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02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Order of Business is No. 1, Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012 - Second Stage to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business, with the contributions of group spokespersons not to exceed 12 minutes and those of all other Senators not to exc...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [349]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] On foot of the Government's own report on pyrite, the stakeholders' report was due with the Minister by the end of September. I do not want this to drag on for months again. I would be most grateful if the Leader would find out whether the Minister for the Environment, Communit...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [349]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I congratulate Senator Hayden on her election as the new Whip of the Labour Party Seanad group. I wish her well in her endeavours.
I share Senator Darragh O’Brien’s concern about pre-budget speculation and consternation.[Whelan, John]
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02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I agree with what Senator Darragh O’Brien said on child benefit. We need to hear from the Government what its precise intentions are. I, for one, am worried. Universality has always been an important principle. There must be another way by which more privileged members of soc...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [351]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] We have had several discussions in this House on alcohol and drug abuse. I am a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children which has spent several months in discussions with organisations, alcohol companies and supporting agencies that deal with people who h...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [352]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I second the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Darragh O'Brien and support him in the views he expressed. If there is one thing the Government has focused on, correctly in our opinion, it is jobs and job creation. It has also put forward the view that confi...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [352]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I wish to raise awareness of the fact that the period from 1 to 7 October has been designated as both Simon Week and Positive Ageing Week. Simon Week is now in its fifth year. As Members will be aware, the Simon Community continues to do excellent work in tackling homelessness ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [352]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes. Mrs. Egan's efforts resulted in DKIT becoming the country's first age-friendly third level campus. I ask the Leader to ensure that the House will continue to engage in lively debates with regard to the issue of how we can improve the lot of older people in this country.[Mo...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [353]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader try to convince the Government to intervene in the situation relating to Clerys department store, which is located in an iconic building in this city and which has a very special place in the hearts, not just Dubliners but also of people from all over the country ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [353]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I welcome the pupils and teachers of St. Josef school in Rheinbach-Bonn, Germany, who are visiting Ireland. I hope their stay will be enjoyable.
As Senator Rónán Mullen said, the NCSE yesterday released its report recommending that teachers receive further training in order to...
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02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I hope the Senator is not pilloried for using the word, "Plato", in this House.[Norris, David]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [354]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] More than 75% of 1,500 nurses who will become registered nurses this month will be forced to emigrate in search of permanent work. A permanent recruitment pause in place since 20 July 2012 has made it virtually impossible for new graduates to find employment in the health servic...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [354]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I fully support the eloquent case made by my colleague, Senator John Whelan, in regard to the provision of child benefit. There is a general acceptance among the public that wealthy people should not be in receipt of this payment or, at the very least, that it should be means-te...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [354]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I remind Senator Darragh O'Brien, for whom I have great respect, that the social welfare budget is costing taxpayers €21 billion per year. The reason it is so high is that the Senator's former leader prepared for three general elections by increasing social welfare provision, in...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] In all those cases, members of the Senator's party complained that what we had provided was not enough.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] In 2007 the cry went up from members of the parties now in government for more and more.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] How much worse would our current situation be if the State pension had been increased to €300?[Kelly, John]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should read his own party's election manifestos.[Mooney, Paschal]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Does Senator John Kelly have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yes, when I am finished making this point. I also remind Senator Darragh O'Brien that his party in government chose to deal with the issue of increasing child care costs by way of the provision of a €1,000 payment per child under six years of age. While this sounded like a good...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] What about the free preschool year we introduced? What does the Senator have to say about that?[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] It was soon discovered, moreover, that such workers were also entitled to child benefit payments even, once again, where their children were not living in this country.[Kelly, John]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Does the Senator John Kelly have a question for the Leader?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] A review of child payment provision would be worthwhile and timely. There is a great deal of money tied up in that payment which should not have been lost to the economy.[Kelly, John]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I fully support Senator Darragh O'Brien's proposal, as seconded by Senator Paschal Mooney, for a debate on the forthcoming budget. In fact, I propose that we have a series of debates on a variety of expenditure areas, as agreed by the party leaders. A week should not go by in t...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [355]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] That issue cannot be discussed on the Order of Business.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [356]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader agree to a series of debates on all of these issues? Such debates would help to inform a more enlightened Government policy in respect of the budget in December.[Walsh, Jim]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [356]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I agree with Senator Jim Walsh on holding a series of debates. The Leader gave a commitment to hold a number of pre-budget debates, which could be very useful. In other European countries parliaments debate the budget process some time before budget day, which means the budget ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [356]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I request a debate on this issue. Perhaps we should bring some of the relevant stakeholders before the House. With the referendum on children's rights imminent, this is an opportune time to examine the issue of payments to children.[Conway, Martin]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [357]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Yesterday, the Irish Independent carried a story on its front page which indicated that health insurance premiums would increase by €200 this year to cover the costs of looking after old people. I ask the Leader to raise with the Minister some of the efficiency issues Senators d...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [357]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I concur with the comments made by Senator Conway on the report on child benefit. An expert group was commissioned by the Department to make proposals in respect of child benefit that would be cost-effective, improve employment incentives and achieve better poverty outcomes, esp...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [357]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] As the report in question has not been published and is not in the public domain, I should probably not refer to it in the House.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [357]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Let us have a mature debate on child benefit, as suggested by other Senators.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [357]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator should refrain from naming individuals in the House.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I apologise as I should not have named her. It is public knowledge as it was raised on television last night, however.[Noone, Catherine]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Internet is an invisible tool for the bullying for children. It is a significant concern and parents need to be educated about its dangers as well as the methods to ensure their children are safe when using the Internet. It is an issue we could usefully debate in this House...