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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the Diseases of Animals (Amendment) Act 2001, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; and No. 2, Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 - Committee Stage (resumed), to be taken at the conclusion of No.1 and to be ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [197]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Last week I raised several law and order issues. I proposed an amendment to the Order of Business to the effect that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, come into the House to make a statement on the basis that he had lost the confidence of rank and file ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [198]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] -----that she is looking to bring it to the Cabinet today. Why is she doing that? Is she trying to slip it under the radar when there are other major issues, such as the Magdalen laundries, being debated in these Houses? I ask that without further delay, the Minister, Deputy B...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [198]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] All of us would welcome a debate on the Mangan report and, to be fair, the Minister, Deputy Burton, promised the debate when she was in the House discussing the Social Welfare Bill.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [198]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I do not know from where Senator O'Brien is getting his information and I certainly did not have that impression. It is certainly not what the Minister said when she indicated she was awaiting-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [198]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I will not take recommendations from Senator Bacik.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator might read the debates on the Social Welfare Bill in this House.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Minister, Deputy Burton, told us that as soon as she had the full report-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] She indicated she would come to us as soon as it went to the Cabinet.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I know she will come here and we are trying to get a date in early course for that debate.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Allow Senator Bacik to proceed without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] We look forward to that debate very much. I welcome the fact that we will, in early course, have a debate on the findings of the Magdalen report from former Senator, Dr. Martin McAleese. We might have the debate next week and it is very important we have it soon, given the amou...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [199]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I thought the phrase caveat emptor - let the buyer beware - had vanished into the mists of time and that we had reached more enlightened times where buyers and consumers were concerned. I am amazed, however, to hear that this appears to be the approach Galway County Council may ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [200]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business put forward by Senator Darragh O'Brien, Leader of the Opposition, proposing to invite the Minister for Justice and Equality to the House. It is a very important issue because of the vote of no confidence. The Leader of the House, ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [201]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I do not wish to sound as though I am repeating the comments of Senator Leyden, but I am very upset about the comments made by the chief executive of Iceland and some others regarding the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. The authority has worked hard and has made a great breakt...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [202]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Like others, I will wait to hear the announcement this afternoon on the Magdalen laundries. I hope we bring finality and that justice will be done in a way that is meaningful and fitting for the servitude in which these women, girls and children were placed for decades. I thank ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [203]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] This is a matter the Senator could raise on the Adjournment.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [203]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I understand from the Garda this is a criminal offence which could result in individuals being placed on the sexual offenders list.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [203]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The behaviour of some of our young people is inappropriate. I ask the Minister for Education and Skills to come to the House to discuss the issue of dangerous and inappropriate online behaviour. I thank the Cathaoirleach for his indulgence.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [203]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Once again, I am amazed the Fianna Fáil Party is asking for the Minister to come in and talk about the Magdalen laundries. I would rather propose that Deputy Micheál Martin come to the Chamber and explain to the nation why he did nothing for 14 years in this regard. This was re...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [204]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Harte, without interruption. Has the Senator a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [204]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] This is a massive issue for the country. Will the Leader ask Micheál Martin why, as part of the previous Government, he did nothing on this? On reflection, it might be better that he did nothing, because he would probably have got to the 144th or 145th report on it.
It will b...
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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] We referred to this matter last week. I will respond briefly to what has been said. As the Leader knows, the Central Bank is very engaged in issuing directives at present. It should be allowed to get on with the job. We cannot have Government interference in everything.[Coghl...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [205]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. I will always defer to your rulings. You are aware of that.
I agree with what Senator Noone said about the need for a civil appeals court. The Chief Justice, Ms Susan Denham, has highlighted once more the fact that the Supreme Court is o...
