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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: As soon as the President signs it.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I refer to the very first contribution around the Defence Forces. We have a wonderful new Secretary General in the Department of Defence. I know her well because I had the privilege of working with her for four years. She should have an obligation and an entitlement to make submissions to the new strategy going forward so I will write to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Defence today...

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business: (1) The Seanad shall meet in the Dáil Chamber at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, 17th December, 2020, and the following arrangements shall apply: (a) Commencement matters shall be taken in accordance with Standing Order 29; (b) Standing Order 30 shall stand suspended; (c) The Order of Business...

Seanad: Report on Supreme Court Judgments: Motion (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That Seanad Éireann takes note of the Joint Report on the Response of the Houses of the Oireachtas to the Judgments of the Supreme Court in the KerinsCase (laid before Seanad Éireann on 15th December, 2020), and hereby agrees and adopts, with immediate effect, the amendments and additions to the Standing Orders of Seanad Éireann relative to Public Business recommended...

Seanad: Social Welfare Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: Now.

Seanad: Social Welfare Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: Now.

Seanad: Finance Bill 2020: Report and Final Stages (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: Now.

Seanad: Finance Bill 2020: Motion for Earlier Signature (16 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, pursuant to subsection 2° of section 2 of Article 25 of the Constitution, Seanad Éireann concurs with the Government in a request to the President to sign the Finance Bill 2020 on a date which is earlier than the fifth day after the date on which the Bill shall have been presented to him.

Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (14 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: Notwithstanding the order of the House on 9 December, I propose that proceedings on all Stages of the Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020 should conclude at 4 p.m. by the putting of one question by the Chair that shall, in respect of the amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Government.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re the seventh report of the Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges, to be taken on conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; No. 2, Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 - Report and Final Stages, to be taken on conclusion of No. 1 in the Dáil Chamber and to conclude at 12.30...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I congratulate the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee, and her husband Paul on their lovely news. It is a really exciting time for them as a young couple but it highlights the disenfranchisement of a lot of women in this country in terms of the access to the equality so many women and men take for granted. It is definitely an issue we need to address not just because a female Minister...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I am actually talking about both the GAA and the Ladies Gaelic Football Association. These decisions are not made in isolation. I am an avid follower of ladies Gaelic games, maybe even more so than the lads. I get significant enjoyment from sport, particularly GAA. It was really disappointing that the women were moved from Billy to Jack at the weekend, first to accommodate a training...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I apologise for not responding to the Senator on that issue. I have not had an opportunity to-----

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I thank Senator Keogan.

Seanad: Standing Orders: Motion (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That the report of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges on the amendment of Standing Orders 60 and 61 and the adoption of new Standing Order 60A be adopted, laid before the House and printed.

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020: Report and Final Stages (8 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move amendment No. 1: In page 47, between lines 10 and 11, to delete the text inserted by amendment 4 at Seanad Committee.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the arrangements for the sitting of the House on Tuesday, 8 December 2020, to be taken on conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; and No. 2, Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2020 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken at 11 a.m.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: There are plenty of issues for me to respond to today. I thank colleagues for all of the items raised which I propose to respond to working backwards. I do believe there is need for a debate on fiscal policy but whether it is beneficial to have it between now and Christmas is probably debatable. I will ask the Minister to come to the House for that debate but there is probably a variety...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (3 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I am sorry, I misunderstood that. Again, I genuinely do not believe that people know that the committee is meeting every single day. Most Oireachtas committees meet once a week and some meet only once a fortnight. It is a huge onus on all of us to make sure that everybody knows there is a huge volume of work being done. That is especially the case in a week when we see the reports spoken...

Seanad: Sitting Arrangements: Motion (3 Dec 2020)

Regina Doherty: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business: The Seanad on its rising on Thursday, 3rd December, 2020, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 and the following arrangements shall apply: (a) The Order of Business shall be proposed at 10.30 a.m. in the Dáil Chamber; (b) Commencement matters shall be taken at 1.30...

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