O'Rourke, Mary

Friday, 16 December 2005

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 182 No. 9

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Business of Seanad.

I will begin by going on the wishes trail. I thank the Cathaoirleach for his good wishes. In return, I wish him and his family a happy and peaceful Christmas. I thank him for his forbearing nature. He...More Button

We would not have been deemed to be in session if the flag was not flying. Senator Minihan would be aware of that fact. Finally, I thank the individual members of my and other parties who strove withi...More Button

I might take the Senator because the other guy is gone. They have been stalwart partners in this enterprise called the Seanad and I hope everybody and their families have a lovely time together. I kno...More Button

Do not be so nasty.More Button

I thank the Senator for saying that. I did not want to.More Button

Punch and Judy.More Button

Order of Business.

The Order of Business is Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive. No. 1 is the Development Banks Bill 2005 — all Stages to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business and to conclude not later than 1.30 p.m., ...More Button

Senator Brian Hayes asked for a debate on “on the runs”. We made preliminary inquiries to his office about the possibility of the Taoiseach coming to the House this week. As we know, however, EU issue...More Button

Yes. Senator Hayes also referred to the situation in the North where top-up fees mean there is more money available to third level institutions for research and development, which may leave us at a di...More Button

I apologise, I meant to say the “single farm payment”. Whether the farmers are single or married is immaterial. I suggest that if Senators cannot get through to the Department in Portlaoise, they shou...More Button

It seems the officials are getting slightly hung up on the minutiae of requirements in regard to the terminology of the application forms and so on. I have received information to the effect that ther...More Button

Social Welfare Bill 2005: Motion for Earlier Signature.

I move: That pursuant to subsection 2° of section 2 of Article 25 of the Constitution, Seanad Éireann concurs with the Government in a request to the President to sign the Social Welfare Bill 2005 on ...More Button

At 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 25 January 2006.More Button

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