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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I support Senator Byrne in calling for a debate on the broken promise on free GP care for all citizens of the State.[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am seconding the amendment. The Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, signed a pledge to the effect that he would not increase school fees. When all is said and done, he will have increased them three times. It is bad enough to break a promise onc...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I ask the Leader to arrange a debate on the five-point plan and on those promises which it would never have been possible to honour-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] We are not discussing political manifestos on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Those now in government promised people that they would get free GP care. This was despite the fact that it would never have been possible to deliver it.[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am seeking a debate on the Defence Forces. Yesterday, a Bill relating to those who deserted the Defence Forces and went absent without leave, AWOL, during the Second World War was passed by the Dáil. Earlier today, at a ceremony in Arbour Hill attended by the Presid...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Senator does not have his facts right yet again.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [54]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----relating to the 1916 Rising and the leaders thereof who were executed. Why does the Minister for Defence, Deputy Shatter, dislike our Defence Forces so much?[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Deputy Shatter is the Minister for Justice and Equality.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] This is the man who described Irish neutrality during the Second World War as being morally bankrupt[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Defence Forces are charged with defending our country.[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Not only is Senator Daly way over time, he is also way out of order.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The policy of neutrality during the Second World War was supported by the Minister's party at the time. Not only is he taking on members of the Garda, he is also taking on the Defence Forces and excluding them from their own church at Arbour Hill.[Daly, Mark]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I remind the Opposition that the Government is just over two years into its term of office. We intend to serve our full term and there should be no doubt that our commitments in respect of health care will be honoured. On broken promises, I welcome the commitment - ma...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [55]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I second Senator Feargal Quinn's important Bill. In recent days we heard about a young person who died of a heart attack while on the field of play. Anything which can be done to prevent such occurrences would be extremely welcome.
I wish to mention the case of a wo...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Yesterday, I made a contribution in respect of the position regarding abortion. After having listed everything I said - although he did not name me - my colleague and friend, Senator Ó Murchú, stated: "I would not like to think that any of us who wish in the future to ...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [56]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I wish to refer to the issue of enslavement. It was very difficult not to be moved by the television images which emanated from Cleveland yesterday. It must be remembered that some members of the Traveller community were sentenced to many years in jail yesterday in re...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [56]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Will the Leader indicate if it would be possible to arrange a debate with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on the matter of inadvertent roaming charges?[Reilly, Kathryn]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [57]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] It is with some degree of disappointment and dismay that I raise the issue this afternoon once again of narcolepsy sufferers and their families in this country. On the advice of the Cathaoirleach - which was very good advice and which I took - I raised the matter on t...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [57]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I support the amendment put forward by our leader. It is yet another instance of the haphazard, headless-chicken, sleepwalking approach of the Minister for Health when we see the fears that have been expressed by many of us in the House many times. There are 105,000 p...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] While I want the Minister to come to the House and attempt yet again to explain himself, I ask those in the Labour Party what action it will take. When will they acknowledge the level of incompetence? When will they say that they will no longer put up with such medioc...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] We want someone in this job who the public can have genuine confidence in, not someone who is running from Billy to Jack in a mismanaged haphazard fashion. The reality is the people know that the cover is there.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I call Senator Burke. Senator MacSharry, you are way over time.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] They are entitled to know that someone is at the helm who knows the direction in which we are going.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I remind the other side that in 2003 the Hanly report clearly set out that-----[Burke, Colm]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [58]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am simply reminding the Senator of it. I will come to the Order of Business. The report clearly set out that by 2012 there would be 3,600 consultants in the country, up from 1,700. At the moment there are 2,500, which is 1,100 short. That is the first point. The ...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [59]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The question for the Leader relates to the debate earlier today with the Commissioner. She referred to Horizon 2020. I raised the issue of medical research. Will the Leader arrange a debate with the Minister present on the Horizon 2020 programme and how we, as a coun...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [59]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome the Labour Party motion on domestic abuse this afternoon and I look forward to contributing to it. In particular, I am keen to know the Government's view of or attitude to a campaign that is under way, which seems to be justified. I am referring to a registe...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [59]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I have some points of clarification. I agree with Senator Reilly about roaming charges on the Border. I encounter the problem every week travelling to and from Dublin. I refer in particular to data roaming. Anyone who has switched it on while travelling through Nort...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [59]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Do you have a question for the Leader? We are on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The broken promise of the previous Government was the most costly in the history of the world, not just this State.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That would be a useful contribution to your parliamentary party.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That is a broken promise. The promises to which the Senator referred are small beer compared to the broken promise when the previous Government was given a country to look after. It did not look after it; it broke that promise.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Harte, do you have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] People were promised free GP care time and time again.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I ask the Leader to ask the Minister for Finance to come to the House to discuss the personal insolvency legislation, especially personal insolvency practitioners who are obliged to pay VAT on fees. That is not acceptable. People should not have to pay VAT on the situ...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] We could bring him into the House to sort out a few------[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [60]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I would like to move an amendment to the Order of Business, namely, that No. 18 be taken before No. 2.
I refer to social welfare payments. Senator Hayden referred to the rent supplement scheme. Just over €500 million is spent on rent supplement. There has never bee...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join with Senator Reilly in calling for a debate on roaming charges. It is an issue for this island and is something the EU could try to regulate to a greater degree.
