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30/01/2013 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 35, motion 14, Private Members' business, to be taken at 4 p.m. and to conclude not later than 6 p.m., and No. 1, Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 - Committee Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of Private Members' business and to concl...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [504]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It gives me no pleasure to have to raise again issues relating to the Minister for Health and how he manages his Department. On a number of occasions, I have raised issues in regard to Beaumont Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital and the filling of vacancies for paedi...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [504]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Is it? I did not see it listed anywhere as unparliamentary language, in fairness. Let us forget about the individual concerned, so. We know why Deputy Hogan was able to announce the improvements in St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny before the HSE even knew about them. We know w...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [505]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] This was at a cost, by the way, of an additional €12 million. The HSE had to find the money. Mr. Brian Gilroy had to write to the Minister for Health and point out that if he was to do this work he would need more money and, lo and behold, the Minister found the money. Where i...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [505]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I commend Ms Tara Buckley of RGDATA on a report launched yesterday by that organisation entitled A Nightmare on Every Street, Town Centres, Car Parking and Smart Travel. We are all aware of the fact that we have a punitive level of parking charges and restrictions in most towns....Vol-220 Book-7 Page [505]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I was recently given the honour of being nominated to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on behalf of the Dáil Technical Group and Independent Senators. While attending the assembly session in Strasbourg last week, I also had the opportunity to chair a legal aff...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [506]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the Deputy Leader's announcement that we are to debate fluoridation this afternoon. When Mr. Gay Mitchell, MEP, was here last week he referred to the Seanad as a valuable Chamber where debates can take place in a non-adversarial manner. There are most interesting argu...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [506]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] This morning in the National Museum of Ireland, 81 coins dating back to the 17th century will be handed over by those who found them approximately two weeks ago in my home town of Carrick-on-Suir. These coins are the most significant find since a previous find in 1947 in Laois. ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [507]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I again call for a debate on the horse racing industry in Ireland during this term. As everybody will be aware, the horse racing industry in Ireland is worth millions of euro to our economy. However, as is the case in many other sectors it, too, is suffering as a result of the ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [507]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I did not have an opportunity yesterday to express my sympathy to Senator Imelda Henry on the death of her mother, also the wife of ex-councillor, Peter Henry, also to whom I did not have an opportunity yesterday to express my sympathy. I express those sympathies today. I also ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [507]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] As I was not in the House yesterday during the Order of Business, I take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest possible terms the callous murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe and to offer my condolences to his wife, children, family and all the people in Louth and acro...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [508]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Yesterday, the Law Reform Commission published a list of 19 recommendations in relation to missing persons, two of which were that the lands and estates of missing people be administered after 90 days and that the families of those missing be permitted to obtain a death certifica...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [509]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Bhí mé ag cruinniú ar an Aoine den fhundúireacht nua atá ag plé leis na hospidéil i nGaillimh agus i Ros Comáin. Tháinig roinnt ceisteanna tromchúiseacha chun cinn. At a meeting of the Galway Roscommon University Hospitals Group on Friday, we were give information which I belie...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [509]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I thank Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe for his bravery and professionalism during his life, for his great contribution to his community, for his love of football and his capacity to train young people, and for his significant contribution to the Garda Representative Association, ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [509]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I call for an urgent debate on the appalling emerging situation in Syria. Last night, we were all appalled to see on television the bodies of close to 100 men and young boys being pulled out of a river in Aleppo as well as images of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighbouring ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [510]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I will follow on from the request for a debate, and the concerns expressed by the Opposition Leader, Senator Darragh O'Brien, regarding the Department of Health's selection process for capital projects. I am unsettled by the suggestion that St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny and We...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [510]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] If it is the case, the people of the north west can rightly be concerned. The Opposition Leader has directly asked the Deputy Leader and the Labour Party whether they are happy with the processes and procedures that are followed in this headless chicken approach to selecting pro...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [510]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Some 76 applicants were unsuccessful. I am sure that they are anxious to know how an activist in Labour's presidential campaign and a former press officer managed to sneak in without even having applied.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, will Senator MacSharry clarify his comments? Did he refer to "blatant corruption"? If so, will he withdraw that remark?[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] There is absolutely no way in the wide earthly world that I would have any intention of withdrawing that remark because blatant corruption is what it appears to be, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to underline my point.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It is a political charge. I call Senator Burke, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Sermons on corruption from Fianna Fáil. That is a good one.