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18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on social protection, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business and conclude not later than 2.15 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed ten minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed fiv...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [2]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the announcement by the Minister, Deputy Bruton, in regard to the partial loan guarantee scheme to the SME sector. It had been announced four times already but I am glad it is now in place. Any additional credit that can go to our SMEs is crucial. I would add one cav...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [2]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should refrain from mentioning the names of public officials on the record.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [2]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am not sure whether there is a problem in mentioning the Secretary General of the Department of Health, who is Mr. Ambrose McLoughlin, and-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [2]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] As you know, officials are not Members of the House and cannot come in to defend themselves.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [2]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am defending them against the Government using them as a shield. Let us be straight on this. We tabled amendments to the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 that proposed a new director general would be subject to the public appointments Act but the Government rej...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The buck stops with him. One cannot get away from that. The one solution is to reverse the cut. I do not think any of us, or any Member on the Government side, wants to see cuts that affect carers or people who are badly incapacitated, such as the people yesterday who made a g...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----or one of his Ministers of State – I believe he is talking to both of them at the moment, which is good – would come to the House today to tell us what is Government policy on home-care hours. Page 38 of the programme for Government states that not only would the Government...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] He will not touch the people at the higher end of the scale in the health service, for whom he advocated long enough in his private capacity.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] He will not touch them but he will cut people who earn less than €10 an hour.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator O’Brien is way over time. I call Senator Bacik.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [3]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Perhaps when Senator Bacik gets to her feet she will tell me if it is Labour Party policy to cut home-care hours and whether she, as the leader of the Labour Party group-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----in the Seanad has asked the Minister, Deputy Reilly, to reverse the cuts to home-care hours.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] A total of 950,000 hours have been cut this year alone. It is an absolute disgrace.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I finally get a chance to say that the Leader will respond to Senator O’Brien’s request for an amendment to the Order of Business. I have spoken on health in this House many times. The Government is the first to adopt a radical policy of health care reform. It is the first Gov...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Blaming Fianna Fáil is losing the Labour Party votes.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] It was a Fianna Fáil-led Government that negotiated the rates of pay for consultants.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] What about the commitments in the programme for Government?[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik should be allowed to speak without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the fact that we will have a debate next week with the Minister of State with responsibility for European affairs given today’s critical meeting in Europe on EU bank debt at which both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste will be present. Moves are being made by other countr...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [4]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----and its decision to offer services within the law to women in Northern Ireland seeking to terminate pregnancies. That clinic has stated clearly that it will operate within the law. Northern Irish law is different to the law in the Republic. It does allow abortion on vario...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [5]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik does not want to address home-care packages.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [5]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I find this inter-party bickering immensely depressing. In this difficult period we should be putting the interests and welfare of citizens first, not any kind of party advantage. I hope we will join together to try to help people. I accept things are difficult and tight and t...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [5]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader consider bringing this proposal before the House? I would be very happy if it were to become a Government motion. I have no amour propre concerning the ownership of the motion. It would be very well-timed, would be good for our reputation internationally and wo...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [6]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] A very important conference is taking place in Dublin this week, the web summit, the largest tech conference in Europe. It underlines the credibility of Ireland as an IT sector given the many employers we have in this area. More than 200 CEOs from various companies are speaking...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [6]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I second the amendment proposed by Senator O'Brien who raised a very serious issue in regard to health. No answer has been given by the Government in spite of the hand-wringing on television and radio Senator O'Brien referred to, on the part of the Labour Party in particular.
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18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I bring to the attention of colleagues that there is a general strike in Greece today, the second such strike within a month. It follows hundreds of other often violent strikes that have taken place in Greece in the face of the austerity measures in that country. In Irish media...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [7]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Some time after the Houses rose in July, CIE was found to be €36 million short of meeting its expenditure targets for this year which has resulted in the loss of rural bus services in places in Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and elsewhere. Will the Leader invite the Minister for Transport...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [8]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----the fruit of a recession during the 1950s, which is going so strongly today.[Barrett, Sean D.]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [8]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Home care is an extremely important issue, one where there is need for long-term planning. That has been lacking in health care throughout the past 15 years. Let us take nursing homes, for example. Under the former Taoiseach's jurisdiction there was a massive failure and as a ...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [8]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, will come to the House this afternoon to discuss a broad range of issues related to her portfolio. No further business has been ordered for today. When I asked the Leader to arrange a debate on youth employment, I was advi...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [8]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is the Senator proposing an amendment to the Order of Business?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [9]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yesterday Senator Michael D'Arcy referred to the answers Senators received when they raised matters on the Adjournment. Yesterday evening I received a written reply to a health related matter I had raised. I guarantee that Senators who were not present for last night's debate w...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [9]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I have referred to the Personal Insolvency Bill on a regular basis since the recess. It will be one of the most important Bills to come before the House. More than one in five mortgages are in distress. I am disturbed that the Government is not providing information on how the...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [9]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am disappointed by yesterday's announcement of 180 job losses in Abbott Nutrition in Sligo. Our thoughts must be with those who will lose their jobs. The announcement was made on the back of good news for the town, including the decision to retain 120 jobs at Stiefel Laborato...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support Senator Jim Walsh's call for openness and transparency in the drafting of the Personal Insolvency Bill. As I indicated earlier in the week, if the banks drafted legislation on this issue, one would probably not be able to tell the difference between it and the Personal...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should speak directly to the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Bruton, about the issue.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Please allow Senator Mark Daly to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I hope the Minister will be able to provide all correspondence and the minutes of all meetings concerning the Bill. It is unacceptable that the banks are lobbying to ensure the legislation is designed to suit their interests. More important, what changes are they seeking and wh...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] What about the bank guarantee given to the banks? The previous Government misled the country.