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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law and replacing Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA, back from the joi...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [1]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I am glad to see the National Lottery Bill will be debated today. We have had a week between Committee and Report Stages, which is a positive step for the Seanad. Will we debate No. 2?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [2]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I shall not call a vote on the first issue that I wish to raise. I urge the Leader to arrange a debate on the motion set out in No. 2 on the Order Paper. Every day that one comes into the Seanad there are calls for us to deal with the scrutiny of European legislation. Today w...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [2]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] It seems that the Seanad seeks a role for itself but then votes measures down. Therefore, I shall call a vote on the motion if no debate is arranged because that is the proper thing to do. We can talk all we like about dealing with EU legislation, yet when a motion is tabled i...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [2]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I have no difficulty in asking the Minister to attend the House to discuss the Priory Hall situation. It would be far more appropriate for him to do so after the Supreme Court rules on Friday and, therefore, I do not support the Senator's call.
I welcome the news today that 1...
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I call Senator O'Donovan. My apologies, I call Senator Mullen.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [3]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I thank the Cathaoirleach. Hopefully, Senator O'Donovan is welcome to the Independent Benches and we will be generous in divvying out the time.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [3]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I support Senator Byrne's remarks on two fronts. First, he rightly identifies that Members really ought to be discussing European legislation and European proposals to a much greater extent. This latest proposal, which pertains to a directive at European level to harmonise law...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [4]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Listening to Senator Mullen, I am reminded what I used to be told going out to play football with the Geraldines: "If you cannot get the ball, get the man."[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [4]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] We never did that. As Senator Hayden said, after the leaving certificate, 76% of students go on to further or third level education. That is very high, even by European standards. I congratulate our education system, teachers and schools for how they look after our young stud...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The Senator can take that matter up with the leader of his group.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I second Senator Byrne's amendment to the Order of Business.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I am glad the Cathaoirleach has corrected the Fine Gael Whip and put him in his place for a change.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I agree completely with Senator Byrne, and I am entitled to say that because I am spokesman on European affairs and it is Europe week, a very significant week in the Oireachtas. I compliment the officers of the House on putting up the flags in the entrance hall. They are very ...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Indeed, and rightly so, because I was one of the few people there 26 years ago when it was opened, and I was one of the very few people there who supported this project with the late, great Charles J. Haughey. Without those two great men, that airport would not be there today.[...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [5]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Does Senator Leyden have a question for the Leader on the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] My question to the Leader is a very reasonable one. Given the vital role Knock airport is playing in the development of the west, it would be worthwhile to arrange a discussion with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on plans and proposals for the future of the airpo...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The matter the Senator raises may be suitable for discussion on the Adjournment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] No, the issue is too big for that. I am delighted the Archbishop of Tuam made a strong case to the Taoiseach for the development of the airport and left other issues for another day.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] This is an interesting issue about which I would like to say more.
Senator Mullen made an important, honest and truthful point. The media are being misled by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan.[Leyden, Terry]
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I commend the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, on visiting the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, on Friday last to attend a long overdue and fitting memorial service for Mr. Brian Stack, at which a bust of the late chief prison officer of Portlaoise Prison was ...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Yes. It is fitting that the Minister visited Portlaoise to record and acknowledge an event that took place 30 years ago. Today, the Dáil will pass the Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Bill, which will pay tribute to and finally honour the Irishmen who lef...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [6]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] As I do not usually go over time, perhaps the Cathaoirleach will bear with me. The State should find a mechanism to recognise the role played by gardaí, prison officers and soldiers at a time when the law and institutions of the State, including the Oireachtas, were being subve...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [7]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Leyden agreed with the statement of my colleague, Senator Mullen, to the effect that the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, was playing games and making it up as he went along and the Government was giving a version of events that...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [7]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] All of us in the Seanad speak about the importance of European legislation but we must also remember that 96% of legislation made in Ireland comes from Europe. It is unfair to demand that everything be examined. We must be selective and ensure there is debate in the Seanad but...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [7]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I took the trouble to look at this issue because it is about counterfeit money. There has been a European regulation on this since the Geneva Convention of 1926. I looked at the proposal, going through its 14 articles, to see where it was coming from. There are 27 member stat...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [8]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] There is counterfeit money and there are gangs all over the place. It is for the common good of Europe that we have co-ordinated legislation. I took the trouble of looking through this legislation and did not see anything in it with which I disagreed. If Senator Byrne has an ...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [8]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Byrne was referring to the motion set out in No. 2.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [8]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] That is what I am referring to because I took the trouble to go through all the articles and the related debate to see if there was anything relevant. I also took the trouble to see how long and how old the legislation was and discovered it dated back to 1926.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [8]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I have, but I ask the Cathaoirleach to indulge me. I did not intend to speak on that motion.
I wish to raise the new major study on air pollution which is caused by people burning solid fuel. The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan...
