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17/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on alcohol consumption, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business and conclude not later than 1.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes and those of all other Senators not to exceed...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [857]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] The statements on alcohol consumption are being taken by the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for primary care, Deputy Alex White. Will the Leader confirm that the powers in this regard have been devolved from the Minister for Health to the Minis...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [857]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I know the Leader will respond to Senator Darragh O'Brien's request, but I point out that we will be discussing Senator Sean D. Barrett's Bill on mortgage credit during Private Member's time this evening, which will give us an opportunity to discuss this very important issue. I ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [858]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Sometimes the Seanad is accused of being a talking shop, but this can be very valuable. I ask for a general debate on the state of the nation and, indeed, the planet. It seems there is a significant and worrying lack of vision. In this country we are becoming a divided communi...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [858]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should not mention individuals by name.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [859]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I apologise. Senator Darragh O'Brien asked for a debate on mortgage arrears. I would not tie the Leader to a timeframe of two weeks because he will arrange the debate for a time when the appropriate Ministers are available. I ask the Leader to consider inviting Ms Muldoon to a...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should raise the issue with his representatives on the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] We should also hear from the public interest directors of the bank.[Norris, David]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I remind Senator Norris that I introduced a Bill in the previous Seanad.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I thank the Senator for his generosity. I ask the Leader to arrange a discussion of the report by the Inspector of Prisons and Places of Detention, Judge Michael Reilly, on St. Patrick's Institution. The report was delayed for three months before being released on the night of ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the call by Senator Darragh O'Brien for a debate on debt and the role of the banking sector. When I made a similar call yesterday I mentioned the comments by Fiona Muldoon at the Irish Banking Federation conference, which had the odd title "Restoring Confidence, Rebuil...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [860]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Tugaim faoi deara go raibh díospóireacht an-mhaith ins an Seomra seo Dé hAoine seo chaite ar chúrsaí Thuaidh-Theas, agus fáiltím roimhe sin. Is maith an rud é. On a number of occasions since entering the Seanad I have called for an invitation to be extended to the First Ministe...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [861]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Like others, I ask the Leader to organise a real debate in regard to the mortgage issue and the disturbing case reported in the The Irish Times today of a Garda sergeant and his wife who, as Senator Norris pointed out, have cornflakes days because that is all they can afford to e...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator, you cannot name people like that on the record of the House. You know that quite well.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] John Allen asked me to name him on the record of the House. I ask the Leader to organise that-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I have already explained on numerous occasions that Members cannot name people like that and use the privilege of the House to do so.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I think that is what the privilege of the House is for.[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is not what the privilege of the House is for. I ask you to refrain from mentioning people's names in the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] If a person asks me to bring his or her case before the House, I will bring it before the House. If he asks me to name him-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to respect the privilege of the House and not abuse it.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am respecting it. It is for that reason I am using it. I thank the Cathaoirleach. I have asked the Leader to organise a debate in regard to those cases and so many other serious cases.[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [862]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I agree with all those who spoke about St. Patrick's Institution and called for a debate in the House. It is being closed down and something is being done about it. We have been years and years listening to issues concerning St. Patrick's Institution. I pay tribute to Judge Mi...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is the Senator supporting the call yesterday for a debate?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes, but some issues were not mentioned. As it was such an important issue and I wanted to see what was said, I listened to the debate on playback. It was not mentioned that there is a new facility in the report that provides for a citizens' assembly and participative community...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senators sought a debate. Are you supporting that call?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes; I call for an early debate. I also ask that we have a date for the announcement of the citizens' assembly, as this is not mentioned in the report.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I also support the call for further discussion and a debate about Judge Michael Reilly's very damning report. We see in this report the revisiting of some of the tragic themes from the story of the abuse of young people in Ireland. We hear about institutional defensiveness in t...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [863]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien is right to draw attention to the growing mortgage arrears crisis. In fairness and in light of the remarks of the Secretary General of the Department of Finance, where he called for the banks to provide workable solutions and to show more forbearance, par...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [864]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join with other colleagues in calling for a debate on the Prison Service. That debate should not just be about prison buildings but about the culture of what goes on in those prisons. I commend Judge Reilly for his persistence in undertaking his task of exposing what was goin...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [864]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----and glossy. I wish to say two things, with your indulgence, a Chathaoirligh.