Cassidy, Donie

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

The Order of Business is No. 1, report of Committee on Procedure and Privileges on procedure on personal explanations, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, ...More Button

That is correct, yes.More Button

There will be a sos from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.More Button

Members will deal with Committee and Remaining Stages of the Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill.More Button

I have ordered it.More Button

The Senator should speak to his leader.More Button

That is obvious.More Button

That is not true.More Button

It was not available.More Button

No, it is not.More Button

He is not the Senator’s leader so.More Button

That is not true.More Button

That is at the discretion of the Leader.More Button

That is not true.More Button

Do not mind Senator Norris.More Button

Dingle has its own representative in the person of Senator O’Toole who is present every day.More Button

Is Mr. Hobbs standing for Fine Gael?More Button

Senators Coffey, O’Toole, Bacik, Norris, Coghlan and Buttimer were anxious to know what legislation will be before the House ahead of the summer recess. I remind colleagues that the details ...More Button

Senator Ormonde and others referred to Seanad reform. We should consider what we have achieved in our lifetimes.More Button

The Seanad used to sit for half a day, but we now sit for three days per week.More Button

It used to be an achievement to have one or two Bills initiated in the Seanad every year, but we now initiate up to 30% of all legislation. Like in the Dáil, guillotining Bills was an old p...More Button

Under our Constitution, the Seanad is a distinct advantage for the people, in that they can feel safe in the knowledge that every line of every section of every Bill is discussed. I thank colleagu...More Button

I have been in discussions with the Minister of State, Deputy Roche, concerning EU scrutiny. When the House returns for the autumn session, EU scrutiny will comprise the Seanad’s entire busi...More Button

(Interruptions).More Button

Senator Coffey and others referred to how Australia and Canada are not experiencing an economic downturn because of their strict financial regulations, particularly on house loans and so on. We ca...More Button

Like Senators O’Toole and Callely, I welcome the €5 billion Luas project, the related activity, particularly in the north of Dublin city, the considerable employment it will provide and ...More Button

Senators Bacik and Cummins called for a debate on crime and prison sentences. I agree that the statistics regarding the one in four early releases is unacceptable. I will see what I can do to arr...More Button

Senator Norris asked about No. 15. Many of the leaders signed the all-party motion, which the Senator tabled for our consideration. Signing it was a pleasure and it will be available to be put on...More Button

Yes. I will allocate 30 or 45 minutes before the summer recess.More Button

Senator Callely referred to NAMA’s progress and working out solutions. I have given the House a commitment to ask the Minister to update us from time to time.More Button

Senator McFadden and others referred to the increase in the number of suicides. According to the latest figures, 527 people committed suicide in 2009. This is alarming and one’s heart goes ...More Button

Senators Keaveney and Feeney discussed legislation on sun beds and health care for those who use them. They also asked for positive measures in respect of mental health. I have no difficulty with...More Button

Senator Feeney talked about the correction of children, slapping and the various issues that are being discussed in that regard. I shall pass her views on to the Minister of State with responsibil...More Button

Senator Ellis spoke about the EPA study as regards discharges from one-off houses. I am pleased that the Senator has made progress in this area, particularly in relation to the serious concerns an...More Button

Senator Coghlan raised the matter of the Dublin mayoral Bill and the issues involving his beloved County Kerry, which he has to be complimented on. We all support him every year by going there on ...More Button

Senators Ormonde and Ó Brolcháin talked about what we are doing in the Seanad and the useful work that is taking place here. I have no difficulty in having this debated and discussed...More Button

I would say to Senator Regan that this House cannot direct the Garda Síochána, as we all know. The Cathaoirleach is already dealing with this in another forum.More Button

Senator Buttimer raised issues of concern he had on the dog Bill. I note those. Senators Walsh and Healy-Eames spoke about banking, matters affecting hard-pressed mortgage holders, and in particu...More Button

Senators Quinn, Hanafin and Ó Murchú talked about the value of the Irish passport and noted how respected we are throughout the world as Irish men and women if we hold an Irish passpo...More Button

Senator Mary White called for an urgent debate on alcohol marketing. The Senator outlined alarming and disturbing figures to the House this morning: some 37% of boys between 15 and 17 have got dru...More Button

Senator John Hanafin stated that the IMF, the OECD and the various other respected organisations throughout the financial world recognise the way the Government is dealing with the challenge to our...More Button

I read the Financial Times yesterday morning, and The Wall Street Journal, in particular, yesterday, as well. I should like to concur with Senator Hanafin on his remarks in this area.More Button

The Senator complimented me on the Private Members’ motion tonight. More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Committee on Procedure and Privileges: Motion

I move:More Button

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Second Stage

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

The employer job PRSI incentive scheme was announced in the 2010 budget. The scheme is a job creation support scheme. The objective of the programme is to counter the drift of people into long-te...More Button

We all know that it is not the public sector or the Government that will bring the economy back from where it is today. The self-employed and those who give employment through the years will do so...More Button

That will be created under the Fianna Fáil Government and — health warning — may not happen if Fianna Fáil is not in government.More Button

The Leas-Chathaoirleach knows how he must behave in this House.More Button

I acknowledge the great working relationship we have had and the great example the Leas-Chathaoirleach has given us over the years.More Button

Enterprise Ireland has been an outstanding success and projects 25,000 jobs from next year. We must work on jobs strategy. We must work together, with Opposition and Government, because no one ha...More Button

The family of Deputy Áine Brady has a track record in public life par excellence that is second to none. I knew her late father when he was Minister of State and I worked closely wit...More Button

The employers job PRSI incentive scheme is only one of the initiatives to help people over the current dilemma. The banks are giving employers, large and small, very little help. There is an onus...More Button

Right across the world——-More Button

I am entitled to my opinion and I can give the House the benefit of my opinion. Senator Quinn gave tens of thousands of people jobs and in some small way I assisted by doing likewise through my fa...More Button

I welcome the employer job PRSI incentive scheme and fully support Senator Brady in introducing this motion for our consideration in Private Members’ time.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

We will order it for tomorrow.More Button

Senator Cummins is correct. It is being taken on Friday, but, as the Leas-Chathaoirleach is aware, I must order it for tomorrow.More Button

No, I did not. It takes some time to get used to it.More Button

Yes. It is being taken on Friday.More Button

Committee Stage ordered for Friday, 2 July 2010.More Button

Amárach ag 10.30 a.m.More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button