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18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the development of Cork Prison, back from committee, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013 - Second Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of No. 1 and to conclude...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [2]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I know the issue of the ongoing crisis and civil war in Syria has been raised in the House. Could we arrange a debate with the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade? I state my support for his stance on the issue. It is a very dangerous situation where certain co...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [2]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I join Senator Darragh O'Brien in calling for a debate on the situation in Syria. It would be timely to invite the Tánaiste to come to the House to discuss the possible approaches that could be taken to this problem. I share the Tánaiste's view on the danger of arming rebel gro...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [3]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I have an urgent request for the Leader to bring to the attention of the Minister for Health something that has been bubbling under the radar for several weeks, the uneven access to cancer treatments for patients with private health insurance, depending on which company they are ...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [4]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It was no surprise to me when the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama, when dining last night with her daughters at Matt the Threshers, a well known restaurant in Dublin, requested Carlingford oysters as her starter.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Bearing in mind their worldwide reputation as an aphrodisiac-----[Brennan, Terry]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----the life improving qualities are enhanced if they are actually consumed in my own medieval town of Carlingford where these oysters have been reared by local fishermen for many years. I take the opportunity to extend an invitation to the Obama family to come to Carlingford t...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the National Asset Management Agency transparency Bill be taken today in the light of the fact that former employees of NAMA are threatening Members of the House. Mr. Paul Hennigan was employed by NAMA and went to work for an ...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is inappropriate to name people who are not here to defend themselves. Bí cúramach.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] As the person I mentioned was threatening Members of this House, he deserves a little recognition for the fact that he seems to want to silence Members of the House.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [5]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is inappropriate for any member of the public to try to prevent a Member of this House from doing his or her job, whether in raising issues of concern or a loss to the taxpayer. I fail to understand how NAMA has not included a clause in its employment contracts that employees...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan will be well able to make his own contribution.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] His coalition colleague, Senator Higgins, has raised the issue and everybody knows the taxpayer is at a loss in the way NAMA is selling its properties because it is not doing it according to the legislation and in an open and transparent manner. I support my colleague in calling...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The 145,000 who are in arrears will not be protected by the previous code of conduct whereby they could be contacted only three times a month. Now they can be contacted three times an hour. I ask for a debate on this because I understand the code of conduct is illegal. I ask t...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] As a matter of clarification, which Bill does the Senator wish to prioritise?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Like Senator Crown, I raise the issue of the private health sector. I am concerned about what the Senator said because I changed my insurance over to GloHealth this year to save myself some money and it is a major concern for people who are changing insurance providers because t...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [6]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur ar an gCeannaire, ceist a chuir mé cheana, maidir le díospóireacht faoi chúrsaí Leader. I have asked on a number of occasions if it is possible to have the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, come to the House t...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [7]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Last Friday the European Council agreed to start talks with the USA on a transatlantic trade and investment partnership. It is a positive move which represents a great opportunity for indigenous Irish companies across all sectors to export to the huge US market. There is a grea...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [7]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It was not possible for me to attend the Order of Business last week and I did not have the opportunity to express my deepest sympathy to Mrs. Bridie Fitzgerald and her family on the death of the late Senator Tom Fitzgerald. Tom was a particularly close friend of mine and a grea...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [8]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK said the issue of corporate taxation has moved more in the past 24 hours than in the previous 24 years. I draw the attention of the House to an OECD report produced in May on base erosion and profit shifting. A follow-up volume was prod...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [9]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the good news that €30,000 has been allocated to Leitrim County Council to have a look at the old railway line that runs from Sligo through Leitrim and Cavan into Northern Ireland, with the prospect of opening up a greenway. This would be a great boost for jobs in the ...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [9]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] As a three times elected Senator, it is my duty to uphold the principles of democracy in our little country. The slash and burn approach of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, to abolishing town councils all over Ireland disempowe...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [9]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to ask the Leader if he will invite the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan to the House. I would like to have it out with the Minister about this addition to the democratic deficit.[White, Mary M.]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [9]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I was not present last Thursday because EMC announced the creation of an additional 200 jobs in Cork. This brings to more than 2,000 the number of employees the company has in Cork. I pay tribute to the company and to its chief executive officer, Mr. Bob Savage, who is also the...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [9]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I refer to a comment by Senator Paul Bradford regarding the proposed abortion legislation, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013. He said that he did not think that hiding under a Whip was the correct way for Oireachtas Members to approach such a contentious Bill. H...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator should quote the Minister properly if he going to do so at all.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] That is not what the Minister said. The Senator should not misquote him.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is absolutely Orwellian and dystopian. I am misquoting the news report. The Minister said he accepted that.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I insist that the Senator does not misquote the Minister, especially on something as profound as this. I also insist that he puts it in the context of the conversation.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Minister did accept that this legislation would see this terrible scenario. He tried to justify it on the grounds that the only alternative would be to force pregnancies to continue but we are not here talking about necessary medical treatments where a physical illness requi...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [10]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] He is not only misquoting the Minister but he is also justifying the facts that suit himself.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, the Senator insists on misrepresenting both the nature of the legislation and the Minister’s comments.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] This is the type of denial we have been getting -----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----in recent weeks and months. That is what really has people frightened.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Mullen’s commentary is the type of misrepresentation that we have had to listen to over the past three to five weeks.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I will happily compare notes with people of goodwill on any side of the House on this issue, but I will not be fooled by the head honchos on the Government side who want to swear that black is white, and to avoid frightening the-----[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Given that there are people deeply troubled on both sides, I believe what has happened here is a clear indication that we ought to have a debate on the possibility of a free vote.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is a clear indication of the Senator's misrepresentation of the facts and his own justification to suit his own facts.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Crown on the issue of private health insurance. I work for many insurance companies in my other job. Their practice is generally to avoid paying when they can; that is just how they operate. People should be warned that they should read the small print. I ag...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [11]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] As I am sure others have done, I welcome the First Lady of the United States and her family to Ireland. I hope they have enjoyed their brief stay. They have done the country a service by raising its profile and drawing attention to our tourism product. I thank the US President...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [12]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] We will forgive him. Even I will forgive him.
