Norris, David P.B., Norris, David
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Seanad Éireann Debate
Order of Business
I wish to raise two issues. The first is motion No. 9 on the Order Paper, which criticises the Bank of Ireland for undemocratically stopping the bank accounts of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity C...
The other issue is the Confucius Institutes. UCD has accepted one of these. They are centres for the teaching of the Chinese language, apparently, but they have also been described by...
American and Canadian academics have expressed considerable concern about this. Confucius Institutes have been established on 465 campuses in 123 countries, so they are a significant p...
I will conclude by putting this in context. Quite recently, Members of this Parliament were warned by the Government not to attend celebrations of the Taiwanese Government. I believe ...
I think your genial presence makes it relevant, sitting there like a Buddha.
I just hope that I am not near the end of my life.
Mayo is not crawling with Presidents.
Go on and just do it.
Hear, hear. Well said.
I understood from the Leader earlier that one hour of Government time would be made available.
How did we get to the one-China policy? It was never discussed in either House, nor in the foreign affairs committee-----
-----but the civil servants slid it in undemocratically.
I have already overloaded the library with my old rubbish.
Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015: Committee Stage
The Minister of State is very welcome, as is the Bill. I am a little confused. I take it we are on Amendment No. 1. Other colleagues have ranged widely, and I will not be able to resist the temp...
There was confusion at that stage, but it was when there were local brewers - Perry's in Rathdowney, Smithwick's and, in Dublin, Guinness. We do not have that anymore and nor do we have Jameson or...
Not one of them-----
-----is owned by an Irish person. They are multinational-----
I will sit down and the Senator can make his interruption.
I am not.
Oh goodness. There may be some craft brewers but the major suppliers to the industry are-----
I beg the Chair's pardon. I will not only address the Chair, I will address its occupant.
Multinational corporations have been carrying out extensive lobbying of Members of this House. Sometimes, they are clever in how they conceal their origins referring to "responsible dr...
I will start with the impact of alcohol on the health of the people and the finances of the country. Three lives are lost daily. There is a €3.75 billion cost to the health service an...
After the Bill's recital of the technical and legal mumbo jumbo, it gets into broadcast advertisements, that is, on the wireless and television. They are potent instruments. We should...
One in four people has experienced harm as a result of someone else's drinking and 55% of drinkers were hazardous drinkers. The newspapers released a figure the other day showing that ...
It is time that we were realistic about this matter. Here is the strength that the Minister of State has behind her. I hope she does not weaken or give in to the drink lobby or any of...
I am just telling the Minister of State that I hope she does not weaken on any of these amendments. I hope that she keeps to them. They are not enough but they are a beginning. I want to strengt...
I will end on this point. The promotion of sport through alcohol is ridiculous. Some of it damages one's health. This substance is used to promote and fund sports. It is nonsense.
The Acting Chairman has confined me. I am now sitting down. I thank him for his advice.
I think the Senator makes an excellent point that needs to be made. It should be taken up by the GAA and the IRFU.
But it does not say that "delete". That was left out.
Just to establish, what I spotted was a defect and it will be rectified.
The Seanad has done a little job today.
But it does not say that.
I thank the Acting Chairman for the clarification.
I think it was Senator Paddy Burke's suggestion.
Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015: Committee Stage (Resumed)
Comments have to be on the amendment that is being discussed.
I would like to express my astonishment at what I have heard here today about "supply for the purpose of promoting the use of another service". I have never in my life been offered a glass of wine...
No. My nails have not been done for quite a long time, apart from my toenails to give the Senator a good kick. Although I have never heard of the practice that has been highlighted, I would be ve...
What about borders?
I understand the Minister of State's situation with regard to the Internet because it does cross borders and so requires international consultation.
With respect to that amendment and several of the others, I very much welcome the Minister of State's attitude where she said that she understood the points made by Senators and will co...
I regret that she has been unable to accept amendment No. 19, particularly the second part that referred to the advertising of an alcohol product around sporting occasions. We see an e...
With respect to some of her earlier remarks that different aspects of this Bill should be taken up with the Minister for Finance or the Minister for something else, I am sure her remark...
No, but I think we should get on.
I thank the Minister of State.
One can hardly prosecute the wearer.
May I point out while the Minister of State-----
We are dealing with an area of unreality. We are very much on the margin when we talk about a large 17 year old child buying a keyring with Guinness on it. Nobody is going to be bothering with th...
It will not be observed on the margins. The real point I want to make is that we never really legislatively confronted the nature of what is a child. In the last session of the Seanad we had legi...
Yes, but in the previous Bill which I mentioned, a child was 15 years, 16 years, 17 years or 18 years, depending on the section of the Bill one was examining. That is on the record of Seanad Éirea...
It is the same with the abortion pill and head shop products.
Let us have a vote. A vote would be very refreshing.
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 3:
Amendment agreed to.
Amendment No. 4 not moved.
Government amendment No. 5:
Amendment agreed to.
Government amendment No. 6:
Amendment agreed to.
Amendments Nos. 7 to 9, inclusive, not moved.
Section 2, as amended, agreed to.
Section 3 agreed to.
Perhaps the Minister of State could guide me as to whether I am on the right page. I am looking at amendment No. 10 and it is about an "Applicant to provide written notice to Executive". It is no...
The Minister of State referred to subsection (3) but there is no such subsection. It might be a mistake.
I am sorry to interrupt the Minister of State, but there appeared to be a mistake in her note and it appeared that she was on the wrong section.
A drinks break.
Corporate Manslaughter (No. 2) Bill 2016: Second Stage
It was very high.
Only if they were guilty of negligence.
I welcome the Bill. I welcome the Minister to the House. I am glad to say that I understand that she proposes to accept the Bill in principle. It is another good day for the Seanad. It is inter...
My colleague in Fine Gael said that we could not possibly have the fire brigades and ambulances. Why the hell not? Senator Daly gave the example of the rescue services and the way in ...
I noted the way the Bill is sensitively worded. It says that the standard of care required of the undertaking is to take all reasonable measures, having due regard to the state and cir...
I support the idea of community service orders. They are much better if it is an individual, if it is a fairly small situation and if there are extenuating circumstances. It is good t...
This is a very good Bill. Hello, media, I think this is another good day for the Seanad. We are showing that we are worth our weight in gold. Nobody is listening, but the Seanad is a...
The services themselves will be responsible.
On a point of order, section 10(4) states that a person convicted of an offence under this section is liable to a fine not exceeding €5 million so it is there in the text.
I know but I got away with it.