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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: We should take up the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's motto and get this done.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I would be happy if the Leader could explain to me how our citizens are going to benefit from this seat the Government is chasing on the United Nations Security Council. As of September this year, we had spent €650,000, €100,000 of which was spent on a video using Bono to sell the notion of Ireland having a seat on the Security Council. We recently spent another...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: That was a very tight one.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: But not right now.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Well said.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Hear, hear.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I was nearly killed when I took some exercise around the city.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I asked the Leader to explain the benefit of having a seat on the Security Council.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: The Leader does not know what the benefit is.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: In fairness, on a point of order, I asked a question and I am entitled to an answer rather than an insult. The Leader cannot explain what value this seat would have.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: The Government will not have enough of them to cover peace missions.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: The Leader can share them on the floor of the House now.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: It is a matter of rubbing shoulders with the big boys.

Seanad: Industrial Relations (Joint Labour Committees) Bill 2019: Second Stage (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I welcome the Minister of State to the House and congratulate Senator Nash on his tireless work on behalf of workers. When the Senator was a Minister of State he was very proactive in bringing forward legislation. His commitment to the workers of this country is beyond question. We are privileged to have people like him who are looking after the less well-off in society. One of the...

Seanad: Industrial Relations (Joint Labour Committees) Bill 2019: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation Provision (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I thank the Minister for coming to the House. I have been asked by Councillor Rory O'Connor of Wicklow County Council to raise this important issue with the Minister on behalf of the parents and staff of St. Andrew's national school in Bray. As the Minister may be aware, St. Andrew's national school is a fantastic school with a long and impressive history, having been founded in 1888 under...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation Provision (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire. I thank him very much for his response. With regard to the current environment in Ireland, many people are watching from abroad to see how we treat members of other faiths. In this particular instance, members of three faiths attend the primary school. There is an opportunity for the Government to be seen as magnanimous and understanding with regard to...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Housing Management Companies (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Before I call the Senator to respond, I welcome Deputy Niall Collins and his guest to the Public Gallery.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Housing Management Companies (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I thank the Minister of State very much.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I propose a change to the Order of Business, to move No. 4 up and No. 3 down, so that we would take the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill before the Finance Bill.

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