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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: I begin by congratulating the State Examinations Commission on its announcement that the leaving certificate results will be announced on 2 September. It was long overdue. I support Senator Boyhan's call for this House to have a rolling debate on health. I made a point yesterday about disability matters. It is not about bringing in the Minister for Health; the Minister for Health, Deputy...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (22 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: I thank the Cathaoirleach for his presence at the most enjoyable and celebratory Equali-TEA and coffee morning in the Members' dining room. I thank all involved in what is an important celebration of Pride month. Yesterday, Senator Clonan made a powerful contribution on the Order of Business regarding the state of services for children with disabilities and the need for the State to look...

Seanad: Annual Transition Statement: Statements (22 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: Absolutely.

Seanad: Annual Transition Statement: Statements (22 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. Senator McDowell's reference to aspiration versus ambition, plan, succession and implementation is a very apt place to begin. This is a very important debate but it is not just a debate. It is about changing how we do business and changing our lifestyles. That is why it is important this debate is healthy. As Senators Mullen and McDowell said, it is also...

Seanad: Neurology Nurses: Motion (22 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: I welcome the Minister of State. I congratulate and thank Senators Boyhan and McDowell for this important motion. I hope that there is unanimous support for it and that the House will not divide because this is an important debate on the continuum of care. I thank the Neurological Alliance of Ireland for its wonderful campaign. I thank Deputy Colm Burke, who was instrumental last week in...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (21 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: Speaking of payrolls, I ask the Deputy Leader to invite to the House the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath, to facilitate a debate and provide us with an update on the public sector pay talks that have unfortunately stalled. I hope all in the House will join me in asking both sides to return to the table so we can have a collective public sector pay deal,...

Seanad: Electoral Reform Bill 2022: Second Stage (21 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: The Minister is very welcome to the House. I thank him and the Minister of State, Deputy Burke, for the work they have done and I pay tribute to Senator Cummins for his outstanding work on the committee. I also pay tribute to the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, for his stewardship of the Bill. To be fair to all of the Ministers and the Department, there has been accessibility and a...

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: Can the Chair give the House a roadmap as to what we can do in the context of the Leader's proposition?

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: That is not relevant to the Bill at all.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: It has no relevance to the Bill at all.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: I thought we were dealing with the Bill.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: In the context of Senator Craughwell's contribution, to be fair to the Minister of State we have had extensive engagement with the Department, the Minister of State and the Department officials. As Senator Craughwell knows full well, those of us, including the Acting Chair, who are on the transport committee have dealt with this Bill extensively to the point where we have re-engaged again...

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: On a point of order, and I do not want to have a row-----

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: The Acting Chair is probably right. I accept that. Surely for any Bill-----

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: -----when we are lobbied, it is about informing us of a position, regardless of whether we are yea or nay. I met IBEC this morning for a briefing. Are we saying IBEC cannot lobby us before the budget? I met the INTO yesterday. Is this also the case for Fórsa or SIPTU? I do not know.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: We asked for a meeting with the IAA. Is that what the Senator is referring to?

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: We asked for it in the Chamber.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: I did not understand the point. Now I do.

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: No, and I will not be the last. Without our committee talking to the workers and representatives, perhaps the Mulvey development would not have happened. That is the power of engagement. I spoke to Mr. Jim Gavin by Microsoft Teams or Zoom and there was a visit to the Seanad. We had our engagement with IALPA, which I believe is important. I would like to hear the Minister of State's...

Seanad: Air Navigation and Transport Bill 2020: Committee Stage (Resumed) (16 Jun 2022)

Jerry Buttimer: What is an aviation expert?

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