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11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Valuation (Amendment)(No. 2) Bill 2012 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business and to conclude not later than 1.45 p.m., with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed ten minut...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [771]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish the Acting Leader well in his temporary role.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [772]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] As I also am in a temporary role, this is from one temp to another.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [772]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] In regard to the Croke Park agreement, last month, when this matter came into the public domain, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, made it clear that he intended to look at all the allowances and to establish the best way of modernising the pay struct...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [773]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Some the allowances date back to the 1950s, or the 1940s and to the inter-party government.[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [773]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I have no difficulty in having a debate on the issue of public sector reform but with due courtesy to those people participating in the Croke Park agreement, we should allow them the opportunity to have their meeting this afternoon. On the broader issue, I have no difficulty wha...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [773]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I refer to taxi regulation. I am sure many colleagues, particularly those who live outside Dublin, have more occasion to use the taxi service in this city than I do. Last night Dawson Street was like a Christmas tree of taxis. In fact, some of them were bedecked with all sorts...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [773]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the sentiments of Senator Byrne on the Valuation (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, particularly as the acting Leader hails from Killarney. The documents submitted to us by the Irish Hotels Federation were very well argued. They were not the usual lobbying documents and appear...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [774]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Where I live in Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny, I often get telephone calls from people wanting to know who the peace commissioner in the area is but there is no peace commissioner currently. I contacted the Department of Justice and Equality and thanked it for sending me a lis...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [774]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Every week I become more alarmed at how out of touch our public service, public service unions and the political establishment in general is with the difficulties people are encountering and at the complete disconnect or lack of empathy with their problems. This House could usef...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [774]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] As there is less than one month to the referendum on children's rights, I call on all Members to get out and promote it and ensure the passage of the most important referendum the country will deal with for many years to come. It will help to safeguard children, support families...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [775]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] We have had a number of calls in recent weeks for a debate on suicide. I am very disturbed because I have spoken this morning to a man who has told me he is suicidal. The reason is that he is an asylum seeker in Lisbrook House, a direct provision hostel in Galway, and a decisio...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [775]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I too welcome the jobs announcement this morning by Paddy Power and the announcement earlier in the week by the Kerry Group. I am amused at Senator Walsh's comments who said we are living in an air of unreality in the House. Every Member realises the difficulties being experien...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [776]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is the unreality of where Senator Walsh is living that he should make such a statement.[Landy, Denis]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [776]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The jobs announcement by Paddy Power coincides with the visit yesterday by the Irish Bookmakers Association to the Houses to meet Oireachtas Members. They are seeking that legislation on the opening hours of betting offices be dealt with as speedily as possible. I call on the L...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [776]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] They were talking about the last Government. That is the problem. He or she was talking about the last Government.[Landy, Denis]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator's party destroyed the business. That is what they have told me.[Conway, Martin]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] One gets a great insight into the happenings of Leinster House when one listens to a taximan. It is worthwhile paying the fare just to find out what is going on.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask the Senator to make his point during the debate.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator's party was in government for ten years.[Kelly, John]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask the Acting Leader of the House - I am sure it would assist Senator Kelly also - when Committee Stage of the Wind Turbines Bill 2012 be taken? The Labour Party has asserted its power in the House. Obviously, it is a powerful group and has made major changes.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Unfortunately, we have lost an officeholder from the west. That is most regrettable because we need every job in the west.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes, particularly in Sligo. The Bill is important but there has been resistance to it at Government level from the Minister and his Department. I commend Senator Kelly because the Bill has received tremendous coverage in the local media - so much so that people think it has bee...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [777]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] No, I am entitled to more time because there is a special provision relating to Bills.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I will have to ask the Clerk to check the Standing Orders.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Has Senator Leyden a question for the acting Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] When will the Committee Stage of the Wind Turbines Bill 2012 be taken?
No. 12 on the Order Paper is the Registration of Wills Bill 2011, which was endorsed by the Labour and Fine Gael parties when my party was in government. I have a question for the members of the legal profe...
