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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No.1, Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2013 - Second Stage, to be taken at 2 p.m. and conclude not later than 4 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed ten minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [331]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I was going to acknowledge formally the presence of the mighty Jimmy in the Press Gallery on this special occasion but the round of applause beat me to it.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [332]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Before normal hostilities resume, our group would also like to acknowledge the true greatness of our friend and the great friend of the House, Jimmy Walsh. In my 11 years here, my experience, which would reflect that of us all, has been that he has been an innately decent man wh...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [332]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] We will continue with the Order of Business. I remind the House that last week a number of Senators spoke glowingly about Jimmy Walsh and I do not want a repeat. Those who have not mentioned him, particularly the leaders of the groups, will have some latitude.[An Leas-Chathaoir...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [333]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I realise time is short with the Easter recess approaching, but an urgent debate is required on the insolvency guidelines and how they will be dealt with by the personal insolvency service. There are mixed messages from Government and very worrying reports in the media. At the ...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [333]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I would also like to begin by paying tribute to Jimmy Walsh on the occasion of his retirement this week. With most other Senators, I attended the wonderful event yesterday to celebrate his distinguished career.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [333]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] On behalf of the Independent group of Senators, I pay tribute to and thank Jimmy Walsh. As I will have only been a Member for two years in May next, my memories of Jimmy do not go back as far as those of other speakers. However, I used to read Jimmy's accounts of Seanad proceed...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [334]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] One of the most pleasant functions to have taken place in the House occurred yesterday when many of us saluted the great stalwart, Jimmy Walsh, in the private dining room. I salute the fine words spoken by colleagues in tribute to Jimmy. Yesterday's function was proper, correct...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [335]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I acknowledge the appreciation and time given to Jimmy Walsh but I do not want everyone to speak for four or five minutes on it.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [336]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] It is remarkable how every time I stand up, the person in the Chair prefaces my remarks by expressing the hope that Senators will not speak for too long.[Norris, David]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [336]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I was admonishing Senator Paul Coghlan for the length of his contribution but I was happy to give a certain amount of latitude him because he is almost the father of the House.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [336]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Absolutely and, unlike the Pope, the Leas-Chathaoirleach is always infallible in my book.
While I said a few words about Jimmy Walsh last week, I welcome the opportunity to say good things about him again today when he is actually in the Chamber. In a degraded profession, he h...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure Jimmy Walsh must be pinching himself to see whether he is still alive or listening to his own eulogy. I thank him for everything.
I wish to relay some good news which even the Opposition will welcome. Yesterday, in Boston, a young man called Ronan Kelly won the Iris...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Senators are not allowed to display printed material in the House. I am being very lenient on the Order of Business in allowing the Senator to congratulate someone but-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [337]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] It is not cynical but sincere.
I ask the Leader to provide clarity on an issue I have raised on two previous occasions in this House, namely, the loss of €17 million to credit unions as a result of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Act. There has been much toing and froi...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I wish Mr. Jimmy Walsh a very happy retirement. I am sure he will enjoy it and go on to do many things and there may be a great book in him. The three Sinn Féin representatives in the Seanad have only been here for a short time and would not know him as long as some of those wh...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [338]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] As I spoke the last day about Mr. Jimmy Walsh, I will not dwell on it other than to wish him the very best in his retirement. He has so much to offer. We always talk about the lack of coverage of the Seanad in the media. Perhaps having somebody inside who knows the scene and h...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [338]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Some Members are already complaining because the Order of Business has become so elongated with the tributes to Mr. Jimmy Walsh, the journalist. Some Members are already getting frustrated, wondering when they will get in. Many speakers are offering and it will be the longest O...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [339]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] When I was first elected to this House in 1997, I realised that I was only an imposter as Jim Walsh. During the count my family were manning the counting of the votes - I must have been away in the bar or somewhere else when I got to the stage I could relax at the count. When I...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [339]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I join others in wishing Mr. Jimmy Walsh long life, health and happiness. Given how healthy and fit he is, I have no doubt he will be among us for a long time to come. I wish him well in the future.
I wish to raise one issue on the Order of Business, namely, political reform....
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I join other speakers in paying tribute to Jimmy Walsh. I am a new Member of the House but since I became a Member he has been extremely encouraging. As another speaker said, he always gave a little advice and I took it on board. I join others in suggesting that he write a boo...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [340]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] That is a plug for the Senator's book.
With regard to the child care issue, I agree with Senator Keane's comments. It would be regressive of this country to move in a direction in which we did not consider the social and lifestyle aspects that are so important to working. It ...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I endorse what my colleague, Senator van Turnhout, said about Jimmy Walsh. Again, I am a new Senator but I acknowledge his journalistic ability, particularly his ability to put in one sentence what it takes Senators 50 sentences to say. He has created an art form in itself.
