Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Seanad Éireann Debate

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[Senator Labhrás Ó Murchú: Information on Labhrás Ó Murchú Zoom on Labhrás Ó Murchú] Her case is coming up for review in a couple of weeks time, but the review process is very flawed. She cannot have her own legal representative, but must use the legal representative supplied to her. She will not be made aware in advance of the evidence that will be presented against her. The hearing is private and held in secret. I think anybody would agree that has an echo with other parts of the world down through the decades. It is not typical of a civilised society. My hope is that Marian Price will be released. If she is not released - given her background there is a very serious danger that she may make a decision to go down a road of protest, which we do not want to have again and would not be helpful.

  I hope we might have a debate in the manner in which I have outlined. I accept we have progress and our commitment to the British-Irish Agreement and the peace process.

Senator Terry Brennan: Information on Terry Brennan Zoom on Terry Brennan Go raibh maith agat, a Chathaoirligh. I too have a good news story. We hear too many bad news stories. I believe it would be remiss of me not to welcome the announcement on Thursday last of a further 450 jobs in eBay in Dundalk. Today, a Member said this Government was not active. This announcement brings the total number of jobs created in Dundalk in the past 18 months, since this Government came into office, to 1,750.

Senator Jim Walsh: Information on Jim Walsh Zoom on Jim Walsh Who did the ploughing?

Senator Terry Brennan: Information on Terry Brennan Zoom on Terry Brennan Somebody said they were looking for me to transfer to the south east to Waterford.

Senator Maurice Cummins: Information on Maurice Cummins Zoom on Maurice Cummins The Senator is more than welcome anytime.

Senator Terry Brennan: Information on Terry Brennan Zoom on Terry Brennan I wish to welcome them.

  We are doing something right in the north east. I congratulate the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton and the IDA. We have a talented workforce in County Louth and the north east. It is great news for the north east and Dundalk in particular.

Senator Diarmuid Wilson: Information on Diarmuid Wilson Zoom on Diarmuid Wilson I join with Senator Brennan in welcoming the 400 eBay jobs to be located in Dundalk and I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Bruton and the previous Minister for the work they put into achieving this outcome as well as the PayPal jobs that located to Dundalk more than 12 months ago. It is good news for the north east.

  Our Leader, Senator Darragh O'Brien called on the Minister for Justice and Equality to come into the House to discuss the crisis that exists in the force, An Garda Síochána. Morale is at a very low ebb, not alone do the Garda not have the resources to carry out their jobs to the best of their ability, they are looking at pay and conditions being cut. This is not acceptable. I join our Leader in calling for the Minister, Deputy Shatter to come into this House to answer our questions.

  May I request the Leader to communicate with the Minister for Finance? I understand that the Revenue Commissioners have been unable to process rebates that were due to PAYE workers for the past five weeks due to a difficulty with the computer system. As we are to task the Revenue Commissioners with the complicated matter of setting the property tax, could the Minister ascertain the difficulty in sending out rebates to PAYE workers, whom Revenue notified of their entitlement before Christmas? They were looking forward to receiving the rebate and in many cases they are depending on it.

Senator Colm Burke: Information on Colm Burke Zoom on Colm Burke I too wish to follow Senators Noone and Coughlan who raised the comments of the Chief Justice on the court system. This is a very important issue that needs to be considered. There was a proposal to have a court of civil appeal. We already have a court of Criminal Appeal, which has worked very effectively.

  The reason it is important to deal with this issue in the Supreme Court relates to the area of family law, where there is substantial delay.

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