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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (5 Mar 2019)

Paddy Burke: The Senator will go over his time anyway.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (28 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I wish to raise the judgment in the case brought by Angela Kerins to see what implications it has for the Houses of the Oireachtas. I hope there will be a meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges about it or that we would have a debate on that issue in this House. While I appreciate that there will be a final judgment in April, the Committee of Public Accounts, which is the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I welcome the delegates and thank them for their presentation. Where does the commission draw the line between reckless lending and reckless borrowing? Is reckless borrowing a recognised concept?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: The commission put more weight on the lender than the borrower.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: If a small restaurant or hotel, for example, is in breach of the guidelines on food safety, it will be closed down until everything is rectified. Would it not be better if it was recommended that a corporate entity, a bank or a banking institution be closed for one week, two weeks or one month, rather than receiving a fine of up to €10 million, which is very little to some of the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: Would the commission include it in the report?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: The Central Bank has revoked some of the licences. For us as legislators, however, the commission could make a recommendation in the report to indicate that it could be provided for in the legislation that an institution should be closed for a period if it is in breach of the law. Is the commission in favour of that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I accept that I am putting Mr. Byrne on the spot.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: In the case of the death penalty, if somebody, rather than the four walls of the bank, committed a crime, I would have problems with penalties for the corporate entity. One wonders how a bank or institution could commit a crime. It is obvious that someone who works within the institution is the one who commits the crime, which leads me to the point that procedures should be put in place....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: A certain amount of risk management is in place. One of the best contributions made at this committee was by a man called Jonathan Sugarman. I asked him what his job was. He likened his job to being in charge of the cash register. Every evening, he had to have enough money in the cash register to pay everybody. If he did not, he had to go to the Central Bank or the parent body to get the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: Mr. Byrne said that for there to be an offence of recklessness, there has to be a potential gain. Does a trade have to be carried out or can there just be talk about giving or getting a loan? Does there have to be more than intent and is it described as recklessness at the bottom if it has to go higher up the ladder to the board or some other place for approval?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Law Reform Commission Report on Regulatory Powers and Corporate Offences: Engagement (26 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: If it has to go to the board for approval and the board can refuse or agree, is it still described as recklessness?

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (20 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I compliment An Post on its decision to go all electric with its postal delivery fleet throughout the country by 2022. By 2020, electrification will be extended to the cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny and Waterford. This is a great decision by the company. By the end of 2019, Dublin city postal deliveries will be all be made by electric vehicles and electric bicycles. I also...

Seanad: Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017: Committee Stage (Resumed) (20 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: That is a matter of legal opinion.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I support Senator Coghlan on the issue he raised regarding services on trains and at various stations throughout the country. My station in Castlebar is no better. We have a station master, Mr. Noel Hogan, who is very approachable and does a great job but when he is off at various times during the week or at the weekend there is no cover for him. As Senator Coghlan pointed out, if people...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (12 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: We need the Minister to come to the House to discuss this matter.

Seanad: Data Sharing and Governance Bill 2018: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages (6 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: I wish the Minister of State well with the legislation. It is an important item of legislation.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (5 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: Quite a few of the questions I had intended to ask have been asked, so we will not go over that ground again. Some figures mentioned as possible price tags for the children's hospital include €950 million and €1.4 billion. Has there been a tendering process all along which led to all of those increases? Was there a main contract in the first instance which was supplemented by...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (5 Feb 2019)

Paddy Burke: Has it all been tendered? From what we have read in the papers it seems that BAM won the tender bid because it bid €130 million lower than the next lowest offer. There was a tendering process after the initial contract, all the way along. The public can be fully assured that it is not just extras that is driving the cost of this towards €2 billion.

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