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13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the new children's hospital, to be taken at 3.45 p.m. and conclude not later than 4.30 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed five minutes and the contribution of the Sinn Féin Member not to exceed two minu...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [374]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the passing of the children's rights referendum. We all have many lessons to learn from the referendum. The low turnout was, whether we like it, an indictment of the political system and how all of us in all parties and none - I will not apportion blame - worked towar...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [374]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I join in Senator Darragh O'Brien's welcome for the result of the children's rights referendum and agree that lessons must be learned. There is a concern for us as politicians and wider civil society that a large portion of civil society could support such a measure, yet there ...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [374]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I congratulate the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, his Department, the permanent missions of Ireland to the United Nations in Geneva and New York, and everyone else involved in Ireland's successful bid to secure a seat on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. It will...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [375]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I also congratulate the Government on the passage of the children's rights referendum and acknowledge Senator van Turnhout's particular role. I also congratulate and wish well those on the different sides who brought the benefit of their life experience and expertise to sincere...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [376]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] What about the rights of children of these arrangements? They have no rights at all.[Norris, David]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [376]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] However, the Tánaiste appears to have learned very little from the children's rights referendum debacle. The history of referendums dealing with social and ethical issues is interesting because there is a pattern. The political elite convince themselves of the necessity of libe...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [376]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I support Senator Mullen's last point that the Minister owes this House an explanation on what is going in regard to the Irish Family Planning Association clinics, which are funded by the State, the health and pregnancy of pregnant mothers and the advice they are getting.
Cong...
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13/11/2012 [Order of Business] We should have a debate after 11 December when the decision of the Supreme Court is made known and we see exactly what went wrong. There is no question but that the Government made a hames of this referendum because the booklet sent was costly, unnecessary and biased and it caus...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [377]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] It is a very important decision for the United Nations that Ireland has a seat on this body. I also reject the criticism of Trócaire by the chairman of the Fine Gael Party, Deputy Charles Flanagan-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [378]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] He criticised the excellent work of Trócaire in the Middle East and its very honest approach-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [378]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] ------to the intrusion of Israel into Palestinian lands.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [378]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I hope members of the Fine Gael Party will bring this up at the meeting this evening and tomorrow.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [378]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I raise the issue of analysis of death by suicide figures, which indicate an alarmingly high rate of suicide in Kerry, Cork city and Offaly, at 50% above the national average. I also commend our colleague in the House, Senator John Gilroy, who has been travelling around the cou...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [378]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] As the Cathaoirleach was not here last week, he may be glad to hear for the first time-----[O'Donnell, Marie-Louise]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [379]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] He will take up the Senator on her remarks last night.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [379]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I thank the Senator very much. I have said that if we are to play and beat the banks at their own game, we must possibly take our business elsewhere. I suggest to the Seanad we start with the post office and credit unions. As a Senator, I cannot accept that the Government is ...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [379]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] Like others, I congratulate the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Fitzgerald, on the magnificent success she has had with the recent referendum. The people, particularly the children of Ireland, will forever be in her debt.[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [379]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I add my voice to those welcoming the historic election of this country's representatives to the human rights council of the UN. The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade urged this to every incoming delegation and perhaps that played some small role in this.
I also ve...
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13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I seek a debate on human rights and would like this included in it. As the IRA said in the old days, "We have not gone away." The money has not gone away either. It has gone into the pockets of billionaires in America and Europe and it should be taken back from them to rehous...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [380]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I support my colleague, Senator Jim D'Arcy, with regard to the delays in processing third level grants. I can only describe it as scandalous that, at this stage, between 25% and 28% of the grants have been approved. What is annoying is that Student Universal Support Ireland, S...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [380]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Ba mhaith liom teachtaracht a thabhairt go dtí an Seanad inniu. Bhí mé ag cruinniú poiblí i nGaillimh leis na daoine a bhíonn ag plé le cursaí pobail agus cursaí deonach. At a public meeting in Galway last night, we were asked to draw to people's attention that everything is n...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [381]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I support the call for grants to be issued to students more quickly. The delay in processing grant applications beggars belief. Thousands of students throughout the country have been waiting for so long that such delays are unacceptable. I listened to the SUSI spokesperson say...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [381]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I want the Minister to come to the House to tell me if this is a sign of things to come for many years ahead. We appear to be going backwards.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Excuse me, a Chathaoirligh, I wish to raise a point of order, which is of significance to all Members of this House. I submitted an amendment to No. 15, the motion on suicide. My office was informed that it could not be accepted because it had missed the deadline because it ha...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I resist that and would like a ruling from you on this, a Chathaoirligh.[Norris, David]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I have ruled on it. The Senator's notice should have been submitted by 11 a.m. yesterday and it was late.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I wish to ask whether this was because it was a Cabinet matter.[Norris, David]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I join others in expressing grave concern at the incompetence of SUSI and whatever officials are involved at organising this process. The older analogue version organised on a regional basis was much more effective. We were all given an undertaking last year that it would be m...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [382]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I appreciate that but I am conscious that others were afforded-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] If the Cathaoirleach would not mind, I will not be a moment.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] We have a rule that Senators may raise only one issue.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I appreciate that but others were afforded these opportunities. This is an issue close to the Leader's heart. The criteria being used to match these hospitals have more to do with saving money and medical politics than preserving what are the best pathways for outcomes for pat...