Buttimer, Jerry

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

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I remind Senator Ellis of how bad a job the Government is doing.More Button

I knew Senator Ellis would get embarrassed.More Button

People in glasshouses should not throw stones.More Button

Senator Ellis’s performance is great.More Button

I join other speakers in asking the Leader to outline the schedule for the next two and a half weeks. It is important that we have a clear understanding of it.More Button

My question to the Leader is based on the Cathaoirleach’s ruling this morning which I respect on my Adjournment matter. Did the Cathaoirleach declare that my Adjournment matter was out of or...More Button

Deputy Cowen has said he was not responsible for the collapse in the banking sector and the economic meltdown, yet he has held the positions of Minister for Finance and Taoiseach. Is the Governmen...More Button

Does the Leader agree with Deputy John McGuinness who said this morning that the Taoiseach would not lead Fianna Fáil into the next general election?More Button

The Leader knows well that they are guillotined. He is misleading the House.More Button

Read yesterday’s New York Times. More Button

Yes, read The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.More Button

The Leader is like the Government, he is not listening. He did not answer any questions I put to him today. More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire go dtí an Teach. The week that is in it, I feel like shouting “Tally ho” across the benches.More Button

“Stop it” is right because we are at the core of what the Bill is about. It is about the imposition of a fee on people. The Bill, its explanatory memorandum and the Minister’s speech all st...More Button

The charge is 50 cent i dtús báire. The Members opposite, as former members of local authorities, will know well that what starts small can increase incrementally. I remind them tha...More Button

We in Fine Gael have put forward a model called FairCare the basic principle of which is that the money follows the patient, but we have also advocated a role for pharmacists in the treatment of mi...More Button

I agree with the Minister to a point that there is a need for reform and change. I have no difficulty with that and I admire the Minister’s bravery in many ways in what she is doing and tryi...More Button

I listen to people talking about what is best for society and what is best for people. I canvas four days a week and I meet people more than most Members of this House. I say this not in an adver...More Button

——because they cannot afford to pay for them from the pharmacy. I have seen pharmacists giving prescription medication on tick or letting people pay back so much per week. These are n...More Button

I listened to the arguments being put forward by the other side. It is unfortunate the two Members opposite are here because I do not want to aim my fire at them.More Button

There is a responsibility on the HSE and I do not know if it understands the word “responsibility”. This morning in this House I sought an Adjournment debate regarding the NRA and I was told the M...More Button

We speak of cutting costs. God bless Mr. McCarthy, but he does not seem to understand the concept of society, which should be people centred. Where I have a fundamental disagreement with the Mini...More Button

The Minister will be aware that every day of the week there is a reduction in the number of medical cards and in GP medical cards. She might shake her head but I can give her a file of people who ...More Button

I do not want to see this country having a dependency on prescription drugs — far from it — but we need to look at the implementation of reference pricing and tackle the cost of generic...More Button

The Minister, despite her protestations to the Members opposite, states the Bill is the way to go, but it is not and no amount of statistics or spin can prove otherwise. I am disappointed we are h...More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

What about the Tánaiste?More Button

I second the amendment to the motion.More Button

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit, an Teachta Áine Brady. While not wishing to be disrespectful to the Minister of State, she is not responsible for an economic ministry. A M...More Button

The Private Members’ motion is timely and I welcome the Government’s Pauline conversion——More Button

——in embracing Fine Gael’s policy on PRSI 24 months after we first announced it. Can the Government Members imagine the numbers not unemployed if they had taken on board this pol...More Button

Senator Mooney gave a fine and commendable speech except for one element of it. The fact is the Government does not care or have a plan. That is why the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovat...More Button

Senator Mary White spoke of 2008 as if a wall had been erected then. Life did not end then; it got infinitely worse for many of our fellow citizens. Unemployment figures disguise that many of our...More Button

The Central Statistics Office’s recently published first 2010 quarterly national household survey contained headlines such as, “Employment falls by 5.5% in the year”, “Full-time employment de...More Button

On the other hand, Fine Gael is a party ready to govern with job creation policies, independently costed, that will get Ireland back to work. Today, it was announced 444,900 people are unemployed,...More Button

Nineteen months after Fine Gael published its job creation plan, the Government decided to take one of its ideas and run with it. It is a pity the Government did not listen to us over the past ten...More Button

The sad part of all of this is that the people, not the Fourth Estate for which I have no regard, do not see the Government as having the ability or competency to get them out of this mess. More a...More Button

The Government’s motion is a disgrace. Some 444,900 people are unemployed. Why has it taken 19 months to take on board the Fine Gael plan? As Senator Phelan stated, we have put together a ...More Button

Let us consider the number of people under 25 years who are unemployed. I am a former teacher. I refer to the leaving certificate applied programme. We offered opportunities to students who were...More Button

We need jobs. This is the only issue on the political, economic, civic and civil tables. Alas, we do not have a Government that will get people back to work. The best thing we can do now is to g...More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

The Leader misled the House.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button