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [864]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] No, we are not. It is a big document. Putting People First will mean 32 fewer councillors in Munster, 22 fewer councillors in Connacht-Ulster, seven fewer in Leinster and 53 extra in Dublin city.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [864]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] With respect, instead of being called, Putting People First, it should be called “Putting Labour First”.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [865]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Giving power to the people is not putting Labour first.[Keane, Cáit]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [865]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] You would need an extra 100 seats to be safe in Dublin.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [865]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Mullins should be allowed to speak without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [865]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join with previous speakers in complimenting and congratulating Judge Reilly on his report. I also congratulate the Minister, Deputy Shatter, for taking swift and serious action on the shortcomings in the Prison Service since he came to office. I understand that in his first ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [865]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I understand that it will be next year before a system will be in place to test drivers for drugs at the roadside. I urge the Minister, if at all possible, to bring forward the date for the introduction of the system. Many lives are being lost as a result of people driving unde...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [866]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange debates in the House on alternate weeks on the fiscal position in the run-up to the budget, which is crucial if we want to restore consumer confidence, investor confidence and job creation? The settling of the fiscal situation is the one issue that is und...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [866]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the statement of the Minister, Deputy Alan Shatter, that all young offenders will be moved from St. Patrick’s Institution by 2014 on foot of the Reilly report. The young people in St. Patrick’s Institution have been humiliated, suffered sensory deprivation and worse. ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [866]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support calls made this morning asking for a further analysis of the banking sector in this country. We are in a battle with our banks, unfortunately, and it is a battle we have to win. Very recently, I spoke to a gentleman who had had a meeting about his distressed mortgage....Vol-217 Book-13 Page [867]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] It took a woman, Ms Fiona Muldoon, in the lions' den of the bankers' conference yesterday to spell out to the bankers how incompetent they are in dealing with the crisis in mortgage lending. She also drew an analogy between the treatment by the banks of their customers who are ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [868]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to be associated with the comments on St. Patrick's Institution. It was a very wise move by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, to state earlier this year that the institution was no longer a suitable place for 16 year olds and 17 year ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [868]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] This all points to the need for this country to grasp every opportunity for growth. Yesterday I attended an EU meeting which, in my view, brought hope. It showed that if this country moves quickly to implement the EU services directive we will increase our growth by 2.4% GDP. ...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [868]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join others in asking the Leader for a debate on prisons, in light of the report on St. Patrick's Institution and ask, in particular, that it be a debate about young people and about how we treat them and take care of them when they break the law. Do we treat them, as it appea...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [869]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Many Senators have spoken about the report compiled by Judge Michael Reilly on St. Patrick's Institution. It is time for us to examine the structure of prisons and what they provide. In 1996 I was involved in a project in Cork where 20 prisoners undertook an education programme...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [869]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the comments made on St. Patrick's Institution. Wherever young offenders are held - I do not intend to cast aspersions on prison staff in St. Patrick's Institutions - there may have been a lack of training and people may not have known how to deal with young offenders....Vol-217 Book-13 Page [869]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to raise the issue that I raised last week when the Leader was not here, the standard of responses given by Ministers. I take the opportunity to bring this House into line with the Dáil. When a Senator tables a question to a Minister and he or she is dissatisfied with th...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [870]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] I echo everything said in the Chamber this morning about St. Patrick's Institution. There is a need for greater urgency because, as has been said, there are still 17 to 21 year olds detained at the institution. Therefore, the problem has not gone away. I ask for an update on t...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [870]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Leader of the Opposition, Senator Darragh O'Brien, asked a question on the devolvement of powers for primary care services to the Minister of State, Deputy Alex White. The Senator will recall that he was appointed by the Cabinet last week. A statutory instrument to delegate...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [871]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] We have had three debates on the issue of mortgage arrears with the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, and the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes. We will have another opportunity this afternoon to discuss the matter when we debate Senator Sean D. Barrett's Bill. I...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [871]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Ireland's system is different from the British system. People here will be under-represented.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [872]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is not the case. The Senator should consider the example I gave.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-13 Page [872]
17/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Bradford referred to the special report of the Ombudsman on the lost at sea scheme. We must ascertain the current position in this regard and I will try to obtain an update for the Senator. The lost at sea report should not be gathering dust on the Minister's desk. The...Vol-217 Book-13 Page [872]
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