Seanad Contributions
Future of Further Education and Training
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

During a Seanad debate on the future of further education and training, I said: I have had a most interesting week. I am following two Dundalk speakers. I found myself in the Dundalk Institute of Technology two days ago. One thing that surprised me about the group I met and the class I lectured to was that they were studying entrepreneurship. It was not a full course but a module that is part of every course, which everyone does when they study business in Dundalk Institute of Technology....

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Call for Debate on Youth and Long-Term Unemployment
Wednesday, 20 February 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: Will the Leader consider allowing a debate on the report of the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation entitled, Creating Policies that Work - Actions to Address Youth and Long-Term Unemployment, which was launched yesterday and is worthy of discussion?

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Call for a debate on hospital-acquired infections
Tuesday, 19 February 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I ask that the Leader find time to debate the recent Health Protection Surveillance Centre report, which is frightening. Surveys are done all around Europe, and although there are no accurate statistics for Ireland, it is suggested that between ten and 20 people die each week from hospital-acquired infections, primarily MRSA. This adds up to hundreds each year...

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Seanad debate on the Promissory Note Arrangement
Thursday, 14 February 2013

During a Seanad debate on the Promissory Note Arrangement, I said: This deal is another step in the right direction on the road to recovery. Businesses negotiate all of the time. To that extent, I see this as an everyday deal, but at a much larger scale. It gives us a great deal of breathing space, which is what we need now...

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Call for Action on Upward-only Rent Reviews
Thursday, 14 February 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: Yesterday at a conference in Dublin, a number of speakers from the United States stated that the number of foreclosures on mortgages in Ireland was too low. They noted that one of the reasons America has managed to emerge from the mortgage crisis is the high number of mortgage foreclosures in the US. I had not heard this view expressed previously and it dawned on me that there is a vested interest involved in this issue because the banks and landlords have a different viewpoint from tenants and home owners...

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