Burke, Paddy

Tuesday, 28 April 1998

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 155 Nbr. 6


Order of Business.

I second the motion proposed by Senator Costello.More Button

I also ask the Leader to arrange a debate on the television service. The Minister for Public Enterprise, Deputy O'Rourke, has appointed a regulator for television channels. It is widely accepted ...More Button

Vacancy in Seanad Membership: Motion.

I second the motion.More Button

Implications of Alcohol Abuse for Road Safety: Statements.

I welcome the Minister Deputy Molloy, to the House and congratulate him on the frequency of his visits to the Seanad.More Button

We should set up a system so that drivers are more courteous. There should be a code of conduct on the road to which drivers would adhere because, as Senator Bohan said, the volume of traffic has ...More Button

However, there is no code of conduct on the roads. One will invariably see a slow driver driving on the white line rather than on the hard shoulder. This can be very frustrating for people travel...More Button

The 60 miles per hour speed limit on motorways, dual-carriageways and many good roads which have been built over the past five or six years should be increased to 80 miles per hour. The present spe...More Button

Senator Gibbons said that road signage and road markings are not adequate and I would agree wholeheartedly with him. I know the National Roads Authority has assumed responsibility for the signage ...More Button

Underage drinking and alcohol abuse are serious problems in this country. While the matter has been debated adequately here and many explanations have been given for it, I think we should look to ...More Button

I have seen young people between the ages of 12 and 14 at discos in my home town walking around with cans of Coke laced with vodka or other spirits. They are buying this drink somewhere, whether i...More Button

Anxiety has been expressed, particularly in the western counties, about the licensing laws over the past number of months. Drinking time should be extended, particularly in tourist areas, and the ...More Button

A radical change is needed. There are too many regulations. It should be simplified. There should be set opening and closing times. Anybody who requires an exemption should be able to go to the...More Button

Telephone Masts: Statements.

As long as one has plenty of money.More Button

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this issue. I have listened closely to Senators' contributions and both sides of the argument have been put. Many people are fearful of the problems associat...More Button

The Minister of State indicated that guidelines were put in place to help local authorities and An Bord Pleanála with planning applications for masts. The regulations have not gone far enou...More Button

I welcome the provision in the regulations that masts and antennae should be shared by mobile service providers. There should not be an unnecessary proliferation of such masts in the countryside....More Button

Competition is good and the arrival in the market of a second mobile phone company has reduced the price of mobile calls charged by Eircell. We all welcome competition. The Minister who introduced...More Button

As regards the appointment of a regulator, I mentioned on the Order of Business that the quality of RTÉ's first and second television channels in Castlebar has been very poor in recent month...More Button

Rural areas will suffer most from the objections to mobile phone masts. We have a duty to explore all avenues to appease the many objectors. The Minister should allay public fears that have been r...More Button