Henry, Mary E.F.

Wednesday, 7 February 2007

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 185 No. 21

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Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2006: Committee Stage.

Is there any control over the number of stations broadcasting on multiplex? I am not a technical person but believe that, if there are much more than five, there is considerable interference. While ...More Button

Will small stations be able to transmit from the multiplexes or will they need to send their signals to hubs from which they will be selected? What will be the quality?More Button

I move amendment No. 4: In page 4, line 30, after “television” to insert “and digital radio mondiale”. The Government amendments are welcome but I would prefer if the Minister accepted our amendments ...More Button

The Minister has given a very clear explanation why his amendment is better than that of Senator Norris and me. I am especially taken by what Senator Mooney has said because he has decades of experie...More Button

I listened to his programme for many years even though, thank goodness, I did not have much to do with emigration. We should not be too modest or parochial about who will listen to and look at these ...More Button

RTE needs to look up. This radio station will broadcast not just to the Irish communities in the United Kingdom, or to elderly people. It should be regarded as showing the Irish face. English is a ...More Button

Will the Minister explain why it was not necessary to mention 2FM and Lyric FM in the Bill? More Button

I also support the amendment. I had not identified the necessity in this regard because I had taken it for granted Irish channels would appear near the top of the guide.More Button

On the free-to-air British channels that are easily received in most areas of the country, will one of these multiplexes take care of them? I do not suppose the Minister is in a position to force the...More Button

We should listen carefully to Senator Quinn who has decades of experience collecting money very successfully. It is important we take note of what he says despite the fact I very much enjoy the adver...More Button

I support Senator O’Meara. This is an important issue. We discussed it earlier and we do not need to go through it again. However, we did not discuss the financial cost. I presume an additional co...More Button

National Development Plan: Motion.

I wish to share time with Senator Quinn.More Button

I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Haughey. I have little to say about the national development plan. I looked through it and I reckon it involves a great deal of amalgamation of previous plans...More Button

Perhaps Members will recall that when they were children, they were frequently given puzzles to try to encourage them to figure out how one would travel from A to B, etc. The position was similar whe...More Button

Under Standing Orders, the recommended time for the Minister’s contribution is 15 minutes.More Button

Amendment put.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Statute Law Revision Bill 2007: Second Stage.

I wish to share time with Senator Norris. I welcome the Minister of State to the House this evening and I am delighted that his officials who were involved in going through the legislation in the Att...More Button

I would love to have been with them.More Button

Going through all these ancient Acts and deciding what to do about them must have been fascinating because simply reading the Schedules to the Bill was fascinating. These include Acts such as that of...More Button

Under an Act of 1166 vagabonds, strangers, were not to stay more than one night in a house unless they became sick or their horse died. That was reasonable but not having seen the legislation I do no...More Button

Exactly. We should be capable of replacing it, particularly in light of the expert guidance provided in the report to which I refer. I am glad Senator Lydon is present. The LRC’s report discusses th...More Button

The Act in question remains on the Statute Book and relates to people who were wards of court. We included in the Civil Registration Act 2004 that people who are wards of court must have a certificat...More Button

Adjournment Matters - Genetically Modified Organisms.

I thank the Minister of State for attending the House this evening. I am trying to consider the issue regarding genetically modified food, crops and so forth from an economic point of view. While I ...More Button

I thank the Minister of State for her reply which I find extremely encouraging. I hope we will not focus on short-term profits. If she sees the former Minister, Deputy Walsh, in the corridors of pow...More Button


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