Overseas Development Issues
Thursday, 09 May 2013

During a Seanad debate on Overseas Development Issues, I said: the title of the debate is particularly welcome. We are not talking about aid; we are talking about development, about which I am pleased. I am reminded of the old Oxfam quote: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life."...

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Call for a debate on the Economy / Repossessions
Thursday, 09 May 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I urge the Leader to give serious consideration to the suggestion that the House hold a regular debate on the economy. I read about an interesting development in the United States where it has been proposed to provide for a legal right to rent...

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Public Health (Availability of Defibrillators) Bill 2013 by Senator Feargal Quinn
Wednesday, 08 May 2013

On 8th May, I introduced my Bill, the Public Health (Availability of Defribillators Bill 2013.

I moved: That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to require the owners of particular types of premises or venues to install and maintain defibrillators so that they are available for public use...

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Address to Seanad Éireann by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
Wednesday, 08 May 2013

In response to an address to the Seanad by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, I said: I have four points, one of which concerns red tape. There must be something we can do about red tape. In France, they do not have the same red tape for a company employing four people as for one employing 400. We do not seem to have done enough, but is the answer in our hands or in Europe's hands?...

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Reconsidering School Holidays?
Wednesday, 08 May 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: When the Minister for Education and Skills next comes to the House we should discuss the issue of school holidays...

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Call for Pre-Budget Debate
Thursday, 02 May 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: this year, the budget will be announced in October rather than December, the reason for which is, in part, so that we can debate it. I hope we will have an opportunity to debate it well ahead of the decisions' being made. This is exactly the type of work the Seanad should be doing...

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Charities Regulation
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

During a Seanad motion on Charities Regulation, I said: One of the frustrations we have in everything we do here is the length of time it takes to get things done. Senator Whelan touched on the fact that it was in 2009 that the Charities Act was passed here, and yet we have not really got around to doing what needs to be done. We can and should do it immediately. The Minister's heart is in the right place so I am sure it will happen this time, but let us ensure it happens with speed...

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Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Nessa Childers, MEP
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

On 1st May, Ms. Nessa Childers, MEP addressed the Seanad, I said: I welcome this debate on the EU public health legislation and I agree entirely with Senator Cullinane. There is a future for this House but it must change what it does. One thing we can do is make sure we change our duties, one of which must be to ensure EU legislation receives much more scrutiny than it has had up to now. Much of the legislation that comes from Europe aims to improve the lives of European citizens and public health legislation can be seen as one of the principal and obvious areas in which the EU can benefit its citizens...

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Human Rights in Iran
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: I am usually loath to speak about what is happening in other part of the world that we do not know very well. It seems, however, that there is a need for a public outcry against the number of public executions taking place in Iran. Last month alone, there were 100 executions in prisons that we know of, many of them public hangings. There were 82 public hangings or executions in one earlier 13 day period...

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Benefits of Allowing People access to some of their Pensions
Thursday, 25 April 2013

During the Order of Business in the Seanad, I said: yesterday was a particularly good one for the House. I add my voice to those of others who congratulated Senator Barrett not only on what was a very good debate on the banking sector and financial stability but also on the fact that the Minister did not, as had been planned, vote against the Bill. This serves as a reminder of what this House can do and of the skills and abilities possessed by its Members. The debate on Senator Barrett's Bill was one of a number of extremely useful debates which took place here yesterday...

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Financial Stability and Reform Bill 2013
Wednesday, 24 April 2013

During a Seanad debate on the Financial Stability and Reform Bill 2012, I said: I welcome the words spoken by the Senator and his objective or what he hopes to achieve. That is, not just to have rules for banking but supervision to ensure rules are adhered to. I wholeheartedly agree with his efforts to highlight the need to set the conditions for financial stability in order to avoid a repeat of what happened. The Bill also states: "The principal aim of these items of legislation is to reduce the probability of the State being forced to actively support the banking community with public funds." As he said, let the banks use their own money rather than the State's money...

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