Coffey, Paudie

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12

Order of Business

It is quite obvious that the ordering and scheduling of legislation in this House this week and next is both condensed and rushed. This is a direct result of not sitting a couple of weeks ago when...More Button

Yesterday, I was happy to be part of an Oireachtas delegation that met a delegation from the Australian Parliament in Leinster House. It is clear that Australia’s economy has not been hit to...More Button

I suggest these are similar policies to those the Fine Gael Party has been submitting to the Government for consideration over the past two years. I note Fianna Fáil Members have tabled a P...More Button

In addition, last week I asked for a debate on youth unemployment specifically but was dissatisfied with the response I received from the Leader. While Members are running out of time in this sess...More Button

That is a disgraceful personal attack.More Button

It will be fishing and shooting next.More Button

Senator Leyden need not worry. He should watch his own leader.More Button

Give us the election and we will provide reform.More Button

The Greens are unrepresentative.More Button

With due respect, a Chathaorligh, I have asked on two occasions for a response with regard to youth unemployment, and I have not heard from the Leader either his view or the Government’s&mdas...More Button

That is not on youth unemployment. More Button

The Leader is not listening. More Button

The Seanad divided: Tá, 28; Níl, 23.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

Hear, hear.More Button

I wish to share one minute with Senator Norris with the agreement of the House.More Button

The Leas-Chathaoirleach might remind me when I have two minutes remaining.More Button

I welcome the Minister of State. This is an important debate but it should be a rolling debate and not only up to the end of this term. We should continue to debate any incentives that will help ...More Button

As an Opposition spokesperson I will always give credit where due. I welcome this initiative by Government but as my colleagues have said already, this proposal was put to Government by the Fine G...More Button

Fine Gael has many more positive proposals to which Government should listen. Senator Brady spoke a great deal of sense. I agree with 99% of what he said regarding the over-burden of regulation, ...More Button

I too met a restaurateur two weeks ago in Waterford who was almost tearing his hair out. He employs seven people, all of whom are very happy with their employment terms. He wants to remain open a...More Button

I have written to the Minister on his behalf to outline this man’s concerns, and the concerns of many like him. The very least State agencies should do is back off those people who are tryin...More Button

The man I refer to has told me that if heavy pressure comes on him he will have to close the business and let go the seven people he employs. That will be another restaurant closed and boarded up ...More Button

There are other related charges that have been increasing in the past. The local authorities have done their best to keep the rates down but Government charges have been rising while all other cha...More Button

My family has employed people over many years in a small business. My father employed almost 20 people in a small leather factory; my brother has a small sheet metal manufacturing company that exp...More Button

I have been vocal with regard to youth unemployment. Highly qualified young graduates have very few job prospects. It is important to try to offer those people some credible reason for getting ou...More Button

Fine Gael has proposed initiatives such as internships with the likes of local authorities, the OPW or other State agencies so young engineers, quantity surveyors or others can be given the necessa...More Button

I will give an example for the Minister of State. Significant numbers of local authority houses are boarded up because local authorities do not have the resources to refurbish them and people on t...More Button

I wish to raise the issue of older redundant workers. In Waterford city alone, more than 600 people have been made redundant in the past year from Waterford Crystal and many more were made redunda...More Button

I am just about to conclude. I thank Senator Norris. I am trying to make the point about older redundant workers who do not have the same requirements as younger workers. They may not necessaril...More Button

What about red tape?More Button

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

I welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. Along with many people in this House and beyond, I have been closely watching the debate in the Lower House. Neither I nor my party, Fine G...More Button

The RISE lobby engaged with stakeholders right around the country. It did not do anything illegal. It brought the terms of this, and indeed other legislation such as the Dog Breeding Establishmen...More Button

Criticism has been levelled at the Minister from many quarters to the effect that proper consultation and engagement with stakeholders did not happen. I am a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committ...More Button

I admire much of the Green Party’s ideology and principles as regards renewable energy, climate change and many other areas. However, I do not agree with the path it is pursuing as regards a...More Button

The Ward Union has been around for more than 150 years and all these points have been made clear to the Minister. Many Government Deputies spoke in Dáil Éireann in a very passionate ...More Button

Hunting, I remind the Minister, is the stuff of Irish legend and folklore. It is the stuff of Irish rural tradition. I mentioned the other day the stories of Cúchulainn as well as Fionn an...More Button

We have legitimate questions to ask as regards why the Government is prioritising legislation such as this in very difficult recessionary times. These are times of rising unemployment, with famili...More Button

The Green Party has a narrow focus, to which it is entitled, but also a very limited support base that is out of kilter with the party’s strength in Government as regards legislation. It is ...More Button

I should not be fulfilling my obligations as the representative of a rural constituency and carrying out my responsibilities if I neglected to highlight these genuine concerns to the Minister at ti...More Button

As an example of how the debate has widened, I draw the Minister’s attention to a letter in The Munster Express which is circulated in Waterford, around the whole area of firearms and ...More Button

I referred earlier to a letter published in The Munster Express on 18 June 2010. While I will not give the writer’s name and the attendant publicity, it was from one of the anti-blood...More Button

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These are the crazy crackpots the Minister is listening to and about whom we in rural Ireland are genuinely concerned. Letters such as this, comparing legitimate firearms-users carrying out age-ol...More Button

Fianna Fáil Members are chasing with the hare and hunting with the hounds.More Button

Senator Dearey will get his chance to respond.More Button

The Minister had his chance and he should not interrupt me.More Button

If we continue with this type of legislation we will have a sterilised rural Ireland. That is the Green agenda. Letter-writers such as this to The Munster Express are who the Greens suppor...More Button

The greyhounds are muzzled.More Button

That is the agenda.More Button

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