Tackling Drowning Deaths
Thursday, 11 July 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I wish to raise a rather sad point, that is, the death by drowning of two people yesterday. I have read that 150 people per year die in Ireland from drowning. Is there anything we can do about it? I have raised the issue of the transition year that students take and I am a great admirer of it...

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(Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

During the Committe Stage of the 32nd Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013, I said: When this State was established in 1922, we established a State with two Houses of the Oireachtas. That was 91 years ago. After 15 years, the Government of the day decided it did not like the second House and then put forward a Constitution in 1937. At that time it considered the options open to it, and these were such that it could have done without having a second House but it thought it through. I believe the Government, and the people of the day who supported that Constitution, thought that through and decided they wanted checks and balances in place on the power of the larger House, which was democratically elected. On that basis we have had a second House since then,and in 75 years it has served us well...

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Parental Leave Bill 2013
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

During a second stage Seanad debate on the Parental Leave Bill 2013, I said: This Bill is also welcome. Senator White has put a significant amount of effort into it. As someone who has run a business and is also a mother, which is not easy, she has a great deal of experience of this matter. I was delighted to hear Senator Moran's reference to a prenatal clinic. My wife and I have five children. With our first child, my wife had the opportunity to attend the late Kathleen O'Rourke for antenatal clinics. Fathers attended on the last day as well to get experience. My wife benefited in the form of pain control through breathing methods...

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Call for Re-appraisal of School Holidays
Wednesday, 10 July 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: This week, Britain announced that it would arrange for the determination of school holidays to be left in the hands of individual schools instead of organising them centrally...

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Call for 0% VAT on Defribillators
Tuesday, 09 July 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seaand, I said: recently, we held a debate in the House on defibrillators. I was impressed to receive a letter yesterday from St. Conleth's School. Gavin Maguire is the man who organised it. He organised a walk to Glendalough for his students. Unfortunately, one of his students, a young man called Neil Quinlan, died and they were unable to revive him. Then, the students got together to see whether they could raise money for defibrillators...

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Food Provenance Bill 2013 by Senator Feargal Quinn
Wednesday, 03 July 2013

On 3rd July 2013, I introduced the Food Provenance Bill in the Seanad. It is a Bill intended to enhance the level of information which is made available to the consumers of foodstuffs and for that purpose to introduce a series of new requirements for food labelling and signage. I said:

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Defribillators and Organ Donation
Wednesday, 03 July 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I daid: we recently passed Second Stage of the defibrillator Bill. It got quite a lot of attention. I was approached by a number of people in regard to it. A young man was mentioned by Senator Power as somebody who had experienced a heart attack, was taken for dead and was rescued because a man in his club had the ability and knowledge to operate a defibrillator...

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Further Education and Training Bill 2013
Thursday, 20 June 2013

During a Seanad debate on the Further Education and Training Bill 2013, I said: The Minister is welcome to the House. Like previous speakers, I ask him to pass on to the Minister of State, Deputy Cannon, our wishes for his speedy recovery. I welcome the Bill. I have had the experience only in recent years of being involved with Springboard and I am reminded of very different touches that are needed. There is no one solution to this problem. People are unemployed, looking for work but their skills may be in a different area from the area in which vacancies may arise...

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Sale of National Lottery Licence
Thursday, 20 June 2013

During the Order of Business, I thank colleagues for their contributions to the debate last night on my Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013. The Minister probably did not come into the Chamber intending to support the proposal, and his decision not to oppose it was most welcome...

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Public Health (Availability of Defribillators) Bill 2013, by Senator Feargal Quinn
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

On 19 June, I introduced my Private Members Bill, the (Availibility of Defribillators) Bill 2013 which aims to ensure the availability of defribillators in public spaces which aims to assist in saving the lives of people who are the victim of cardiac arrest. During the second stage Seanad debate on the Bill, I said:

I welcome the Minister for Health. I hope this Bill will be welcomed too. I could do with half an hour, rather than ten minutes. I will have to speed it up and see what I can do. I am pleased to have an opportunity to open the Second Stage debate on this Bill, which deals with an issue that affects many people. There is increased awareness of the need for defibrillators to be available. Advances in technology have meant that the prospects of survival can be greatly improved, but we need to take the steps proposed in this Bill. Life is precious...

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Mind Your Own Business - New Book By Feargal Quinn
Wednesday, 19 June 2013

ImageBest-selling author, businessman and Senator Feargal Quinn firmly believes every business has the potential to survive and even thrive during a recession.

In Mind Your Own Business, he uses real-life examples from the first two series of RTÉ television’s hit programme, Feargal Quinn's Retail Therapy, as well as valuable experiences gained in his fifty-year career in business, to explain exactly how to do it.

From the importance of setting the right tone in your business, to placing innovation at the heart of everything you do, responding to your customers’ needs and planning for succession in a family-run business, he challenges many of the bad habits that can build up in businesses over the years...

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