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

Paul Gavan: I give a warm welcome to Senator O’Hara and his parents. What a fantastic start and a brilliant speech. It will be great to work with him and I look forward to it. I wish former Taoiseach, Deputy Leo Varadkar, well for the future. I commend him on his public support for a united Ireland, his aspiration to see a united Ireland in his lifetime, his encouragement for those in his...

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

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Recycling Policy (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: The Minister of State is very welcome, it is good to see him. As he knows, the return scheme was launched with much fanfare at the beginning of February. It is a scheme that was long overdue and was very much welcome. According to the return websites, the aims of the new recycling scheme are to achieve EU recycling targets protect our environment, reduce litter and waste and play a key...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Recycling Policy (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: I know that the Minister of State is in the invidious position of reading out a statement and that this is not his direct responsibility but that statement is honestly appalling. The fact of the matter is that no one in a wheelchair can access these machines. That is a gaping chasm as a result of a failure to consult people with disabilities. The line the Minister of State has been given,...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Recycling Policy (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: That should have happened years before the scheme was introduced but I thank the Minister of State for his response.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: You are fine. I raise our health services. From people across the Chamber, we have had requests for the Minister of Health to come into the Seanad and so far he has not agreed to come. Having heard Senator Clonan this morning, the urgency is there for all to see. The issue I want to raise does not relate to University Hospital Limerick on this occasion. I want to extend my range and...

Seanad: An Bille um an Aonú Leasú is Daichead ar an mBunreacht (An Comhaontú maidir le Cúirt Aontaithe um Paitinní), 2024: An Dara Céim - Forty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Agreement on a Unified Patent Court) Bill 2024: Second Stage (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: An Bille um an Aonú Leasú is Daichead ar an mBunreacht (An Comhaontú maidir le Cúirt Aontaithe um Paitinní), 2024: An Dara Céim - Forty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Agreement on a Unified Patent Court) Bill 2024: Second Stage (21 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: As always, the Minister of State is very welcome. The purpose of the Unified Patent Court is to fundamentally reform the patent system in Europe and Ireland, and to provide a legal framework. A single court ruling will be directly applicable in the member states that have ratified the Unified Patent Court agreement. This will enable patent holders to enforce their rights and defend patents...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: I raise an issue affecting small businesses, particularly in the centres of Limerick, Cork, Ennis and Tralee, where we have seen a series of business closures. In Limerick, it was the closure of Debenhams that caused a real downfall for local businesses. We lost four British shops within one month at the tail end of last year. In Cork, a number of high-profile restaurants have closed...

Seanad: Casual Vacancy: Motion (7 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: Health (Termination of Pregnancy Services) (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed) (7 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: You are not.

Seanad: Health (Termination of Pregnancy Services) (Safe Access Zones) Bill 2023: Committee Stage (Resumed) (7 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: The Minister is welcome. I also warmly welcome Poushali Kundu from the National Women's Council, who has taken the time to be here for this debate. I commend Senators McGreehan and Clonan for speaking so powerfully on this matter. It is hard to add to that. I will briefly speak to the amendment. As someone who spent most of his life protesting as a trade unionist and socialist, there is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: To begin, I second Senator Boylan’s proposal to change the Order of Business. Two days ago, in a Belfast court, the coroner was forced to halt the inquest into the murder by the LVF, a loyalist murder gang, of Bellaghy man Sean Brown, a family man and leading figure in the local GAA. Sean Brown was abducted and murdered by the anti-agreement loyalist group on 12 May 1997. The...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Hear, hear.

Seanad: Private Rental Sector: Motion (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: Private Rental Sector: Motion (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: The Minister of State is very welcome. We have a housing crisis. It is worth saying that, because it is very clear from the speeches made by both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil representatives here that they do not believe it. That is absolutely shocking. When Fine Gael came into power, 3,500 people were homeless and now, 13 years later, the figure has gone up to 13,500. That is its...

Seanad: Private Rental Sector: Motion (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: He did invite the interruption.

Seanad: Private Rental Sector: Motion (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Give us the number.

Seanad: Private Rental Sector: Motion (6 Mar 2024)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Feb 2024)

Paul Gavan: A few weeks ago, an Seanadóir Michael McDowell in his regular column in The Irish Timesput a focus on the changing face of politics on this island, in particular, the far-reaching changes that are taking place in the North. Although I disagree with much of what the Seanadóir wrote, I commend him on regularly writing about the North, the debate about constitutional change and,...

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