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23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join the Cathaoirleach in welcoming our guests from Korea. I also endorse Senator Bacik's comments in regard to the dreadful events yesterday in London, which many Irish people have made their home. We should express our sympathies to the Mayor of London, Mr. Boris ...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [461]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Glanbia grew out of the co-operative movement assiduously put together by a former member of this House, Mr. Horace Plunkett. I am sure the Leader, as a man from the southeast, will be delighted to send our congratulations to Ms Talbot on her wonderful achievement.[Bar...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [462]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] In light of the proposal to bring forward the budget to 15 October, I ask that the Leader invite the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, to the House so that members can impress on him some ideas for the forthcoming budget. In the interests of a ...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [462]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I ask that the Leader provide time for a debate on the undocumented Irish, which issue I have previously raised in the context of the current Bill going through the US Senate which will assist the 50,000 undocumented Irish citizens living in the United States. I ask th...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [462]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am calling on the Leader to request the Minister to come into the House to discuss this issue as a matter of urgency. We are getting one view of what is happening in replies to parliamentary questions but what is happening on the ground is a different matter. Hours ...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [463]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I would like to ask about the human trafficking Bill because I disapprove of the practice that is growing of taking all Stages together. Since this will obviously happen I ask the Leader to make sure that it happens as infrequently as possible and if there will be an o...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [463]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I attended a briefing yesterday on the issue of childhood obesity. It has been raised by a number of Senators in this House, including myself, on numerous occasions but the statistics are frightening in that one in four Irish children are now classified as being overwe...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [463]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I return to the issue of corporation tax on which we did not get satisfactory responses yesterday. It is important that we have an honest and transparent debate on this issue. When people raise concerns about corporation tax it is often met with derision from certain ...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [463]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I also wish to raise the issue of home help hours. It is a very appropriate topic to discuss because it reflects how we treat our old people and the dignity and support they receive from the State. It is all linked to the issue of allowing elderly people live in digni...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [464]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It is unofficial but speaking to contacts in the Department-----[Ó Domhnaill, Brian]Vol-223 Book-8 Page [465]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Is Senator Ó Domhnaill looking for a debate on the issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-8 Page [465]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Ministers for Social Protection and Health should come before the House because if we cannot protect our elderly and disabled and those who care for them in our current difficult economic situation, then the country will be no place for old people.[Ó Domhnaill, Bria...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [465]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I wish to be associated with my colleagues who have mentioned the Croke Park agreement. I acknowledge the significant progress which has been made in the talks to date. I pay tribute to all concerned, including the union representatives and the Labour Relations Commis...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [465]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I concur with Senator Norris's comments on the recording of the very brutal murder of the young soldier killed in London. I do not know whether it is true, but there is a rumour that the footage is available to be viewed on YouTube. It is wholly inappropriate and we m...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [465]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I wish to add my voice to the cross-party call by Senators Landy, Kelly and Ó Domhnaill with regard to home help services. This is not a party political issue and no one in the House would not be concerned about care of the elderly. I commend the Leader on the expedit...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am seeking a debate. I support the call for a debate. The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, stated a fortnight ago that she was appalled to have been misled with regard to the recruitment of staff to mental health services.[Whelan...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Now we have the same craic with regard to home help services because the hours have not been restored. The hours have been cut and the service is being privatised by stealth.[Whelan, John]Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] One cannot care for someone with only 15 minutes allocated services. It is absurd. We will not let go of this issue. We will pursue it until we have proper answers.[Whelan, John]Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Whelan should have voted against the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join others in condemning the events in Woolwich yesterday. It seems in an attempt to try to break through the constant noise of violence and violent acts that a new low has been reached whereby something like this could happen in broad daylight. Of course, the perp...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [466]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will the Leader ascertain from the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Coroners Bill 2007, which is stuck on an Order Paper somewhere? The need for a new Act has been demonstrated, as some of the provisions in the current Act hark back to medieval times...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [467]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I agree with Senator Cullinane - that does not happen often - on taxation. The form of taxation is irrelevant. If tax is owed, it should be paid. This includes the household charge, which I put directly to the Senator. The role of the Revenue Commissioners is to col...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [467]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I question the wisdom of foreign affairs and trade being joined together in the same Department. Trade is important, but when we tie it to foreign affairs, it falls behind. The Tánaiste has been criticised for not going on a trade mission for almost two years followin...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [467]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Are we losing sight of the importance of trade by having the two areas joined together, particularly given the fact that the Tánaiste is very interested in what is happening at home and is unavailable to travel on trade visits? He is busy with foreign affairs, but perh...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [467]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I support Senator Sheahan's call for a pre-budget debate. I like his idea of introducing a scheme that would kick-start activity in the construction sector. Many Senators have innovative ideas that they would like the Minister for Finance to consider for the forthcomi...Vol-223 Book-8 Page [467]
23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the issue of the patronage of schools. We can try to arrange a further discussion, but we held a good, comprehensive debate on the subject only a number of months ago. The Minister attended it.
The Senator also discussed adult mental h...
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23/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] We might consider that at the next committee meeting on the public consultation schedule.
The Betting (Amendment) Bill is on the A list and will be republished this term. As I explained previously, it was published by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marin...
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