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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Sep 2019)

Ray Butler: The Government got poor legal advice

Seanad: Civil Registration Bill 2019: Second Stage (18 Apr 2019)

Ray Butler: It is proposed that spokespersons may speak for eight minutes, with five minutes allocated for other speakers.

Seanad: Civil Registration Bill 2019: Second Stage (18 Apr 2019)

Ray Butler: We live in a changing society that in the relatively recent past has become more diverse in its range of family formations.It is important that we reflect this in our laws and how we recognise family units. The Bill will resolve several difficulties in the registration of donor-assisted births and will be progressed as a priority. The main proposal in this Bill is to provide for...

Seanad: Civil Registration Bill 2019: Second Stage (18 Apr 2019)

Ray Butler: Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

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

Ray Butler: I would like to speak about juvenile crime.

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

Ray Butler: I would like to speak about juvenile crime and young offenders under 15 years of age. We have had a spate of crime in our area. We have had gangs going around. We saw in the newspapers recently that 3,500 juvenile cases have not been investigated.In my area, there have been crimes such as shops being robbed, intimidation, fighting on the street and elderly people being terrified. Last...

Seanad: Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self-Employment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (27 Mar 2019)

Ray Butler: I welcome Noel and Sarah Cregan to the Visitors Gallery .Noel is the son of former Senator, Dino Cregan.

Seanad: Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self-Employment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (27 Mar 2019)

Ray Butler: I have listened to the debate as a person who has passionately represented the self-employed since I came here seven and a half or eight years ago. I was told at a committee meeting at the time that it would not be viable to put a stamp in place for the self-employed to give them benefits. This year, for the first time, a self-employed person will be entitled to a jobseeker's payment, and I...

Seanad: Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self-Employment) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (27 Mar 2019)

Ray Butler: Not agreed.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (14 Mar 2019)

Ray Butler: There is no Member better equipped to look after herself.

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

Ray Butler: I wish to raise today the new rules for learner drivers that were brought in at the start of the year. This has had a huge effect on young people in rural Ireland. To expect to have a qualified driver sitting beside a young person 24 hours of the day, going to and coming from work, is absolutely ridiculous. I have been speaking to employers, where young people are not able to get to work,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill 2019: Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (20 Feb 2019)

Ray Butler: I thank the Minister for attending. Many of the questions I had intended to ask have been asked. I welcome the anchoring of the common travel area. I congratulate the Minister on the huge amount of work her Department has done, given the huge concerns among the public. When one considers the figures for pensions and child benefit, a huge amount of work has been done. Will there be any...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Miscellaneous Provisions (Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 29 March 2019) Bill 2019: Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (20 Feb 2019)

Ray Butler: No.

Seanad: Order of Business (13 Feb 2019)

Ray Butler: Now that Britain is leaving Europe, we have an opportunity to address a major issue that has been around for recent years. I refer to public tenders for major projects like schools, roads, hospitals and nursing homes being given to companies outside the Twenty-six Counties. When politicians and people in local areas ask why tenders are being given to companies in the North or in Britain, we...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Feb 2019)

Ray Butler: I would like to speak about Revenue offices, in particular the reception areas in these offices. I dealt with an elderly lady who had a pension from Germany and she needed to get documentation to fill out the form she gets yearly from Germany. When she rang up the Revenue office, she found it would take five weeks to get an appointment so I decided to bring her to the Revenue office in...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Jan 2019)

Ray Butler: Before Christmas, in Trim, County Meath, a person who lived alone died. This individual had no immediate family. The local community raised €6,000 and the community welfare officer gave €3,000. The community got together and the spirit displayed was reported on by The Irish Times, The Starand all the major newspapers. Various articles detailed how the community gathered to...

Seanad: Greyhound Racing Bill 2018: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (23 Jan 2019)

Ray Butler: I thank the Minister of State for all his hard work. I have seen the Minister of State go around the tracks at Shelbourne Park and country tracks and give his input and meet trainers, owners and managers. I also thank his officials. We have seen significant mistakes made down through the years on pensions for people who worked in Bord na gCon in Limerick. At one time, before the crash,...

Seanad: Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2018: Committee Stage (12 Dec 2018)

Ray Butler: Next Tuesday.

Seanad: Order of Business (29 Nov 2018)

Ray Butler: I welcome An Bord Pleanála’s decision last week that Narconon-Scientology needs planning permission for its drug rehabilitation centre in Ballivor. I spoke at length in the House about this facility. Meath County Council's planning section said it did not need planning permission. Section 5 was used to change the usage of the building in question from a nursing home to a...

Seanad: Order of Business (22 Nov 2018)

Ray Butler: I will talk about mental health services and the lack of any facilities or plans in the area. To listen to Senator Freeman this morning, one would think we had it planned but we have nothing planned. I will talk about mental health in Ireland in 2018. There are very few proper facilities. Family members, young and old, have to go to Northern Ireland or England to get proper facilities....

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