Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Seanad Éireann Debate

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[Senator Maurice Cummins: Information on Maurice Cummins Zoom on Maurice Cummins] I thank the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine for coming into the House last week after he had been requested to do so. He outlined in detail the measures taken. His decision to extend the scheme is to be welcomed by all. We realise farmers still have problems, about which there is no question, and the Minister is doing everything possible to address them.

  Senator Terry Brennan welcomed the role played by the Labour Relations Commission in bringing the management and staff of Bus Éireann together. He also welcomed the ongoing Croke Park II talks. I am sure we all wish the Labour Relations Commission every success in the talks.

  I could not agree more with what Senator Feargal Quinn said about the payment services directive, the objective of which is to encourage people to use more electronic payments.

  Senator Kathryn Reilly called for a debate on the social consequences of the recession. She suggested a recent report on the matter could be referred to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee. I am sure the committee can consider it.

  Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh spoke about EU rural development funding. I am sure the matter will be raised at the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine and, if necessary, referred for scrutiny at the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs which was the subject of a motion in the House last week.

An Leas-Chathaoirleach: Information on Denis O'Donovan Zoom on Denis O'Donovan Senator David Cullinane has proposed an amendment to the Order of Business, "That No. 26, Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2013, be taken today". Is the amendment being pressed?

Senator David Cullinane: Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane It is.

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