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I call on the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to come to the House to discuss an issue relating to the single payment scheme application form and its associated terms and conditions. There appears to be a degree of ambiguity in the application of the law referred t...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Like other Senators, I add my voice to welcoming the outcome of the children's rights referendum. The outcome was much closer than I thought it would be and there are a number of reasons for this. We need to interpret the results, including the reasons so many people voted "No...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [383]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] It resonates with the €1.1 billion misappropriated-----[Walsh, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] What about all of the money that was misappropriated when The Senator's party was in government?[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] ----with the knowledge and acquiescence of the officials in the Department of Finance and put into a pension fund. The moneys could have been used to assist distressed mortgagees. That would have been a much better way to use the money.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I welcome the result of the referendum. I thank the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for introducing it after 20 years of debate and a number of reports, including by the Oireachtas. I also pay tribute to Senator van Turnhout. She has been involved in the area for a lo...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Let us remember that the High Court approved the Government's decision on the challenge made. The High Court favoured the Government in that decision but the Supreme Court made a different decision.[Burke, Colm]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] On a point of order, the Senator has brought the Supreme Court into disrepute. He has questioned the Supreme Court's decision.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [384]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] That is not a point of order and I ask the Senator to resume his seat.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] It is. Senator Colm Burke referred to the separation of powers.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] The Senator has said nothing about the Supreme Court yet.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Senator Colm Burke has only mentioned the High Court.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] The Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and he discussed it.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] If the Senator does not want to hear the truth, then that is fine.[Burke, Colm]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] My question relates to future referenda. Under the Constitution there is a mechanism that when a Bill is passed by the Oireachtas, the President has a right to refer it to the Supreme Court to be tested. The last time that happened was for the nursing homes Bill. I want to ma...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the comments made, particularly by Members on the other side of the House, on the bungling incompetence by Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI. Senator Whelan's contribution was particularly good and I agree with him. Many Senators could not wait to get out the do...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [385]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] The question I am putting to the Leader is that the Minister for Finance or the Minister of State should come to this House to provide some clarity, in light of the investigation that is going on at Parliament level and the discussions that are under way in Europe to try to get ...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] The Senator is eating into the time of other Senators.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Were I asked the question as to whether I should take the money from those in receipt of home help or who are disabled-----[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] ----- or should I take another couple of bob from multinationals, I know what the answer would be.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Senator Rónán Mullen called for a debate on marriage equality in this Chamber this afternoon and while his call was reasonable, the words he used were not. Members should have a debate on this issue at the earliest possible opportunity because during such a debate, the intolera...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] It would be helpful for Members to have a debate at an early stage on the recent referendum. When all the congratulations have evaporated, there will be much soul-searching and analysis of the conduct and outcome of that referendum. To change the Constitution at any time is a ...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [386]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Many people have been saying in recent times that many more referendums should be held to give the people an opportunity to speak. In light of what happened in the last referendum, we now must find out why that has not been taken on board by the people.[Ó Murchú, Labhrás]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [387]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I have no difficulty in supporting Senator Ó Murchú's call for a debate in the aftermath, when the dust settles, on the referendum.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [387]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I am disappointed the assurances we were given of a better system have not come to fruition.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [387]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I pay tribute to the 15,000 people from the south east who marched over the weekend in defence of Waterford Regional Hospital and services at the hospital. There were a number of meetings today between Oireachtas Members, consultants and clinical directors across the south east...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [387]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] We are way over time and five Senators have indicated that they wish to contribute. I will take Senators Jimmy Harte, Paul Coghlan, Martin Conway, Mary Moran and Eamonn Coghlan first tomorrow.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [388]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] Senators Darragh O'Brien and van Turnhout and many other Senators commented on the children's rights referendum. The result is a momentous one and it reflects many years of work on the part of the Oireachtas and others. What is clear is that the electorate has endorsed the prop...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [388]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] That will be reflected in the budget for 2013. Senator Hayden spoke about budgetary debates, of which we have had a number of these on areas such as social welfare. There will be a debate on the economy this afternoon. The Senator and others complimented the Government on rec...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [388]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] I have already addressed the point on the adoption Bill. Senator Mullen spoke about human rights and marriage equality, which is a debate for another day. With regard to the alleged information on family planning clinics, the Senator has mentioned that the matter is in the han...Vol-218 Book-7 Page [389]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] Any malpractice in clinics must be investigated by the Garda, which is charged with investigating any such malpractice. As I stated last week,I have the utmost confidence in the Garda in the matter.
Senator Healy Eames spoke about banker pensions and there is no doubt that the...
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13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] It will be too late. The licences should be put in place.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] What about bringing gas in off the Mayo coast? Has the Senator forgotten about that? We will be waiting years with all his party's punters stopping gas coming ashore.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] If Sinn Féin had anything to do with it, there would be nothing coming into the country at all.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] Senators MacSharry and Cullinane called for a debate on the hospital groupings report when it is published.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] How can we have a debate on a report before it is published?[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Order of Business] I am sure views have been articulated to Members on how they should be formed.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-218 Book-7 Page [390]
13/11/2012 [Business of Seanad] We cannot debate something that has not been published and put before us but I assure the House that when Professor Higgins's report is published, we will have a debate on it.
Senator Higgins raised the issue of inspections by officials of the Department of Agriculture, Food a...
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