[Gilroy, John]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] This is more appropriate to an Adjournment matter debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It is important as there is currently a problem with cashflow, particularly with self-employed people. The State now appears to be contributing to the problem, and it is outrageous that the person I described must pay interest on income tax but the State will not pay interest on...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [511]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I share the concern expressed by people on this side of the House about the revelations concerning apparent interference in the distribution of money in the health service. It is not satisfactory just to say that Fianna Fáil did it in the past and we can do it now as a result. ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] We were promised an end to stroke politics and corruption.[Norris, David]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It seems there is very little to choose between people. Fianna Fáil seems to be in the process of learning its lesson, and if the Government wants to learn a lesson, it should consider what happened to that party at the last election. It may happen to the Government parties as ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] When will there be a debate on the matter as it seems to distort Government policy? We were told there would be a policy of centres of excellence-----[Norris, David]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] -----and people around the country were prepared to sacrifice their personal interests in order to support the policy in the interests of the citizens. The HSE does not seem to know that the position is being changed as the colleagues of Ministers - who seem to have persuaded th...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I hope people and politicians will continue to broaden this issue and take in the most significant change to the Constitution in my lifetime, the abolition of an entire arm of governance.[Norris, David]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [512]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the speech overnight by President Obama in which he indicated he would initiate legislation for the undocumented immigrants - estimated at 11 million people - living in the United States. That follows a bipartisan statement of principles, with four Democrats and four R...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I was going to raise the matter mentioned by Senator Conway but first I convey my amazement and shock at the hypocrisy from the other side of the House after the announcement of-----[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It is true that it is hypocrisy. I ask the Cathaoirleach to ask Senator MacSharry to withdraw his comments.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It was a political charge. I have ruled on the matter already. Is there a question for the Deputy Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] We can talk about hypocrisy. There should be debate in this House about corruption. We can talk about announcements. Before the 2007 and 2011 elections, the local and print media could not keep up with all the announcements from Fianna Fáil Ministers about achievements.[O'Nei...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Is there a question for the Deputy Leader? The Senator, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, and I will make no apology for looking after the people of the south east and Kilkenny.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [513]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Under Fianna Fáil we had the lowest earnings per capita and the worst uptake of university education because there is no university in the south east.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] People in glass houses should not throw stones. How many Fianna Fáil leaders had to resign because of corruption?[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I have a question related to the matter raised by Senator Conway.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] The Senator is basically saying that corruption exists-----[Norris, David]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement mentioned by Senator Conway. There should be a debate on the matter in this House and perhaps it could be similar to what was done with the leader of the Orange Order.[O'Neill, Pat]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Perhaps we could bring in the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Irish ambassador to the US or the US ambassador to Ireland. The Bill will propose a five year probationary period, a large fine, payment of back taxes and no benefits for the full probationary...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] When one gets to the high moral ground, it can be a very shaky position.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] We had good tutors in the Progressive Democrats and no doubt Fine Gael has the same in Labour. I endorse everything said by Senator Conway about the undocumented in the US. I have had the honour and pleasure over many years, along with colleagues on all sides of the House, of a...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [514]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I call on the Leader to arrange for the Minister for Finance to come into the House to give a brief description and clarification of what is happening with regard to the impending deadline for the payment of the promissory notes. It is important that the negotiators are allowed ...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] In terms of the record of the House, the Senator should not mention people who are not here to defend themselves.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Of course, but it seemed that there was a certain glee in that spokesperson's voice that things were not going perhaps as good as-----[Gilroy, John]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I think we have said on numerous occasions that we support the Government in what it is trying to do.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I support my colleague, Senator O'Neill, in his comments asking Senator MacSharry to withdraw his rather inappropriate remarks. It invites a level of ridicule when we hear Fianna Fáil speaking of corruption given that it did not have a leader among its last four who did not leav...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I ask the Deputy Leader to organise a debate on the undocumented in the United States. President Obama outlined his proposals yesterday and in his address spoke about previous generations of emigrants to the United States, including the Irish who were fleeing the Famine. On Mon...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [515]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I would welcome it if the Minister for Health was to come into the House and outline the circumstances in regard to the extensions to the hospitals in Wexford and Kilkenny. There seems to be a certain amount of begrudgery about the projects in both those hospitals. I want to pu...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] -----the emergency department in Wexford General Hospital, it can do so, but I do not hear the Deputies or Senators representing Wexford saying anything about it-----[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] -----nor do I hear any Member representing Kilkenny saying anything about it.[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] There was no corruption attached to this announcement or to the correct development of the extension to Wexford General Hospital. I want to put that on the record. I would welcome it if it could be arranged for the Minister for Health to come into the House to give a full expla...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] -----as he did in the Dáil Chamber yesterday.
