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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re suspension of Standing Orders 29 and 30 on Thursday, 21 February, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate - I understand there are difficulties and delays, and the Clerk Assistant has mentioned delays in reg...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [241]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the full apology the Taoiseach made on behalf of the Government and the Irish people for the treatment of the ladies in the Magdalen laundries. It was welcome, sincere and honest, and it is certainly a day on which we can now move on to make redress in the financial an...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [241]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to state how proud and excited I am on behalf of the Labour Party group to welcome the heartfelt and unreserved apology - a full apology as Senator Darragh O'Brien noted - given by the Taoiseach on behalf of the State to the survivors of the Magdalen laundries. I am reall...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [242]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] For far too long, there has been no proper analysis of the way payments and benefits have issued. The Minister is trying to do that, which is very important. I look forward to that debate next Tuesday.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [243]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien's appreciation of the Taoiseach's fine apology on behalf of the State and all of us for the neglect of those women in the Magdalen laundries. It was well-timed and certainly very sincere. I went into the Chamber to hear it and during my year...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [243]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I propose that No. 10 on the Order of Business be sent forward for publication, subject to the agreement of the House.[Burke, Colm]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [244]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Is the Senator proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [244]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Yes. I am proposing that No. 10 be taken and that the Bill be sent forward for publication.
A report in one of today's newspapers related to absenteeism in the public sector. We should have a debate on this issue in the House. Very little real progress has been made over the...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Ach an oiread le mo chomhghleacaithe, ba mhaith liom tréaslú leis an Taoiseach as ucht an leithscéal a gabhadh inné, lá stairiúil do na mná a d'fhulaing ins na hionaid Maigdiléanacha. Céim dhearfach chun cinn í sin agus tá súil agam go leanfar leis na moltaí a cuireadh os comhai...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [244]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I also congratulate the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste on the genuinely moving and considered speeches they made in the Dáil yesterday. I must admit that I became very emotional about yesterday's events. I take the opportunity to remember the work of the late Mary Raftery, a journa...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [245]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I, too, compliment and commend the Taoiseach for the very full apology he offered yesterday. I do not believe anybody expected anything less of him, it was just a matter of timing. I also include the Tánaiste, Deputy Micheál Martin and everyone else involved in yesterday's deba...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [245]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] It would be remiss of me not to raise the issue to which I am about to refer. Two years ago I was fortunate to be elected from the labour panel in order that I might represent workers' interests. I come from Portlaoise which is home to the country's two largest high security pr...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [246]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Let me finish on this point. It would be damaging to the Government, the country and democracy if we were to go down the road taken in Bulgaria - the Bulgarian Government has resigned en masse - or Greece in which there are ongoing national strikes by public sector workers. I a...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [246]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Last night was an emotional one, a night that enhanced the reputation of the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Taoiseach's words came from the heart and were very worthy. Very often our experience of a public apology is that it is tempered by an attempt at protection. The Taoiseac...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [247]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I join Councillor Séamus Cosaí Fitzgerald in welcoming the return of road signs that direct people to Dingle. Under a previous Administration, it was ordered that signage for Dingle would be in the Irish language and that the town would be known as "An Daingean"[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [247]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The people of Dingle decided in a plebiscite, as I reminded the previous Seanad, that the name should be "Dingle - Daingean Uí Chúis."[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [247]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The National Roads Authority has decided that this is what will be done and it will happen in the next month or two. This is to be welcomed in advance of the tourism season. Too many visitors to Dingle, that delightful part of the world in beautiful County Kerry, did not know w...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [247]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] We are hoping for greater numbers as a result of The Gathering.
I join other speakers in welcoming the speeches made in the Lower House last night. It was the Taoiseach's finest hour. We know they were overdue, but they were heartfelt. It is wonderful what is happening.[Cog...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I join other colleagues in welcoming the Taoiseach's apology on behalf of every one of us to the former residents of the Magdalen laundries. I congratulate him on the sincere, cool and honest way he delivered his contribution. I also congratulate the other speakers, including t...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [248]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Last night was a very poignant one for the people in the Visitors Gallery and others outside Leinster House who watched the Taoiseach apologise to the women who had spent time in the Magdalen laundries. It was followed by an apology from the Tánaiste and the Minister of State at...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [248]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] There is no need to ask it again today. Does the Senator have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [248]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Thank you, Senator. Will the debate on the Magdalen laundries include a visit from Deputy Micheál Martin to explain-----[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [249]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure he would be delighted to come into the House if he was invited.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [249]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] We should extend the invitation to his former Cabinet colleagues who did not have the guts to stand for election, unlike my colleague opposite.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [249]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I will ask the same question that I asked yesterday and will ask it again tomorrow.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [249]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I congratulate the Taoiseach on what was a full apology to the women who were in the Magdalen institutions, an apology which was long overdue from successive Governments. It is a tribute to him that he appointed Mr. Martin McAleese to the Seanad to carry out that very difficult ...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [249]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Colm Burke.
Like other speakers, I wish to refer to the apology given by the Taoiseach last night. The date 19 February 2013 will forever be remembered as the day on which a very bright light was necessarily...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator John Whelan, in his call for proper engagement with the 24/7 Frontline Services Alliance. I said last week in the House that front-line workers and middle-income earners had nothing left to give in further talks. As Senator Diarmuid Wilson said, ...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [250]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator should make that speech to the Labour Party Parliamentary Party.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [250]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I remind the Senator that he has already spoken, although I know Roscommon Senators are united.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [250]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Like other Senators, I acknowledge the wonderful contribution of the Taoiseach last evening in the Dáil. The apology was long overdue, but it came at a very important juncture. It is to be hoped it will give some solace to the victims of the Magdalen laundries. The attention n...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [250]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Like other speakers, I compliment the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, Deputy Michael Martin, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, and the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch. Yesterday was a fine day. The Magdalen girls and ladies had suffered for so long. ...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [251]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] He was, but it is better late than never. The Ministers involved, Deputies Shatter and Kathleen Lynch, have been campaigning on this issue for many years.
