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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: That is a good point.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: That is a good point. To be fair, it is not up to us to tell anybody what to do, but it would be instructive for us to say how much national sports and, indeed, all sports should be enjoyed by everybody.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: Point taken. That is no problem. I commend Senator Hoey on raising the issue of pay for secretarial assistants, SAs. The Senator may not be aware that we discuss the issue almost on a weekly basis at our leaders' meetings. There is work ongoing, but it is very slow, so I take on board her suggestion to write to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath, and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: -----but we will be having ongoing debates regarding the issues pertaining to reopening, current variants and future variants. We will have debates about the impact of Covid for many moons to come. I will certainly organise a debate on the matter as quickly as I can in September. Senator Cassells asked for a debate on mental health. It is one of the issues we will speak about for many...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: I know. It is not for the want of debate, but I concur with the Senator that we need to have such a debate not just in this Chamber, but in the other House too and in wider society. Senator Paddy Burke is correct with regard to the marine planning Bill. I will make recommendations today that it be commenced in the Seanad so that we can get that debate and legislation moving in September....

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Jul 2021)

Regina Doherty: Such a debate on China would be worthwhile. I have requested a date from the Minister but have not received a reply. Senator Conway spoke about tourists coming back. The debate in respect of hospitality will be ongoing daily for the next couple of days. Senator Gallagher thoughtfully spoke about the fact as schools, particularly primary schools, have closed for summer in recent weeks, it...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, Public Service Pay Bill 2020 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 1.30 p.m., and the proceedings thereon shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 3 p.m. by the putting of one question from the Chair, which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Government; No. 2, Planning and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I thank colleagues for their contributions. I echo what Senator Byrne has said. It is an ill wind that never blows any good and it is great news and will give a lift to all Irish people, particularly rugby fans, to have Conor Murray as captain. I wish the whole team every success in the tour. A number of colleagues have asked for a debate tomorrow on the reopening. I must apologise...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: On Senator Fitzpatrick's point, I will respectfully decline the request to write a letter to the Minister because I already know the answer. We cannot change what An Bord Pleanála is doing until we change the legislation. I have invited the Minister to come in after he announces his Housing for All plan on 13 July, which we are looking forward to hearing and will all hopefully support....

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021: Second Stage (Resumed) (25 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I am very happy to contribute to this debate. As we move closer to the light at the end of the tunnel that has been the horrible 16 months of the Covid pandemic, we are all reminded of this next global crisis, the one we were facing long before we ever knew what the word "Covid" meant, counted daily numbers or restricted our movements. It is one that we will face long after Covid has...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: The Order for Business is No. 1, motion regarding the arrangements for the sitting of the House on Friday, 25 June 2021, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, motion regarding the Technological Universities Act 2018 (Section 36) (Appointed Day) Order 2021, referral to committee, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1, without debate; and Nos. 3 and 4,...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I thank the Cathaoirleach and colleagues. Senator Cummins raised an issue that beggars belief. First of all, I do not actually believe we are building very many two-bedroom houses in our social housing stock. It makes no sense to put two small children, whether they are the same sex or not, in one bedroom when one knows full well that in a number of years that bedroom will not be...

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (22 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: (1) That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Seanad on its rising on Tuesday, 22nd June, 2021, shall adjourn until 9.30 a.m. on Friday, 25th June, 2021, in the Dáil Chamber, and unless otherwise ordered, the following arrangements shall apply: (a) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended; (b) there shall be no Order of...

Seanad: Technological Universities Act 2018 (Section 36) (Appointed Day) Order 2021: Referral to Joint Committee (22 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That the proposal that Seanad Éireann approves the following Order in draft: Technological Universities Act 2018 (Section 36) (Appointed Day) Order 2021, copies of which have been laid in draft form before Seanad Éireann on 11th June, 2021, be referred to the Joint Committee on Education, Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in accordance with...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Travel Documents (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I thank the Minister of State for his attendance in the House this morning to discuss this matter. I wish to raise the importance of Ireland’s implementation of the EU digital Covid certificate, or what we used to call the EU green certificate. As we are all aware, the Government has signed up to the EU Covid certificate with a start date of July 19, albeit two weeks later than the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Travel Documents (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: I thank the Minister of State. Respectfully, I have no doubt about ours or the Minister of State's intent but he has told me that we are still at design stage. I asked the question of how somebody would even apply. Are we going to log on to a website? Obviously, that has not been decided yet. These are the issues. How will it work? How will Irish citizens apply for a certificate? Who...

Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: The Cathaoirleach is a mine of information. I did not even know that there were GAA clubs or a branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Luxembourg.

Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: It is indeed a beautiful country and capital city.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the eleventh report of the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight, to be taken at the conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; No. 2, Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 – Second Stage, to be taken at 1.30 p.m., and notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders, to adjourn at 3.30...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Jun 2021)

Regina Doherty: Hear, hear.

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