O'Kennedy, Michael

Wednesday, 1 June 1988

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 119 No. 17

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Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Bill, 1988: Second Stage.

The purpose of this Bill is to give effect to the Government's decision to amalgamate An Foras Talúntais and ACOT and to transfer the functions of the two bodies to a new single Authority with respons...More Button

Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Bill, 1988: Second Stage (Resumed).

That is a myth. The officials of the Department of Agriculture and Food have been grossly wronged in this. It is a myth.More Button

They put me on the grid iron and twisted my arm.More Button

Could the Senator quote the reference?More Button

Please do.More Button

I am used to sittings on agriculture right through the night, and one of the reasons I am anxious to get this through now is that for the next few weeks I will be engaged elsewhere right through the n...More Button

In fairness, the case was put very fully and very effectively. I took the point.More Button

I will have less time tomorrow to proof read speeches and the following day I will have less time and then someone like Senator McMahon will be able to make a 15 minute comment on what I said. There ...More Button

If the Senator would give a little bit of inspiration or motivation or direction, it would be great.More Button

I am glad the young farmers are not listening.More Button

And bring in the undertaker and bring in all the young farmers of Ireland to hear the funeral service.More Button

I am quiet easy if people want or do not want to finish. The Cathaoirleach recorded the agreement of the House. Can we finish by 12 o'clock?More Button

Part of the agreement of the House was that Senators would conclude by 12 midnight and that I would have an opportunity to reply as a courtesy to the House. That was the agreement and I make no other...More Button

I want to be quite objective because this is important. I owe this to the House of the Oireachtas. Next week I will be required to represent the country at the Council of Agriculture Ministers for t...More Button

There were no consultations with the Minister. What the House does is the business of the House.More Button

I am here only because as a Minister I am obliged under the Constitution to be here — and I am happy to be here — to respond to the debate. That I am prepared to do and it is a matter for the House t...More Button

Adjournment Matter. - Our Lady's Hospital, Cork.

I regret that my colleague, the Minister for Health, who has a very deep concern about issues of this nature is not here at this hour of the morning to respond to the matter on the Adjournment due to ...More Button


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