O'Brien, Darragh

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 210 No. 5

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Order of Business

I do not know where to start with all of that. On the use of guillotines, there are two important Bills before the House today with which we do not have any difficulty in broad terms. The European F...More Button

I accept from my experience previously on committees that the powers specified in the Bill are needed by the Oireachtas but they are important ones and they should be looked at in great detail. Effec...More Button

We should invite him in for a chat.More Button

The Senator was doing so well up to that point.More Button

No, he does not.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

It is the principle. In fairness, the Bill has not been long published.More Button

We will not be light on contributions from this side. The Leader cannot say that about the Government side.More Button

On a point of order, it is the obligation of the Government to fill time slots provided. The Opposition regularly contributes.More Button

It is.More Button

It is not. The bottom line is that we are being accused of not filling time last week.More Button

Yes.More Button

Question put: “That the Order of Business be agreed to.”
No IndicatorVoted No More Button

European Financial Stability Facility and Euro Area Loan Facility (Amendment) Bill 2011: Second Stage

Like Senator Byrne, I have never seen a Bill with no explanatory memoranda. Could the officials clarify why the explanatory memoranda were not published with the Bill? I tried to get them before the...More Button

Fine Gael supported the bank guarantee.More Button

Even if it is not true.More Button

I am entertained now.More Button

Back to where they were at the election.More Button

I thank the Acting Chairman.More Button

In response to two points raised by Senator Gilroy, we gave credit where it was due — excuse the pun — to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, and the Minister for Public Expenditur...More Button

European Financial Stability Facility and Euro Area Loan Facility (Amendment) Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages.

I appreciate the Minister’s response to the comments made. This has been a good debate. The legislation is necessary and I do not propose to delay the House further on it. There is a genuine desire...More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries) Bill 2011: Second Stage

I apologise for interrupting but will copies of the Minister’s speech be circulated?More Button

Fan go bhfeicfimid.More Button

I thank the Minister for his comprehensive outline of the legislation. I give the Bill a guarded welcome. The Minister rightly suggests that we are entering new territory. I have some genuine conce...More Button

Yes, we must do so. Will any measures be introduced whereby a member of the committee who is acting in an overtly political or biased manner, or who has a conflict of interest, can be sanctioned by th...More Button

Any sort of ruling. Most people in the north east of the country would be aware of a medical case that has gone to court but there is still great interest in the House about how it is being dealt wit...More Button

I agree but I am referring to instances such as someone being wrongly jailed. There are many bodies and individuals who need to be brought in and their good names must be at risk but there are others...More Button

I will be brave; the Minister’s head is on the block.More Button

This was a commitment in the programme for Government but was it necessary to introduce the Bill so quickly? The Minister said he would revise the Bill in the next couple of weeks but the referendum ...More Button

We will support the Bill, there is no question of that. I merely advise the Minister to be cúramach because this could be a powder keg.More Button

For some it will be more difficult than others.More Button

We will let the Senator know in due course.More Button

That answers my point, that was my concern.More Button

Thirtieth Amendment of the Constitution (Houses of the Oireachtas Inquiries) Bill 2011: Committee and Remaining Stages

I want to get back to a couple of issues. The Minister spoke about serving as a Minister or as a member of the Executive and I raised a question——More Button

Yes, we are on a specific amendment, but on Second Stage I mentioned that there were some issues I wished to come back to on Committee Stage. I also have a comment to make on the amendment.More Button

The Minister’s response to Senator Mullen may indicate the Senator got under the Minister’s skin a little. To be fair, people have considered this legislation. I have no doubt that Senator Mullen’s ...More Button

I would like to comment on the Schedule.More Button

Can the Minister respond?More Button

I refer to the Schedule.More Button

That is fine.More Button

As the Cathaoirleach has observed, the House has spent two hours on this amendment and there has been a lot of grandstanding this afternoon. Senator Mullen is saying that no politician, no Member of ...More Button

I will not delay the amendment any further. However, Senator Mullen is incorrect in two points. He is trying to protect against people who were elected to this House making up their minds. I wish t...More Button

It means that people would absent themselves from a committee if something arose at the committee related to their constituency. Then I can understand how there might be a consideration made regardin...More Button

The Senator said that politicians were not capable of making unpopular decisions and that is not true.More Button

The Senator would be hard pushed to find one.More Button

Rinne an Choiste vótáil: Ta, 25; Níl, 3.
Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button


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