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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (18 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I join in thanking the staff for all their help during the year and wish them a very happy Christmas. I thank the Leader for his courtesy and help during the year. I have not been fighting with him all the time; he has been helpful on some occasions. On a serious note, I strongly welcome the passing of the Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019 last night. It is a template for co-operation...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I thank the Senator for those kind remarks on Cormac Ó Braonáin, who sadly died on Sunday morning in a tragic accident involving a Luas. He was the chair of Labour Youth, but that was not just what Cormac was - he was more than Labour Youth. He was a great scout leader, a fantastic musician and huge advocate for the Irish language. Recently, he was out campaigning for...

Seanad: Microbeads (Prohibition) Bill 2019: Second Stage (17 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I welcome the Minister to the House. Well done to him. It took a long period to bring through the legislation. I wish to acknowledge the work of the former Senator, Grace O'Sullivan, in 2016. I had the pleasure of voting for it in the House at the time. I am also grateful for the work of the former Minister of State, Deputy Sean Sherlock, and the co-operation shown across party lines in...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I echo the Senator Gavan's remarks. This is probably the first time those lyrics were quoted in the Seanad.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: The report published this morning on young people in the south inner city is worrying. Senator Ó Ríordáin recently tabled a Commencement matter on establishing a task force for Coolock. This problem does not only affect Dublin's south inner city. It affects the north inner city, the south-east inner city and areas throughout the city. I can only speak for Dublin as I do not...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I will finish on this. Unfortunately, the response of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Flanagan, to our request for a task force in Coolock was that he would get back to us.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: There is no single solution. As Senator Ruane pointed out, a holistic approach is needed.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: Community resources have been drained and have not been replaced even though the recession and austerity are supposedly over. Resources have not been put back into resource centres and there are not enough youth workers.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I will finish on this.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: We had a conversation with the Leader yesterday and he agreed that we cannot lose the coaches and development officers from the Football Association of Ireland who work in communities. Sometimes the only way out for young people living in areas of deprivation that are controlled by the drug gangs is through sport. If they do not have that-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I have raised only one issue.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: The Leas-Chathaoirleach will appreciate that this is an exceptionally important issue.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: This report reinforces what Senators in this House have said every day.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: I thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach for the time.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: Hear, hear.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: The Leader is very helpful.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: Settle down, Senator Wilson.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: Will Senator Wilson yield for 30 seconds?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: He has just yielded.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Kevin Humphreys: He said he would yield 30 seconds, as allowed under Standing Orders. Can I point out one thing?

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