Quinn, Fergal

Wednesday, 21 February 2001

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 165 No. 6

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We have no problem with the Order of Business. I add our words of congratulations to Cardinal Connell. I was not aware the House was represented and I am delighted to hear that.More Button

Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2000: Second Stage.

No, the Senator would walk away with it.More Button

The Minister referred to this Bill as being innovative and forward looking. I agree. I have listened very carefully to the Minister and there were some aspects that I had not noticed or understood bef...More Button

Let me shift perspective and raise a totally different set of concerns from the practical, human and usability dimension I covered earlier. For more than 25 years, I have sat down once a week with a g...More Button

Agriculture Appeals Bill, 2001: Committee Stage.

I move amendment No. 1: In page 3, subsection (1), to delete lines 13 and 14. I welcome the Minister to the House. He looks as though he is in a good natured humour and that he will accept all suggest...More Button

The Minister said the Civil Service Commission will act independently in making appointments and that it will not be possible for the Minister to dismiss officers. Section 2 states: “The Minister may ...More Button

I doubt very much that it was fictional. It was made very clear to Bernard that his future promotion would depend on his position in that department. That is the aspect which shakes my confidence in ...More Button

I move amendment No. 3: In page 4, before section 2, to insert the following new section: “2.–(1)There shall stand established the office of Director of Agriculture Appeals and the holder of the offic...More Button

I support amendments Nos. 4 and 5. I stated this morning that Senator Dardis would be interested in the report of the Law Reform Commission on plain language which was published yesterday. Therefore, ...More Button

I oppose this section which relates to the deputy director of agriculture appeals and would like to see it withdrawn entirely. My amendment No. 26 seeks to substitute the phrase “the establishment of ...More Button

I move amendment No. 7: In page 4, subsection (1), line 27, to delete “to the Director”.More Button

I support Senator O'Meara. She has articulated her point very well. I am sure the Minister will inform us if there are reasons it should not be done. A written hearing would involve costs and assistan...More Button

I move amendment No. 18: In page 5, lines 3 to 5, delete subsection (2).More Button

I support Senator O'Meara in regard to the Minister's obvious intention to reconsider some of these items. We must give him a chance to do so. It is discourteous to the Minister to rush that decision....More Button

BSE Crisis: Motion.

I move: In view of the serious lack of confidence in consumers of beef internationally, Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Health and Children to come into the House and discuss the BSE crisis f...More Button

I have found the debate very educational. I thank Senator Fitzpatrick and those on the Government side for withdrawing the amendment. I recognise that it is not easy to do so and it is much appreciate...More Button


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