewhat when he stated the Minister for Education and Skills met the people who were protesting yesterday.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [452]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Leader said the Minister met the people who were protesting yesterday.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [452]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] The people listening will think the problem is solved.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [452]
27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Will Senator White please resume her seat. She is completely out of order.
Senator MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, or whatever Minister is available, comes to the House today to discuss the new volunt...
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27/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Zappone has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 13, Legal Recognition of Gender Bill 2013, be taken before No. 1 today." The Leader has indicated that he is prepared to accept this amendment. Is the amendment agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-6 Page [453]
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