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07/03/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Education and Training Boards Bill 2012 - Second Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business and to conclude no later than 2 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and all other Senators no...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [692]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate as soon as possible on the discriminatory taxes being introduced, in particular against women, children and the family? On 27 February last, the National Women's Council of Ireland issued a statement with some data on the incomes of women and the...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [692]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] Tomorrow is International Women's Day and I remind colleagues that Senator Susan O'Keeffe and I are hosting a coffee morning today in the Private Members' dining room. All are welcome to attend. It is in aid of SAFE Ireland which is the national network of domestic violence ser...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [692]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator. I welcome the announcements made at a press conference yesterday. The Government announced the progress that it has made after two years in office. I ask the Leader to invite Ministers to attend debates here on a regular basis. I know that other Senators ...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [693]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to call for an urgent debate on planning permission and related issues. For instance, people were granted planning permission almost five years but it is about to run out. What if they must reapply even though their local authorities are concerned and disagree with the p...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [693]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator has made his point. I call Senator Barrett.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-12 Page [693]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] This afternoon in Helen's Bay, County Down, the funeral will take place of Sir George Quigley. He was one of the finest public servants of the island of Ireland that one could find in either jurisdiction. He was Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance and Personnel in ...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [693]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I raise the issue of private education. Recent news reports outlined that the Department of Education and Skills had commissioned research into the level of funding for private schools which was over and above the resources of non-private State run schools. It was disclosed tha...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [694]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] Next week, I will release the findings of a report based on research I have been doing on whether our public bodies are doing enough to support Irish producers and Irish jobs. It is an extensive report, which examines the number of Irish goods and services being used by State-fu...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [695]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I compliment our colleagues, Senator John Kelly and Senator John Whelan, and Noel Walsh, personal assistant to Senator John Kelly, for organising a very useful meeting yesterday in the audio visual room on the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of the late Fr. Niall Mollo...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [695]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] Senator, sometimes you abuse your powers here. You are naming people-----[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-12 Page [695]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] With all due respect, you are a senior Senator in this House and a Senior Member of the Oireachtas but you sometimes take a step too far. Calling for an explanation about a member of the Judiciary is a step too far.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-12 Page [695]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I raise the concern about developments in the past 24 hours involving the Irish Examiner Group. I am sure all Members will join with me in hoping that it can trade out of its current difficulties. While we might be critical of the media and they might be critical of us, they pl...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [696]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I join in the concern expressed by Senator Burke about the difficulties being experienced by the Irish Examiner. It is a very fine newspaper, and I would like to express my sympathy to the 12 printers who have lost their jobs. I am very glad that the Crosbie family trust has ma...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [696]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] We will not be sitting on International Women's Day. Child care and early intervention are areas close to every woman's heart. We had a great debate here with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, yesterday evening on the high-quality early yea...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [697]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] It is often the case that our debates become polarised and non-productive. We have seen this in the urban-rural divide and the debate about public and private sector employment. There is a possibility that we are heading in that direction with education at the moment. I feel v...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [697]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I highlight this morning a sector we are going to discuss in the coming weeks when the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation attends to discuss An Action Plan for Jobs. If I asked Senators this morning whether they would like to meet a group that represents 90,000 jobs ac...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [698]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Mary Ann O'Brien on labelling. I am not a member of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine but I certainly would have liked to meet the representatives of RGDATA. I support their cause. I have the honour of having been nominated to the Sea...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [698]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I apologise. It was somebody else. It appears that there was a cover-up, which could be clarified very quickly because new information has come to light. I support those who want to see justice done and wish them well in that regard.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-221 Book-12 Page [699]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I would like to be associated with the good wishes extended to the Irish Examiner. As a former columnist for the paper, I have happy memories of my engagement with its staff.
It is important that the promise of an inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy is kept. I attend...
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07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, support the call for an inquiry into the death of Fr. Niall Molloy, if we are to have total confidence in the justice system. There were glaring difficulties in the case which need to be addressed.
I also support the call by my colleague Senator Colm Burke for the Mi...
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07/03/2013 [Order of Business] I support Senator Mary Ann O'Brien's words on food labelling, especially on Irish food. There is a huge amount of work to be done in that regard. I imagine it is for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to do it. It is not just a question of identifying Irish foo...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [700]
07/03/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Marc MacSharry referred to the proposed cuts to and the taxing of maternity benefit. Until 2012 when an employee continued to be paid by her employer in full while on maternity leave and, based on her PRSI contributions, was entitled to maternity benefit from the Departm...Vol-221 Book-12 Page [700]
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