Mooney, Paschal

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

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

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

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Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

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Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit. This motion in the name of the Government side welcomes the Government’s new employers’ job PRSI incentive scheme which will help to cr...More Button

I am particularly pleased that in small and medium-sized enterprises it applies to those who have a maximum of five workers and that the scheme will save an employer in the region of €3,000 fr...More Button

I agree with the analysis of the reasons it has been introduced now. One of the reasons is that those who are short-term unemployed are more likely to join the workforce than those who fall into a...More Button

Of course, employers will not be allowed to substitute existing employees to avail of the scheme. This also limits the maximum participation rate to 5% of their existing workforce or for smaller c...More Button

One of the things that has interested me during my time here is the regular criticism from those who oppose the Government that there is never a plan. It has always bemused me somewhat because the...More Button

The Government is totally committed to getting people back to work. It is the number one priority of the Government. I fail to understand why there is criticism even outside of the body politic. ...More Button

We know the best way to create and sustain employment is firstly to get our own house in order and we are doing that by fixing the banking system, restoring order to the public finances and regaini...More Button

To focus on what the motion is about, I will describe what I refer to as the ten key areas for job generation that the Government has identified. Confidence is No. 1 and is central to our economic...More Button

It is amusing that, while these respected international economic and financial commentators seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet, the Government is doing nothing or its actions are wrong acc...More Button

I would like to believe the recent banking announcements, including an independent credit review process, and obligations on banks to meet specific lending targets for small firms will work, but it...More Button

Another key area for job generation is cost. To create and sustain employment, we must ensure we price ourselves back into the market. Although it has been difficult, we have been determined to d...More Button

The Government has committed to investing a total of €40 billion in infrastructure during the next six years. This year, we will invest €6.5 billion, providing up to 70,000 jobs. At 5% ...More Button

International investors are showing so much confidence in the Irish economy and not just in the financial pages. When the last borrowing requirement for Ireland was put on the market recently, it ...More Button

Innovation is another of the ten key areas. We are committed to developing Ireland as a global innovation hub. The innovation task force estimated that more than 110,000 jobs can be created throu...More Button

Small business has rightly exercised the minds and rhetoric of this and the Lower House. Being from rural Ireland, I know the importance of SMEs. They are the most significant element in the job ...More Button

The last three elements of the ten key strategies include green enterprise. The green enterprise action group published proposals on creating 80,000 new jobs in the coming years. To date, 15,000 ...More Button

Most importantly of all, the tourism and hospitality sectors support in excess of 200,000 jobs. The overall tourism budget has been increased this year while investment in visitor attractions has ...More Button

I have no doubt that every element of the Government’s actions must be driven by the confidence that the tourism industry can recover and provide jobs that will filter down to every town and ...More Button

The Senator is selling his soul. He has been bought.More Button

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I thank Members on all sides of the House for participating in an interesting and incisive debate. I am the first to acknowledge that just because public representatives, Deputies or Senators, are...More Button

Democracy works through the pooling of ideas. If one has an effective Opposition, it should be in a position not only to criticise and call the Government to account but also to bring forward viab...More Button

Once again, I am somewhat disappointed with the Sinn Féin representative, Senator Doherty. I appreciate that Sinn Féin is the party of protest but to make the speech the Senator made...More Button

A point I made was repeated by speakers on all sides of the House, namely, that what this country now needs, apart from specific job creation proposals, is confidence. We must have confidence to p...More Button

I want to nail again the suggestion that the Government does not care. If it means re-emphasising this to the point where it sounds boring, I will do so because it does care about unemployment. O...More Button

I acknowledge that the number on the live register has again shown a monthly increase. Behind the statistics, there are several thousand people who were working last month but who are not working ...More Button

A significant number of those who have been on the live register since the beginning of May are people who have been supported in a return to education and training through the back-to-education an...More Button

As a result of the downturn and recession in recent years, primarily but not exclusively in the construction sector, and the breakdown in consumer confidence, whereby the savings ratio reached its ...More Button

I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Áine Brady, for being present for the debate and for her very positive and upbeat contribution. I commend the motion to the House.More Button

The Seanad divided: Tá, 16; Níl, 30.More Button

Question, “That the motion be agreed to,” put and declared carried.More Button

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

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