Barrett, Sean D.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Children First Bill 2014: Report and Final Stages

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I endorse the amendments. I welcome the Minister who has always been a great servant of children. The children of Ireland are well served by him. When he was Minister for Health, he took steps t...More Button

I welcome Mrs. Kay Boland to the Visitors Gallery. I had not seen her before I spoke earlier. Schools are smuch happier places since the late John Boland banned corporal punishment in them. The ...More Button

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015: Committee Stage

I agree with Senator David Cullinane. We want this to happen. It has to be quantified in order that we can measure progress. Senator Ivana Bacik introduced a Bill in 2007 on the environment and ...More Button

  I have spent many hours and days in the dungeon at the banking inquiry. It is necessary to motivate public administration with quantified targets and the progress we are making. Many ...More Button

  This issue has become more urgent. President Obama is seriously concerned about climate change. The Irish-Canadian Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, has said that financin...More Button

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

I thank the Minister of State for her response. Many people would say we should have strict compliance and prioritise the climate change goals over some other considerations. I will withdraw the ...More Button

  Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. More Button

I move amendment No. 7:More Button

During the lifetime of the previous Government the former Minister Mr. Gormley introduced a climate change Bill in 2010 and I am informed that Senator Ivana Bacik introduced one in 2007. This is n...More Button

In 2010 Mr. Gormley, in his carbon Budget Statement, stated his Bill would provide "a strong legislative framework [to support the] transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally...More Button

It is probably redundant at this stage, as the Minister of State has replied on the issue of quantification. While I remain a supporter of quantification, there is no point in going through the sa...More Button

  Amendment No. 8 not moved.More Button

I move amendment No. 9:More Button

I, again, thank the Minister of State. If a Member of this House is stopped by a member of An Garda Síochána, he or she is required to comply with speed limits, not just to state he or she had reg...More Button

I move amendment No. 11:More Button

I echo the observations of Senator David Cullinane. We have a parliamentary democracy and citizens have serious concerns about what is happening to the environment, but we have a serious non-respo...More Button

I move amendment No. 12:More Button

I note that page 2 of a recent document entitled, Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers, states:More Button

No. We have discussed the role of the Oireachtas. I disagree with what the Minister of State said the last time, but I do not require her to say it repeatedly. Both Houses should be involved, bu...More Button

  Amendment No. 13 not moved.More Button

I move amendment No. 14:More Button

  Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

  Section 5 agreed to.More Button

  Amendments Nos. 15 and 16 not moved.More Button

  Section 6 agreed to.More Button

I move amendment No. 17:More Button

I move amendment No. 18:More Button

We were assured this body would have parity with the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, with which the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, quite happily consults. There is dialogue between th...More Button

  Section 7 agreed to.More Button

I move amendment No. 19:More Button

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