Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Building Regulations / Upward-only Rent Reviews
Wednesday, 07 May 2014

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: the issue of carbon monoxide was introduced in a Bill in this House only last month. At the time, the Minister, Deputy Hogan, explained that he thought this could be done in a different way. I congratulate the Minister, Deputy Hogan, because over the weekend he announced he was adjusting the building regulations to achieve precisely what Members set out to do...

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End-of-Life Care and Bereavement
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

During a Seanad debate on End-of-Life Care and Beareavement, I said: The Minister of State is very welcome and the step she has taken in withdrawing the amendment is also welcome, because it means this debate is welcomed by the Government. I know something of the Think Ahead project, which is part of the Irish Hospice Foundation's forum on end of life in Ireland. It is a fantastic initiative which aims at awareness-raising, planning and promoting public debate on issues related to death, dying and bereavement. It is a difficult subject to raise, but if people do not have an open conversation about it, that can bring many problems for families. I was present at the death of my sister-in-law in Our Lady's Hospice...

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Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

During a Seanad debate on the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013, I said: the Minister is welcome to the House and this Bill is also welcome. I went to live in Howth 40 years ago and I live by the sea. Over those years, I have grown very fond of seeing the amount of activity that takes place on it. We recently had a visitor from Hull who could not get over it. He told me that when he was growing up, Hull was as busy as is Dublin Bay now. However, it is very exciting to look at Dublin Bay and to see the amount of activity, the number of cargo ships and even more so, the number of cruise ships coming in. It is a real way of life to watch the pilot boat going out and bringing them in...

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Submission on the Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

By Senator Feargal Quinn and Senator Katherine Zappone

On 11th March 2014, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr Phil Hogan, TD., on behalf of the Government introduced the General Scheme of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2014, in Seanad Éireann. This Bill had been published the previous month for consultation. The Minister pointed out that, when enacted, this Bill will reform arrangements for the election of six Members of the House by institutions of higher education in the State. Our position on this Bill and on the larger question of Seanad reform is a matter of clear public record. For the purposes of this submission, we will briefly summarise our views, in particular, with relevance to the General Scheme of the Seanad Electoral (University Members) (Amendment) Bill 2014....

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Care of the Elderly
Tuesday, 08 April 2014

During a Seanad debate on Care of the Elderly, I said: The Minister of State is very welcome to the House for this interesting and worthwhile debate. I should declare an interest in that, having checked Nealon's Guide, I see that I am the oldest Member of the Oireachtas. I agree with Senator Gilroy in that I do not see anything wrong with the Fianna Fáil motion. I do not think there was a need to table an amendment because it could have been accepted. Nonetheless, I welcome the debate because we should discuss this topic more often...

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Building Control (Carbon Monoxide Detection) Bill 2014 by Senator Feargal Quinn
Monday, 07 April 2014

On 8th April 2014, I introduced the Building Control (Carbon Monoxide Detection) Bill 2014 in the Seanad. I said:

I welcome the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Phil Hogan, to the House. It seems he decided to come without his officials. I like to see a man working alone and able to handle these matters on his own. The Bill I am bringing forward today deals with an important issue and its proposals have the potential to save lives. How many lives is difficult to quantify, as I will explain presently...

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SME Envoy Networks
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

During a Seanad debate on the EU's SME Envoy Networks, I said: I welcome the Minister of State and I am delighted he is here again. I am also delighted with the steps he has taken and to hear about what is going on. It was also interesting to hear Senator Mary White's story and experiences, particularly with Lir Chocolates I fear that the envoy network will become a talking shop. I was president of EuroCommerce, which represents the retail, wholesale and distribution trade, for three years and a member for six years...

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Feargal Quinn: We need to act on one person, one vote for Seanad
Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The people didn't vote to keep the Seanad because they love it just the way it is. They voted because they saw what the Seanad could become – it now falls to the Taoiseach to ensure the will of the people is brought to fruition.

Under the Constitution, the Seanad is one of two houses of the legislature. Yet in the first full week of March the Seanad considered only one piece of legislation and this week (the second week of March), just one piece of draft legislation will be considered. The scale of the problem is starkly demonstrated by the fact that the Seanad is not even scheduled to sit today...

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"Government must deliver on its promise to resolve burden of upward only rents on small firms"
Saturday, 22 February 2014

by Senator Feargal Quinn

This lifeline is vital for small businesses struggling to cope with excessive rents

Last September I published a Bill to tackle the problem of upward only rents in the commercial property sector. This legislation was debated and passed at Second Stage in the Seanad and this week it will be debated at Committee Stage. The unprecedented fall in property values serves as its backdrop; and the preservation of jobs and the survival of small businesses at its heart...

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Seanad Reform: 100 Days Since The People Decided - Democracy Matters
Friday, 21 February 2014

Seanad Reform: 100 Days Since The People Decided,

If There Is A Will, There Is A Way - Democracy Matters

January 2014

Summary

This paper is published by Democracy Matters as a practical blueprint for immediate action to reform Seanad Eireann. The People have spoken on the issue of retaining the Seanad a hundred days ago. They clearly want reform. During the recent referendum campaign, there was an overwhelming consensus both among abolitionists and retentionists that the Seanad needs reform.

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ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

During a second stage Seanad debate on the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013, I said: I am glad the Government with this legislation is recognising that we have to invest for the future. For several years, I was chairman of EuroCommerce, an organisation which spans the retail, wholesale and international trade sectors in the 28 European Union member states. I recall when visiting Estonia, I was impressed how they were so far advanced in e-commerce because of their excellent communications infrastructure.

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