Cummins, Maurice

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business

The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re Convention on the Constitution, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, Health Identifiers Bill 2013 - Order for Seco...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Senator Marc MacSharry raised the question of the appointment of the expert group to oversee the quality of route options for the EirGrid transmission project. This has been welcomed and I note th...More Button

I received the Senator’s invitation to attend the launch of his candidacy in Galway, but, unfortunately, I will have to decline.More Button

Senator Ivana Bacik called for a debate on school patronage and asked for the Minister for Education and Skills to come to the House to discuss the matter. Senator Hildegarde Naughton asked about ...More Button

  The decisions of the Committee of Public Accounts are a matter for it. I do not intend to comment on them.More Button

  Senators Aideen Hayden and Catherine Noone referred to the longitudinal study in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area. Senator Aideen Hayden called for a further debate on the ageing popula...More Button

  Senator David Cullinane raised the issue of staffing at Irish Water. As I said yesterday, he should read what was said on Committee and Report Stages of the water services legislation....More Button

  Senator Colm Burke complimented the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, on four job announcements in Cork this week. This is wonderful news for the peo...More Button

Senator Colm Burke also called for action on the issue of flood prevention in Cork and a further debate on the matter.More Button

  I note the points made by Senators Diarmuid Wilson and Thomas Byrne about EirGrid. I also note Senator Michael Mullins's points about difficulties with the water supply in Kilreekil an...More Button

We all join Senator Susan O'Keeffe in expressing sympathy to the family of the late Ted Nealon, the former Deputy, journalist, broadcaster and author. I am sure his guides will go down in histor...More Button

  Senator Marie Moloney has raised the issue of hotels increasing their prices when concerts and major events take place. This matter has been raised during the years and I agree with th...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Constitutional Convention: Motion

I move:More Button

  Sitting suspended at 11.35 a.m. and resumed at noon. More Button

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2014: Motion

I move:More Button

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Prescribed Bodies) Regulations 2014: Motion (Continued)

It would suit many people.More Button

Seanad Reform: Motion (Continued)

I move amendment No.1:More Button

Personally, I would prefer if we had one week dedicated to committee work each month. That would benefit both Houses and committees, but I do not believe there is an appetite for it. Will the Min...More Button

  Oireachtas committee reports should be referred to the Seanad for debate and we should explore the feasibility of committee Chairmen attending the House for such debates. Reports from ...More Button

  Some of these changes will require the Government’s backing. I am sure a way to enable the Seanad to take on such work could be found. I will keep the House informed on the progress o...More Button

  I commend the amendment to the motion to the House.More Button

The Minister of State has an interest in upsetting Members.More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Ar 10.30 maidin amárach.More Button