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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I want to thank everybody for their patience and perseverance during the year, particularly the staff, the Leas-Chathaoirleach, the Leader and the Cathaoirleach, and to wish everybody a happy Christmas. At the risk of sounding like Boris Johnson, can we get something done for the secretarial assistants? It is great that everyone signed the motion and it is fantastic we got the support. The...

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I welcome the Minister. This is one of the most disappointing moments in my three and a half years working here. It is only a couple of weeks ago that we had widespread support for this amendment. The amendment stated: "... Schools shall ... provide to both parents and the Department of Education information relating to voluntary contributions, inclusive of the total monies collected...

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: The Minister has not started that conversation.

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I support both these amendments, which are commonsense and empowering for the ombudsman. A reforming Minister would support these amendments.

Seanad: Education (Student and Parent Charter) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: Social Welfare (No. 2) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (17 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I second the amendment.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I looked at some British news the other day. One of the starkest statistics I have seen is that there are now significantly more food banks in the UK than there are branches of McDonalds. There are 2,000 food banks as opposed to 1,249 branches of McDonalds. This reflects how far backwards British society has gone over the past 30 years. I grew up in London and am proud to be a member of...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: -----reject Thatcherism, and reject the right-wing economics that have destroyed society over there.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: Probably.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (11 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: Well said.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Joint Labour Committees (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I welcome the Minister of State to the House. I want to discuss terms, conditions and pay in the hospitality sector and the need for the Government to be much more proactive in trying to establish a joint labour committee in the sector. I have raised this with a number of the Minister of State's colleagues and I will ask her some of the same questions. I regret to say I did not get any...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Joint Labour Committees (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I appreciate that the Minister of State is standing in for a colleague, but that is a particularly disappointing response. I am aware of the statutory framework. The fact of the matter is that the employer bodies have refused to engage with it. That begs a question to which no-one has been able to give me an answer. If someone works in the hospitality sector, how does he or she get a pay...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Joint Labour Committees (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I am fully aware of it and I supported it.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: Virgin Media describes itself on its website as "the leading connected entertainment cable and broadcast business [that offers] multi award-winning services including broadband, TV, mobile and home phone" to consumers and businesses in Ireland. I gather Virgin Media is also now offering union busting at no extra cost, unless of course one happens to be one of the 400 employees in its call...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: Fair play.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting: Discussion (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I have a simple question for the Department. Can the Department confirm that the funding for TG4 will be included in the remit of the new commission for public service media? A simple "Yes" or "No" answer will be fine.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting: Discussion (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: That is a "Yes".

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting: Discussion (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: I thank Ms Cronin. I want to bring the debate back to Lyric FM, because like so many others who have spoken, I am completely perplexed. The staff in Lyric FM in Limerick are completely perplexed as to how much savings can be made, and the fact that to date - despite several people asking - we have received no answer in relation to the possible cost savings, which only adds to our...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting: Discussion (10 Dec 2019)

Paul Gavan: Can I just drill into that cost? Is it true that RTÉ Lyric FM has had zero central marketing budget while resources have been ploughed into other RTÉ stations?

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