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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I echo the concerns of Senator Mullen about the outrageous charges that are putatively being applied to private residence holders because individual builders are in default of development levies. In the past, rogue builders used to leave the landscaping and lighting of estates u...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [205]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Yesterday The Irish Times carried the story of the Financial Regulator moving to regulate the health insurance industry. This echoed sentiments here and was in line with the co-operation of the Leader in ensuring this issue was tackled, which gives hope for the future. We have ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [206]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] As the Leader was successful in bringing the health insurance issue to the regulator's attention, will he join in ensuring the "Big Four" accountants are investigated for their role in the disasters which we have been trying to cope with in the intervening period?[Barrett, Sean D...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [206]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Most times when we stand up to speak in the Seanad, we speak about areas that are of interest to us. We speak about causes that we want to support or defend, whether it is the Magdalen laundries, industrial disputes, bank bailouts, mortgage arrears, homelessness, health, cyber-b...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [206]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Like most Senators, I am hopeful that the Taoiseach will rise later today to give a full and unequivocal apology not just to the residents of the Magdalen laundries but to the families of those who are unfortunately deceased, and that he will announce that full and proper redress...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [207]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I agree with a great deal of what Senator Jim Walsh stated about benchmarking in the public service and the need to examine the salaries, rates of pay and allowances of everyone in the service, from politicians right down. The country is seriously broken and there is a massive d...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [208]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. I too have a good news story. We hear too many bad news stories. I believe it would be remiss of me not to welcome the announcement on Thursday last of a further 450 jobs in eBay in Dundalk. Today, a Member said this Government was not ac...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [209]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Somebody said they were looking for me to transfer to the south east to Waterford.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [209]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I wish to welcome them.
We are doing something right in the north east. I congratulate the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton and the IDA. We have a talented workforce in County Louth and the north east. It is great news for the north east an...
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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I join with Senator Brennan in welcoming the 400 eBay jobs to be located in Dundalk and I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Bruton and the previous Minister for the work they put into achieving this outcome as well as the PayPal jobs that located to Dundalk more than 12 months ag...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [209]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien asked that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter, come to the House. The Minister was here for the Senator's Private Members' motion a couple of weeks ago.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [210]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator and his colleagues will have another opportunity next week during Private Members' time.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [210]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] If the Minister will not come, we will do what we did again.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [210]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil has it in its power to bring the Minister into the House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [210]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I am sure the Senator will avail of the opportunity.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] I remind Members on the other side of the House that Fianna Fáil's national recovery plan and Garda plan allocated €90 million less for the Garda last year and this year. The Members opposite are talking out of both sides of the their mouths when they say more money should be al...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] No, we are not. The Minister has lost the confidence of gardaí.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Others are talking about benchmarking, while Senator Mark Daly referred to taking money from gardaí. Fianna Fáil took 14% from all public servants-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] -----including gardaí, ambulance personnel and all of the others about whom the Senator is speaking.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] We do not all suffer from amnesia on this side of the House.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The general public, irrespective of whether support for Fianna Fáil is running at 27%, will not forget that either.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] They certainly will not forget what the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Alan Shatter is doing.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil is speaking out of both sides of its mouth the whole time. Some €180 million less was provided for the Garda by Fianna Fáil.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil is holding public meetings telling people that there will be less money for the Garda.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Members on the other side of the House obviously do not like to hear the truth. That is the truth of the matter. It is a bit rich coming from Fianna Fáil when it provided for such cuts. To have to listen to that tripe is absolutely ridiculous.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [211]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] May we listen to the Leader without interruption, please?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [212]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senators should read the back of the Sunday Independent.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [212]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator had better start apologising very fast.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [213]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Daly spoke about the Government trying to take money from front-line staff, but when his party was in office it imposed a 14% cut. This Government has not cut anything yet.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [213]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Quite a number of people are in difficulty with their mortgages as a result of Fianna Fáil's fuelling of the property boom. That is the reason people have difficulties, but this Government has been taking action on the mortgage arrears problem, and AIB has announced that by the ...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [213]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] As a temporary measure, the Government might stop employing them.[Norris, David]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [214]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] They certainly played a part in the demise of the banking system and the development of the current problems in the economy. That should not be forgotten.
Senator Eamonn Coghlan spoke about the indoor athletics track at Athlone Institute of Technology, which we have all seen i...
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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] That was presided over by the previous Government.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [214]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] That is the type of thing that was going on at that time. What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Senator Ó Murchú called for a debate on Northern Ireland. We will try to arrange that. The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement has be...
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19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Wilson inquired about the delays in the processing of rebates for PAYE taxpayers. I will endeavour to find out the position for the Senator.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-221 Book-4 Page [214]
19/02/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That the Minister for Justice and Equality come to the House to explain how he intends to rectify a situation where he has lost the confidence of rank and file members of the Garda Síochána." Is the ame...Vol-221 Book-4 Page [215]
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