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23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on junior certificate reform and the numeracy and literacy strategy, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, to conclude not later than 5.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes,...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [58]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] As the Deputy Leader will see from the agenda today and on Thursday, vast swathes of time are available to this House to do far more important things. There is one item after the Order of Business today and on Thursday. Will the Deputy Leader follow up with the Whips office the...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [58]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I would like to refer to the very positive independent report published yesterday by Indecon on the JobBridge scheme which gave internships to young people, graduates and non-graduates. The report showed a successful outcome in that 52% of those who finished the JobBridge scheme...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [59]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I pay tribute to two outstanding and courageous journalists - Paul Kimmage and David Walsh. They deserve all our thanks and full credit for the courage, conviction and perseverance they showed over a decade to expose the outrageous cheating, drug abuse and doping that occurred o...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [59]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] My question pertains to media control and ownership because without a strong, independent and robust media, these situations would never be challenged or exposed. A documentary on RTE last night dealt with the question of the future of television. Will programmes only be made o...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [59]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I again call for a debate on perinatal care. There was a great deal of support on the day the One More Day families presented to Members of both Houses. The response from the Seanad Members was wholehearted. Arising from that, the Leader said there would be a debate. I would ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [59]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Much has been said and written in recent days about the news that the process of change in the patronage of schools at primary level is under way, with parents in Arklow, Tramore, Castlebar, Trim and Whitehall – I did not mention anywhere in my constituency-----[D'Arcy, Jim]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [60]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----being asked what patron they would like to see running the local primary school. The responses of parents will be used to decide the changes to be made. One newspaper had a headline that parents are to vote as the church's grip on schools weakens. I do not see it as a wea...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [60]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] In the interest of balance, could Senator D'Arcy advertise my book while he is at it? It is far better written. The Senator is not mentioned in it.[Norris, David]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [61]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Last year I raised the issue of food labelling and the agrifood sector.[Reilly, Kathryn]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [61]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I will spare a thought for the weekend's road fatalities and the affected families, but most especially for the two Gilmore infants who were tragically killed in Tuam, County Galway.
We must compliment the Road Safety Authority on its work. It is coincidental that this weekend...
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23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Has the Senator a question? Her time has almost concluded.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [61]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Although there is much more work to be done, it is great news that Ireland's legacy debts have been deemed a special case by Germany and France.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] We saved the entire European banking system, particularly as we took on-----[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I would expect the other side to ride the storm together. We are in this together, for God's sake.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Healy Eames should address her comments through the Chair, please. Her time is up.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Every citizen of Ireland is hurting because of this legacy debt.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Which the Senator's party leader stated we should repay in full.[Cullinane, David]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, should press on and secure a deal before we take over the European Presidency. I say this for a reason.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] If we do not secure the deal before we take over the European Presidency, we will be seen to be selfish and to make it about us.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [62]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator is not entitled to make a statement. She has made her point.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Each time a foreign Minister comes to Ireland, it will be seen to be about our debt. Securing the deal before we take over the European Presidency will achieve much for Germany, Ireland and Europe.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Statements are not allowed on the Order of Business.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Healy Eames should visit Chancellor Merkel.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Leyden has one minute and should not start a confrontation.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Chancellor would give in straight away. The Leas-Chathaoirleach should not be too severe with me. I have had bad experiences over the years. They are mentioned in the book.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I thank Senator Jim D'Arcy for his kind words. Mrs. Mary O'Rourke's autobiography is entitled Just Mary.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is not appropriate for us to discuss Mary O'Rourke's book.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] It has been mentioned. The Leas-Chathaoirleach allowed Senator D'Arcy-----[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I warned the Senator at the beginning not to become involved in confrontation. He has 20 seconds left.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The section in question is devoted to Charles J. Haughey. It refers to a Christmas visit to Abbeville.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] If Senators wish to do so, they can read the book. It is not appropriate to discuss it now.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I have not seen it. The Senator has 20 seconds left. Has he any matter to raise besides these frivolities?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [63]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask that we request the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Gilmore, to come to brief the House on the Syrian issue and, by extension, the Lebanon issue. It is a tragic position in the Middle East and the House would appreciate a briefing in that regard...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] On behalf of the House I note that the former ambassador to Ireland of the Palestinian state, Dr. Ali Ahmed Halimeh, died on 16 September 2012. He was an excellent ambassador to this country, serving from 2001 to 2005. With his support I established the Friends of Palestine gro...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes, but it is an important matter. I appreciate the Leas-Chathaoirleach's indulgence.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join Senator Healy Eames in giving our thoughts and sympathies to the Gilmore family in Tuam, especially John and Michelle on the tragic death of their daughters Kate and Grace. They died in a freak accident, as Members will have read in the papers, which has devastated a comm...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should be careful as the matter is still a live issue.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----who appears to have become unwell at the wheel. It was a particularly sad week for many families because of a loss of life on the road over the weekend. As we head to winter time and darker evenings, not to mention the bank holiday weekend, the message must go out from thi...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [64]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I, too, would like to extend my sympathies to the families of all those who tragically lost their lives on the roads last weekend.
I warmly welcome the news at the weekend of the complete exoneration of the parish priest in my parish of Blackrock, County Louth. Fr. Oliver Bren...
