Feeney, Geraldine

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 191 Nbr. 2


Human Body Organs and Human Tissue Bill 2008: Second Stage.

I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Moloney, and Senator Quinn’s Bill. Like Senator O’Toole, I compliment Senator Quinn on his initiative in drawing attention to this very importan...More Button

When preparing for the debate, I remembered coming into the House six years ago as a novice Senator to speak on stem cell research. I have been paying the price for that for six years. I was obvi...More Button

The Government, through the Minister for Health and Children, is in the process of preparing a Bill to come before both Houses which will deal with all the issues Senator Quinn raised as well as ot...More Button

The Bill will also look at the options Senator Quinn outlined, namely, opt in, opt out and mandatory choice. The Minister has met many interested groups but she must put the issue into the public ...More Button

I will not go through all of what I have written because much of it is jargon covering what the Government proposes to introduce in its legislation and the Minister of State will deal with that. I...More Button

Approximately four years ago, through politics, I was involved in a very sad case of a young woman in her early 40s who came from a very troubled background and who had attempted self-harm on two o...More Button

It is important these stories are told. There is a belief among the medical profession, probably because organs are so few and precious, that there must be criteria with regard to who will or will...More Button

Like Senator Quinn, I have a story to tell about organ donation. My brother-in-law in the US had a liver transplant 14 months ago. He was the father of three young children from seven years of ag...More Button

My brother-in-law’s story was broadcast in the US as part of a breakfast TV programme because the mother of the young male donor, who was involved in a road traffic accident, wanted to meet t...More Button

I urge Senator Quinn to keep this valuable Bill on the agenda, but to wait and see what may be introduced by the Minister for Health. We are close on the issue and may find common ground, as happe...More Button

Business of Seanad.

I support the Leader who is not an unreasonable man. He has been very reasonable throughout the past year and I am sure he wishes to continue that way. He gets support from the Opposition benches.More Button

As Senator Walsh said, this is an uncertain time for us economically. Most of us have never known a time like this in global markets or in the State from an economic point of view. Whether or not...More Button

Senator Buttimer, you spoke several times today, but I did not interrupt you. There were times when I might have interrupted, but I did not. I ask you to have manners now. Perhaps if you stopped...More Button

It is not a lot to ask us, as the Leader has done, to come back at 10 p.m. God knows, we are paid well enough to be hereMore Button

It is the point, Senator. Fine Gael is on the record as supporting the Government on this legislation and we are pleased about that. However, Fine Gael Members are more or less speaking out of bo...More Button

It is not asking a lot for us to come back at 10 p.m. That is what we are paid to do here. I remember during the most recent Seanad being here until 3.45 a.m. I remember walking out of here at 4...More Button

It does not look like that.More Button

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Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Bill 2008: Second Stage.

I envy the Minister’s stamina because I do not know how he is still going. I am delighted to have an opportunity of speaking on this important Bill. I concur with Senator Cannon that it is ...More Button

This has been an era of prosperity and unprecedented growth in the Irish economy. We were called the Celtic tiger but, when faced with adversity and aggravating external factors, we must bring for...More Button

I compliment the two great Celtic fighters we have in the Government, namely, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Finance——More Button

——for the great foresight and courage they have shown in giving us this decisive and brave legislation.More Button

The Celtic tiger may be wounded but our men in Government will not stand idly by and let it die.More Button

From what I hear in the world media——More Button

The Senator hates the truth.More Button

The world media have applauded this move and I believe they are ready to imitate it. In my humble opinion, which Senator McFadden will be delighted to learn——More Button

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.More Button

This legislation will save and consolidate our economy with no great cost to the taxpayer.More Button

Irish banks are facing loan losses, as are all the banks in the Western world tonight. They are, however, well capitalised and will be able to cope with these losses. The only thing they cannot c...More Button

Criticism has been thrown at the banks, some of it partly justified, about the earnings of their top people.More Button

However, we should also remember that thousands of Irish people are employed in our banks. They are not fat cats. They are doing an honest day’s work rearing and supporting their families o...More Button

I commend the Bill to the House and I thank the Government, not for propping up the banks, but for propping up our State and our economy.More Button

They are on tour.More Button

The party of which the Senator is a member would not have thought of it.More Button

The party of which the Deputy is a member only listens to George Hook. We do not like Joe Duffy.More Button

The Deputy is doing a Michael Ring on it now.More Button

Credit Institutions (Financial Support) Bill 2008: Committee Stage.

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