Seanad Contributions
Need for Pre-Budget Debates
Monday, 23 September 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I have the same feeling as others that this House should be debating the budget prior to the budget and prior to the making of the decisions before it is announced. I do not understand why, to the best of my knowledge, we have never had that debate. I imagine the Minister for Finance, no matter what party he comes from, has never wanted to have that debate take place beforehand, and we have never been able to achieve it...

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European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012
Tuesday, 20 August 2013

During a Seanad debate on the European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012: Motion, I said: I second the motion. I am always puzzled that it takes so long to get anything done in the State bodies. I come from a business background where things seem to happen much more quickly. I am just stunned. The debate on the Human Body Organs and Human Tissue Bill 2008, which I introduced, was adjourned in October 2008 because the Minister of the day wanted to consult more widely on the matter...

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Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution (Court of Appeal) Bill 2013:
Wednesday, 24 July 2013

During a second stage Seanad debate on the Thirty-third Amendment of the Constitution (Court of Appeal) Bill 2013, I said: I welcome the Minister and this legislation. I am in awe of the fact that there are so many lawyers in the House. I am not a lawyer, but I have had the honour of defending cases - 37 on one occasion - against me in the High Court. I won and the State appealed that decision against me to the Supreme Court. It was a long time ago and I doubt that anyone who is around would remember that situation in 1971, but I won the case in the Supreme Court on the basis of discrimination on grounds of religion...

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Senator Feargal Quinn's Construction Contracts Bill passed into law!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013

During the final stages of the Construction Contracts Bill 2010, (Feargal Quinn), I said:  thank the Minister of State for his explanation. I did not speak during tonight's debate as it is 1,168 days since the Bill commenced and, as we have spoken a lot about abolition or reform of the Seanad today, I felt that we should not speak any longer on the Bill than needed. I wish to touch on some of the points that the Minister of State made. He said that the Bill came about due to a small incident. It was not a small incident but quite a substantial scandal whereby somebody who was not short of money had a company that did not pay its subcontractors. This came to the attention of Seán Gallagher, who wrote to a number of people, including his local Deputy, who circulated his letter...

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Healthy Eating and Food Wastage
Tuesday, 23 July 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I support Senator Keane’s reference to nutrition and healthy eating. We had a very interesting debate and passed Second Stage of the Food Provenance Bill. This is something the Government can actually do. The Bill has passed Second Stage. It can be created and passed and it will give all citizens an opportunity to know where their food comes from and what is in it...

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