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03/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012 - Committee Stage, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business and conclude not later than 2.45 p.m. - Report Stage will be taken at 5.30 p.m. and conclude not later than 7....Vol-217 Book-7 Page [424]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] This morning I note the absence of many of the Labour Party Senators. Two are present - one has just arrived. The Deputy Leader is present. I wonder whether it has to do-----[Byrne, Thomas]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [424]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I notice there are four Fianna Fáil Members present.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [424]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] What happened this morning is that we have put it up to the Government to provide a quorum in this House. For eight minutes it looked like the Government was not in a position to provide a quorum and the Fianna Fáil Party and the Sinn Féin Party Members came into the Chamber at ...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [424]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It speaks volumes about the choice the Labour Party in particular made between the Minister for Health, Deputy Reilly, and the former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall, in recent weeks. It also speaks volumes about the choices the Government, in particular the Labour Party, is ...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [424]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] That should be borne in mind because it raises the most fundamental questions as to what happened in Balbriggan. It gives some answers to what the former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall, was referring to in media interviews at the weekend and what sources close to her were re...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is interesting to hear Senator Byrne speak about guff since he is a master of the art of guff. I have made my comment on the record last week in this House on former Minister of State, Róisín Shortall. I stand over that. A number of other Labour Party Senators made comments...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] To hear the Senator singling out the Labour Party for a particular attack is ironic.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] One more member of the Labour Party is overboard. That is the trouble.[O'Donovan, Denis]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is very hard to take an attack such as that from Senator Byrne.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Fianna Fáil tabled a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health.[Cullinane, David]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [425]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] In terms of Senator Byrne’s request to have the Minister of State, Deputy Alex White, come to the House, I am sure the Leader will deal with it. I hope we will see the Minister of State in the House. We should all welcome him and his appointment, in particular as he has a disti...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [426]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] In today’s Irish Independent it is pointed out that in the first nine months of the year taxation rose from €26.1 billion to €28.5 billion. I make that a rise of approximately 9.2%. At the same time current Government expenditure rose by €125 million. Those numbers are extreme...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [426]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I refer to the issue of having a serious debate in the Seanad. If we are to do the country a service we should draw attention to some facts rather than give criticisms and negative points - not about the Government but about the country in general. Every time a politician stand...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [426]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Put out all politicians to look for sites for primary care centres. The Cathaoirleach must let me put my question. There are three ways involved - direct provision, lease, or public private partnership. The more sites we ask for the better chance there is for getting a site on...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [427]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I second the motion proposed by Senator Byrne. Will the Leader ask for a debate on fish farming? The relevant Minister attended the Seanad some months ago. I do not ask that he come today but perhaps he might come before the Christmas recess to discuss this issue, with particu...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [427]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I register my surprise and dismay at the vitriolic attack of Senator Byrne. When I compare the contribution of the Senator to that of Senator O'Donovan, who brought up a very serious issue of national interest, I am shocked.[Hayden, Aideen]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [428]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Byrne believes this House suffers from national amnesia, or something like that, and that we do not know why we are in this situation. We do. It is not to do with the Labour Party and the Fine Gael Party, for that matter.
I agree with my colleague Senator Bacik in tha...
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [428]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I express my appreciation to the Leader for making time today for the debate on the consultation paper, Open It, Don't Close It. It will be a very useful debate and I hope it receives good attention.
Will the Leader consider finding time for a debate on the timber industry? T...
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [428]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to raise with the Leader the issue relating to the appointment of a new director at the National Office for Suicide Prevention. I am not sure of the facts but I understand that this position was previously filled and then vacated and that the person subsequently appointed...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [429]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the amendment that has been proposed to the Order of Business. I take the opportunity to inform Senator Hayden that everyone in the House accepts that we have a new coalition Government. However, that Government also promised us new politics. Unfortunately, the latte...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [429]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] The same crowd slated the former Minister of State a week ago but they love her now. That is great.[Gilroy, John]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [429]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Cullinane to continue, without interruption.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [429]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] This morning it has been revealed that a supporter of the Minister, Deputy Reilly, owns the site on which the centre in Balbriggan is to be built. The former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall, who was given responsibility for drawing up the criteria to establish the locations w...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [429]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is not often the case that one can refer to instances where Government charges are actually falling. In that context, I welcome the fact that the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton, announced significant reductions in the charges associated with co-op...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [430]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] We are in the final quarter of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. On Friday last I attended Age Action Ireland's conference in Croke Park at which Positive Ageing Week was launched and in the middle of which we currently find ourselves. On Mo...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [430]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] As the author the Fianna Fáil policy document, Active Ageing and Quality Care, I have a very serious question to put to the Leader. The programme for Government states "We will also extend BreastCheck to 65 to 69 year old women". Women are at the highest risk of developing brea...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [431]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am mesmerised by the fact that Senator Byrne's party spokesperson on health has not been seen for the past ten days.[Burke, Colm]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [431]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] That same spokesperson had a major disagreement with the former Minister outside this House.[Burke, Colm]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [431]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes. One of the issues that has arisen with regard to health care is the lack of financial management in the HSE. In fact, as few as 10% of the people involved in financial management have a qualification in financial management. We took over that system from the previous Gove...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [431]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the promise by the Minister of State, Deputy Alex White, that he will bring proposals on alcohol policy to Government in the near future. Many of us have spoken about this in recent days and there is concern that the Government has not been fully alert to the sheer urg...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [431]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader for debate on the situation in the HSE north-west area. Many of the staff who work with people with disabilities or with autism, have had their travel halted. Unless the reason for the travel is a clinical one - this is very difficult to define - they are being...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [432]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yesterday in her absence I congratulated Senator Hayden on her appointment as the Labour Party Whip in the House. I wish her well and look forward to working with her.
