Cummins, Maurice

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

The outgoing governor of Mountjoy Prison, Mr. John Lonergan, is on record as saying his one regret is that he did not refuse to accept new prisoners when Mountjoy Prison was full. The only solutio...More Button

Who is lobbying the Greens?More Button

They are 2% in the polls. Unrepresentative is right.More Button

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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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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

I listened with interest to the debate. Certainly, Senator Bradford must have a soothing effect on Members on the other side because he is the only one who they have not heckled during the debate....More Button

——obviously, they cannot take it.More Button

Good, Senator Boyle is heckling already. I note it.More Button

This Bill is another step by the Greens and, indeed, Fianna Fáil to undermine rural life and to erode the rights and entitlements of people living in rural areas.More Button

The Green Party campaigns for an outright ban on all forms of hunting and traditional pursuits, and even opposes Dublin Zoo. I read this from the Green Party’s website. Indeed, I read the G...More Button

The Green Party Senators tells us that we exaggerate their policies——More Button

——that we are guilty of gross hyperbole.More Button

Senator Boyle continues to heckle because he does not even like to hear what is in his own party’s policy.More Button

(Interruptions).More Button

They do not even like to hear what is in their own policies.More Button

Senator Boyle states that this will not be a progression.More Button

Let the Fianna Fáil members listen to what is in the Green Party’s policies.More Button

Let the Fianna Fáil members listen to what is in the Green Party’s policy. That is what it is. If that does not advocate a progression into all types——More Button

We know what the Green Party stands for, but——More Button

——what I cannot understand is how it managed to con and drag Fianna Fáil into a position in which it is viewed as assisting the Green Party in attacking rural life and rural purs...More Button

It is a fact.More Button

People can no longer fish for eels because of a 90-year ban imposed by a Green Party Minister. It is the only 90-year ban in the whole of Europe. This is an attack on rural pursuits.More Button

The Green Party wants no one to build houses in rural Ireland. It is trying to decimate communities and force people into cities and towns where they are unused to living and do not want to live. ...More Button

Keep it going. I can continue, but I can give it as well as I can take it.More Button

We now have an attack on hunting, in particular the Ward Union Hunt, which is licensed. No issue of welfare has been raised because of the detailed supervision of that hunt. I understand that two...More Button

Can the Minister of State, Deputy Finneran, or anyone on the other side of the House tell us how many deer were killed in Killarney National Park last year?More Button

How many deer are killed in road accidents every year?More Button

How many deer are killed in the Phoenix Park every year?More Button

Will the Green Party suggest we ban cars because so many deer are being killed? That is the type of ludicrous policy it would devise.More Button

Many people have been badly injured because of collisions with deer,——More Button

——yet legislation is before the House to ban the Ward Union Hunt. It makes no sense and only satisfies the needs of a party that commands 2% of public support. That is what we are doi...More Button

——by introducing this Bill.More Button

The Bill satisfies the needs of 2%——More Button

I might ask for extra time because of the injuries being sustained tonight and those that people are trying to inflict on me.More Button

When canvassing during the last general election, I encountered many people in rural Ireland who refused to vote for my party because they believed we might have gone into Government with the Green...More Button

It was Fianna Fáil’s tactic to fan those flames. Ironically, Fianna Fáil ended up in bed with the Green Party, but look at the state the former is in as a result.More Button

Those very same people in rural Ireland are still there, waiting in the high grass for Fianna Fáil. I assure the House that the Green Party will not go into rural Ireland. Its Members woul...More Button

They are waiting for Fianna Fáil at the next election due to its abandonment of rural Ireland.More Button

Is that all? What about all of the heckling?More Button

Fianna Fáil has sold out the people. They are certainly waiting in the high grass. Last week, the Minister, Deputy Gormley, mentioned on the news three times that the Dáil and the S...More Button

By advocating these policies, the Green Party is fanning the flames of division, not just within parties, but throughout society. I listened to Senator Ó Brolcháin discussing being i...More Button

It is a disgrace that we are discussing stag hunting when the Government has dragged the country into an abyss.More Button

Senator Dearey, discussing another subject, decried what Fianna Fáil and the previous Government did and stated that the Green Party was trying to bring the country back. Fianna Fáil...More Button

When rural Ireland finds out what the Green Party is doing, 17% might be too much.More Button

They want to ban cars. I knew that was coming next.More Button

I knew it was coming next.More Button

And the Ward Union.More Button

There is only one that the Senator did not take. More Button

It is a question of seeing what are the policies.More Button

They have succeeded with the stags and the dogs already.More Button

Let the people decide. More Button

What about dog breeding? More Button

Did the Minister of State ever give it a lash?More Button

Touché.More Button

Fianna Fáil did that before the last election. More Button

On a point of order, surely we will have a chance to table some amendments to the Bill. It cannot be taken tomorrow.More Button

It has been scheduled for Friday.More Button

Will the Leader give an assurance that it will be taken on Friday?More Button

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