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Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is No. 1, Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012 – Report Stage (Amendments from Dáil Éireann) and Final Stage, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business; and No. 2, Energy Bill 2016 - Committee and Remaining Stages, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1.

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: But Senator Leyden is available.

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: There I was thinking we would have a very brief Order of Business this morning, but it is only right and fitting that we reminisce and reflect on the five year period of this Seanad. Looking back, there have been five referenda and a presidential election, while quite a volume of legislation has passed through the House. The five important referenda included the children's rights...

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: In a glaring omission, I forgot to thank the Deputy Leader, Senator Ivana Bacik, who has been such a wonderful stalwart over the past five years. I also wish to thank the other people who make the place tick, the Whips, Senators Paul Coghlan, Aideen Hayden and Diarmuid Wilson. Most of our people, when they come to the House, would say: "I must get on to Diarmuid for a pair", and I would...

Seanad: Order of Business (3 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: I am willing to accept the amendment but I can assure the House I am not accepting that it be moved now.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: The first that I have heard about the unavailability of Ministers is now. I have not been informed about it whatsoever.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: This is the first time. We can suspend the House for 20 minutes and I will try to find-----

Seanad: Business of Seanad (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: We will come back then.

Seanad: Business of Seanad (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: We can list the Commencement Matters for debate.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Disability Definitions (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: Yes.

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Disability Definitions (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, "That we extend the time allocated by continuing the Commencement debate to 3.45 p.m."

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on the report of the Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, to be taken at 4.45 p.m. and to conclude not later than 5.45 p.m., with the contributions of all Senators not to exceed four minutes.

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Mooney raised the issue of IDA Ireland visits and correctly noted the criteria applied to such visits. Ultimately, the saying that one can lead a horse to water but one cannot make him drink applies. The companies in question must decide whether they wish to locate in County Waterford, County Leitrim, Paris or elsewhere because that is the nature of competition. IDA Ireland has a...

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: If that is the case, I tender my apologies. My information was that the Senator's office was contacted with the name of the official to contact in that case. If that is not done, I will arrange for it immediately. Senator Mullins referred to the Action Plan for Jobs and lauded the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, and Ministers of State at the Department...

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Coghlan spoke about the implications that a possible Brexit would have North and South of the Border, outlining that it is a very serious issue. We all hope that an agreement will be reached between the UK and the EU in their deliberations which will avoid such an event. Senator Wilson spoke about the transferral of some jobs from Ballybay to Monaghan town and suggested that the...

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: However, one never knows what will happen. Senator Daly might try to recall us again; one never knows.

Seanad: Order of Business (2 Feb 2016)

Maurice Cummins: Senator Keane spoke about early childhood education. She rightly said that the Government had made some progress, but there is a need for further progress in that area. Senator Craughwell referred to workers and unemployment. I note his points in that regard. While I welcome the reduction in the unemployment figures, I acknowledge that there is a need for further work to be done in that...

Seanad: Order of Business (28 Jan 2016)

Maurice Cummins: Perhaps the Cathaoirleach knows something more than I do.

Seanad: Order of Business (28 Jan 2016)

Maurice Cummins: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re National Cultural Institutions Act, back from committee, to be taken without debate at the conclusion of the Order of Business; No. 2, motion re Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (section 95(3)) (Variation of title: Optician) Regulations 2016, back from committee, to be taken without debate; No. 3, motion re Planning and Development...

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