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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re Employment Equality Act, 1998, to be taken without debate on the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re Cork prison, to be taken without debate on the conclusion No. 1; No. 3, Criminal Justice Bill 2013, Committee Stage, to...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [756]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] On the Order of Business, it is disappointing that the Minister of Health is not making himself available today. When did the Leader get notice of that?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [756]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I know, but we have to schedule business for the week.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [756]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] That does not surprise me. I am disappointed that the Minister saw fit to change today's schedule and give a few hours notice that he will not attend to answer questions on hospital services.
I wish to express my sympathies and that of the Fianna Fáil group on the death of for...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] There genuinely are differing views in my own party and in Fine Gael on this issue. People are entitled to personal views and retention or otherwise.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [757]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] However, given the referendum is proposed and is likely to take place in the early autumn and given there will be a detailed and comprehensive debate on the subject, one must make sure it is conducted in a respectful manner.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [758]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] In response to Senator Bacik, I totally agree with the last point she made and Members must be respectful. However, I am interested to note the Senator's own favouring of reform, which is not part of the choice that is being given to the people.[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [758]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I have two questions for the Leader, the first of which pertains to the Taoiseach's recent comments on the issue of assisted suicide and the fact he does not intend to legislate for it. First however, I pay tribute to Marie Fleming and her family, as other Deputies and Senators ...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [758]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I urge the Leader to draw those matters to the attention of the Ministers, Deputy Quinn and Deputy Bruton, and the Minister of State, Deputy Sherlock, because promoting ourselves as a high-technology economy and making those kind of mistakes - to the demoralisation of young peopl...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [759]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I note that the library in the summit venue is named the Senator Gordon Wilson Library. I am sure the G8 will be as inspired by Gordon Wilson as we were when he was a Member of this House. I wish the summit every success. Having Gordon Wilson so honoured by the G8 in the choic...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [759]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] As Senator Barrett said, the State Examinations Commission has confirmed there was a mistake in the leaving certificate higher level maths paper 2. Senator Barrett referred to other errors. I understand that people can make mistakes but I was very disappointed with what happene...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [759]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] We need greater checks and balances. I ask the Minister to set up an internal investigation to report on how those errors occurred in the maths papers, in particular when we are encouraging more students to do maths.
Before I conclude I wish to refer as well to the fact that i...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I found the Taoiseach’s comments in launching the Bill quite offensive when he said the Seanad did nothing to challenge the unsustainable policies of the Celtic tiger. Will the Leader of the House invite the Taoiseach to argue his case in this House, bearing in mind that in 2007...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [760]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----the Constitutional Convention in Malahide, that beautiful part of the constituency of our leader in the Seanad. I asked the chairman, Tom Arnold, if it was ignoring the elephant in the room and how a convention that cost €60,000 for each meeting could not and would not disc...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [760]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I share the concerns raised by Senators Barrett and Jim D'Arcy about the leaving certificate paper. My daughter is sitting the leaving certificate and she and many of her friends are hanging on, their nerves in shreds, particularly this week. For many of these children, their w...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [760]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Barrett referred to the G8 summit taking place on Lough Erne next week. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ireland and I agree entirely that it was Prime Minister Cameron who arranged for it to take place in Ireland, in Northern Ireland, and close to the Border. We cou...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [761]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the appointment last week of Deputy Tom Hayes to the position of Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. I look forward to working with the Minister of State in the months and years ahead. Agriculture has come through a difficult perio...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [761]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The failure of the Constitutional Convention to discuss the Seanad is not the fault of convention members. We should not call into question the value of the Constitutional Convention on the basis of the remit set down for it by the Oireachtas. We must make clear that the fault ...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [762]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Cathaoirleach for his forbearance and ask the Leader to inform the public and this House of the proposed date for the referendum on the abolition of Seanad.[Whelan, John]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [763]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Quinn's call for a debate on tourism. Indeed, we should have regular debates on tourism in this House. Given that the six monthly figures will be published shortly, now is an ideal time for the Government to outline the impact of The Gathering so far. Indicat...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [763]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I also wish to bring to the attention of the Leader my disquiet, and that of many others, at an article that appeared last week in the Irish Independent written by a journalist who decided that he would use the criteria of the first quarter to highlight what he believed was the a...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [763]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I salute Longford in the Visitors Gallery. I agree with my good friend Senator Darragh O'Brien's tribute to the late great Tom Fitzgerald of Dingle. He was a thorough gentleman who never allowed political differences to interfere with friendship, a bit like the good Senators op...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [764]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Cé go raibh seachtain aimsir bhreá againn, tá an aimsir beagáinín briste inniu. Le linn na haimsire bhreá, chuaigh cuid mhaith daoine amach ag baint móna arís, mar a dhéantar de ghnáth. The turf cutting season has commenced. Even though we have had bad weather, we had a respit...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [764]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Like others, I am concerned about the revelations about the leaving certificate examinations. One of the flaws of the leaving certificate is that young people only get one opportunity. They work hard and a great deal of advice is given to students and parents about preparing fo...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [764]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] No one has stood up and said, "That was my fault: I did that".[O'Keeffe, Susan]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [764]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The thousands of children who struggled all last year and this year in respect of this examination have been let down. I cannot find words to describe how upset I am. I do not know how we can ensure this does not happen again but we should at least have an opportunity to discus...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [765]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure Senator MacSharry might be able to assist Senator O'Keeffe in that regard.