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23/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is not appropriate or relevant. A lot of issues are being raised today and one must be very careful about naming people. The issues must be appropriate to the Order of Business.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [65]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I would just like to say that I welcome the news.
I agree with Senator Darragh O'Brien in that I, too, would like the Minister for Health to come to the House to discuss several health issues which are very pertinent and need to be discussed at the first possible opportunity. ...
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23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I deplore the fact that a group of duly elected Members of the Oireachtas were inhibited from making their position on the children's referendum clear. I am not convinced by the argument that, as my colleague, Senator Mullen, said, they were leeching off taxpayers' money. I am ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [65]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade not making that decision now?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [66]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is important that once the decision is taken, every step is put in place immediately to expedite the planning process and the development and completion of the project. It is important that the Minister comes to the House at the earliest date once a decision is taken to set o...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [66]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the fact that the German statement last weekend had positive implications from an Irish perspective but the game changer predicted last June has not materialised. The celebratory tone and action of the past number of days has not been reasonable in the context of consi...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [66]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach might take time out of his busy schedule to come to the House to tell us what are his plans to tackle this issue because rhetoric is all we have had over the past number of months. A statement by the German, Finnish and Dutch finance Ministers cast doubt on the so-...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [66]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] To say that "We're special" will do nothing for the mortgage issues in this country.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Nothing starts without first acknowledging the problem.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] To say that "We're special" will not prevent anybody from having their home help hours cut. They are the realities. To say that "We're special" does not cut the mustard, it is not good enough. Government Members can take their celebratory tone back to the Taoiseach and tell hi...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] There is no celebratory tone. This is about solving a problem.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] By interrupting, Senator Healy Eames is prolonging Senator MacSharry's contribution.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] We want to see some action, finally. Other Senators can shout at me as long as they want but because I am here longer than them, I can stand longer than them and I can shout louder than them. To say that "We're special" does not cut it any more. Let us see some real action ra...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] By interrupting, Senator MacSharry, Senator Healy Eames gave him another minute.[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support Senator Darragh O'Brien's call for a debate on the cuts to home help services. We have made representations on this matter. As well as debating the issue of cutting the hours of care given to vulnerable people, we should debate the effect on the home help workers. Th...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I refer to comments on the McKenna judgment. While I agree the principle of fairness established in that judgment should be adhered to, that it is stifling debate is of concern. There are no two ways about it. Everyone feels relaxed about the potential result of the referendum...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [67]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I was just about to conclude, which proves the point of the Leas-Cathaoirleach. National unity is required, no one is coming in here to celebrate anything, nothing has been decided and matters are very much on the table. The more support we have from around the House, the bette...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [68]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I refer to the most important issue facing the country, namely, the unsustainable levels of debt. Much has been made about the joint communiqué issued by the Taoiseach and Chancellor Merkel in which she describes Ireland as a special case. What constitutes Ireland being a speci...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [68]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Nowhere in the communiqué does it say it will deal with legacy debts. Having photographs of the kissing cousins, the Taoiseach and the Chancellor, will not bring about any deal. I want to hear from the lips of Chancellor Merkel that the deal will involve dealing with legacy deb...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [68]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] We all want to see a deal for the people of this country but 20 months have passed since the general election. Mention has been made of game playing. The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste hyped up the deal done last year and oversold it as a game changer, which it was not. They want ...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [68]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Unlike Senator MacSharry and as a single woman, I would be delighted to have anybody call me special at the moment.[Higgins, Lorraine]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [68]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I fully support ensuring that each of my constituents has access to the workforce and that boundaries and barriers to work are eliminated by the Government. However, to achieve anything of significance in this regard, we must rectify the delay in applicants receiving Garda clear...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [69]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] On 10 July last, in reply to a question in the House from my colleague, Senator Darragh O'Brien, the Taoiseach admitted for the first time that the Fianna Fáil-led Government had no option but to enter into the bank guarantee scheme. I am glad the Taoiseach repeated that on tele...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [69]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The drugs that were sold in those head shops are now being sold from the backs of cars and in side streets. The local Garda drugs units do not have the funding to go after these individuals who, despite the legislation, continue to make money and cause serious illness for a larg...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [69]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I, too, offer my sympathies to the families bereaved at the weekend. It is always good to have discussion and discourse on road safety issues. One death is one too many.
I wish to reignite a discussion which took place here last year, namely, whether the clock should go back ...
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23/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Conway needs to catch up. We have a population of more than 3 million people.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [70]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] We cannot allow a situation whereby the tail wags the dog. In fairness to the Taoiseach and Ministers for Finance and Foreign Affairs and Trade, they have restored our reputation in Europe. We will now get a deal on bank debt because we are respected abroad, in particular in Eu...Vol-218 Book-2 Page [70]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Taoiseach is choreographing this properly and correctly. We will get a deal on bank debt, in spite of the misgivings some may have in that regard.[Conway, Martin]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [70]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am convinced now that Senator Conway has said it that we will get a deal. I can sleep well. We need Senator Conway in Europe.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [70]
23/10/2012 [Order of Business] I do not like the title of Senator Norris's book, by the way.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-218 Book-2 Page [72]
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