On a point of clarification, Senator Colm Burke referred to my colleague, Senator MacSharry, our health spok...
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [432]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is it the Leader's intention to have the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence come to the House at some stage in the near future? It is important that he attend the House because he is fast becoming known throughout the length and breadth of the country as the Minister for...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [432]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is good to follow Senator Wilson because this morning I want to congratulate and welcome on board and wish well my new colleague Whip, Senator Hayden. I wish her well in her duties in the future. Following Senator Wilson, I assure her that despite my esteemed colleague's com...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator can show her all the tricks of the trade.[Mullen, Rónán]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senators may not realise that I have known Senator Hayden for a long time. I have no doubt we will get on very well.
Senator Thomas Byrne is the acting Leader of the Opposition this morning and to him I counsel caution and urge calm.[Coghlan, Paul]
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It may be sexy political-speak to talk about stroke politics; nothing of the sort has been established.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I am sorry; the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, may have said something, looked like something or sounded like something, whatever, but nothing has been established. I suggest we should all be calm.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I echo the sentiments expressed by Senator Paul Coghlan. I join my colleague, Senator Michael Mullins, in commending the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, for the reduction in fees for the co-operative sector which has made a valuable contribut...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support Senator Rónán Mullen in highlighting the remarks made recently by Dr. Tony Bates on the issue of suicide. I was not aware of the particular remarks, but when Dr. Bates says something, it is important that we listen carefully. The issue of suicide prevention is extreme...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [433]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join the calls for another debate on suicide. A format similar to the one we used to discuss job creation would be particularly useful and allow us to devise action points and targets in addressing this horrible crisis.
Colleagues mentioned yesterday that this is Simon Week,...
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [434]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the finding in Fáilte Ireland's survey for the period January to July that there was a 14% increase in the number of overseas visitors to this country. The hard work being done by the hotel industry is clearly paying off. Ireland now offers an improved experience for ...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [434]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] The acting Leader of the Opposition, Senator Thomas Byrne, talked about what he referred to as the "guff" coming from the Government. We have heard a great deal of guff from the Senator today. As we have explained, the Government is a two-party coalition charged with the diffic...Vol-217 Book-7 Page [434]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Government will strive to act in accordance with the mandate given to it by the people to clear up the mess created by the previous Administration.
Senators Thomas Byrne and Sean D. Barrett raised the issue of consumer confidence. I will certainly request a discussion on t...
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03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Only 5% of the drugs in circulation are seized by the authorities.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] What can I say in response to Senator Paul Coghlan? He is calmness personified.
Senator Noone has highlighted the fact that this is breast-feeding awareness week, while Senator Brennan referred to good news as regards tourism figures. I hope we will have further good news nex...
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] On a point of order, I understand it is the tradition in this House for the Chair to intervene if an attack is made on an individual who is not present in the Chamber.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order. The position was clarified.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] It would be reasonable to allow me to confirm my attendance in the House for many debates.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] As the Senator is well aware, the record of the House speaks for itself.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Having been corrected on this issue many times in the past when I criticised Members who were not present-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----I expect to be afforded similar protection by the Chair. I ask for an opportunity to point out that I have attended on each day-----[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Colm Burke, a newer Member of the House, is well aware that Senators must attend to many duties, including in the House.[MacSharry, Marc]Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
03/10/2012 [Order of Business] That is not a point of order.
Senator Thomas Byrne has proposed the following amendment to the Order of Business, "That the debate on the criteria used for the inclusion of 15 extra primary care centres be taken today." Is the amendment being pressed?[An Cathaoirleach]
Vol-217 Book-7 Page [436]
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