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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I thank the Leas-Chathaoirleach. In recent times capital projects have been questioned. People ask how the national children's hospital went from €600 million to possibly €2 billion, or more. It is no secret that I have had a huge interest in search and rescue. I have been spending a considerable amount of my time and that of the House trying to get to the bottom of what...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: It is the first time the Senator was ever called that.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: The Acting Leader looks extremely well in the new suit. I congratulate him on his elevation.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: Cathal Brugha Barracks is 100 years old today. A parade is being held in the barracks to celebrate. It is rather distressing to me that the bourgeois Green Party of the middle class wants to see Cathal Brugha Barracks bulldozed to the ground to provide a site for property for the well-heeled in south County Dublin. Cathal Brugha barracks is a vital part of Dublin's infrastructure and of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: To the barracks, of course. I do not often agree with my colleague Senator Ó Donnghaile, but Sinn Féin had a tremendous win in the Northern election. In my lifetime, we now have a situation where a nationalist group should be in control in the North of Ireland. Due to the Good Friday Agreement, which is respected by all, there is a shared responsibility. In that context, it is...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Cybersecurity Policy (12 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I thank the Acting Chairperson. I am sorry that the Minister of State, Deputy Burke, has been thrown into this issue as it is not his area of responsibility. It is regrettable that the Minister who is responsible for cybersecurity is not here. Legislation on cybersecurity is scheduled to come before the Oireachtas in the summer of 2022, as the cybercrime Bill is due shortly. I have...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Cybersecurity Policy (12 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: Two years before the HSE was hit the NHS in the UK was taken down and nothing was done in this country to check our systems to make sure we would be robust enough in the event of an attack. The document given to the Minister of State by the Department today reads well. It reads as well as the strategy document but I am afraid the Department should read what was said at the last meeting we...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: Are they from Cork?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: Over the weekend, we learned of another member of the Defence Forces from the vital bomb disposal services who is leaving because he cannot afford to keep his family on his income. A payment of €35 for a 24-hour duty is hardly an incentive to stay. There are talks commencing with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU, with respect to the current pay round because of inflation etc....

Seanad: Birth Information and Tracing Bill 2022: Second Stage (10 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: The Minister is welcome to the House. Thank you, Acting Chair, for always being willing to share your story. A high-profile person such as Senator Boyhan sharing his story does so much for those who have no voice. I wish to recognise that today. I thank the Minister for making an apology on behalf of the Government. I await an apology on behalf of the State. I do not believe the State...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I had reason to write to the Cathaoirleach and the Ceann Comhairle last week with regard to the treatment of my colleague, Senator Keogan, at a recent committee meeting.There is a growing intolerance in this House, which did not exist when I first came in here, to what I would call the alternative voice - the person who is not speaking along the same lines as everybody else, who is not...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I fully appreciate, a Chathaoirligh, that you always do your best to keep order.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: That is fair enough. The Cathaoirleach and Ceann Comhairle are the people who control these Houses, and we need to be careful where we are going. Yesterday's meeting of the Joint Committee on Health was opportune for the people that were there because everything that was about to happen there was masked, if one likes, by virtue of the fact that we had a magical announcement about the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: No, I have not made any allegations. I am just saying it is bordering on it.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I appreciate that, but I do think we must be a little bit more tolerant of our colleagues as they speak.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (4 May 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I attended the Easter Rising ceremony in Arbour Hill this morning, as did the Cathaoirleach. As a former member of An Chéad Chathlán Coisithe, or An Céad Cath as it is known, in Galway and a former instructor at the brigade depot in Athlone, I compliment the excellent job done by the Defence Forces and by the members of the 7th battalion that provided the guard of honour. It...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Apr 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: Galwegians would not be welcome there.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Apr 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I find myself wanting to agree with most of what Senator Chambers just said. We need a debate here on childcare. There is not a family, particularly in cities, which is not finding it extremely difficult. I compliment her on the conference on women's health. Maybe some of my younger male colleagues might do something similar for men. I am a bit over the hill myself. The bit about Mayo I...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Apr 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: The wrong Gerard.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Apr 2022)

Gerard Craughwell: I compliment you, a Chathaoirligh, and the Ceann Comhairle on what you organised today and off camera and in a private room downstairs, where you entertained the ambassador and some refugees. Your empathy with people was remarkable, a Chathaoirligh, and I compliment you personally on that. It was wonderful to see. There have been many fine words about the situation in Ukraine and we have...

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