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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: Many Senators have mentioned the GAA and the national league. We really need to discuss the matter. I do not see a need for national leagues at the moment because there is no logic in players travelling, for example, from Kerry to Monaghan and Cavan to Kildare. We need to look at what we are trying to do. As much as the GAA can control what happens on the pitch, it cannot control what...

Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Second Stage (14 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: Senator Norris has only a minute or so.

Seanad: Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020: Second Stage (14 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: In accordance with the order of the Seanad of Wednesday, 7 October, the division is postponed until Friday, 16 October 2020, and the Seanad is suspended until 1 p.m.

Seanad: Statutory Right to Sick Leave Pay: Motion (7 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: Thank you, Senator. Minister, do you need to respond at this point?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Impact of Covid-19 on the Agriculture Sector and Priorities for CAP and Brexit: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (6 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: I congratulate the Minister on his appointment and wish him the very best of luck in his role. I spent last year sitting beside him at meetings of the agricultural committee of the last Oireachtas and I know he has deep knowledge of the industry. I note the comments by the Minister in the media in recent weeks regarding the appointment of a food ombudsman and his expectation that such an...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Impact of Covid-19 on the Agriculture Sector and Priorities for CAP and Brexit: Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (6 Oct 2020)

Tim Lombard: I will be as brief as I can. I have a new question for the Minister. My question concerns the Department's role in clarifying what I would describe as misguided information. I refer to a programme that is currently on RTÉ, namely, "What Planet are You On?". There have been three episodes of the programme to date and there is one more to come. It is creating a ferocious furore in the...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: That has nothing to do with the amendments.

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: On a point of order, the Senator is referring back to the issue of not getting sight of submissions. That has nothing to do with the proposal before the House. I ask that the House deal with the proposal before it, rather than Senator Boyhan going back and digging up stuff that has nothing to do with the amendments. I am sure he will find adequate time in the next three, four or five hours...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I will speak against the amendments. The basic principle of what the Minister of State is trying to propose here is very positive with regard to streamlining the actual appeals process itself. Moving from 28 days to eight and a half weeks does not make logical sense. When we are looking at legislation that is trying to make sure we can get licences through the system, extending this period...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I apologise, not Senator Boylan.

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: It is all about the 28 days. In other jurisdictions this is the time in which to appeal planning permission. If someone was to appeal a planning permission to An Bord Pleanála tomorrow it would be a 28-day period. It has worked very well in this matter for a long time. We need to stick with a steady timeline that can help everyone. It can help the people who want to make an...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I am totally opposed to this amendment, purely on the grounds of what I have been hearing from the industry. We have close to 1,000,000 cu. m of forestry tied up in the appeals process at the moment. This legislation is about trying to get a large volume of that timber out very quickly. The applications, which are more than 500 in number, involve everything from roadways to smallholdings...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (25 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: To clarify, I did not say industry asked for that.

Seanad: Safe Reopening of Tertiary Sector and Key Priorities for Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science: Statements (24 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I thank the Minister of State for giving me a few minutes to make a point on the allocation made by the Department for the mental health of students. Students at various levels are struggling during the Covid crisis. The allocation of €5 million is very worthy and I very much welcome it. I want to mention UCC and CIT in particular and the number of students going through these...

Seanad: School Transport, Leaving Certificate 2020 and Reopening of Schools: Statements (24 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I welcome the Minister. It is great to have her here. I wish to refer to two issues. One is school transport, which has been raised by many Members. The upper age limit of 70 years for drivers must be examined because there is a major shortage of drivers. They are still doing private work and their not working on school work is a big issue. The Department also needs to do some work with...

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage (23 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I do not quite need ten minutes.

Seanad: Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage (23 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I thank Senator Norris for his help. I welcome the Minister of State, Senator Hackett, to the House. It is a great day for the society, the Oireachtas and this House to have a Minister of State from this House coming with legislation and addressing this House. I am delighted that the Minister of State is here. It is an important day for democracy. I welcome this important Bill. It is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (18 Sep 2020)

Tim Lombard: I raise the issue of meat plants and where we are going with the sector. It is one of the big issues. Yesterday in the Dáil, a Member claimed there was a certain number of cases in Cork and the southern half of the country. We need clarity on the entire structure, including how things are happening and how the reporting is happening. If there was a case of Covid-19 in a school, the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (31 Jul 2020)

Tim Lombard: I join colleagues in thanking the Seanad staff for their courtesy and kindness since the election. I wish everyone a very happy break for the few weeks we are in recess. In recent months we have gone through a pandemic and had major issues to deal with. Carers are one of the sectors of society whose members have come to me to say how upset and annoyed they are at how they were dealt with...

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

Tim Lombard: I support the call for the creation of a select committee on Brexit because I think that is an important issue. My colleague spoke about the education issues which we need to look at. From the perspective of agriculture, we need some idea about how Brexit, especially in its later stages, could have a major impact on the agriculture industry. I spoke yesterday about local government and the...

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