Ó Brolcháin, Niall

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

Is this in order?More Button

That is rubbish.More Button

I will try to show the Cathaoirleach a bit of respect. I ask the Leader for a debate on political reform, which is important here. I note there is a number of very unrepresentative debates in thi...More Button

We discussed in the programme for Government the issue of corporate donations to political parties and that is an important matter for us to work on in a debate in this House. We need a good debat...More Button

——-of strong lobbying which has caused an unrepresentative view to be portrayed.More Button

That debate is crucially important here in the coming term and I hope the Leader will take on the debate on political reform.More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

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

I do not think we will be going into labour in that way.More Button

I assure Senator Prendergast that I will not spontaneously erupt into labour any day soon. That is an important point to make.More Button

I was not. I believe in equality of the sexes.More Button

Home birthing is very important, as I have mentioned to the Minister in the past.More Button

I recently watched an episode of the medical drama “House”. I do not know if anyone else has seen it. It is an American series, with the actor Hugh Laurie, and quite interesting.More Button

I know. Sometimes it is important to look at what people are watching on television. The episode in question was interesting. The doctor was talking to a patient for whom he did not have much ti...More Button

I have talked to various people and heard differing views on the 50 cent levy. I accept the Bill is not purely about the levy. However, we should consider whether it will stop people from buying ...More Button

There is an overuse of antibiotics, especially to treat viruses or illnesses. We need to change our culture in this regard. We must consider measures not only in terms of the financial considerat...More Button

It was pointed out to me that a number of categories were exempt from the charge. It might be more useful if that was a matter for the Minister to decide. Other groups may emerge in the future wh...More Button

I was intrigued by the comment made by Senator Prendergast on crutches. I am not aware that it is especially relevant to the Bill.More Button

It is related, therefore, in a roundabout way. There is much waste in the health care sector. In these difficult times we should consider ways to reduce costs. That is one possible way. We coul...More Button

Overall, the Bill is an interesting one. My main point is that a review of the effect of the measures proposed should be built into the Bill, perhaps in a year’s time. Members of the Opposi...More Button

They are coming.More Button

They are coming.More Button

Stop it.More Button

What?More Button

Go on.More Button

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

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

Or a deer.More Button

Has he?More Button

Perhaps we will be in government with Fine Gael.More Button

No, the Senator’s party has made it important.More Button

The Fine Gael Members should stop interrupting too.More Button

The Senator knew exactly what she was talking about.More Button

I admire passion. I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Mary White, a member of the Green Party who comes from a lovely rural part of the country. I grew up in a rural area.More Button

No. I grew up across the road from a GAA ground. Fine Gael is absolutely correct in what it says. The Green Party is very much using this as the thin end of the wedge. We will introduce all man...More Button

Deputy Phil Hogan has made it clear that the Labour Party and Fine Gael will repeal the legislation come the next election. I do not understand why Fine Gael members are getting so animated. They...More Button

I previously used the analogy of a rugby match where Brian O’Driscoll is playing against England and Wales at the same time. One man, the stag, up against the pack of hounds, let us say the ...More Button

9 o’clockMore Button

What I find most incredible of all in the debate is that a large number of public representatives have very much misrepresented public opinion. I listened to “Liveline” with Joe Duffy the other da...More Button

Senator Bacik introduced sensible legislation on female genital mutilation, which the Green Party considered and on which we worked with her to try to find a solution to the problem. I commend her...More Button

We must work together to come up with decent compromises. I am disappointed with the Labour Party which I consider is running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. I am sorry to say that but...More Button

Oscar Wilde described hunting as the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible. There is a long history here of animal welfare and people who care about good animal husbandry. I have heard people re...More Button

We made many mistakes in the Celtic tiger era. The Bailey brothers were to the fore in the Celtic tiger era. The Bailey brothers are to the fore again in this debate. The Fine Gael Party support...More Button

That is not true.More Button

Such as the Bailey brothers.More Button

This is the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill.More Button

Just deer.More Button

Maybe Labour will change its position.More Button

We take it too.More Button

Excellent.More Button

Would Senator Cummins like to read out the rest of our policies? This is great.More Button

The Senator should come down to Connemara with me. He could see people cutting turf tomorrow.More Button

Wrong.More Button

Does that justify cruelty?More Button

It satisfies the needs of 17% of the population.More Button

Lies, damned lies and statistics.More Button

Give him another minute.More Button

It is a great speech.More Button

We should stop that.More Button

We will look after the deer.More Button

Does Senator Coghlan hunt them?More Button

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button