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Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Ba mhaith liom fáilte mor a chur roimh an Taoiseach go dtí an Seanad inniu. Is onóir mhór é don Seanad an Taoiseach a bheith inár measc agus an seans a bheith again óráid a dhéanamh ar chúrsaí polaitíochta agus faoin Rialtas go dtí seo. Is traidisiún iontach maith é don Taoiseach an lae teacht isteach go dtí an...

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: It has come in at three times the €650 million estimate. The Taoiseach told us that, short of an asteroid hitting the planet, there was enough money to build the hospital. In 2016, the hospital was expected to open in 2020. Three years later that date has moved to 2023. Failures and delays such as these infuriate so many people. We saw failure and delay again last Friday evening...

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I will not mention the lost guillotine vote yesterday, which Fine Gael promised would never happen.

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: We all know that timing is everything. The Taoiseach's colleagues were seemingly too distracted by Bono to attend this House to support the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Shane Ross.

Seanad: Statement by the Taoiseach (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: On a more serious note, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the willingness of many of the Taoiseach's Cabinet colleagues and Ministers to engage with this House. I thank the Taoiseach and his colleagues for their time. The Minister for Justice and Equality in particular has been a regular presence in this House and we look forward to continuing engagement with him. Despite the...

Seanad: Civil Registration Bill 2019: Second Stage (18 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire as teacht isteach inniu. Obviously we are all ad idemon the Bill. I thank the Minister for bringing it so promptly to the House. It will resolve difficulty experienced by many donors in the LGBT community in assisted human reproduction cases. It extends the registration of a birth to include "parent" on a birth certificate. At present birth certificates...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I thank the Minister for Justice and Equality. On two occasions in this House I have raised the issue of re-entry visas for migrants legally in the country. There was an issue when bots hacked into the system used in the making of appointments such that genuine applicants for re-entry visas were not able to get an appointment. As and from 13 May, the Minister will withdraw the requirement...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: It is disgraceful that the Government is treating the Seanad in this way.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: This Chamber deserves to be shown due respect and it is the first time the Leader of the House has used this mechanism. The rationale for using it is sinister. I would like the Leader to withdraw it and take the opportunity to ensure he will not provide for this curtailment of the debate on the Bill.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (17 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Absolutely.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: First, I would like to extend my sympathy and that of the Fianna Fáil group to the residents of Paris and the people of France on the burning of Notre Dame cathedral last night.I presume most of us have spent some time in Paris and photographed the cathedral which is one of the most iconic churches in the world. It is a real shame that it has burned down. I hope it will be rebuilt at...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: It is too late.

Seanad: Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage (16 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Gabhaim buíochas don Aire Stáit as ucht teacht go dtí an Seanad. Fianna Fáil will support the Bill but believes far more is needed to address the problem of gambling. Two issues concern me. The first is why this Bill is taking priority over the gambling control Bill. There was much reference in the speech of the Minister of State to that Bill, yet we are not discussing...

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

Catherine Ardagh: I wish to raise the issue of home help hours. There is a serious crisis regarding home care packages, with elderly and other persons in need of hours or increased hours. In November, we learned that 550 extra home care packages would be made available, but this has not made a dent in terms of what is required. By way of a parliamentary question tabled by my colleague, Deputy Browne, we...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I met a gentleman recently who described how he is fighting for access to the drug, Spinraza, for his 15 year old daughter who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. She is now at a stage where she finds simple tasks like getting up, going to the bathroom or brushing her hair very difficult. Spinraza is available in 20 other countries and anecdotally we have learned that Ireland has been...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (4 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I also join in welcoming students from the Educate Together class. I hope that they enjoy their day today. There is a lack of nutritional care for those suffering with cancer. We all know that cancer does not discriminate and it will probably darken the door of all our families at some stage. Some 36% of cancer patients experience unintentional weight loss during their treatment, yet one...

Seanad: Forbairtí maidir leis an Ghaeilge: Ráitis (3 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit as ucht a bheith tagtha go dtí an Teach inniu agus leis an gCathaoirleach. Léifidh mé amach óráid ghearr mo pháirtí anois. Ó bunaíodh Fianna Fáil sa bhliain 1926, tá an Ghaeilge a chur cinn mar cheann de theangacha beo na ndaoine agus a chinntiú go dtugtar cosaint do chearta na...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (2 Apr 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I will raise two items today. Vulture funds or investment funds are coming to Ireland and purchasing new homes en bloc. We have learned that 282 properties under construction in Citywest have been put up for sale en masseto appeal to these large funds. This is not the only deal that has been packaged in this way. Last month an investment company snapped up 118 family homes in north County...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Mar 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Dolphin Park is the home of the Templeogue Synge Street GAA club. There is a row brewing between Templeogue Synge Street and Kevin's Hurling and Camogie Club.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (27 Mar 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: A row is brewing between two GAA clubs located in the inner city of Dublin - Templeogue Synge Street and Kevin's GAA Club. These are two super clubs and it is unfortunate that they have been pitted against each other due to the development of lands at Dolphin Park. The real issue is that the Kevin's club has genuine concerns that it will not have access to pitches it currently has access...

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