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02/10/2012 [Bills] Tairgeadh an cheist: "Go léifear an Bille an Dara hUair anois."Vol-217 Book-6
02/10/2012 [Bills] No. 19 on the Order Paper, motion pursuant to section 23 of the Referendum Act 1994, prescribing a formal statement for the information of voters to be included in the polling card, will be debated in conjunction with Second Stage of the Bill. The motion will be formally moved when the deba...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [368]
02/10/2012 [Bills] We are here to discuss the Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012, a Bill that will move the position of children onto a new plane as regards recognition of the unique qualities and vulnerabilities of childhood and adolescence and reflect this in constitutional chang...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [368]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I thank the Minister for her very comprehensive speech. We will proceed with the debate, with 12 minutes allowed for spokespersons and eight minutes for all other Senators. As it is Second Stage, spokespersons can share time if they wish, in accordance with the decision made by the Committ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [374]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I am honoured to welcome the Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, back to a House with which she is very familiar, in particular as she returns with legislation for a referendum regarding a topic she continually raised when she was Leader of the Opposition in this House.
The country has been haunt...
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02/10/2012 [Bills] I am delighted to see the Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012 before the House and I am very glad it is getting cross-party support. I welcome the Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, and thank her and her staff for their commitment, dedication and hard work which has br...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [377]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Successive Governments have made promises to strengthen children’s rights in the Constitution and with this in mind I heartily congratulate the Government, and in particular the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, for publishing the wording and for setting the...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [378]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Senator van Turnhout has one minute remaining.[Mullins, Michael]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [381]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I will do my best.
I also note that the majority of children who come into care are outside of the court orders of the Child Care Act 1991 as they are in care on a voluntary arrangement. In addition, I worry that homeless children will not be covered by this constitutional provision if th...
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02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the Minister to the House. Once again, I congratulate her on her part in progressing this referendum. I also acknowledge the contribution of others such as those who have been mentioned - former Deputy Mary O'Rourke, former Minister of State, Mr. Barry Andrews, the late Deputy Br...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [382]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I congratulate the Minister on the long journey she has taken with her Department during which time a lot of hard work has been done by many people. On the day the wording was announced I expressed my sincere view that it achieves an important balance. It maintains the principle that the S...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [383]
02/10/2012 [Bills] The Senator should have listened to what I said.[van Turnhout, Jillian]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [385]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I ask the Senator to read the judgment.[Bacik, Ivana]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [385]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I do not think the social services came out of the case shining. I reject the notion that it was simply an attitude of property; that possibly demeans in some way the motivations of the natural parents. However, that discussion is for another day. We are approaching the issue in a constru...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [385]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I compliment the Minister. She is a colleague and friend and I knew that she would do a good job and she knows that I have complete faith in her. She sat on a committee with former Minister and Deputy, Mrs. Mary O'Rourke, and with our former Seanad colleague, Maria Corrigan, who did great ...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [387]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill. I welcome the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, and congratulate her on the excellent work she has done to date in bringing this Bill to a referendum on 10...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [389]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I would like to share my time with Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell.[Mac Conghail, Fiach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [390]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Is that agreed? Agreed.[Moloney, Marie]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [390]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire thar n-ais go dtí an Seanad. Tréaslaím leí go mór as ucht An Bille um an Aonú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Leanaí) a chur faoi bhráid an Tí tráthnóna. Is maith go mór ar deireadh agus go beacht go mbeidh leanaí agus a gcearta á aithint as a gceart fhéin sa...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [390]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I congratulate the Minister on producing what is an outstanding Bill. It is one of the best Bills to be placed before my eyes since I became a Senator 18 months ago. I say this because it goes to the heart of what we want or would like to be as a nation. It is extremely well written, expl...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [391]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the Minister and commend her for bringing this important legislation before us. The Bill and the establishment of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs show how serious the Government is on this issue. I, too, acknowledge, what was done previously. The Minister acknowledg...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [392]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the Minister. I echo and support everything said about her in bringing forward this legislation, including her clarity, thoughtfulness and coolness in the way she has presented it. This debate could become somewhat fraught, but I do not think it will under the Minister’s guidance...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [393]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the Minister back to the House. It is always a pleasure to have her present. I know her personal commitment to the issue as well as her political commitment in her role as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. From the time she was in the House as Leader of the Opposition whe...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [394]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Tá céad fáilte roimh an Aire. Tréaslaím léi ó chroí as ucht an reachtaíocht seo a thabhairt os ár gcomhair. Is lá iontach stairiúil é don tSeanad agus lá tábhachtach do pháistí na tíre. Cuireann Sinn Féin fáilte roimh an mBille agus roimh an reifreann a bhéas á reachtáil i Mí na Samhna. ....Vol-217 Book-6 Page [396]
02/10/2012 [Bills] For once.[Eames, Fidelma Healy]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [397]
02/10/2012 [Bills] We will have no more of that, lads, if you do not mind. It is important there is cross-party support.[Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [397]
02/10/2012 [Bills] This is a sign of things to come.[Burke, Colm]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [398]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I doubt it. Not unless things change radically.
There is an issue about the coverage of the referendum. There are rumours that the 50:50 rule regarding coverage of this referendum might be challenged. That would be a very dangerous step to take, for a number of reasons. First, that cou...
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02/10/2012 [Bills] This is a good day for all of us. Nelson Mandela's comment to the effect that "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children" highlights the stage we have reached with the referendum on children's rights. I compliment the Minister, who h...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [399]
02/10/2012 [Bills] The Senator is over time as it is.[An Cathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [401]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I apologise. Given that foster parents may now be enabled to adopt the children they originally fostered, will there be any change in the assessment of foster parents? How will the due weight be given to the views of the child? What type of new training will be available to judges or exper...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [401]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I endorse all that has been said in praise of the Minister, Deputy Fitzgerald, and welcome her back to the House. Her initiative is to be applauded and there has been universal praise for the content of the amendment and for the manner in which it has been introduced. There was a certain.....Vol-217 Book-6 Page [402]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I welcome the Minister, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, to the House to debate the constitutional change that is necessary to enshrine the protection of children in Bunreacht na hÉireann. I commend her and her departmental officials on all the great work they have done to ensure it was a priorit...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [403]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I thank the Minister, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, for bringing forward this proposal for a constitutional amendment on children's rights. The timeline of the debate on this issue goes back as far as the taskforce on child care services which reported in 1980. Senator Jillian van Turnhout re...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [404]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I support the Bill and welcome the Minister to the House. She took a keen interest in this issue during her time in the Seanad and I wish her well and congratulate her on bringing this topic to a head. I am also pleased to note that all the political parties and the Archbishop of Dublin, D...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [406]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire go dtí an Teach. I want to be associated with all comments made on this Bill. I am not going to get into repetition mode but the mere appointment of a senior Minister with responsibility for children showed the rights of children were at the centre of the Taoise...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [408]
02/10/2012 [Bills] I thank all the Senators for their contributions. We have heard a wide range of contributions and a huge amount of personal experience shared across the House. The contributions have been thoughtful and insightful. I will deal with some of the particular issues on the legislation on Commi...Vol-217 Book-6 Page [409]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Question put and agreed to.Vol-217 Book-6 Page [412]
02/10/2012 [Bills] When is it proposed to take Committee Stage?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [412]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Tomorrow.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [412]
02/10/2012 [Bills] When is it proposed to sit again?[An Leas-Chathaoirleach]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [412]
02/10/2012 [Bills] Ar 10.30 maidin amárach.[Cummins, Maurice]Vol-217 Book-6 Page [412]
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