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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: There are serious concerns in the south Inishowen area at activities on what was known as Grianán Estate. It is the largest farm in the country. This estate was purchased by Glenmore Estate in 2017 and earlier this year The Irish Timesreported that it was estimated that hundreds of trees including ash, sycamore, birch, whitebeam and willow, had been destroyed and miles of hedgerows...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Voluntary Organisations in the Health Sector: Discussion (Resumed) (10 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I am not a member of the committee and the protocol is non-members ask their questions last, as is right and proper. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the discussion. I was asked by the Inishowen Childrens Autism Related Education, iCARE, organisation in Buncrana, County Donegal, from where I come, to attend the meeting and tell its story as part of this dialogue. The issues...

Seanad: EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (3 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Yes. We will take five minutes and three minutes.

Seanad: EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (3 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I propose we take five minutes and three minutes, respectively.

Seanad: EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (3 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: As the Minister will know, the Amazon rainforest represents half of the world's remaining rainforest. Last month, an area of 739 km2 was destroyed which equates to two football pitches every minutes. She is doing commerce with one of the most right-wing political leaders in the world, President Bolsonaro.

Seanad: EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (3 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: President Bolsonaro is a climate change denier and is up to his neck with the ranchers and people who are destroying the rainforest whom he funds and backs. He has made no secret of the fact that this is his agenda. Farmers in Donegal and any other county in this State live up to very onerous environmental legislation and regulations and inspectors check farms of all sizes. Farmers rely on...

Seanad: EU-Mercosur Trade Agreement: Statements (3 Jul 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: We absolutely did, given the waters that we gave away. I suppose it was always going to come to this, but we are now selling out the farming sector. Beef farmers have been struggling for so many years under the cheap food policy of the EU, as my colleague Senator Marshall mentioned. We have forced farmers into a market where the meat factories, supermarkets and corporations dictate the...

Seanad: Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (26 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I accept that our amendment has been ruled out of order, but I hope the Minister of State, Deputy Breen, will note the sentiment behind it. He referred last week to the review that is being conducted. He may be aware that we had some lively discussion in this House earlier today on issues relating to the Defence Forces. We have asked that the Taoiseach come to the Seanad to address our...

Seanad: Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018: Committee and Remaining Stages (26 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I conveyed my condolences to the Leas-Chathaoirleach on the loss of his mother in person but I would like to do so again in the House. I agree with Senator Davitt that the Leas-Chathaoirleach is highly regarded in this House. We are very sorry for his loss.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Scrutiny of the Industrial and Provident Societies (Amendment) Bill 2018 (25 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I thank our guests for their presentations. While the ACCA commented only on the annual returns and audits elements of the Bill, the association and the Centre for Co-Operative Studies are broadly in agreement on the legislation. There is an acceptance among those putting forward the legislation of the need for amendments to clarify the annual statements dimension. Our guests from ICOS...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Scrutiny of the Industrial and Provident Societies (Amendment) Bill 2018 (25 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Does Ms Farrell accept that predominantly the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society is focused on the agriculture, food and others sectors and that, as pointed out by Ms Carroll on behalf of the Centre for Co-operative Studies, it may be important or necessary to lower the minimum for its models to be successful?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Scrutiny of the Industrial and Provident Societies (Amendment) Bill 2018 (25 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: Fair enough.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: The Leader is familiar with the many tragedies we have had at sea around our coast over the years. As a Donegal man, I have heard of far too many of our fishermen losing their lives. We were delighted in 2016 when it was announced by Bord Iascaigh Mhara that it would fund a €1.5 million sea safety and survival training centre at the National Fisheries College at Greencastle. The...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Rockall Island Ownership (19 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: This House debated the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Bill earlier this year. The central premise of the Government's argument was that it was important to permit UK-registered vessels to have access to Irish fisheries right to the shoreline and to reinstate the principle of voisinage agreements ahead of Brexit, to build good relations with the British Government. In recent weeks, the Scottish...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Rockall Island Ownership (19 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I refer to Article 10.4 of the Constitution. It is clear regarding the responsibility of the Minister and the Government to ensure that any alienation of minerals or waters is brought before these Houses, so that the Houses of the people have their say on the matter. Despite what the Minister has just told the House, in 2013, the agreement I have before me was put before Westminster. Our...

Seanad: Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (19 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I thank the Minister of State for attending the Seanad to discuss this Bill. As he will recall, during this Bill's progression in the Dáil, Sinn Féin referenced its Trade Union (Garda Síochána and Defence Forces) Bill 2017 in the debate. Our Bill, if enacted, would allow members of the Irish Defence Forces and of An Garda Síochána to be classified as workers in...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (13 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I apologise to the Leas-Chathaoirleach. I thought my turn would take a little longer to come.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (13 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I appreciate that.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (13 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: I rise to raise a very serious matter. I am formally requesting that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine come before the House at the earliest opportunity to address the matter. Members will recall that earlier this year we debated the Sea-Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2019, which sought to give UK-registered vessels access to Irish fisheries right up to the shoreline. It was a...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (13 Jun 2019)

Pádraig MacLochlainn: That is a very legitimate response. Members should do the Leader the courtesy of walking over and apologising to him if they cannot stay.

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