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Seanad: Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution: Statements (17 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: As other Senators have done, I wish to pay tribute to the committee members, including the Members of this House, and especially Senator Noone who chaired the committee. I have great admiration and respect for Senator Noone and all the committee members for putting together the committee's report. It was an important task, following on from the report of the Citizens' Assembly. I commend...

Seanad: Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution: Statements (17 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: She can have my time.

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Schools Building Projects Status (23 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: St. Molaga's senior national school has 463 pupils. It is in the town of Balbriggan, County Dublin. Balbriggan is the fastest growing town in Ireland, it has the youngest population in the State and has the capacity to expand much more. Since 2000, over half the pupils and half the teaching staff have been housed in 16 prefabricated buildings. These are now in a desperate state of repair...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Schools Building Projects Status (23 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The principal and teaching staff are doing an excellent job there, despite the challenges they face. I am sure they will continue to do an excellent job. However, the children and staff deserve a decent and safe work and learning environment. The contact during the summer months was merely in the form of acknowledgement letters to the letters Pauline Costello submitted. There was no...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Schools Building Projects Status (23 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The Minister has touched on the fact that this is not about creating extra capacity in the school. Extra capacity has been created in many other schools in the town of Balbriggan in the past few years, which is to be welcomed. However, the pupils and teachers of St. Molaga's who have built a great history and served the community in Balbriggan feel they have been left behind because the...

Seanad: Business of Seanad: Schools Building Projects Status (23 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Cathaoirleach for his indulgence.

Seanad: Reception Conditions Directive: Motion (23 Jan 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister for his detailed speech. Fianna Fáil will be supporting the opting in to the directive. I want to use this opportunity to reiterate my real concern about the direct provision system and the lack of implementation in full of the McMahon recommendations. The soft recommendations have been implemented, but the meatier ones have not. As the Minister outlined, there...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Third Level Fees (6 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister of State for attending the House today to respond to the issue I have raised on third level fees, specifically those charged to students undertaking a year's internship as part of their course of study. The issue was highlighted to me by a student in north County Dublin who is in her third year in Maynooth. She is on work placement for the full year. She also has a...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Third Level Fees (6 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The Minister said internships are becoming increasingly important. They are also becoming increasingly more common. When I was in third level, it was very rare for an internship year to be part of the normal course of study. It is far more prevalent in today's society. The Minister mentioned that students have access to the facilities in the third level institution, such as the library,...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Road Projects (20 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: My Commencement matter concerns a slip road onto the M1 at Donabate. The villages of Donabate and Portrane are situated on a peninsula in north County Dublin and have a combined population of approximately 9,000. There is significant ongoing development and approximately 4,000 new housing units are planned in the not too distant future. The construction of the national forensic hospital on...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Road Projects (20 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: On the point regarding the DART expansion programme, we have heard this on numerous occasions. It was first announced in September 2015 but we are still waiting for it to happen and as such, with respect, I have to take what the Minister says with a pinch of salt. He is the Minister with responsibility for transport policy. This slip road, which was supposed to be delivered ten years ago,...

Seanad: Housing: Statements (Resumed) (20 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I welcome the Minister of State to the House for this very important debate on housing. Housing is a key priority for Fianna Fáil. It is the biggest issue in the country. Whether one is in Dublin or outside Dublin, in rural or urban areas, housing is a key priority and a key issue. The Government has been out of touch on this issue. Numerous strategies have been proffered by the...

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I know that the issue of councillors' pay and conditions will be discussed with the Minister tomorrow evening but I will not be able to attend the Chamber for the debate due to a family bereavement. Therefore, I note that I am glad the debate is to take place because it is an important matter. Many Members of the House are in regular and close contact with our local authority members...

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: We get the spiel every time we mention anything.

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The Leader has been responding with the same nonsense since-----

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The Government has had seven years and children are being reared in hotel rooms.

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I listened to the same nonsense.

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It does not hurt me at all. What hurts me is hearing of those children in hotel rooms.

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: That is what this Government is-----

Seanad: Order of Business (27 Feb 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: State money is being used to pay for Fine Gael election propaganda.

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