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11/12/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re referral of Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2012 to the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, statements on the occasion of the 90th...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [560]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Last week, I asked the Leader for a debate on perinatal care and I have got a commitment for such a debate. Perhaps it could be scheduled early in the new year. Many Senators across the House have sought this debate to inform us further on that issue.
The Leader has outlined ...
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11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader or Deputy Leader explain how that is fair? How is it fair that child benefit has been cut across the board, not just by the announced €10 which was hidden in the small print? Neither the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, nor the Minister for Social Pr...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [560]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Before I call Senator Bacik, I am sure Members would like to join me in welcoming to the Visitors Gallery Mr. Bob Brolly from the BBC and Mr. Patrick Williamson who is involved with the National Federation of Demolition Contractors. They are both welcome.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] As Senator Darragh O'Brien said, we will have an opportunity next week to debate the social welfare Bill and I do not want to pre-empt that discussion. I find it very hard to take lectures from the selective amnesiacs across the House who have conveniently forgotten that they go...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Can we not deal with the specific points raised? Are they fair?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I believe it is fair that we move to a system-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] -----where tax is also imposed on property. I do not have a difficulty with that. We need to ensure it is imposed fairly and we will have an opportunity to debate that issue when it is brought before this House. I will not take lectures from Senator Darragh O'Brien or his coll...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] It is not a lecture. The Senator asked me questions.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] ----- about the inequities of a property tax they signed us up to in the first place-----[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] ----- and the inequities of a troika programme into which they got the country.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Child benefit is not mentioned in the memorandum of understanding.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] On the specific issue the Senator raised, it is no secret that the Labour Party wanted to impose higher taxes on higher earners. That was clear from our manifesto. We were not elected into a majority or single-party government. It is a coalition Government and this budget is, ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [561]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] -----is if we see more money being paid over in respect of promissory notes, again signed up to by the previous Government in respect of the former Anglo Irish Bank.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [562]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator forgot about the back-to-school allowance. Perhaps she might address that while she is at it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [562]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] We would be in a bigger mess if we had to listen to Senator Paul Coghlan and his colleagues.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [562]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I am sure colleagues on both sides will agree that we should all join in condemning the violence in Northern Ireland which got worse over the weekend. I know other Senators raised the issue last week. In particular, yesterday's appalling attempted murder of a police officer by ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [562]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I will save my comments on the budget for next week, but I am very concerned about the cumulative cuts. We cannot just consider this year's budget but must also consider previous budgets and how they affect children and families directly. Our group has tabled a motion for debat...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [562]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I thank Senator van Turnhout for referring to the Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2012. I am not sure that the Bill will go any further because the Minister intends to introduce his own Bill next year. I suppose what frustrates me about that is it will take at least eight o...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [563]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] In my opening remarks this time last year, perhaps on this day last year, when I stated "Britton conquered Europe," I was referring not to economic affairs in Europe but to young Fionnuala Britton who happened to win the European Cross Country Championships for Ireland. It would...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [564]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] At the weekend we had a trenchant response from the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, that she would stand by the cuts in the budget. I hope she was listening to and looking at Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on "The Frontline" last night. With the Cathaoirleach's ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [564]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] The archbishop also stated caring for people in the home, particularly the elderly, is important and is an investment in humanity. Last week, I participated in the protest outside Leinster House against the cut of €325 to the respite care grant. At the protest were people in wh...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [564]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I call on the Minister for Finance to come to the House to discuss the situation with Liberty Insurance which was formerly Quinn Insurance. I have been contacted by many people who run small businesses who are insured with Liberty Insurance but the insurance company is refusing ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [565]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I support my colleague Senator Quinn in asking that we take notice of the situation regarding the Sri Lankan citizen. I am aware of this case and Members of both Houses have taken this matter on board.
I also watched with interest the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin....
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11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator van Turnhout that following the Supreme Court decision on Government spending on referenda, the issue needs to be examined. We should have no further referenda until it is sorted, however long it takes.
As regards cuts in education, while I have great resp...
