O'Toole, Joe John

Thursday, 2 May 1991

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 128 No. 12

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Order of Business.

I would like to raise again the question of the introduction of the Education Bills, and also the question of a debate on education, which the Leader assured me he would raise with the Minister with a...More Button

There is no rush.More Button

Environmental Protection Agency Bill, 1990: Committee Stage (Resumed).

I think it was opportune that we adjourned at the point we did yesterday. Certainly I was thoroughly confused with this section by the time we had finished with it. I have spent a lot of time between ...More Button

That is precisely the point.More Button

I appreciate that. There are a number of things that should be clarified. First, what is meant by the Government making a request? Do the committee begin the process of selection ab initio? It is not ...More Button

Thank you. On that basis I will withdraw my amendment. I have no difficulty whatsoever about the Government having the right not to appoint somebody because I would be the first person to criticise th...More Button

We are appointing a director general to look after the Environmental Protection Agency. What is “stated misbehaviour”? Let us say the director general of the Environmental Protection Agency decides to...More Button

I wish that Senators Lydon and Hanafin were here to get that firmly on the record. They might have a different view of that.More Button

They are very clear and they are written into the constitution.More Button

I want to make a general comment on section 21 for the record. I support what we have decided. To my mind the process as outlined in the section and the people and interests represented on the selecti...More Button

I thought it was important and I am delighted the Minister took it on board. I am quite happy to withdraw my amendment in favour of her amendment. It is just a straightforward technical matter. Amendm...More Button

I thank the Minister for taking this proposal on board. It gives equity to the director and allows him or her the same scope to misbehave as the director general. Amendment agreed to.More Button

I move amendment No. 78: In page 22, subsection (3) (a), line 20, to delete “chairman” and substitute “chairperson”. I presume amendments Nos. 78, 79 80 and 81 are all being dealt with together as the...More Button

In putting down this amendment, I feel that draftspersons also have to reflect changing times. Notwithstanding ancient and well-honoured practices, it is time we went somewhere beyond where we are. Th...More Button

I am between two minds about the Minister's response. I put the amendment down for the reasons outlined. I expected an absolutely positive response. The term “chairman” is now unacceptable. The Minist...More Button

We find we are forming a group here.More Button

Touché.More Button

On a point of information, I would like to bring to the notice of the House that the INTO executive propose that there will be reserved seats for women on the INTO National Executive. That has happene...More Button

On the basis of the Minister giving me the guarantee she did that, subject to there being no legal difficulties, she would bring in on Report Stage a change to “chairperson”, I just want to make the g...More Button


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