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

Catherine Ardagh: I would like to raise three issues today. The first relates to the amendments passed by Members of Parliament in Westminster yesterday. They voted to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland unless power-sharing is restored by 21 October. They also overwhelmingly voted in favour of an amendment to liberalise abortion law in Northern Ireland. While I very much welcome these amendments,...

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

Catherine Ardagh: I also welcome our former colleague and friends in the Gallery and hope they have a lovely day. I refer Mr. Justice Iarfhlaith O'Neill's decision in respect of the State's interpretation of the European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case brought by Louise O'Keeffe against the State. Mr. Justice O'Neill described the State's interpretation and approach as an "inherent inversion of...

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

Catherine Ardagh: I raise two issues today. The first relates to the Ulster Bank sale of a €900 million portfolio of mortgages. I understand that 3,600 customers will be affected by the sale who have been engaging with the bank and made various short-term arrangements with it. In January 2019, Fianna Fáil's vulture fund regulation legislation was enacted by the Oireachtas. The Consumer...

Seanad: Social Welfare Bill 2019: Second Stage (3 Jul 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I too join in welcome Mary Leyden and her guests to the Gallery. I hope they have a lovely day. I thank the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection for introducing this Bill in this House. As a small business owner since 2006 and as a Fianna Fáil Senator I am very happy to support this Bill, the purpose of which is to provide for the introduction of a new social...

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

Catherine Ardagh: The EU-Mercosur trade agreement will significantly affect beef farmers and rural Ireland. However, urban Ireland is not disinterested in the issue. The agreement seems to be unfair on Irish beef producers. The main point brought to my attention is the carbon footprint of those producing beef in South America. It is a concern that rainforests are being cut down for beef production and,...

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

Catherine Ardagh: There appears to be another crisis with the roll-out of broadband. Listening to the radio this morning, I heard the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Deputy Bruton, discussing the "he said, she said" aspects of Eir and his Department in regard to the national broadband plan. From a layperson's point of view, Eir is the right body to roll out fibre broadband to...

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

Catherine Ardagh: I do not believe it can be called independent when we know that there were meetings with the-----

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

Catherine Ardagh: I am just saying there are flaws in the tender process, of which we all are aware.

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

Catherine Ardagh: It was €2.7 billion.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I would like to raise three matters, the first of which is the closure of a homeless hostel. The Dublin Regional Homeless Executive has informed us of the imminent closure of Brú Aimsire on Thomas Street, which is run by a charity called DePaul Ireland. We want to know whether there will be adequate provision of emergency beds. Where will these people sleep from now on? The hostel is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I also welcome my friends in the Public Gallery. I wish to convey my sympathies and those of the Fianna Fáil group on the heartbreaking news we received at the weekend of the passing of Manus "Mandy" Kelly at the Donegal International Rally. It is devastating news for his racing community and the local community. Manus drove the cancer bus in Donegal. He leaves behind five children,...

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

Catherine Ardagh: I wish to mention three groups I met yesterday, as did many of my colleagues in the House, namely, the Irish National Teachers Organisation, INTO, the Union of Students in Ireland, USI, and Fáilte Ireland. The INTO and USI had significant support yesterday from Members across the two Houses. I want to stress some of their requests. We know, especially for primary school education,...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: There is a crisis in maternity services across the country and the pace of development in maternity hospitals is very slow. There is movement on Holles Street hospital, little progress on the move of the Coombe Hospital to St. James's Hospital and little progress on the move of the Rotunda Hospital to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. We have had shocking reports from Professor Malone, of...

Seanad: Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (19 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire agus cuirim fáilte go dtí an Seanad roimhe. Molann Fianna Fáil an Bille seo. Fianna Fáil supports the Bill, which strengthens and modernises the current law governing coroner’s inquests. In particular, Fianna Fáil supports the requirement that maternal deaths be the subject of an inquest. The Bill will also allow a coroner...

Seanad: Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (19 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights have stressed the obligation of states to investigate unexplained deaths or those that occur in circumstances that involved official persons or authorities. The court has explicitly pointed out that the State's obligation can extend to deaths other than those which occur in hospitals to establish the cause of death and any liability on the part...

Seanad: Adoption, Information and Tracing: Statements (19 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I would like to share time with Senators Leyden and Gallagher.

Seanad: Adoption, Information and Tracing: Statements (19 Jun 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I thank the Minister for agreeing to adjourn the Committee Stage debate on the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016, which was to resume today, and thereby ensuring we did not have to divide the House. I welcome her decision to pause the legislative process so that all of us can take time to give the Bill further consideration and engage in further consultation with stakeholders....

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

Catherine Ardagh: On behalf of the Fianna Fáil group, I convey my sympathies to the family of the Cathaoirleach. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis. I also convey my sympathies and those of the Fianna Fáil group to the Leas-Chathaoirleach and his family on the passing of his mother, Peggie. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to both families. I raise two matters today. The first is...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 May 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: I commend a new campaign, Losing Your Marbles.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 May 2019)

Catherine Ardagh: It is a campaign launched by Sage Advocacy, a group which advocates for elderly people. It wants them to have the right to be unwise when making decisions about where they want to live or be cared for. Members might remember that last year a caller to Joe Duffy's "Liveline" show, Sadie, had been left in a nursing home by her family who very much loved her, as she acknowledged. However,...

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