Yeats, Michael B

Thursday, 2 August 1973

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 75 No. 9

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The Parliamentary Secretary rightly said at the start of his speech that since 1968 other groups have had their salaries increased on four or five occasions under the various national wage agreements ...More Button

Oireachtas (Allowances to Members) and Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices (Amendment) Bill, 1973 (Certified Money Bill) : Committee and Final Stages.

There are one or two matters arising out of the Parliamentary Secretary's speech on this question of retrospection. He mentioned that the Employer/Labour Conference did not recommend that there ought...More Button

I move recommendation No. 1: In page 3, to insert in line 13 “and Seanad Éireann” after “Dáil Éireann”, and after “Dáil Éireann” in lines 14 and 15 to insert “or Seanad Éireann”.More Button

Not even a good one.More Button

Since coming to sit in the seat he occupies at present Senator O'Higgins has acquired a certain brand of political innocence that I would never have attributed to him in the days he used to sit on thi...More Button

On that point, I would urge Senator O'Higgins and other Senators opposite simply to make the gesture. There will be a vote on this recommendation. I would suggest that they all vote for it because t...More Button

There was a strong indication to that end. On the same basis, why have this subsection in at all? Do we not all know that, if the Dáil discuss it, in practice no resolution disproving of it will be ...More Button

Quite.More Button

Taking the first point made by Senator M.J. O'Higgins in his earlier intervention, I do not think he quite appreciated the full power of his suggestion that, after all, we need not worry and we could ...More Button

One has no power on legislation in Opposition either unless you can persuade some Minister to amend it. In the case of an order of this kind it is perfectly obvious Ministers will stick by it. The G...More Button

I should like to refer to subsection (3) (a) (1) which states: “The Government may whenever they so think fit by order increase, et cetera.” The operative words here are “whenever they so think fit” a...More Button

This section seems to me to be an example of remarkably sloppy drafting. Paragraph (b), which relates to the allowance to be paid to the Attorney General, provides: ... in case a Member of the Oireac...More Button

I am not at all clear what the meaning of that last contribution is. What penury has to do with it? I am interested in a curious, not to say eccentric, situation. It appears that if a Senator beco...More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

I find myself basically in agreement with much of what Senator Garrett has been saying. The reason for this curious anomaly which has arisen seems to be that the attempt is being made to equate the ...More Button

Business of Seanad.

I take it that the Seanad is not even beginning to think of finishing tonight.More Button

I do not think that is very satisfactory but I know there are at least some Senators who are thinking in terms of speaking in the morning.More Button

Then continue the Second Reading in the morning.More Button


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