Seanad Contributions
Water Flouridation
Wednesday, 30 January 2013

During a debate on water flouridation in the Seanad, I said: Senator Norris should be commended for introducing this topic. I have two celebrations this weekend. One is my granddaughter's seventh birthday and the other - also on Sunday - will mark my 20th anniversary in this House. I mention this because in my first few weeks, this topic arose and I remember becoming involved in the fluoridation debate. I supported the practice because of the existing evidence but I will now question whether the practice needs the same deserving attention it got in those days...

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Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Mairead McGuinness, MEP
Tuesday, 29 January 2013

After an address by Ms Mairead McGuniness, MEP, to the Seanad, I said: I welcome Ms Mairead McGuinness, MEP, to the House and, in particular, the words used by her in her address. I welcome also that she is responsible for the food and agriculture area. We greatly appreciate her work. Ms McGuinness will be aware that I was in charge of euro commerce for a number of years...

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Taxi Regulation Bill 2012
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

During a Seanad debate on the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012, I said: I would like to see some changes in it, particularly in regard to quantitative control, as referred to by Senator Barrett, as opposed to quality control. Twenty years ago I brought a group of some 1,500 visitors to Ireland for a big conference, everyone staying in five-star bedrooms. Those who came to plan it some months ahead of time could not get a taxi from their restaurant to where they were staying...

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Putting Medical Records Online / Food Safety Board / Overlong delay to pass Legislation
Wednesday, 23 January 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: Several times in the past I have expressed my concern about wasting paper and the fact that we should be moving towards a paperless society. I draw the attention of the House to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for health in Britain, who today will announce an NHS development for making patients' records accessible to the patients...

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Equal Status (Amendment) Bill, 2012,
Wednesday, 19 December 2012

During a Seanad debate on the Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2012, I said: The Minister of State is welcome although I cannot say the same for this legislation. It is interesting to note that Ireland, the UK and Spain are the countries believed to be the ones that will be most affected by this ruling because gender-based pricing are most commonly used in them. I would like to know if a cost analysis has been done of this. It was interesting to hear the two previous speaker talk about costs. How will this legislation affect the consumer?

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