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] It told us the issue was one of bank liquidity rather than insolvency.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I look forward to Senator Fidelma Healy Eames informing the House what she has learned from the Government about lobbying by the banks to have the Bill suit their interests. If the legislation suits the banks, it will not suit citizens or those who owe money to the banks. One i...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [10]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----that is someone who believes they are still in opposition and not in government. The Government must do the work.[Daly, Mark]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is rather difficult to listen to Senator Daly. This Government inherited an appalling situation but it is making progress on a daily basis in addressing all the critical issues facing the country.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Members opposite are in government to do something and not give out about the appalling situation.[Daly, Mark]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Mullins, do you have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I have. There have been many discussions in this House and in the other House on the tens of thousands of Irish people who settled in the United States in past decades who are in employment but remain undocumented, illegal migrants. Many politicians from all parties have travel...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Ba mhaith liom tacú leis an mholadh atá déanta ag an Seanadóir Reilly leasú a dhéanamh ar Riar na hOibre. I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by my colleague, Senator Reilly, to extend the business of the day by an hour to give a specific focus on debating y...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [11]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I was listening to a radio programme this morning when the issue of sexual violence against women arose. This is an opportune day to put back on the agenda the issue I raised with the Taoiseach when he was in the House with members of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, na...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [12]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Two years ago we had what I would consider an historic debate in this House on the future of Moore Street in Dublin, which has a strong connection with the 1916 Rising. On that occasion relatives of the seven signatories of the Proclamation were in the Visitors Gallery. They we...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [13]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] We are all mindful of the serious threat we face today at the summit in Brussels given the recent views expressed by the German, Finnish and Dutch finance Ministers. They sought to block or back track on the solemn agreement made in June that sovereign debt and bank debt should ...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [13]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the comments of Senator Coghlan. I reassure the House that An Taoiseach is doing absolutely everything to enforce the words of 29 June with regard to the separation of sovereign and private debt in the banks. To be fair, he is also gathering allies on this issue. Mar...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [13]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] We want to ensure for the sake of society and for the safety of women that he does not do it again.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [14]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] This is important. It is about sexual violence against women. The Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Shatter, must come to the House to discuss-----[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [14]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator, you are discussing an individual case in the House and you are impinging on the Judiciary.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [14]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is a macro point. It is about healing and rehabilitation. I am simply questioning judgments in sexual assault cases. We must also help the perpetrators in order that we protect society and women. I want the Minister, Deputy Shatter, to come to the House such that we can ex...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [14]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to pick up on the points made on the forthcoming summit by Senator Coghlan. I do not imagine there is anyone on this side of the House who would not support the efforts of the Government, led by the Taoiseach, to try to decouple the sovereign from the bank debt. Ultimate...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [14]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Shakespeare once said that something was rotten in the state of Denmark. From what I read in the newspaper this morning, it seems something is rotten in the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. It is appalling to think that money can buy one's way out of jail. The Minister for Justi...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [15]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator, you have to respect the independence of the Constitution and the Judiciary.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [15]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] You are not to bring the courts into disrepute in this House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [15]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am looking for a debate on improving the law on sexual crime in this country. We must ensure people go to jail when they commit acts of violence against women.
I call for a debate on the undocumented Irish living in America, on which Senator Michael Mullins commented earlier...
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18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I emphasise to Members the importance of the independence of the Judiciary. I will not bring members of the Judiciary into disrepute or allow them to be brought into disrepute by anyone in the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [15]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien welcomed the credit guarantee scheme. We all would welcome this scheme. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, will be in the House on 13 November for two hours and we will be able to debate that credit guarantee scheme....Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is what politics is all about. The Minister for Health was here and explained the situation when speaking on Second Stage on the Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] If Senator Darragh O'Brien has other amendments to make on that Bill, we will have the Bill on Report Stage in here next week.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] We will. Why will the Leader not take responsibility for the cuts?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] We would welcome any amendments Deputy Darragh O'Brien has and any suggestions,-----[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----and the Minister will also welcome any proposals that the Senator can give in order to cut funds and have an adequate health system.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Why is the Government blaming the HSE for it when the Minister is-----[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] We would really appreciate those constructive proposals at any time.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [16]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Bacik raised the EU summit. We will have the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Deputy Creighton, in here next week.
Senators Bacik, Keane, Healy Eames, Conway, Noone and Norris raised a court case and looked for a debate on sentencing guidelines. I...
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18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Norris raised No. 9 on the Order Paper, which is not a Government motion. I will certainly consider his suggestion and get back to him next week on it.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [17]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I note his points on the Family Support Agency. I am sure the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Fitzgerald, will be quite willing to meet it. As he will be aware, she is totally consumed with the children's referendum. It may be after the children's referendum, b...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [17]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] I appreciate the Leader's position and the Minister's.[Norris, David]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [17]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Clune raised the web summit in Dublin which is of paramount importance to the country and the issue of technology visas. I will certainly raise that matter. The Minister is well aware of that situation. As I stated, we will have him in on 13 November but I will relay t...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [17]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Government is going in the wrong direction on it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] There will not be a knee-jerk reaction because it must be planned properly. That is what will happen and there will be more home-care packages rolled out over the coming years. That is the intention of the Government. Therefore, I do not intend to accept the amendment to the O...Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is a very serious issue. Should we not raise very serious issues in this House?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is the prerogative of Members of the House and if they wish to do that, well and good.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Should we just lie down and let the Government cut home-care hours again?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business: "That a debate with the Minister for Health on Government policy in relation to home care hours be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [19]
18/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Reilly has moved the following amendment to the Order of Business: "That the time allocated to No. 1 be extended by one hour to allow a debate on youth unemployment." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-1 Page [20]
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