I want to take this opportunity to raise the issue of the discussions the Government is having with the troika on the promissory note for the IBRC and to request that the Leader invite Christine Lagarde, the former French finance Mi...
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30/01/2013 [Order of Business] The CPP would make a decision on that so the Senator could take that up with the Leader.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I want to put it on the record and I will write to the CPP. Christine Lagarde is the head of the IMF. If she were to address this Chamber, it would be a fantastic opportunity to listen to her views on the discussions that are ongoing. Prior to the troika coming to town we were...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [516]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I am just finishing. We are being told that the IMF is giving us the most support on an appropriate deal on the promissory notes in the interests of the citizens of this country.[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I would also welcome it if the Minister for Health were to come into the House to discuss developments in primary care and hospital care. Letterkenny General Hospital opened a new accident and emergency unit recently and there was no political trumpet blaring because the previou...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Allow Senator Harte to continue without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] When Senator Darragh O'Brien's Government was in power and his party's current leader was Minister for Health, the health service in Donegal was run down to the degree that-----[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I will come in and ask the Senator if it is okay to ask certain questions and he can improve them. Is that what he is saying?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Senator O'Brien, can we hear Senator Harte without interruption? Has Senator Harte a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I ask that the Minister be invited to come into the House to discuss developments. The health service in the north west and in Donegal was decimated during the good times. Members should remember this was not at a time when there were cuts. Some 15,000 people took to the stree...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [517]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I ask that the Minister come into the House to outline future developments. I congratulate the hospitals in Wexford and Kilkenny on this and if it was good news for Donegal I would be congratulating the work because it is about delivering the service.[Harte, Jimmy]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [518]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien raised the issue of the epilepsy monitoring units in Beaumont and CUH in response to reports in the newspapers. The units are being developed under the HSE's national clinical care programme for epilepsy. Such monitoring is only required for the most dif...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [518]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Yes, I will give the Senator a copy of the briefing.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [518]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] With regard to the other health related issue the Senator raised, I have no difficulty asking the Leader to arrange for the Minister for Health to come to the House for a debate on health services. The Government is engaged in a radical programme of reform of health care. Targe...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [518]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I have no problem debating it. I would like to invite the Minister for Health to the House to debate overall health care reform and how we are progressing on the route to a universal health care system that is genuinely fair and equitable for the first time in the history of the...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [520]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Previous Governments had a disastrous privatisation by stealth policy with co-location, which failed.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [520]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] What does the Deputy Leader think the Minister for Health is doing differently?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [520]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I ask the Deputy Leader to take back the statement that I am misrepresenting the truth; I am not.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [520]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I am not misrepresenting the truth. I have the minutes of the meeting if the Deputy Leader would like to respond.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [520]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Senator O'Keeffe also paid tribute to the late Detective Garda Donohoe. She called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to come to the House in light of the withdrawal by Tesco from its contract with Silvercrest Foods. I can call on him to come to the House.
S...
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30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I asked the Leader last week who said he would respond. I acknowledge it is a difficult issue but it is important for the integrity of the people involved that we get a response. Why will the Deputy Leader not write to the Minister in the same way she is writing to him about th...Vol-220 Book-7 Page [521]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] I have not spoken with the Leader. He may well have-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [521]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Why will the Deputy Leader not write to the Minister in the same way she is writing to him about the earlier issue? It is difficult but it is important to have an answer for the 76 unsuccessful applicants.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-220 Book-7 Page [521]
30/01/2013 [Order of Business] It may well be that the Leader has raised it with the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and, therefore, I will ask him.
Senator Burke raised the issue of delays in payments, which may be taken as a matter on the Adjournment. He also paid tribute to the late Det...
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30/01/2013 [Order of Business] Certainly we can ask for a debate with the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the US ambassador. Senator Pat O'Neill called for a similar debate and pointed out hypocrisy on the part of the Opposition on the hospitals issue.
Senator Paschal Mooney raised t...
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