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Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: -----rightly pointed out, the groupings are a suggestion. It is up to the House to agree them. We have accepted that amendments Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, will be grouped.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Might I just add-----

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Let us get on with this.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: On a point of order, there is a lot of waffle going on here about-----

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I need to make the point. There is a lot of waffle going on here-----

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: -----about filibusters and using procedural issues.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: In a moment, a Leas-Chathaoirligh.

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: It is the duty of every Member of the House to scrutinise legislation-----

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Report Stage (Resumed) (26 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: -----and use whatever parliamentary tools are available to him or her to ensure that a Bill that is outrageous, like this one, never passes or a Bill is finely scrutinised.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: On Tuesday, an amendment to the Order of Business was made to bring the Minister of State with responsibility for Defence to the Chamber to address the emergency air ambulance service issue. He came and when I asked five questions, he answered none. This is contrast to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, who was here yesterday. He was unable to answer questions...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: I called for a debate but the Minister of State did not engage by providing answers. This is an important public health matter. It is vital.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: He was present but did not answer the questions and has made no effort whatever to come back and address the five questions I put to him. It is not good enough.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: There is no point in calling for a debate with a Minister of State who refuses to answer questions.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: It is in black and white.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Okay.The letter I am adverting to is topical because it is published in The Irish Timestoday. We did not have this information.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: This is fresh information from a captain who retired from the Air Corps who flew the emergency air ambulance helicopter for 12 months.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: Absolutely. This captain says that asking the Irish Coast Guard to double up is merely a sticking plaster solution and that the sticking plaster solutions of the Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, are being applied to a life-and-death scenario. What is most concerning about the letter is that it is written by this captain, a former emergency air ambulance helicopter pilot, who retired after...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: With all due respect, on a point of order, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport was here yesterday. I was here and contributed to that debate. We ran out of time.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: We did.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Nov 2019)

Gerard Craughwell: The Minister did not have time to finish his points and he undertook to write to us individually.

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