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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Scrutiny of the Industrial and Provident Societies (Amendment) Bill 2018 (11 Jun 2019)

James Reilly: I was watching upstairs because I had to attend another meeting as well. I congratulate Deputy Clare Daly on her European performance. I wish her well in Europe and I am sure she will be a powerful advocate for Dublin and Ireland. I welcome many of the comments made. Anything that empowers workers to set up co-operatives and to own the co-operative is to be welcomed. I agree with the...

Seanad: Farm Safety Agency Bill 2018: Second Stage (29 May 2019)

James Reilly: I intend to share my time with Senator Paddy Burke, taking six and two minutes respectively.

Seanad: Farm Safety Agency Bill 2018: Second Stage (29 May 2019)

James Reilly: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I welcome Senator Paul Daly's Bill. I believe it is important that it highlights an area that is of considerable concern. There are many reasons for the statistics, which the Senator has read into the record. He noted that in the past ten years, between 2009 and 2018, the number of workplace fatalities in agriculture was 486 or 41% of the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Sectoral Employment Order (Electrical Contracting Sector) 2017: Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (28 May 2019)

James Reilly: I welcome the Minister of State and his team and I welcome this initiative. It is important that people would have some certainty regading their pay, pension and sick pay entitlements.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Science Foundation Ireland: Chairman Designate (28 May 2019)

James Reilly: I welcome Professor Clinch and I wish him well in his new position. We are not here to interview him as such but rather to engage, if we could. I am interested in the productivity gap in some countries that Professor Clinch mentioned. Will he expand on what exactly this means? I am delighted that Professor Clinch is very interested in improving research and the pool of talent we have....

Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (22 May 2019)

James Reilly: I thank Senator Byrne for allowing me to speak ahead of her because this is her area. I am very happy to the hear the Minister of State's contribution today and her decision is the result of a very long process that has been thorny and beset by many legal issues and difficulties. The wider effect of this, apart from the benefit to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI, is a much...

Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (22 May 2019)

James Reilly: These amendments are significantly important. We have seen far too much exploitation of young people and staff at these so-called institutions and language schools. I fully support these amendments.

Seanad: Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (22 May 2019)

James Reilly: I support the amendment and thank the two Senators for their hard work on this issue. As I said, we have to bring to a close the exploitation of staff by unscrupulous operators. The teaching of English around the world presents major opportunities for Ireland. On Second Stage, I referred to a conversation I had with the Indian ambassador some years back. He noted that 100,000 students...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (17 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: Renowned.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: I want to respond to some of the issues raised, in particular those about trying to get this Bill through quickly to ensure we can appoint a noise regulator which everyone wants, in particular the people of Fingal. Members have also spoken about the health and well-being of the people of Fingal. There are 19,000 people directly employed by Dublin Airport, of whom 80% live in Fingal. Their...

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: He rather disingenuously ignored a further letter from the council several months later.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: It clearly outlined that it was satisfied and perfectly able to do the job.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: I did not interrupt Senator Devine.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: I am.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: Fingal County Council was quite satisfied it was in a position to carry out the job.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: Senator Norris is a great believer in democracy when it suits him. He is not such a strong supporter when it does not.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: I will not withdraw it. Senator Norris shouts down and interrupts everybody with whom he has a different opinion. He cannot allow people to speak.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: No, I do not.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: I did not interrupt the Senator once during his contribution tonight but he has interrupted me three times.

Seanad: Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Apr 2019)

James Reilly: As we are speaking to the amendment on noise and decibels, 30 dB is whispering at a distance of 1 m, while 40 dB is the average office environment or living room. Others have compared it to the noise of a babbling brook.

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