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11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask them to examine the Bill. I want the acting Leader to ask his colleagues in the Law Library and brilliant barristers to examine the Bill. I am prepared to table amendments and to accept changes to them in order to make it possible to enact the legislation.[Leyden, Terry]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I note that the Taoiseach is chairing a special meeting of the Croke Park implementation body today. I wish him well in his endeavours to effect change and savings through the Croke Park process. I call on all the stakeholders involved to make a genuine effort to find savings a...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish my opposite number, Senator Paul Coghlan, well in his position as acting Leader this morning.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [778]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] It was the original arrangement, as I already explained.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [779]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I know that his insecurity has necessitated his arranging for his assistant Whip to sit alongside him. I wish him well in his acting position.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [779]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yesterday morning, my colleague, Senator Paul Coghlan, raised the issue of a long-established business that had been forced into receivership by the Ulster Bank. This morning, I read in a national newspaper about the same happening to another long-established business, Olhausen ...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [779]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I heard a story that involved Ulster Bank on another day regarding the fact that it did not pass on mortgage interest relief, which was granted by the Government, to first-time buyers between 2004 and 2008. All the banks have passed it on but Ulster Bank has failed to do so. Pe...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [779]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] As Fianna Fáil spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation, it is my pleasure to announce this morning that the economic viability of the village of Moneygall is guaranteed after I put my firepower as a Senator behind the campaign for appropriate signage for that village. In...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [780]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am delighted that Fáilte Ireland and the National Roads Authority have supported my initiative. This is about jobs. As my colleagues know, 99% of the time when I speak here, I talk about jobs and employment. My motive in establishing Lir Chocolates in the 1980s was to create...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [780]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Seanad has great power - all we need to do is believe in ourselves that we have power to achieve things.[White, Mary M.]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [780]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] We have access to the powers that be in the country.[White, Mary M.]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [781]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome that the World Handball Championship is being held here in Dublin. It is a major achievement that 2,000 players and 1,000 officials will be visiting our capital city for the best part of a week from 30 different countries. These championships were last held in Ireland...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [781]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join others in raising the issue of cuts to allowances for public servants as reported in the media this morning. I ask the Acting Leader to raise the issue of the forthcoming budget. While I would not always agree with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Va...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [781]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] ----- but are perceived to be making a fortune, are the automatic targets of the Government when preparing budgets. It is wrong that these people represent the first line we seek to attack. In any event it is absolutely unacceptable for Ministers to continue to fly kites in try...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [781]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Minister for Health was in the House for more than five hours yesterday and engaged in a detailed debate on a number of issues. I am somewhat concerned that one of our national newspapers ran a story this morning stating that the Minister was running for cover. It gave the ...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [781]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] There was no national policy on the issue. We need to put in place a long-term national housing policy. I am speaking in this regard not only of local authority housing. As I stated earlier, the biggest cost in life is the cost of buying a house.[Burke, Colm]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [782]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] We should have a debate on where we want to be in five, ten or 20 years' time in terms of house ownership and how we are to move forward while ensuring we do not create a housing bubble of the type previously created. Some gardaí based in Dublin were given allowances on the basi...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [782]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I call on the Acting Leader to provide time for a debate on the mortgage issue. Former President Clinton advised the Government at the Irish Global Economic Forum last year that it needed to tackle the mortgage problem here. All we have seen to date from the Government is activ...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [782]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is clear that Senator Daly does not understand the purpose of the personal insolvency Bill. I would point out to him that-----[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] If it is left up to the banks to declare whether a person is insolvent then no one's problems will be solved.[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----it is the only legislation which takes account of mortgage arrears worldwide.[D'Arcy, Michael]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to comment on the Adjournment debates of this House. When a Member of the Dáil, I criticised the then Adjournment Debate structure in that House, with Ministers reading scripts handed to them as they walked into the Chamber and having no knowledge or information on the ma...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] There is now a mechanism available to Members of the Dáil which enables them to make a complaint to the Ceann Comhairle if they are dissatisfied with a response received in regard to a Topical Issue Matter or parliamentary question. The introduction of such a mechanism in this H...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] A wide range of questions have been asked. I thank Senator Byrne for his comments, all of which I can assure him have been noted.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] However, I am unable to accept his proposed amendment. Second Stage of the Bill will be taken today. Committee Stage will not be taken until further consultations have taken place. No meetings with interest groups have yet been scheduled. However, I am advised they will be ar...Vol-217 Book-11 Page [783]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] I will refer the question of the Wind Turbines Bill 2012 to the Leader.
Senator Martin Conway raised this afternoon's meeting of the Croke Park agreement implementation body. We call on all concerned to make genuine efforts as we all want progress. Senator Conway is also conc...
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11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Of course. I note what the Senator said with regard to appropriate signage. It is good that it will go up shortly because, as she stated, it will be very helpful for the Gathering.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [785]
11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Brennan spoke about the world handball championships in Dublin which are an important event. He is concerned about Dundalk as is Senator Landy, and I fully share their views in this regard.
Senator MacSharry is concerned about allowances for public servants, in particu...
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11/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Thomas Byrne moved an amendment to the Order of Business, "That statements on public sector allowances be taken before the Valuation (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill."[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-11 Page [785]
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