McCarthy, Michael

Wednesday, 5 March 2003

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 171 No. 15

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Order of Business.

I also thank the staff of the House who covered the debate last night, which continued until almost 3 a.m. Concerns have been expressed by some in the primary schools sector that text messaging shorth...More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2003: Committee and Remaining Stages.

I acknowledge the Minister's presence in the House. It would a better House for all of us if all legislation was as non-contentious as this and had such a speedy exit from the House.More Button

The Adjournment Matters still had to come after that. I thank the Minister for his input and for his thoughtful contributions.More Button

Local Government Bill 2003: Second Stage (Resumed).

It would be a big mouse.More Button

I welcome the Minister to the House. This is wide-ranging legislation and there have been many fine contributions. There has been much debate about this matter in recent days and weeks. Two years ago,...More Button

The Minister should recognise this. The electorate for the Upper House largely consists of members of local authorities. Those who went through the rigours of meeting councillors around the country pr...More Button

When it is considered that the senior counsel was of a particular political persuasion, it gives room for thought.More Button

It should be looked at in greater detail by the parliamentary counsel. I was elected to Cork County Council three years ago at the age of 22. One soon cuts one's back teeth sitting on a council; one l...More Button

The Senator can do so if he passes through the “Níl” lobby with us.More Button

I am surprised he has not lobbied the Senator at this stage.More Button

Over 100 miles.More Button

I did not know the Senator was going to canvass there.More Button

Protection of the Environment Bill 2003: Committee Stage (Resumed).

Section 35 deals with the waiver and I made my point before debate on this Stage was adjourned. I ask the Minister to consider this amendment. I would like to see a stronger provision that the waiver ...More Button

My party also opposes this section, my views on which are well known. I have a fundamental difficulty with any move that would lead to the denigration of the role of the councillor. That role is alrea...More Button

In case the Minister thinks he has not got worse, and I do not think he has—More Button

The Minister more or less took issue with the former Minister for the Environment, Mr. Flynn. The councillor from Waterford was being gung-ho but that in itself is local democracy at work. The fact th...More Button

Last night when a Senator referred to another Senator's accent Senator Dardis was quick to jump up and down and beat his drum in defence of somebody else.More Button

Now he has made remarks about Senator Paddy Burke who withdrew his statement.More Button

No. What was good-—More Button

I felt obliged to say that for the sake of clarity and balance.More Button


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