I want to mention cash for gold shops and query whether the legislation is close to coming before ...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am not necessarily looking for a debate on this issue. I wanted to raise it.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [61]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I join with Senator Noone in calling for the legislation to regulate cash for gold outlets to be enacted as soon as possible. Self-regulation is not working and I agree there is evidence they are causing a lot of burglaries, in particular in rural areas.
Yesterday th...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I support Senator Whelan in his call for some real action on narcolepsy. He has raised the issue over the past year, but despite promises we have seen no real action. It is time that those affected by it got results and a response from Government.
I ask the Leader t...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Last weekend, newspapers carried an article on charity shops that were having difficulty with marauding gangs stealing clothes from charity clothes banks. To address this spiralling disease, representatives of the shops called for sections of the Charities Act to be im...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [62]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The media suddenly woke up yesterday. Will the Leader ensure that Ministers and Departments, particularly the latter's press offices, give some acknowledgement to the work carried out in the nation's interests by this House? Of the journalists and editorial staff of t...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [62]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I appreciate that, but I had hoped that the Cathaoirleach would give me some slight latitude. In so far as it is possible, will the Leader please ensure that the work of the Seanad is at least reported accurately? He can only do his best.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [63]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I welcome today's announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, to the effect that he has sanctioned a Leader partnership to approve funding of €200,000 to Mr. Tony McGuinness to construct a willow drying and processing ...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [63]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Yes. The facility will also process these crops-----[Brennan, Terry]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [63]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] -----for use as fuel in commercial, industrial and domestic boilers. It is a great announcement for mid-Louth. The facility will increase the county's number of jobs.
One week or ten days ago, many colleagues heard me make a plea regarding the application of carbon ...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Irish Times has indicated today that a Bill on the abolition of the Seanad will be before the Cabinet in the coming two to three weeks. According to the media, the question presented to the people will be on abolition. There will be no option to reform. The axe i...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [63]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I second Senator Ó Domhnaill's amendment to the Order of Business that No. 18 be taken before No. 2. I refer to the commemoration at Arbour Hill this morning, particularly the fact that the Defence Forces were denied the opportunity to participate in the mass. This is...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [64]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The history of how our State has treated women down through the years has been less than commendable and we should never forget that. For this reason I am happy to support Senator Michael D'Arcy's words this afternoon that with so many women enslaved in the Irish sex i...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [64]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I support calls by Senators Landy and Whelan on narcolepsy. Like both of them, this morning I met the families that are suffering from narcolepsy, and it is clear that not enough is being done for these people and that they are being frustrated in their efforts to achi...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [65]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senators Byrne, MacSharry and others spoke on free GP care and the promises that were made. I assure the Members on the other side of the House that they have a flawed line of attack because the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for prim...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [65]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Government will honour the commitment given. That will disappoint those on that side of the House and throw a spanner into the works of their amendment to the Order of Business, but they are the facts as enunciated by the Minister of State, Deputy White, no later t...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [65]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I am very sorry to disappoint the Senators on that.
Senator Bacik asked for a debate on domestic violence and we will have a debate on that issue during Private Members' business in approximately 20 minutes' time. She also raised, along with Senator Noone, the questi...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Army, as usual, carried out its duties in an exemplary manner in Arbour Hill, for those who were there at the ceremony. After last year's ceremony a review was undertaken by the Department of Defence as to how it could improve the ceremony. We had a ceremony with ...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [66]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] One would not have said that in New Ross after Easter Sunday. There is a change in policy, despite what the Leader says.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [66]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Hayden raised the announcement by the Minister of State, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, about the deposit protection scheme and the issue of the rent supplement and properties not being registered by landlords with the PRTB. Dublin City Council found that 40% of landlo...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [66]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] I thank the Leader. Unfortunately, I did not get her name. She was outside but I will see if I can contact her.[Norris, David]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [67]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senators D'Arcy, O'Sullivan and Healy Eames raised the issue of the enslavement of women. Senator D'Arcy mentioned the dreadful situation we witnessed in Cleveland. More than 800 women are enslaved in this State. The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking)(Amendment) Bill w...Vol-223 Book-2 Page [67]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] The Leader should be appointed Minister for Health. His delivery is much clearer than the incumbent.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [67]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] At least the Leader will explain what is happening. The Minister goes hiding.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [67]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] That equates to the number of people who lost their jobs in the private sector in the three years prior to us going into government, which is significant.
Senator Mullen raised the issue of a register for domestic abuse offenders. That can be raised in the debate on ...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senators Noone and Wilson called for legislation to deal with cash for gold outlets. I will ascertain the status of legislation in this regard.
Senator Wilson referred to the planning system and the appointment of a planning regulator. Perhaps I can invite the Minis...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Landy clarified the GP cards issues.
Senator Mooney raised the issue of charity shops and the theft of clothes from clothing banks throughout the State. He asked whether we needed to improve legislation. I will take that matter up with the Minister for Justi...
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08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Thomas Byrne has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate on free GP care for those with long-term illnesses and the population at large be taken today". Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [69]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Quinn has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 17 be taken before motion 38(10)." The Leader indicated that he wishes to accept the amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [70]
08/05/2013 [Order of Business (Resumed)] Senator Ó Domhnaill has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 18 be taken before motion 38(10)." The Leader also indicated that he is prepared to accept the amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-2 Page [70]
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