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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.

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

Gerard Craughwell: Yes, I propose there would be no change in the times. I wish to mention the passing of Major General David O’Morchoe, The O'Morchoe. David The O'Morchoe was the president of the Royal British Legion in Ireland for many years during the Troubles period. He did a great deal to bring people together in his time. He was a member of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and later my own regiment,...

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

Gerard Craughwell: I am terribly sorry.

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

Gerard Craughwell: I forgot that the Leader wanted that job.

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

Gerard Craughwell: There is another issue I wish to raise with the Leader and the Whip. I wrongly accused the Taoiseach of changing the day of the remembrance ceremony in Merrion Square. I have since been reliably informed from the highest sources that it was a military decision. I apologise profusely to the Taoiseach and the Whip, who I know was concerned that I was maligning her boss.

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

Gerard Craughwell: I also apologise profusely to the Leader, who took grave exception to what I said. That is the last they will hear of it from me and I do not want to hear any of it from them.

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

Gerard Craughwell: He was.

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

Gerard Craughwell: There is no rush.

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