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Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation (22 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: Gabhaim buíochas, a Chathaoirligh Gníomhaigh. Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire stáit, an Teachta Madigan, freisin. Tá díomá orm nach bhfuil an tAire Oideachais í féin anseo, an Teachta Foley anseo agus ba cheart go mbeadh sí. It is a shame that the Minister for Education has not seen fit to be able to be here today. This is a matter I have...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: School Accommodation (22 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: I accept the bona fides of the Minister of State and I acknowledge the efforts she has made to facilitate the school community. I welcome the fact that the application will be made in short order. It should have been made weeks ago. The reality is that it is unlikely I will have an opportunity to raise this issue again before the end of this session, but I am not letting this go. I may...

Seanad: Proposal for a Directive on Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence: Motion (22 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: Cuirím fáilte roimh an Aire. Déanaim comhghairdeas léi as ucht a nuachta pearsanta. I welcome the motion and its contents on behalf of the Fine Gael group. The motion is very much appropriate. What is perhaps shocking is that it is the first piece, as the Minister said in her own words, of European Union legislation to recognise this area of criminality. In many...

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

Barry Ward: Ba mhaith liom labhairt inniú faoi parental alienation. This is a situation where parents are estranged and one parent acts decisively to alienate the other parent from their children, be it psychologically or physically preventing them from accessing their children. It is an awful thing. It is not just hard for the parent but it does terrible damage to the children, and we have...

Seanad: Election of Acting Chairperson (16 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: I second the proposal.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (16 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: I agree with everything Senator Black has just said. We cannot be strong enough on that issue. I am sorry I was not able to be there yesterday but I wholeheartedly support what has been said in regard to Palestine. Particularly in Ireland, we have a groundswell of support that needs to be recognised and activated in terms of Government policy as well. Today is Bloomsday. I come from...

Seanad: Cost of Living: Motion (15 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: The Senator-----

Seanad: Cost of Living: Motion (15 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. Gabhaim buíochas leis an Seanadóir Currie freisin as a cuid ama a roinnt liom. A Chathaoirligh Gníomhaigh, when I came to the Seanad people told me how much better it was here than in the Dáil because there was a higher quality of debate. That has not been the case this evening and I have been very disappointed with the tone of this...

Seanad: Cost of Living: Motion (15 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: That is the difference between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin in this debate. As a Government party and one that aspires to be a responsible party of Government, we have to stand over the commitments we make. We cannot simply come here with a shopping list and say "you should do X, Y and Z" without any attempt to explain how we are actually going to pay for it or justify how it could be...

Seanad: Cost of Living: Motion (15 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: He has also got up here and told us how awful things are. He seems to think that the solution to the best funded health service in Europe is to put in good money after bad when in fact it is a management issue. Of course there is legitimate criticism to be made across this country. The difference is that Fine Gael, instead of trying to score points, is looking for solutions, trying to...

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (14 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: Ar dtús báire, cuirim fáilte roimh ár gcairde uasail ón Úcráin. I extend a very warm welcome to our friends from Ukraine. I congratulate them on making the journey because what we have learned from them over the past few days has been so important. As the Cathaoirleach knows, Senator Ahearn and I left Ireland to visit Ukraine on 4 May. It is a process...

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (14 Jun 2022)

Barry Ward: It is 25 million tonnes.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 May 2022)

Barry Ward: I welcome the students from Malahide and the Croatian ambassador as he visited the House. I also wish to express our solidarity with Croatia today. Today I want to talk about accessibility. We have come a long way in this country in recent years. In these Houses in the past 15 years, accessibility has been facilitated in many ways but even this Chamber is still not fully accessible....

Seanad: Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (26 May 2022)

Barry Ward: Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire Stáit freisin. Just as my colleague, Senator Malcolm Byrne, was standing in for his party spokesperson, I am standing in for mine, Senator Ahearn, who unfortunately cannot be here but who had a discussion with me about the Bill. We are certainly happy, on behalf of the Fine Gael group, to welcome it and its provisions. I have heard what the Minister of...

Seanad: Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (26 May 2022)

Barry Ward: Next Tuesday.

Seanad: Competition (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (26 May 2022)

Barry Ward: Dé Máirt seo chugainn ar meán lae.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Qualifications Recognition (25 May 2022)

Barry Ward: I thank the Minister of State for taking the time to come in to respond to this issue. I am proud of Ireland's response to the crisis in Ukraine and to the invasion by Russia. We can also be pleased that there has been a cross-continental and global response to that and as members of the European Union, we can be proud of how our political Union has responded. In Ireland the Government...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Qualifications Recognition (25 May 2022)

Barry Ward: I appreciate what the Minister of State said about what Ireland is doing. I welcome the fact that progress is being made in this area. I also welcome the fact that some professions are specifically moving in this direction to facilitate Ukrainian refugees. Others are not, however, and I am aware of specific individuals in Ireland who are having difficulty having their Ukrainian...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (25 May 2022)

Barry Ward: Earlier I tabled a Commencement matter in respect of Ukraine and the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. There are many other things we need to do at a legislative level to support Ukraine. I refer to Resolution 2436 of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and to a number of points it made about actions that can be taken to support Ukraine at a legislative...

Joint Committee on the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Irish Speaking Community: Foilsitheoireacht agus Léitheoireacht na Gaeilge: Plé (Atógáil) (25 May 2022)

Barry Ward: Go raibh maith agat ach tá mé ceart go leor.

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