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Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Report and Final Stages (13 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Like Senator Ardagh, I wish to pay tribute to Deputy Micheál Martin. I remember sitting in my car in Malahide, listening to his speech in the Dáil with tears rolling down my face. It reaffirmed my commitment to my party and the republican ethos by which I have lived my life. There are many people to thank for bringing us to this day. It is a very emotional time for us all. We...

Seanad: Children's Digital Protection Bill 2018: Second Stage (12 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I commend Senator Freeman on introducing this Bill in the House. I thank the Minister of State for attending to listen to this debate. Undoubtedly, the Bill deals with an important area on which we need to catch up very quickly. As others have mentioned, it is a very fast-moving space. It is scary for a parent to realise the dangers that exist. When one closes one's own door, one...

Seanad: Order of Business (11 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I refer to the National Maternity Hospital and the controversy about its construction. The new hospital was announced five years ago and €150 million was put aside for its construction. Construction costs have increased to €300 million since. There is no doubt that the new hospital is urgently needed. Conditions in Holles Street Hospital are not suitable for the more than...

Seanad: Order of Business (11 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It is the same with supermarkets.

Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Would the Senator just stop?

Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Committee Stage (Resumed) (10 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Has the Senator ever even been in a maternity hospital? They do everything they can to protect children.

Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Second Stage (6 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister for coming here today. He has had a long number of days debating the legislation in the other House. It is a great relief to have legislation before us eventually. I pay tribute to the Minister and everybody who worked in a collective manner to bring us to this point today. I refer specifically to the committee that debated it for many months. It took a very acute...

Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Second Stage (6 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018: Second Stage (6 Dec 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Let us just debate the legislation. Some of my colleagues feel differently from how I do, but I respect them and I hope they respect me. Let us try to fulfil the wish of the people at this point. There is no need to go over the same divisive arguments which would help nobody. We really need to move on with it. The people have spoken overwhelmingly and the people are sovereign. It is now...

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I raise the very serious issue of sports capital grants, as discussed in the media this morning. There are shocking reports that senior Ministers and figures in the Fine Gael Government lobbied extensively for the allocation of sports capital funds to private golf clubs in their constituencies. The sports capital programme is primarily designed to fund local sports groups and clubs with a...

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: Large amounts of funding which should have been given to more deprived areas and the clubs serving a broad cross-section of the community which should have had priority were allocated elsewhere. I ask the Leader to address this issue. It shows the ideological leanings of Fine Gael when private clubs are prioritised ahead of deprived areas and clubs providing sporting-----

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: May I continue?

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: These clubs are providing sporting facilities to a broad cross-section of our communities, particularly in deprived areas which sorely lack them.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: There is very little green space in Dublin's inner city and long-established clubs have no playing pitches.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: While schools suffer a severe lack of sporting facilities, hundreds of thousands of euro from the fund have been allocated to private clubs. I would really like the Leader to address that.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: You guys had an awful lot more spin doctors than than we ever had.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It is very gendered language. I take exception-----

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: It is very misogynistic language. I take exception to misogynistic language used in my direction.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I will continue to call out misogynistic language.

Seanad: Order of Business (21 Nov 2018)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: The Leader is obviously not aware of-----

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