T...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Out of respect for the Chair and given the time constraints, I will park an issue I intended to raise and take this opportunity to commend and congratulate Jimmy Walsh. I have known him for many years and I count him as a colleague. As a journalist for 30 years, I am only in th...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [341]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Indeed. I am certain Jimmy has a good book in him, if not a great book and bestseller, but knowing the calibre and integrity of the man, it will not be a kiss and tell book.[Whelan, John]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [341]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I cannot let the opportunity pass to say a few words about Jimmy Walsh also. As I have been a Member of the House for 20 years, I am very experienced in terms of knowledge and I have always been impressed by his ability to be able to remember and jot down so succinctly exactly w...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [342]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in wishing Jimmy Walsh well in his retirement. I have been a Senator for less than two years and those of us who are relatively new to the House have come to know Jimmy very quickly. He always has a friendly smile and is willing to offer advice.
I welcome th...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Accusations to the effect that a great deal of hot air emanates from this Chamber are sometimes made. There is certainly no hot air coming from the radiators this morning.
I join colleagues in paying tribute to Jimmy Walsh. I have come to know Jimmy during the past 11 years a...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] -----for democratically representing, in the only way possible, the members of their organisation. The individuals in question were mandated by the Carlow-Kilkenny district of An Garda Síochána to do what they did. It is sad if they are to be disciplined for taking democratic a...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [343]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I reassure Senator Wilson, who is very concerned about the future of the Government, that there are absolutely no notes of discordancy between the partners involved in this particular coalition, irrespective of what any of the national newspapers - which are not noted for their a...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [343]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] As the saying goes, "We are damned if we do and damned if we don't".
Like others, I pay tribute to Jimmy Walsh. I have only come to know Jimmy since I was elected to the House and I must say he is not just a friendly face but also a font of information. I recall on one occasi...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, join the tributes to Jimmy Walsh in respect of the contribution he has made during the past 40 years. In any democratic system, it is important to have a very good and fair media. Jimmy has made a major contribution to the democratic process in the way in which he has r...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [344]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] The Leas-Chathaoirleach does not represent a geographical constituency.[Norris, David]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [344]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure the position is likewise in Senator Cullinane's constituency in Waterford. If Senator Norris wants to spend the weekend with me in the constituency of Cork North-Central, he is very welcome to do so. I do not want anyone to obtain the impression that Senators are disc...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [344]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] That may be what the Senator believes but the people disagree with him.[Norris, David]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [345]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke to conclude, without interruption.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [345]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] It is a fact that 165,000 additional medical cards were issued in the past year.[Burke, Colm]Vol-222 Book-7 Page [345]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I mentioned Jimmy Walsh last week, but I will extend an invitation to him this week. If he has time on his hands and is interested in improving his Irish, he will be welcome in Connemara any time.
I support Senator van Turnhout's call on the direct provision system. I have vi...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I would prefer to raise many issues, but I will confine myself to joining colleagues in paying tribute to Jimmy Walsh, whose retirement is upon us. No House could contain him nor the knowledge that he contains. He could be best described as a storehouse of knowledge, but that k...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [345]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Jimmy would often stop one in the corridor and provide a nice word of encouragement. For that, I thank him. He has often given us advice. The advice that I give him is that the secret to a happy retirement is learning how to spend time without spending money. If he can crack ...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [346]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I join in the good wishes for Jimmy Walsh. With all of this morning's tributes, he is probably tempted to enter politics. He would win the popular vote among Senators. Jimmy is a thorough gentleman and a one-off. He has given outstanding service to democracy and journalism th...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [346]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Before I call the Leader, I wish to pay a brief tribute to Jimmy Walsh. I have known him for a long time, as I have been in the Houses for approximately 18 years. I have become a friend of his. We have often exchanged ideas and so on. I am unsure as to whether he would see fi...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [346]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] That is merely a suggestion. With those few words, I wish Jimmy the very best in his retirement. I am quite certain that we will meet again. Our paths will cross. I sometimes walk in Marley Park but I do not think I could keep up with him.
I now ask the Leader to conclude t...
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27/03/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry raised the issue of the insolvency guidelines. The guidelines have not yet been published and I am not one who comments on speculation. I can assure the Senator that no woman will be forced out of the workforce and that the guidelines will retain flexibil...Vol-222 Book-7 Page [347]
27/03/2013 [Order of Business] I am surprised that they did not withdraw the money. I will seek clarification for Senator Denis Landy, but I am sure that if he sent a note to the Minister, he would receive clarification on the matter.
Senator David Cullinane raised the issue of the property tax. I gave a...
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