Cummins, Maurice

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business

The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re Employment Equality Act, 1998, to be taken without debate on the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re Cork prison, to be taken without deb...More Button

He will be here on Thursday.More Button

That is correct. I got notice this morning.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

The Senator is totally out of order.More Button

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 offe...More Button

  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 wa...More Button

The preferred site has been identified and the council will prepare detailed plans and complete an environmental impact statement. The EIS, together with the planning application under the Plannin...More Button

  Senator Bacik called for a debate on penal policy. I will try to arrange that debate as soon as possible.More Button

  Senator Zappone spoke on a number of issues. She called for a debate on branding Ireland in the context of tax in particular. We will try to have the Minister in to address that matte...More Button

  Senators Barrett, Jim D'Arcy, Hayden, O'Keeffe, Moloney and others raised the issue of the errors that arose in examination papers. What happened in the case of these papers is unaccep...More Button

  I note Senator Barrett's comments on the G8 summit. I share his views regarding the late Senator Gordon Wilson, who was such a wonderful Member of the House.More Button

  Senator Jim D'Arcy spoke on the need for greater care to be taken in the preparation of examination papers and called for an investigation. As I said, I will raise the matter with the ...More Button

  Senator Leyden raised the matter of the forthcoming Bill to abolish the Seanad. I have stated to the House that I will afford ample time for the Bill to be discussed in the House. I w...More Button

Senator Hayden raised the issue of rent supplement limits, a matter raised by Senator Moloney as well. I understand we will have the Housing (Amendment) Bill within the next week or two and that m...More Button

  Senator Quinn called for a debate on tourism and outlined the fact that Dublin Port will host more than 100 cruise ships this year. This is a growing trade. We will have in excess of ...More Button

It is an important area of tourism that generates quite an amount of spending in these areas. I will invite the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to come into the House for a debate on tou...More Button

  With regard to genetically modified food, we have a new Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as Senator Comiskey stated. We can give him a couple of...More Button

  Senator Cullinane and Senator Mullins called for an overall debate on taxation, including the revaluation of properties which small businesses in Waterford and in other areas are findin...More Button

  Senator Whelan called for a debate on forestry. I am sure the Minister of State, Deputy Hayes, will be willing to come into the House soon to address that matter.More Button

  With regard to the referendum date, I have not been informed of the date the referendum will take place. There have been rumours that it may be held in October and others that it will ...More Button

I have not been informed of the date. As soon as I know the date-----More Button

-----I will certainly inform the House immediately, as I always have done.More Button

I will bring any information in that regard to the attention of the House.

Senator Mooney raised the issue of tourism and the impact of The Gathering. I will ask the Minister, Deputy Va...More Button

It is regrettable that we have stooped to that type of journalism.More Button

  Senator Paul Coghlan called for a debate on the recent Law Reform Commission report on mandatory life sentencing. I will ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to come into the Hous...More Button

  Senator Ó Clochartaigh raised the issue of turf cutting. I understand the law is clear on that issue, and I hope the Senator would support upholding of the law in this issue and every ...More Button

  Senator O'Keeffe spoke about Yeats Day on 13 June, which celebrates another great former Senator, William Butler Yeats.More Button

I am glad that Senator MacSharry also will be attending that Yeats Day event in Sligo.More Button

  Senator Wilson raised the issue of the G8 Summit and sang the praises of the tourism product available in the north west.More Button

  Regarding the Seanad referendum, I can assure the Senator, as I have assured other Senators, that there will be no time bar in regard to debates on that subject, particularly on Committ...More Button

  Senator Mullins raised the issue of the impact of the VAT rates on spending, and also called for a debate on the Action Plan for Jobs. I have asked the Minister, Deputy Bruton, to come...More Button

I remind Senators the House debated for a number of hours ideas on job creation which fed into the Action Plan for Jobs. Quite a number of the ideas which came from the House were included. Other...More Button

  Senator MacSharry called for a debate on men's health. I reject totally the disgraceful comments regarding the Taoiseach.More Button

I will treat them with the contempt they deserve.More Button

Employment Equality Act: Referral to Committee

I move:More Button

Cork Prison Resolution: Referral to Committee

I move:More Button

  Sitting suspended at 3.45 p.m. and resumed at 4.05 p.m.More Button