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Seanad: National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014: Committee and Remaining Stages (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: At 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 17 September 2014.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Notwithstanding what was decided under Standing Orders this morning, I propose that we would take Report Stage of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland Bill 2014 now, as agreed by all Members of the House.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I also propose, again notwithstanding what was decided under Standing Orders, that we would do likewise and take Report and Final Stages of the National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Fine, we will do it then.

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Seanad shall meet on Friday, 18th July, 2014 at 10.30 a.m. and the following arrangements shall apply: (1) (a) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended; (b) there shall be no Order of Business; (c) the business to be taken shall be confined to--(i) subject to the completion of Committee...

Seanad: Standing Orders: Motion (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I move: That the Report of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on Standing Orders 70A, 71 and 119 and the adoption of New Standing Orders 113A and 137A be adopted, laid before the Seanad and printed.

Seanad: Commission of Investigation: Motion (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I move: That Seanad Éireann: bearing in mind the specific matters considered by Government to be of significant public concern arising from the fatal shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn by members of the Garda Síochána during the course of an attempted armed robbery of a Securicor van in Co. Wicklow on 1st May, 1998; and noting that it is the opinion of the Government that a...

Seanad: Order of Business (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I assure you it will be a very hard thing to do. I do not propose to accept the amendment to the Order of Business proposed by Senator Mark Daly. I gave a very comprehensive report yesterday on funding to support national organisations in the community and voluntary sector. I outlined that the overall budget for the scheme was €8 million and went through the details of the scheme....

Seanad: Order of Business (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Senator should also ask the consultants and users whether the hospital is providing a much greater suite of services for the people of County Roscommon. That is only a suggestion and I am sure the Senator will not take it up.

Seanad: Order of Business (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I commend Senator Martin Conway for the item discussed during Private Members' business yesterday. It has been commented on by a number of Members. Senator Feargal Quinn raised the issue of competitiveness and referred to very interesting findings. We have a great deal of work to do in that regard. I have mentioned one of the key areas of concern which requires policy attention - stable...

Seanad: Order of Business (17 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re the arrangements for the sitting of the House on Friday, 18 July, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re changes to Standing Orders concerning pre-legislative and post-legislative scrutiny, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of No. 1; No. 3, motion re proposed commission of investigation into...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: For the information of Senator White, I have already outlined the fact that Deputy Kathleen Lynch is Minister of State with responsibility for older people. In the context of the housing list relating to older people, I need not remind the Senator that very little social housing was built during the Celtic tiger years when the country was awash with money. Social housing was forgotten by...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Landy referred to the fair deal scheme and the fact that nursing homes are seeking additional funding. I will raise that matter with the new Minister and ensure that it is debated in the House. Senator Ó Clochartaigh referred to the situation in the Middle East. I have invited the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to come before the House to discuss that matter. Other...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: -----and who was the granddaughter of the party's founder.

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: There is no point in the pot calling the kettle black in this instance. I assure the House that the two individuals who have been appointed are extremely capable and I am sure they will go on to prove that. Senator Conway referred to the potential for tourism development in the context of walking, cycling and running. I agree with him in that regard and I am sure the matter will be...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I do not propose to accept Senator MacSharry's amendment to the Order of Business. On the Senator's question in regard to which Minister has responsibility for the disability strategy, a change has been made to the official title of the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, to incorporate primary care. The Minister of State is still responsible for the disability strategy and older...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re compellability directions, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; No. 2, Employment Permits (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 11.45 a.m.; No. 3 Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken at 12.15 p.m. and to adjourn no later than 1.45 p.m.;...

Seanad: Business of Seanad (15 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that No. 5, Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 - Report Stage, be adjourned at 6.30 p.m., if not previously concluded; No. 6, National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014 - Second Stage, be taken immediately afterwards for two hours, if not previously concluded; and No. 7, Civil Registration (Amendment)...

Seanad: Business of Seanad (15 Jul 2014)

Maurice Cummins: I am happy to accommodate the Senator.

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