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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I am happy to support the Order of Business today. There are a number of items which I wish to put before the House. Something I believe would be interesting and topical for us to discuss is the whole area of employment and the different changes that have occurred due to this pandemic. The first factor is the level of youth unemployment. This is a significant problem for the country. The...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Brexit Negotiations: Members of the House of Lords (21 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I thank Lord Kinnoull and the rest of the members of the committee. We really appreciate the engagement this morning. My colleagues have touched on some of the key issues. The select committee's report is excellent and succinct and covers all aspects. The committee has touched on all the questions we have been asking. We would agree with the committee that the tensions, as the speakers...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Brexit Negotiations: Members of the House of Lords (21 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: This particular topic deserves more consideration. Both sides have given a shallow interpretation or a broad idea of what we could do next, but we must really think about this because whatever structures we put in place, we want them to last for a long time. It would be worthwhile for both countries to have a proper engagement on what we think the future relationship between our two...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: Brexit Negotiations: Members of the House of Lords (21 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I was going to respond to what Lord Oates said. Lord Kerr initially spoke about landing zones. It is important that both sides are willing to fly a little bit to land in that zone and that there is compromise. Lord Oates has been quite persuasive in what he said about the potential need for an independent body to do that. I take on board that the UK had the right to leave the European...

Seanad: Budget 2021: Statements (14 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: Budget 2021 is colossal in both scope and spending levels, with an overall package of almost €18 billion. It will do exactly what the country needs it to do at a time of great uncertainty for Irish people and Irish businesses. I am unaware of any time in our State's history when our country and economy faced such severe challenges, with the double threat of a prolonged global...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: EU Council Presidency: German Ambassador to Ireland and Portuguese Ambassador to Ireland (14 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I thank our guests for presenting their thoughts and ideas. It is interesting that we had just discussed some of the issues Ms Potzel outlined before she joined us. We discussed migration and the future of Europe and we are all on the same page on those matters. I would be interested to hear the ambassador's thoughts on those two issues. What are the key priorities for Germany in those...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Oct 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I want to raise three issues. The first is the issue of Brexit. This morning, we engaged extensively with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Simon Coveney, at the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. While there was a good engagement and a good update on negotiations, the situation is quite precarious and we are in a very vulnerable position. It seems the two key issues...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I support the Order of Business and all the business to be done this week. As foreign affairs spokesperson for the Fianna Fáil Party, I wish to comment on last night's US presidential debate, the first of three. As with many Members of the Seanad, I am sure, a shiver went down my spine when I heard the current US President use the phrase "Stand back and stand by" when asked whether he...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I thank the Cathaoirleach and echo his very nice sentiments to our men and women of Óglaigh na hÉireann, who have served with the UN, represented our country and made us all proud. The UN and the blue helmet are synonymous with the Irish Defence Forces. The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding appointment of ordinary members to the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, to be...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: The Cathaoirleach might grant the same degree of latitude as I try to respond to the questions Senators raised.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: Senator Buttimer called for a debate on the HSE's winter plan. That is a good idea. A request to the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, to come before the House has been made. I have been told that we are tentatively looking at Wednesday, 7 October for the debate and that has been confirmed by the Minister's office. I was asked to arrange a debate on the aviation sector. It is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: Several debates have been requested and those requests will be passed on to the various Ministers with responsibility. Senator Gallagher made a poignant point about the sacrifice of the people in dealing with Covid. We are at a difficult point in the pandemic six months in. There is Covid fatigue. People are frustrated and have had enough. I think there was an expectation when this began...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: No, thanks.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: Is it? Good for the Senator. To get back to vaping and e-cigarettes, which are legal but which still pose a threat to public health, we should debate the matter. Senator Pauline O'Reilly raised the matter of issues facing dialysis patients. There are so many vulnerable and at-risk groups in this pandemic and she has highlighted particularly vulnerable patients who are awaiting...

Seanad: Membership of Houses of the Oireachtas Commission: Motion (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I move: That Seanad Éireann, in accordance with section 8(3)(b) of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission Acts 2003 to 2018, appoints Senator Seán Kyne to be an ordinary member of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission in place of Senator Paddy Burke, who has resigned his office as a member of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission in accordance with the aforementioned section 8.

Seanad: Report of Committee on Procedure and Privileges on Standing Orders 60, 61 and 105: Motion (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I move: That the report be adopted, laid before the House and printed.

Seanad: Special Committee on Key Issues Affecting the Traveller Community: Motion (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders— (1) Seanad Éireann hereby appoints a Special Committee (hereinafter referred to as 'the Committee'), to be joined with a Special Committee to be appointed by Dáil Éireann, to form the Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community; (2) the Joint Committee shall aim for consensus, based on...

Seanad: Select Committee on Disability Matters: Motion (25 Sep 2020)

Lisa Chambers: I move: (1) That a Select Committee consisting of 5 Members be appointed to be joined with a Select Committee to be appointed by Dáil Éireann to form the Joint Committee on Disability Matters to consider all disability matters including monitoring the implementation (by Ireland) of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; (2) The Joint Committee shall consider...

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