Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Seanad Éireann Debate

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[Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry] How dare he clown around Europe accepting the accolade due to the late Brian Lenihan for putting this country back on the road to recovery.

Senator Catherine Noone: Information on Catherine Noone Zoom on Catherine Noone Oh my God.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry should resume his seat.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry He then stated on radio and television and in Europe that the Seanad was the cause of the economic crisis. Hello? Does anyone in the Taoiseach's office have a brain? At least Senator Whelan stood up to be counted on Sunday last on radio. Some others on that side of the House need to do likewise. I refer, in particular, to the Cathaoirleach, who is the closest confidante of the Taoiseach.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke I ask the Senator to resume his seat.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry You have allowed the Taoiseach to urinate on this House and its Members over the years.

(Interruptions).

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry must resume his seat.

Senator Maurice Cummins: Information on Maurice Cummins Zoom on Maurice Cummins The Senator is totally out of order.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry is completely out of order.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry I am completely in order and you, and the Leader, should be showing leadership in this House and standing up for the contribution the House has made over the years.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry has shown no respect to the House.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry The Taoiseach of the day has shown no respect to you, Sir, as a member of the Council of State.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry is completely out of order. I call Senator Moloney.

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney I apologise to the Cathaoirleach for the way in which our colleague has treated him with disrespect. The Senator refers to having respect-----

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry How dare Senator Moloney apologise on behalf of anybody.

(Interruptions).

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney Senator MacSharry should not-----

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry The Senator should never apologise on my behalf.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry should resume his seat.

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney Senator MacSharry should show some respect. He refers to people showing respect. He should show respect to the Chair.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry The Taoiseach and the leader of the Senator's party have urinated all over this House. How dare they. If those opposite were worth their salt, they would bloody well----

(Interruptions).

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator MacSharry should resume his seat.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry At least Senator Whelan and a couple of others over there are prepared to stand up for the House.

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney The Senator referred to how long he has been a Member of the House. I would have thought that by now he would be aware of the need to show respect to the Chair. Senator MacSharry has not shown respect to the Chair and he should not, therefore, speak about the need to show respect.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Senator Moloney should return to the Order of Business.

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney I wish to add my sympathies to those already offered to the family of the late Senator Tom Fitzgerald.

  I take this opportunity to condemn the State Examinations Commission for its shoddy work in respect of this year's examinations. It should never have allowed incorrect questions to be included on examination papers and must be called to account. I request that the Minister for Education and Skills call the commission to account in respect of this matter. The leaving certificate is by far the most difficult examination anyone will every sit. My son studied medicine. He attended medical school for five years and GP training college for four and he informs me that the most difficult examination he ever sat was the leaving certificate. How can the State Examinations Commission possibly expect students to provide correct answers if incorrect questions are posed? Somebody must be called to account in respect of the shoddy work relating to this episode. As Senator O'Keeffe stated, someone should apologise to students throughout the country with regard to what they have endured. I call on the Minister to come forward and apologise because it is not good enough that students were obliged to deal with flawed questions.

  I take a somewhat different approach from Senator Hayden in the context of welcoming the revised maximum rent supplement limits. The relevant committee spent a number of hours informing officials from the Department that the rent supplement limits throughout the country were too low. I informed them that there is life beyond the Red Cow roundabout but they obviously did not listen. All the increases which are being introduced relate to the area inside the Red Cow roundabout. There is nothing for people elsewhere. Let everybody remember that there is life beyond there. I ask the Leader to call on the Minister to further revise the rent supplement limits. Rents in Killarney are extremely high and there is no way that the new supplement limits reflect this. People cannot afford to pay rent at those levels.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke The Senator is way over time.

Senator Marie Moloney: Information on Marie Moloney Zoom on Marie Moloney Everyone else went way over time.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Yes, and we are now out of time. I call the Leader to reply.

Senator Mary M. White: Information on Mary M. White Zoom on Mary M. White I did not-----

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Some Members did not show respect for the House today. We are out of time and I must call the Leader. I apologise to Senator White.

Senator Maurice Cummins: Information on Maurice Cummins Zoom on Maurice Cummins Senators Darragh O'Brien, Paul Coghlan and Marie Moloney expressed their condolences to the family of former Senator Tom Fitzgerald on his death. I am sure we would all join our colleagues in offering our sympathy to the late Mr. Fitzgerald's family.

  Senator Darragh O'Brien requested a debate on capital investment and infrastructure with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, with specific reference to the wastewater treatment plant at Clonshaugh. I will endeavour to have the Minister come before the House to discuss that matter.


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