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Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (26 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I propose, notwithstanding anything in today's order, that No. 2a on the Supplementary Order Paper, a motion regarding the setting aside of Standing Order 29 on Monday, 29 March, be taken now.

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (26 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Seanad on its rising on Friday, 26thMarch, 2021, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Monday, 29thMarch, 2021, in the Dáil Chamber and the following arrangements shall apply: (a) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended; (b) The Order of Business shall be proposed at 10.30 a.m.”

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

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion of instruction to the committee regarding amendments to the Family Leave Bill 2021, to be taken on conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, statements on tourism, to be taken at 1.30 p.m. and to conclude at 3.30 p.m., with the opening contribution of the Minister not to exceed ten minutes and those of all Senators not to exceed six...

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

Regina Doherty: I thank Senator Cummins. County Waterford is having a particularly good week with regard to Government investment, and I want to congratulate the Senator and commend him for the work he has done on the announcement of funding for Waterford City and County Council last week. I know it was significant and that the Senator had championed the cause for many months. I said last week that he...

Seanad: Family Leave Bill 2021: Instruction to Committee (22 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, it be an instruction to the Committee of the whole Seanad, in relation to the Family Leave Bill 2021, that the Committee has the power to make amendments to the Bill for the purpose of amending the Judicial Council Act 2019 and the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 in relation to the operation of personal injuries...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: Guím Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona ar mo chairde go léir agus ar an diaspóra atá ag dul i méid i gcónaí ar fud na cruinne. Gabhaim mo bhuíochas leis an gCathaoirleach as an mbronntanas seamróga. Iontas álainn a bhí ann. Is é seo a leanas an tOrd Gnó inniu. The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re the extension of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I thank my colleagues. I agree with Senator Ahearn. I very much welcome the announcements by the medics yesterday that we can resume nursing home visits. All of us are aware of the pain and suffering of some of our elderly relatives caused not only by Covid but also by the loneliness they have experienced in the past 12 months. Anybody who has spoken to someone they know about loneliness...

Seanad: Extension of Reporting Deadline for Seanad Committee on Public Petitions: Motion (12 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in relation to the review by the Joint Committee on Public Petitions of its Orders of Reference, the instruction agreed by Order of the Seanad of 25th September, 2020, is amended by the substitution of ‘on or before 31st March, 2021’ for ‘within three months of its first meeting in the current Seanad’.

Seanad: Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Motion (12 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in accordance with the recommendation of the Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight, the Order of the Seanad of 16th October, 2020, as amended on 18th November, 2020, in respect of the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, be amended by the deletion of paragraph (7) and the substitution therefor of the...

Seanad: Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016: Restoration to Order Paper (12 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 169 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016, which had reached Committee Stage prior to the Seanad General Election, March 2020, be restored to the Order Paper.

Seanad: Unveiling of Portrait of Elizabeth O'Farrell (8 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: It was an honour to unveil the piece of beautiful art and to accept on it on behalf of all here this morning. I thank the artist, Sinead Guckian, who depicted the scene of the message being delivered at the end of the hostilities of Easter week. She has done a beautiful job. The task now is to find a fitting and suitable place to hang it in the halls of the Oireachtas.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: Happy International Women's Day to all. The Order of Business is No. 1, statements to mark International Women's Day, to be taken at 2.30 p.m. and to conclude at 4.30 p.m., with the opening contribution of the Minister not to exceed ten minutes, those of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes, and those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes, with a Minister to be given...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: A wide variety of topics was raised by colleagues. I accept the amendment to the Order of Business; to take No. 7 before No. 1. Senator Buttimer has requested a debate with the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and I will put that request in for him today. I have no doubt that in the minds of the people who live in Cork, and also of the rest of us because of the...

Seanad: International Women's Day: Statements (8 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I start by wishing all my colleagues here and all those who work in the Houses of the Oireachtas a very happy International Women's Day because too often in our line of business, it is seen as a man's world. I want to mark my appreciation of the work of women at all levels and of all political colours who keep this place ticking over. We are all aware that public representation in Ireland...

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

Regina Doherty: Gabhaim buíochas leis an gCathaoirleach. The Order of Business is No.1, motion regarding arrangements for the sitting of the House on Monday, 8 March 2021, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, motion regarding the restoration of the Adult Safeguarding Bill 2017 to the Order Paper, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1, without debate; No. 3,...

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

Regina Doherty: I add my condolences to Senator McGahon's very timely tribute. It is very sad to hear of the passing of Eoin. We extend our condolences to his wife and children. I could not agree more with Senator Lombard that there is absolutely no need for a public protest to take place in Cork. I note the irony of the call on the Minister by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties yesterday to look for...

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

Regina Doherty: We are all well aware of the reasons behind the extension this week and it has nothing to do with Northern Ireland. That means it is even more disingenuous to see the response from some of our politicians from Northern Ireland. I mention the chilling effect and the weakening of the support for the Good Friday Agreement. We are in a dangerous place. We should all be concerned and conscious...

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (5 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Seanad on its rising on Friday, 5th March, 2021, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Monday, 8th March, 2021, in the Seanad Chamber and the following arrangements shall apply: (a) Commencements matters shall be taken in accordance with Standing Order 29; (b) The Order of Business shall be...

Seanad: Adult Safeguarding Bill 2017: Restoration to Order Paper (5 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 169 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Adult Safeguarding Bill 2017, which had reached Committee Stage prior to the Seanad General Election, March 2020, be restored to the Order Paper.

Seanad: Seanad Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2015: Restoration to Order Paper (5 Mar 2021)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, in pursuance of Standing Order No. 169 of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the Seanad Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2015, which had reached Committee Stage prior to the Seanad General Election, April 2016, be restored to the Order Paper.

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