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] B'fhéidir go bhfuil réiteach agam ar an bhfadhb atá ag na Seanadóirí anseo agus moladh le déanamh don Cheannaire. Obviously we are discussing today's Order of Business, but we will not get a chance to speak about this before tomorrow. There is a gaping hole in tomorrow's sched...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [8]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [9]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] It might be useful to have a debate on the programme for Government because there seems to be some confusion this afternoon. I agree fully with Senator Hayden's sentiments on the Focus Ireland report highlighting that homelessness in Dublin has doubled in the past 12 months, wh...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [9]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I support the call by the Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons for regulation in the area of cosmetic surgery. I find it hard to believe that in this day and age, any doctor is free to carry out certain plastic surgery procedures without having any plastic surgery training. T...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [9]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I express my concern over major delays in orthopaedic surgical procedures, particularly in the Munster and southern region. Last week I was contacted by a man aged approximately 60 who has been waiting three years for a hip replacement.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [10]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I welcome the results of the study published this morning by the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Quinn, showing that more than 75% of school leavers in 2010 went on to continue their education in higher education institutions, in training programmes, in further educati...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [10]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The sentiments expressed by Senator Byrne are understandable but we can approve the motion because it is simply about the committee's work programme and priorities. We have confidence in those of our colleagues who sit on that committee. Issues pertaining to tax harmonisation...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [11]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] It is always valuable to listen to the contributions made by other Members based on their research, specialist skills or observations. Senator Mullen made a worthwhile contribution when he pointed out an error in a statement from a Minister. All he asked was for the Minister t...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [11]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I join other speakers in calling for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to come into the House. The issue I would like to discuss with him is planning permissions which are about to expire. The collapse in the building industry over the past four ...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [11]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I welcome the statement from Deputy Charles Flanagan yesterday that amendments will be taken to the protection of life during pregnancy Bill 2013 when it comes before the Oireachtas.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I have a question. I would like if the Leader would convey my wishes - I have made a formal request to the committee - that women who have had abortions, including women who regret their abortions and women who are happy with them, would be brought before the committee in camer...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator, that is a matter for the health committee.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] It is a matter for the committee and it is a matter for this House.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] It is a matter for the committee who it brings before it; it is not a matter for this House. There is a joint committee set up and it is a matter for that committee to bring before it whoever it requires. Have you a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I beg your indulgence, but I wish to finish my point. We have a moment in our history where we could make a real difference in finding a way to reduce the number of women who need abortions in future by listening to women who have had abortions and why they had to take that lon...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] In recent years we have seen a significant increase in the number of people with disabilities taking part in sports. Let us consider the Special Olympics and more recently the Paralympic Games and the benefits they bring from a health perspective. I call on the Leader to facil...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [12]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I refer to the European Movement report published today which indicates the attendance of Irish Ministers at EU meetings has increased dramatically and is now at 97%. Ireland is joint second for attendance at all EU meetings dealing with EU affairs. The report also indicates t...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [13]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Leyden, please. I have called Senator Sheahan without interruption or cross-fire.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [14]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I was commending Senator O'Donnell's brilliant delivery.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [14]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Will the Leader arrange for the Minister for Education and Skills to attend the House to clarify his Department's systems for monitoring the performance of school principals? Recently, the chief schools inspector raised the prospect of annual reviews of the performance of teach...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [14]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Byrne called for a debate on No. 2. I will provide the background. In its annual report on the operation of the European Union (Scrutiny) Act 2002, which was laid before the Houses on 20 July 2012, the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs recommended that a sector...Vol-223 Book-1 Page [14]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I believed that Senator Byrne had proposed a second amendment on bringing-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [15]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I stated that I would vote against No. 2 if we did not get a reasonable response from the Leader. No amendment to the Order of Business was proposed.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [15]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I will ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to give an update on airports and regional airports in general.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [15]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I am not a bit interested in the Waterford one. I am only interested in Knock. Let the Leader worry about Waterford and I will worry about Knock.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [15]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Leyden was very well spotted in Knock over the weekend.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [15]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I thank the Leader. Who has more time to be there than me?[Leyden, Terry]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [16]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Keane spoke about the positive effects of the ban on smoking and called for a debate on air pollution with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan. I will bring that matter to the Minister's attention.
Senator Ó Clochartaigh aske...
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] I have requested that we have a further debate on mental health issues. We have had approximately four debates on the subject but it needs constant debate in the House and I will try to arrange that.
Senator Noone spoke on cosmetic surgery and the regulation and proper regist...
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The fact that there are six EU committees in Europe which have no Irish representatives has been raised by our MEPs in their deliberations with this House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [16]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] Senator Thomas Byrne has moved an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate on the Priory Hall residents and the efforts that the Government is making to resolve the issue be taken today". Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [17]
07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] In light of the Leader's reasonableness on the other matter and in light of the court proceedings that are under way, as pointed by Senator Hayden and myself, I withdraw the amendment.
I thank the Leader for his reasonable approach to No. 2. The Seanad is not a rubber-stamp f...
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07/05/2013 [Business of Seanad] The Leader has also proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 2 be taken after No. 3".[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-223 Book-1 Page [17]
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