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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Apr 2024)

Lisa Chambers: It is a pleasure to welcome our newest Senator, Malachai O'Hara, to the Seanad today. It is lovely to have a new Member. On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group but also on behalf of the House itself, as Seanad Leader, I wish him the very best and congratulate him on his election. I look forward to working with him in the Seanad for the next number of months, or for however long we are...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Apr 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank the Cathaoirleach and thank all Members who contributed on the Order of Business. I commend Senator O'Hara on his fine maiden speech in the Chamber and thank Members for the gracious, warm congratulations they extended to him. It looks well for the House and it is the manner in which we conduct ourselves in here. It is quite a collegial Chamber. We have our differences at times,...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Apr 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I wish the Sinn Féin grouping well, too, as it continues forward. Senator O’Loughlin spoke about an issue relating to community engagement groups in the Rathangan area and how she and her colleague, Councillor Anne Connolly held a public meeting, which had 200 in attendance. All of us know that 200 attending a public meeting is a significant number. I urge the Minister and...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Apr 2024)

Lisa Chambers: ----- today, for his extensive service, and wished well. Senator Conway congratulated all his colleagues on their promotions. Senator Cassells raised a particular issue around the Aviva Stadium, the FAI and increased funding for women in sports. I will request a debate with the Minister with responsibility for sport. Senator Martin has proposed an amendment to the Order of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: The Order of Business is No. 1, Court Proceedings (Delays) Bill 2023 – Second Stage, to be taken at 2.45 p.m. and to conclude at 4.30 p.m., if not previously concluded, with the time allocated for the opening remarks of the Minister not to exceed ten minutes, those of group spokespersons not to exceed ten minutes, which may be shared, those of all other Senators not to exceed four...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank Members who contributed today. I acknowledge former TD and Senator, Mr. Ned O'Keeffe, who has joined us in the Seanad Chamber today, and the newly appointed Polish ambassador, who is with us also. I concur with the remarks of the Cathaoirleach regarding the passing of Emmet Stagg. Senator Mullen is right to say this is an historic day. Every Member this morning spoke about the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: Trust Senator Horkan to make a memorable contribution today. Good on him. He referred to the recent visits by Ministers and Members of both Houses to locations across the globe in the run-up to St. Patrick's Day. He spoke really positively about the work of our diaspora throughout the world in bringing the Irish message to people and keeping Ireland connected to different parts of the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Vacant Properties (6 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: According to a new report from GeoDirectory and EY Economic Advisory Services, one in five commercial premises in Galway city is lying empty. The report was published yesterday and reported by Enda Cunningham, the editor of The Connacht Tribune. The report detailed vacancy rates across the country with some very stark percentages, particularly for the west of Ireland. Nationally, the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Vacant Properties (6 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank the Minister of State. It is interesting there are probably more mentions of the Department of housing in the reply than the Department of enterprise, which was responding today. In any event, why should we be concerned about commercial vacancy? I refer to our national development plan and Project Ireland 2040. The plan runs from 2021 to 2030. Contained in this plan is a...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an EU talent pool, to be taken at 3.15 p.m. and to conclude after 60 minutes, if not previously concluded, with the time allocated to the opening remarks of the Minister not to exceed five minutes, group spokespersons not to exceed five minutes, time may be...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Mar 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank all the Senators who contributed to the Order of Business. Senator O'Loughlin wished President Michael D. Higgins a speedy recovery as he remains in hospital and spoke of our colleague Senator Higgins, who is a family member. We wish the President well in his recovery. Senator O'Loughlin also paid tribute to Councillor John O'Neill, who was buried yesterday having spent 30 years...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Tourist Accommodation (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: This morning, I want to raise again the issue of the use of hotel accommodation in response to the humanitarian issue of refugees fleeing Ukraine and other conflict zones and the impact that is having on the tourism sector, in rural areas where a lot of tourist accommodation is currently being contracted to the State. I raised this issue with the Minister, Deputy Martin, probably almost a...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Tourist Accommodation (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank the Minister of State. I appreciate him delivering the response on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Martin, who seems quite reluctant at times to come into this Chamber despite numerous requests to do so. I will pick up on a couple of points. I take the Minister of State's point about sustainability, but that is not really what I am talking about today. We are on a completely...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I also welcome the Bulgarian ambassador as well as the children and the teachers from Booterstown National School. They are very welcome to the Seanad this afternoon. The Order of Business today is No. 1, motion regarding appointment of member to the Legal Services Regulatory Authority, to be taken on conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, European Arrest Warrant...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank the Cathaoirleach and the Senators who contributed to the Order of Business. First was Senator O'Loughlin, who wanted to draw our attention and pay tribute to the power of parents, and in particular Kathleen Murphy in Newbridge who hosted a coffee morning, and also the Finding Charlie's Voice initiative, which assists children with verbal dyspraxia. The Senator also welcomed the...

Seanad: Appointment of Member of Legal Services Regulatory Authority: Motion (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I move: That Seanad Éireann, noting that the Government agreed on 13th February, 2024, to propose, for the approval of Seanad Éireann, Eilis Barry to be a member of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority on the nomination of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and pursuant to section 9 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, approves the appointment by the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combating Disinformation: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I thank all the witnesses for being here to talk about this issue. We had a really interesting debate last week on the same topic, so this follows on very well. We all know we have a problem with misinformation and disinformation and we are not quite sure how to address it. There is, as Dr. Culloty put it, no panacea or one easy option. I was quite struck by what she said about there...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: European Elections 2024, Voting Rights and Combating Disinformation: Discussion (Resumed) (28 Feb 2024)

Lisa Chambers: I have one more question. Could the Electoral Commission or Coimisiún na Meán potentially have a team attached to it that does that work? Would that be suitable or is it too close? Ultimately, the Government would probably have to fund it.

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