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Various speakers have spoken about the contrast between people in society who have problems and there is no doubt there are varying degrees of deprivation. There is no greater deprivation, however, than not to have a home, a roof over one’s head and, accordingly, not to have any...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join colleagues who have called for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to attend the House. One issue I would raise in a debate with him is the waste of public moneys. Recently, the Dublin Airport Authority, for example, painted a fire tender and then after six mo...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Maidir leis an liúntas leanaí, ba mhaith liom a rá go bhfuil Sinn Féin i bhfábhar go gcoinneofaí an íocaíocht uilíoch. We are in favour of retaining universal child benefit. We would much prefer if Government Senators and Deputies focused on exactly where the wealth is, because...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [358]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] We all commend Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for his support for the children's rights referendum. He correctly pointed out that it clearly balances rights and obligations. That sets it out properly. I also commend him on his advocacy of uniformity of dress and a more simple cele...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [359]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Whelan said it well when he said it was something for low income families, to support their children, not for the well-off who can always support their children.[Coghlan, Paul]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [359]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I ask the Leader to arrange for a debate on the ongoing plight of the trainee airline pilots. After much toing and froing over the summer, they have found that the pilot training college in Waterford has gone belly-up, into liquidation. These trainee pilots have paid in somethi...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [359]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I support the call for a debate on child benefit. I give the example of two young men from the same townland who were educated together and who both qualified from UCD. One family togged the son out in all the gear to do his interviews, having been so successful, whereas the ot...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [360]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is the Senator calling for a debate on this issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [360]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----but their sons and daughters are being refused in the same areas. I call for an urgent debate with the Minister of State.[Brennan, Terry]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [360]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join Senator Whelan in congratulating Senator Hayden on her appointment or election - I am not sure which - as the Whip of the Labour Party group. I pay tribute to the former Whip, Senator Susan O'Keeffe. It is not an easy job being a Whip and it is certainly not an easy job ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [360]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Is the Senator looking for a debate on this issue?[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [361]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] No, I think there has been enough debate within the Labour Party on that issue and I do not want to go any further.
With other colleagues, I call on the Leader to arrange a debate on child benefit.[Wilson, Diarmuid]
Vol-217 Book-6 Page [361]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Like many other speakers, I deplore the leaks from various Departments about what might and might not be in the budget. Many Members have called for a debate on child benefit and universal payments but I would like that debate to be widened. The Minister for Social Protection h...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [361]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Will the Leader arrange a debate on some of the parades taking place in Belfast? I pay tribute to the Catholic community in Carrick Hill in Belfast, who organised a dignified protest against the Orange Order parade that went through their area at the weekend. Over the summer mo...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [361]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Senator is over time. I have a number of Senators offering.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [362]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The other issue relates to suicide prevention. I ask the Leader for a debate on why a director for suicide prevention has not been appointed after five months. We have more than 600 suicides a year-----[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [362]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] -----yet we do not have action by the Government on the issue.[Daly, Mark]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [362]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Fairness must be at the core of the debate on universal payments. We must face up to the question of equality. Since when were we all equal? We must take the approach of assessing each person according to his or her means. A balance must be struck in the debate because, curre...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [362]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I join my colleagues who have raised the issue of Simon Week. Last night I attended the launch of a Simon project by John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison. During the course of his speech he was interrupted by someone who was complaining about the fact that they wer...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [362]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O’Brien asked about the pyrite report.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] There was speculation about the closure of Army barracks.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The group set up to consider the issue examined options for the reform of child benefit, including taxation of the payment and having a two-tier system. I look at the Members opposite and consider the hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil on the issue.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I know the Senators do not like to listen, but they will have to because we intend to say it.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The options in question were first proposed under a Fianna Fáil Minister for Social Affairs, Mary Hanafin, in a policy review of child benefit and associated programmes which she initiated in 2009.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Structural reform of child benefit was also advocated by the previous Fianna Fáil-led Government in the 2010 national recovery plan. In that famous plan it was suggested structural reform of child benefit could include a rebalanced and integrated child income support payment sys...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] If the Government does that, it will be doing okay.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [363]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Has the Senator heard that anywhere within the past couple of hours? It is the same proposal.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Let the Minister come and we will have a chat about it.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] I announced on several occasions in recent weeks that the Ministerj for Social Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, would attend the House on 16 October.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] It is not that long ago when the Leader's party wanted to give child benefit to persons who did not even have children.[Wilson, Diarmuid]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The Minister will come to the House and every Member will have the option of speaking. Again, I hope the Members who have requested a debate on the issue will attend the House when it is raised.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] The question on the VEC in Dublin can be addressed in an Adjournment debate. It is really one for the VEC.
Senator John Whelan and other Members mentioned Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. His comments on both the children's rights referendum and the excessive amounts spent by fami...
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02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Junior bondholders were also burned by the previous Administration.[O'Brien, Darragh]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Mullen referred to the universality of child benefit. It appears that he agrees with Sinn Féin's policy to the effect that millionaires should also be paid child benefit.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Henry referred to alcohol abuse. We will endeavour to have the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Alex White, come before the House at the earliest opportunity. I did so last week but I again wish to thank the former Minister of State, Deputy Shortall...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [364]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Senator Darragh O'Brien has proposed the following amendment to the Order of Business, "That the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Burton, come to the House to clarify the position on child benefit and confirm that she will see through the Labour Party's commitment to protec...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [366]
02/10/2012 [Order of Business] Owing to Senator Norris omitting to vote "Tá", the result will be amended.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [367]
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