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Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Síochána and other persons) Order 2014: Motion (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Ar 10.30 r.n. maidin amárach.

Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Síochána and other persons) Order 2014: Motion (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I welcome the Taoiseach to address the House on this very important issue. I greatly welcome the establishment of this commission of investigation and commend the Taoiseach on his swift and, indeed, decisive action in establishing it. As an organisation, An Garda Síochána has always enjoyed public confidence and is held in high regard among the people. However, recent revelations...

Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Síochána and other persons) Order 2014: Motion (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I move: That Seanad Éireann approves the following Order in draft:Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Síochána and other persons) Order 2014, copies of which Order in draft were laid before Seanad Éireann on 15th April, 2014.".

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: There was no resort to income. Members opposite cannot have it both ways. They had it that way for so long and had it every way.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: They wanted to have it every way and controlled it every way, but they cannot have it any longer.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The people know the facts.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I will come to Senator Paschal Mooney in turn.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Ivana Bacik sought a debate on penal reform, on which there is a report from the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence and on which I hope to have a debate after Easter, with specific reference to governance of prisons. We had a very good debate on the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill yesterday. It is a concern that it will take almost two years to...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: It is a way of promoting themselves and getting around the problem that they cannot put up posters before an election. My personal view is that the legislation should be amended.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Martin Conway referred to racial attacks on non-nationals on O'Connell Street. It is appalling to hear of these attacks and the Minister for Justice and Equality has spoken about the matter. Senator Mary Moran referred to medical cards for people with intellectual disabilities. We had a debate on medical cards previously, but I will arrange an overall debate on health in order...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Senator is not aware of what is discussed at parliamentary party meetings.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Senator John Crown has tabled an amendment to the Order of Business which I do not propose to accept. We had a comprehensive debate on water charges when the Bill went through the House. Everyone had an opportunity to make points at the time. Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill made the same point and talked about a figure of €750 or more per household. I remember him talking about a...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Senator has gone overboard again. He does not believe what is in the newspapers, but then goes beyond it. I take his comments with a grain of salt. I note the comments of Senator John Crown about universal health insurance. There is a White Paper on the topic and we will arrange a debate on that discussion document. Senator Paschal Mooney referred to the statement made by the Minister...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I have not had the luxury of reading it yet.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Senator White spoke about Age Action. I agree that the organisation does excellent work on behalf of the elderly. The House had a consultation group on the elderly and a very good report was commissioned. I will not discuss what Fianna Fáil did for the elderly as opposed to what this Government is doing. The reason for the cutbacks over recent years was the state of the country after...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: As Senator Burke pointed out, medical cards were granted to people over 70 years of age who had an income of €5,000 a week in some instances-----

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: People talk about taxing those earning over €100,000-----

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: -----when they gave medical cards to people earning that amount.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is Nos. a1 on a Supplementary Order Paper, Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2014 - all Stages, to be taken at 12.30 p.m., with the contribution of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes, those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes, the Minister to be given five minutes to reply to the debate on Second Stage, and Committee and Remaining Stages to be...

Seanad: Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013: Second Stage (15 Apr 2014)

Maurice Cummins: On Wednesday, 7 May 2014.

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