I join with colleagues in again welcoming that the G8 Summit is to take place in the Lough Erne resort outside Enniskillen over the course of next weekend. It is very much appreciated not alon...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is very relevant. It is important to inform the House that CNN is coming all the way from America to film the Ulster quarter final match between Cavan and Fermanagh. It is hoped that on this occasion, as the eyes of the world are on us, Cavan will win this important match on...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [765]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Comments such as "surplus to requirements", "wasters", "not fit for purpose" and "irrelevant" are not balanced. Today, a senior member of the Labour Party referred in the Irish Examiner to Senators as "fossils and meaningless artefacts". He also said that the Seanad "adds no fu...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [765]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] This is outrageous and unacceptable. It is not fair to blame only the Taoiseach. The Taoiseach has nailed his opinion to the mast. The Tánaiste, Deputy Eamon Gilmore, and the Labour Party, regardless of what they are saying in off the record briefings, are fully supportive of ...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [765]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. Like Senator Leyden, I call on the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to come into this House to answer questions from Members of this House. What are they afraid of? They should put to the people the question on whether to abolish the Seanad or reform it. What are they afraid of?[W...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [765]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] While I do not always agree with Senator Cullinane I support his call for a debate on taxation prior to the budget.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [766]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I note the Minister for Health is not available today. We need a debate on men's health in light of the report that men are more likely to die of cancer than women. This might be a surprise to many people.
It brings me no pleasure to call for a debate on the conduct of the Ta...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I object to that kind of language in regard to the Taoiseach.[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [766]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] He is acting like a clown. When somebody looks like a clown, talks like a clown-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----performs like a clown and insists on turning the Government into a circus ring-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] That is a bit rich coming from a member of Fianna Fáil.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is a bit rich that the man who now leads the party, looking back at the manifestos of 2002 and 2007-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] He nominated you as a Senator and when you are here as long as me, you will not make sense of the fact that Fine Gael demanded-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----in 2002 and 2007 and that is what drove this economy into the ground and the Government of that day.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] He then stated on radio and television and in Europe that the Seanad was the cause of the economic crisis. Hello? Does anyone in the Taoiseach's office have a brain? At least Senator Whelan stood up to be counted on Sunday last on radio. Some others on that side of the House ...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [767]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] You have allowed the Taoiseach to urinate on this House and its Members over the years.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I am completely in order and you, and the Leader, should be showing leadership in this House and standing up for the contribution the House has made over the years.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator MacSharry has shown no respect to the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach of the day has shown no respect to you, Sir, as a member of the Council of State.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator MacSharry is completely out of order. I call Senator Moloney.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I apologise to the Cathaoirleach for the way in which our colleague has treated him with disrespect. The Senator refers to having respect-----[Moloney, Marie]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] How dare Senator Moloney apologise on behalf of anybody.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator MacSharry should show some respect. He refers to people showing respect. He should show respect to the Chair.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach and the leader of the Senator's party have urinated all over this House. How dare they. If those opposite were worth their salt, they would bloody well----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [768]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] At least Senator Whelan and a couple of others over there are prepared to stand up for the House.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [769]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator referred to how long he has been a Member of the House. I would have thought that by now he would be aware of the need to show respect to the Chair. Senator MacSharry has not shown respect to the Chair and he should not, therefore, speak about the need to show respe...Vol-223 Book-12 Page [769]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Moloney should return to the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [769]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to add my sympathies to those already offered to the family of the late Senator Tom Fitzgerald.
I take this opportunity to condemn the State Examinations Commission for its shoddy work in respect of this year's examinations. It should never have allowed incorrect questi...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Yes, and we are now out of time. I call the Leader to reply.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [769]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Some Members did not show respect for the House today. We are out of time and I must call the Leader. I apologise to Senator White.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [769]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] Senators Darragh O'Brien, Paul Coghlan and Marie Moloney expressed their condolences to the family of former Senator Tom Fitzgerald on his death. I am sure we would all join our colleagues in offering our sympathy to the late Mr. Fitzgerald's family.
Senator Darragh O'Brien re...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach, in the announcement, did not know either.[White, Mary M.]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [771]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I have not been informed of the date. As soon as I know the date-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [771]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] The Irish Times will know it before Senator Cummins knows it as Leader of the House.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [771]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] -----I will certainly inform the House immediately, as I always have done.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [771]
11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I will bring any information in that regard to the attention of the House.
Senator Mooney raised the issue of tourism and the impact of The Gathering. I will ask the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, to come into the House to give us an update on tourism figures for the first six mon...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] It is regrettable that we have stooped to that type of journalism.
Senator Paul Coghlan called for a debate on the recent Law Reform Commission report on mandatory life sentencing. I will ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to come into the House to address that matter.
...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] I am glad that Senator MacSharry also will be attending that Yeats Day event in Sligo.
Senator Wilson raised the issue of the G8 Summit and sang the praises of the tourism product available in the north west.
Regarding the Seanad referendum, I can assure the Senator, as I hav...
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11/06/2013 [Order of Business] That is the type of contempt the Taoiseach showed to the House consistently. The Leader might as well row in with him.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-12 Page [772]
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