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11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Yes. I welcome the 22 new schools, including an all-Irish school in Dundalk, the Cú Chulainn community college. The legendary Cú Chulainn will have a school named after him in Dundalk.[D’Arcy, Jim]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [565]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I ask that the Minister for Education and Skills attend the House to outline his views on the gap analysis of third level institutions’ submissions on third level reform.[D’Arcy, Jim]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I strongly concur with and support the call by Senator van Turnhout for a debate in this House on forced labour and the exploitation of workers, including migrant domestic workers. I recently attended a conference in UCC on this issue. It is an important issue on which we shoul...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] When those promises are broken, people become disillusioned with politics generally. It was suggested that Members might live in a bubble. Many people outside the House are not just disillusioned with politics, but feel betrayed by parties for which they voted in the hope that ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] That is what coalition is about. That is democracy.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Cullinane to continue, please, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I like it, but it is a compromise of broken promises, as both Fine Gael and the Labour Party have broken promises. The Sinn Féin Party will table a motion of no confidence in the Dáil against the Government. The Government has let down the people on the three critical issues th...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] -----to have a job strategy that will get people back to work - rather than the Minister for Social Protection cutting people's welfare in terms of secondary benefits such as back-to-school grants, footwear and clothing allowances and child benefit, the Government should be tryin...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [566]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] We are not flying the Union Jack over Leinster House.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Every year we have the reaction to the budget. No matter what Government is in office, be it Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael and the Labour Party, the Opposition parties will always attack it. That is the way it is. As regards the respite care grant and other cuts, we may banter over...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] At least the Senator admits the Government got it wrong.[White, Mary M.]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I echo Senator Bacik's concern on the recent escalation of violence in Belfast, particularly the attempted murder last night. I am a member of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. I recently attended the opening of the Skainos centre in east B...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I congratulate Senator Paddy Burke on being Cathaoirleach on the 90th anniversary of Seanad Éireann.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I thank him for arranging the ceremony this morning.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [567]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I hope the Seanad continues because it is a very important institution.
The Leader should ask the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Quinn, to attend the House for questions about SUSI. I have to declare an interest in that it concerns a godson of mine, but not a relati...
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11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Colleges gave assurances that this would not happen.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [568]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] There should be liaison between the Minister for Education and Skills and the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, as well as the Minister for Education in Northern Ireland, to bear in mind the position that has arisen here and to allow for the fact that those students are p...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [568]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Surely, in the run-up to Christmas, Queen's University would have the good grace not to impose this suspension on a young student in respect of a situation over which he has no control. I hope this House will be united with me in resolving this issue today.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [568]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] First, I join the Cathaoirleach in welcoming the two renowned figures in the Visitors Gallery today, namely, Mr. Bob Brolly of the BBC and Mr. Patrick Williamson of the British National Federation of Demolition Contractors. They are in Ireland in connection with the promotion of...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [568]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] First, I take the opportunity to compliment Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on his contribution on "The Frontline" television programme last night, which I thought was very reasoned and compassionate. This was evident from the atmosphere in the audience and the decorum that existed. ...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [569]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] A significant event happened 167 years ago that marked a watershed in the history of this country. Its effects have permanently changed the face of this island’s demographic, political and cultural landscape. Its impact and human cost at the time was colossal. Such was its eff...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [569]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tagairt don méid a bhí le rá ag an Seanadóir Quinn ar ball. Ceist an-tromchúiseach é cead a thabhairt do fracáil ins an tír seo. I echo the sentiments of Senator Quinn on fracking. It would be a cause of serious concern even if it is allowed in a limited way. I...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [570]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I join colleagues in condemning the violence in Belfast over the weekend, in particular, the attempted murder of a police officer and appalling attacks on offices belonging to the Alliance Party, which has made a major contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland. All r...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [570]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I support Senator Leyden's comments on third level grants and the operation of Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI. It is scandalous and outrageous that as Christmas approaches, only 20,000 of 66,000 student grants have been awarded. I am not sure if the moneys have even be...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [571]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] The alcohol strategy planned by the Government has been put off until the new year. This matter is not being handled urgently enough. Recent figures show that the estimated cost of alcohol to the economy is €3.7 billion. I understand that matters related to the budget are very...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [571]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] The fact that €3.5 billion will be taken out of people's pockets is hard and sore. It is for this reason that I compliment Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Deputy Pat Rabbitte, for saying that the Government will do everything it can not to pay the prom...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [571]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] He did not say that. He said it would not be paid.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [572]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] It would not be paid. I do not want to see all the hard work of this budget undone.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [572]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Healy Eames to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-219 Book-8 Page [572]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Like many others, I have taken soundings over the weekend. Everybody, including carers, feels that it has been very harsh. I have written to the Minister for Social Protection to see if that can be undone. Farmers, particularly low-income farmers and dry stock farmers in Galwa...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [572]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] I speak today for two reasons. First, it was appalling to read reports over the weekend that the Revenue Commissioners are yet again using a big stick against people who find themselves in financial difficulty, this time threatening to remove mortgage interest relief from people...Vol-219 Book-8 Page [572]
11/12/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien called for a debate on perinatal care. I will try to arrange it in the new year. With regard to the budget and the elements relating to social welfare, we will have ample opportunity to discuss them next week during the debate on the Social Welfare Bill....Vol-219 Book-8 Page [573]
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