Seanad Contributions
National Lottery Bill 2012
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

During a second stage Seanad debate on the National Lottery Bill 2012, I said: as chairman of An Post at the time we set up the national lottery in 1986, I was involved in its establishment. At that time, one of the concerns about the national lottery that appealed to me was the battle that went on to ensure that the money from the ticket sales did not go into Government funds in order to shore up the deficit. It seems the Government intends to use the national lottery to shore up the deficit to some degree, although the Minister would not agree...

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Call for debates on cost of hospital procedures / the environment
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: this morning I attended a meeting of the Arthritis Foundation of Ireland on keeping Ireland fit for work. It was very interesting. The amount of absenteeism in this country is, and has always been, affected by things we can do something about - this meeting showed some of those things...

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Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013

During a second stage Seanad debate on the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2013, I said: I left the House during the Minister's opening contribution to meet approximately 40 students from a school in the area in which I live. I was delighted to have the opportunity to quote the Minister and Senator Mary White has just spoken about there being 5,000 deaths. We were always told tobacco was addictive and knew this from a very early age...

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Lung Fibrosis
Thursday, 18 April 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: The Irish Lung Fibrosis Association is concerned at a decision taken by the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, NCPE, not to make Pirfenidone available to patients. I have been a patron of the association for some time. Lung fibrosis is a very serious disease with no cure but Pirfenidone enables people to stay alive...

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Case of Imprisoned Woman in Pakistan
Wednesday, 17 April 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seaand, I said: I add my voice to those who have called for cool heads and calmness in the spat between the Judiciary and the Government. There is a channel for discussion and we should allow that discussion to take place. We have enjoyed an independent Judiciary for 90 years and it has worked well for us. Let us make sure we do not do anything that loses it. I think it is in the Government's hands to do something about that...

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