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09/05/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the report of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning and integrated coastal management, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; ...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [115]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] It is proposed that on Sunday, cuts will be applied to the pay and conditions of staff in Bus Éireann. As the Leader is aware, SIPTU has already balloted 900 members for industrial action in this regard and it now seems quite likely this will proceed. This side of the House acc...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [116]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to clarify the wording of his amendment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [116]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I ask that the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, come to the House to outline his plans regarding an intended cut in child benefit.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [116]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I thank all of the Members who contributed to the Labour Party's Private Members' business last night, the motion on domestic violence. I commend Senators Moloney and O'Keeffe for proposing and seconding the motion. The debate was comprehensive and the Minister of State, Deputy...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [116]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Both Senators MacSharry and Bacik have raised important points on the early child care issue and how to finance that important stage in the development of a family.
The Mangan report supported universalism even when there was a case of somebody earning €250,000 per year cited a...
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09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to facilitate, over the next number of weeks, a general discussion on the current economic situation with either the Minister for Finance or the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Such a debate would cause us to reflect on economic reality. The Governm...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [118]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] If Senator Bradford expects this side of the House to remain mute on economic issues, he is in for a surprise.
I would like to mention two issues briefly. First, No. 1, the motion on maritime spatial planning, is worthy of debate. Our fishing quota is about 4% of the EU's tot...
Vol-223 Book-3 Page [118]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] The Central Bank has revealed that €400 million of household debt was written down in the fourth quarter of 2012 by banks, credit unions and other lenders. We do not know the breakdown of that amount, so we have no idea how much mortgage debt was written off. It is a case of sm...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [119]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I have an unusual request for the Leader. I would like him to ask the Taoiseach if the Government would consider the wisdom of introducing an oath of allegiance to the Constitution for all Members of the Oireachtas. We must be one of the few parliaments in the world that does n...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [119]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] A Government Member, who I will not name as he has left the Chamber, spoke of amnesia, soundbites and slogans. He best summed up where the Government is at itself on a range of issues at present, given the litany of broken promises on child benefit, college fees, the creation of...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [120]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I wholeheartedly endorse everything said this morning by Members' learned colleague on the benches opposite, Senator Sean Barrett, regarding the Kerry Group. I recall some of the story told about the then Minister for Agriculture, the late Mark Clinton, and his persuasive powers...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I thought the Senator was obliged to declare an interest. How many does he have himself?[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to pay tribute not just to Denis Brosnan but I salute everything Sean Barrett has said.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] It is a great example of trivialisation, where somebody is doing well as the country is going down the drain.[Norris, David]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Paul Coghlan, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I pay tribute to Denis Brosnan, to Hugh Friel who succeeded him and to Stan McCarthy, who is doing a wonderful job at present. Moreover, I greatly welcome that further dilution in co-operative shares in the Kerry Group from 17% to approximately 13%, as well as the boost for the ...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I must join the senior Senator from County Kerry in congratulating the Kerry Group, as well as the Senator himself and all those who have invested so wisely. Members will be aware that talks are ongoing at present under the auspices of Mr. Kieran Mulvey to try to rescue the Crok...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [121]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator O'Sullivan should name the Minister for howling, because it seems to be a new appointment.[Norris, David]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [122]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Moran, please. Senator Norris, have you not indicated your wish to speak?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [122]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the visitors to the Gallery, as well as the sixth class pupils of Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, who were invited here this morning by Senator Bacik. They are welcome and I hope they will enjoy their tour of Leinster House and will see how the House works.
I w...
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09/05/2013 [Order of Business] On the question of privatisation, as a good old pinko, I bring to mind the words of Oliver Goldsmith:
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
I am delighted for the shareholders in the Kerry Group and so on. It appears to be the onl...
Vol-223 Book-3 Page [122]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I seek a debate on early childhood care and education. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, made a positive speech to the House about two months ago in which she outlined the benefits of early childhood care and education. In the United States...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [123]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, support Senator MacSharry's amendment, primarily because I share Senator Bacik's sentiment on the need to provide a second year of free child care. As chairman of the Leitrim county child care committee, I will declare an interest in this matter. The County Leitrim comm...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [123]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I join Senator Ned O'Sullivan in extending good wishes to all those who will take part in talks on Croke Park II over the weekend. I hope for the sake of the country and economy that a satisfactory conclusion will be reached. I ask staff at Bus Éireann to consider the implicati...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [124]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] The matter was raised on the Order of Business yesterday.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [124]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Now that he has time on his hands, perhaps he will get involved in the campaign to save the Seanad.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [124]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to highlight the innovative thinking of the Railway Procurement Agency which operates the Luas. It is marketing cables, bridges, stops and other infrastructure on the light railway network to telecoms operators. I do not suggest that all semi-State transport companies sh...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [125]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] If it has not been done already, I second the amendment proposed by Senator Denis O'Donovan. I have always believed that the Proclamation of 1916, while it may be one of the shortest charters of independence in the world, was very much ahead of its time in the foresight it demon...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [125]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] -----as we have seen in the media in very recent times. Remembering that the family is the basis of society, I think of families where parents cannot send their children to school properly clothed, ensure they are fed or give them warmth. This all arises from our duties as legi...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [125]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of the Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill, which I have published, and do so in regard to the recent case in County Tipperary of a person who had been missing for two years whose remains were found in a slurry tank. This highlights the situation that where a body...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [126]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, namely, that No. 16 be taken before No. 1.[Zappone, Katherine]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [126]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I second Senator Zappone's amendment to the Order of Business.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [126]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I ask that the Seanad take up the clear invitation of the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Ruairí Quinn, to have a debate on the provision of early childhood care and how it should be funded. The Minister has made it clear he wants such a debate and we should take him u...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [126]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I apologise but I must leave to attend the committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. My colleagues who were Members of the previous Seanad will know that as a policy-driven Senator I drew up a policy paper on a new approach to child care. I held public meet...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [126]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator MacSharry raised the issue of Bus Éireann which is in a very difficult situation. It has accumulated losses of €27 million in the past five years, a position, the House will agree, which is unsustainable and which places the viability of the company at risk. According t...Vol-223 Book-3 Page [127]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator O'Donovan's amendment related to gangland crime.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [128]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] I cannot accept the amendment on gangland crime. He also mentioned that the motion on maritime spatial planning should not be taken without debate. I cannot agree to that for the reasons I have outlined, but I will try to have a debate on it at a future date.
Senator Hayden s...
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09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That a debate with the Minister for Education and Skills on his proposals to cut child benefit be taken today". Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [129]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Denis O'Donovan has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate on gangland crime and gangland murders be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [130]
09/05/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Katherine Zappone has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 16 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated that he is prepared to accept the amendment. Is the amendment accepted?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-3 Page [131]
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