Cassidy, Donie

Wednesday, 4 April 2001

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 166 Nbr. 2


Order of Business.

Before I start the Order of Business I refer to a matter that arose yesterday when Senators Manning, O'Toole and Costello requested a review regarding a Friday sitting. I am pleased to inform the H...More Button

The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re sub-committee on the mini-CTC signalling project, to be taken without debate; No. 2, motion re sub-committee on the Abbeylara incident, to be taken without...More Button

I ask for the agreement of the House that the motion on the TSB conclude after one hour.More Button

Senators Manning, O'Toole, Costello, Ormonde, Coghlan, Finneran and O'Meara called for a debate on the Flynn report on post offices. I agree with the view that the post offices have an important ro...More Button

I will pass on to the Minister the views expressed by Senators O'Toole and Ó Murchu regarding the US and China and Senator Ó Murchu's views on North Korea. Senator Costello called for...More Button

Senators Cox, Finneran and Ryan called for a debate on the increases in prices for meat products in recent days. I will pass on the Senators' views to the Minister. We cannot discuss the matter in ...More Button

Senator Quinn called for a debate on the euro changeover and the fact that one in three companies is still not fully aware of what it will entail. I intend to have an all-day debate on the economy,...More Button

I would like to be associated with the sentiments expressed by Senator Mooney. I am very sorry to hear of the death of Butch Moore, whom I spoke to only three months ago. He was a great friend and ...More Button

Senators Jackman and Ryan called for a debate on refugees. Senator Ryan also made a point about asylum seekers. I will pass on the Senator's views to the Minister and the House can debate the matt...More Button

Yes, definitely after Easter.More Button

Order of Business, as amended, agreed to.More Button

Sub-Committee on the Mini-CTC Signalling Project: Motion.

I move:More Button

That the Sub-Committee on the Mini-CTC Signalling Project, established by order of the Joint Committee on Public Enterprise and Transport on 16 November 2000, as amended on 7 March 2001, shall have...More Button

Sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident: Motion.

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That the Sub-Committee on the Abbeylara Incident, established by order of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights on 8 March 2001, shall have the power to send for pers...More Button

Trustee Savings Bank Act, 1989 (Section 57) (TSB) Order, 2001: Motion.

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That Seanad Éireann approves the following order in draft:More Button

Trustee Savings Banks Act, 1989 (Section 57) (TSB Bank) Order, 2001More Button

copies of which were laid in draft form before Seanad Éireann on 30th March, 2001.More Button

Waste Management (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, 2001: Order for Second Stage.

I move: “That Second Stage be taken now.”More Button

National Development Plan: Motion.

He is blinkered.More Button

He would not get elected.More Button

Good Government.More Button

There was a hiccup.More Button

Senator Mooney has a lot of friends in Louth.More Button

This is a timely motion. I thank the Minister for being present to take on board the views of Members. Deputy Dempsey was a successful member of his local authority and served as secretary of LAMA ...More Button

The Minister represents a north Leinster constituency and I can inform him that everyone in counties Louth, Meath and Westmeath are looking forward to the investments that will be made in their are...More Button

I look forward to the new dual line which will be put in place to Maynooth. This line will ensure that the 15% of people from Mullingar and north Westmeath who travel to work in Dublin each day wil...More Button

As a person who used to drive up to 60,000 miles per year, I can state that the new roads being put in place represent a pleasant change from what went before. Credit for this must go to the Nation...More Button

I look forward to the commencement of work on the motorway from Kilcock to Athlone in September 2002. As a representative for Westmeath, I am proud that Westmeath County Council has been charged wi...More Button

Since I became a Member of the House 19 years ago this month, there has been little investment in the N52, the road that runs from Nenagh in north Tipperary through Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and int...More Button

I understand a motorway is proposed from Dublin to Cavan for which I pay tribute to the Minister. The N52 is the road people use when travelling from Limerick to County Louth. I would like £1...More Button

One of the targets of the plan is to build half a million houses over the next ten years, that is one new house for every eight people living in the Twenty-six Counties. That is an ambitious target...More Button

I am glad a start has been made in investing in the rail infrastructure, which was badly in need of funding. I make a special plea for a major investment in the west. Senator Burke often asks me on...More Button

We in Mullingar have undertaken the national rail museum project in the BMW area as part of our attempt to attract a national flagship project to the area. This project has the support of Bord F&aa...More Button

I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to allow Senators Burke, Quill and Walsh to contribute. Perhaps they could have five minutes each.More Button

That is not true.More Button

That is in the BMW region.More Button

That is not true.More Button

At 10.30 tomorrow morning.More Button

Adjournment Matter. - Hospitals Building Programme.

I endorse everything Senator Glynn has called for. He is a long-standing member of the health board and will be the incoming chairman this summer. He has vast experience in the health service, havi...More Button

Be that as it may, our job as public representatives and members of the health board is to ensure the Government allocates the £30 million or more needed to allow the project proceed to the d...More Button

The increase in population has created a huge need. Twenty years ago, Mullingar had a population of 8,000. Westmeath County Council is now putting in place infrastructure for water and sewerage for...More Button

Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children (Dr. Moffatt): I am pleased to address the Seanad on behalf of my colleague, the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Martin, regardin...More Button

As the Senators will be aware, the then Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Cowen, approved the establishment of a project team in May 1999 to commence the planning of the Phase 2B development...More Button

The brief was received in the Department on 16 November 2000. In a letter from the chief executive officer of the Midland Health Board, which accompanied the brief, he indicated that the project t...More Button

A further letter on 10 January 2001 from the secretary of the Midland Health Board to the Secretary General of the Department indicated that board members had unanimously adopted a motion calling ...More Button

The additional accommodation is a substantial additional cost on the Phase 2B proposal for which the project team was appointed. My Department will consider these additional proposals in the light ...More Button

The Seanad adjourned at 8.45 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 5 April 2001.More Button