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, will visit Russia tomorrow for discussions on inte...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I will preface my remarks by thanking the Leader for his response to the issue I raised yesterday on the possibility that householders could be saddled with the burden of unpaid development levies if various city and county councils were thinking of targeting them as has been rep...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [251]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Galway County Council is at it too, so the Senator should not worry about that remark. They are all at it.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [251]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I will be inquiring anyway of the various councils as to what will happen.
I want to be associated with the general message, response and welcome to what the Taoiseach and other members of the Government said yesterday evening on the Magdalen laundries. The Taoiseach's respons...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] It is appropriate it would be done in a considered way. We will now enter into a complex period in identifying how best to do justice for the undoubted wrongs and cruelties of the past that these women suffered. I hope all parties will be generous. It will probably require som...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I am often exasperated listening to my colleagues on the other side of the House. Fianna Fáil has always managed to put the party's interests ahead of the country's.[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Absolutely not. We would not be where we are if we did.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Three times in the history of the State, we have seen how Fianna Fáil almost bankrupted the country and finally on its fourth attempt it managed to do just that.[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] It is remarkable then when one sees the amnesia affecting the Opposition with regard to its own incompetency and misgovernment.[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Talk about amnesia. The Senator was once a member of Fianna Fáil for years.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Opposition makes general and supportive noises towards the most populist arguments. We must remember it was a Fianna Fáil Government that reduced public servants' pay by 14%. We did not hear much of a complaint out of the Members opposite then.[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Did Fianna Fáil reduce public servants' pay by 14%?[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [252]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] A Chathaoirligh, the Senator is being provocative. You should prevent that.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] In addition to giving vent to my frustration with the hypocrisy on the other side of the House, I want to welcome-----[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] -----the good news, which has not been commented upon in the House, that of the €1.2 billion sale of Permanent TSB.[Gilroy, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] It demonstrates the good management of the public finances by the Government. It is a vote of confidence in the country that international investors would see fit to pay full market value for what we borrowed and paid two years ago for the company. All told, it represents a €8 ...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I would be grateful if the Leader could get clarification from the Minister for Health on the position of the funding for the Irish Patients Association, a representative group which has been involved in the agitation for patients' rights over the past several years. It has done...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach's speech yesterday on the Magdalen laundries was encrypted with humanity, humility, compassion, understanding, generosity and the type of leadership that we expect from a man of his calibre. It was appropriate, long overdue but the right thing to do. This Taoiseac...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [253]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I am proud of our Taoiseach today, proud that he had the capacity to deliver such a meaningful apology and to provide an indication of the compensation deal on behalf of the Government and the people to the Magdalen women.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I met them this morning in Buswells Hotel and they were so happy they were walking 10 ft. tall. They put it to me that a great weight had been lifted off their shoulders. They are new women today. However, I am not only proud for the Magdalen women, I am proud for Ireland. We...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Any of these people could have been our sisters, mothers or daughters. This is highly significant and I wish to put as much on the record.
I was flabbergasted today by a story in The Irish Times that our pillar banks could consider writing off some of the €400 million debt of ...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] We saw before that they used our State funds to pay off their bankers with their pensions.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] You are way over time, Senator. I call Senator Moran.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach had to intervene. We need an answer and I believe the House should join me in requesting it.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to add my voice of support. I was singularly proud to be in the House last night. I consider the moment An Taoiseach, An Tánaiste and Deputy Martin paid the long-overdue apology and dues to the women who have suffered down through the years to be probably the finest mome...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [254]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The vast majority of Members who spoke welcomed the Taoiseach's apology last night. For anyone in the House last night who was listening it was a rather emotional debate, there is no question about it. The sincerity and compassion of all speakers was clearly evident.[Cummins, M...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [255]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] To see first of all the ladies from the Magdalen laundries stand and applaud the Taoiseach after his speech and then all Members, including the Ceann Comhairle, stand and applaud these women was a sight to behold. Anyone present could not but have been touched by the emotion in ...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [255]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] I think that is what the Senator said. I understand Deputy Micheál Martin has apologised for doing nothing for 14 years. I will not comment further.
On the proposed increases at AIB, we will have to see what the Minister for Finance does. Senator Mark Daly spoke about red ta...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] If I may interject, the funding has come from the Department of Health heretofore, but it has been defunded.[Crown, John]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [257]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Leader to continue, without interruption, please.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [257]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] In regard to a conflict of interest between the religious communities which ran hospitals and laundries, I agree that there is a need for closer scrutiny of the accounts of these institutions. I hope this will be done at an early opportunity.
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames spoke ...
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20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed the following amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Justice and Equality on Garda resources, Garda pay and the loss of confidence in him by rank and file members of the Garda Síochána be taken today." Is the...Vol-221 Book-5 Page [257]
20/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke has proposed the following amendment to the Order of Business: "That No. 10 be taken before No. 1." The Leader has indicated that he is willing to accept this amendment. Is the amendment agreed? Agreed.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-5 Page [258]
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