Following a very successful Yeats day in Sligo last Thursday, I thank Senators for their good wishes. In advance of the visit of Prime Minister Abe of Japan to Dublin tomorrow and to cement the links between Ireland and Japan wh...
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18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, welcome the fact that a very positive image of the island, North and South, has been projected around the world in the past few days. I hope it will result in many more visitors coming to the country and partaking of the Carlingford oysters to which Senator Terry Brennan...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I refer to Senator Mark Daly's ongoing fatwa against NAMA. He has not hit the target once.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] As I am loth to referee a Kerry battle, I ask Senator Coghlan to make his point as quickly as possible.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan is well aware that 500 acres were sold in Cork city and nobody in the area was aware it was for sale.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Daly has never been specific when it was put up to him.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] He needs to put up or shut up. He made a very serious charge today.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [13]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] One cannot believe everything one reads in the newspapers.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan's parliamentary colleague has made him aware of the problems with NAMA but he refuses to listen.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I did not interrupt Senator Daly when he was speaking.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I ask Senator Daly to resume his seat. It is unfair to interrupt another speaker in this way. I advise Senator Coghlan that it might be prudent not to draw Senator Daly on any further.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator made a very serious charge today of illegality. I am not aware of NAMA doing anything illegal. In fact, the recent reports shows how well it has performed thus far on behalf of the taxpayer. That performance has been commented on favourably by the Minister for Fin...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Coghlan can read about these matters every week in the newspapers.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I am not concerned with what might be written in the newspapers. Senator Daly has filled a lot of space before, but there was nothing to it.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] In regard to the particular matter I have raised, I will supply the Senator with all the information he wants, including on Portman Square in London, which proves that the taxpayer is at a loss.[Daly, Mark]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Daly cannot interject in this willy nilly fashion on the Order of Business. To clarify, in regard to the Senator's proposed amendment to the Order of Business, the Bill to which he referred was defeated on Second Stage on 6 June 2012 and, accordingly, is no longer on the...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] A new survey by Amárach Research shows that more than 80% of Irish people, or eight out of ten, believe that parliamentarians should have the right to a free vote on conscience grounds on the proposed abortion legislation. It is an issue that is exercising many people at this ti...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [14]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, will Senator Healy Eames indicate how many people were surveyed for this research?[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [15]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order; it is a point of provocation.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-224 Book-1 Page [15]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] There have been several welcome announcements in regard to healthy living initiatives in Clare in recent days, relating to the construction of walkways, cycleways and greenways. The coastal walkway connecting Liscannor and Doolin, for example, was officially opened last Friday. ...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [15]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senators O'Brien, Bacik and Mullins called for a debate on Syria. I will ask the Tánaiste to come to the House to update us on the current negotiations and Ireland's stance on that country. Senator O'Brien also called for a debate on the new code of conduct on mortgage arrears,...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [15]
18/06/2013 [Order of Business] I will certainly raise with the Minister the question Senator O'Brien asked about the statement made by Deputy Howlin in this House in 2011.
Senator Bacik also called for a debate on homophobia, in light of the Bill being taken in the Russian Parliament. We have had a number o...
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18/06/2013 [Order of Business] It says little for the Senator's research in that regard. On the matter on which he called for a debate, the Minister for Finance dealt comprehensively with it in the debate on the Adjournment matter tabled by Senator Lorraine Higgins last week or the week before.
On the matte...
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18/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Conway spoke about the development of the old West Clare Railway. He also mentioned that some subcontractors are not being paid. I understand the Construction Contracts Bill 2010, which was initiated by Senator Quinn, is currently going through the other House. It was ...Vol-224 Book-1 Page [18]
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