Thursday, 11 July 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
An Indecon report of 2014 highlighted the issue of animal welfare in Bord na gCon. I ask the Leader if the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine could come in to address us on this. Will the Leader get us an overall picture of how much money is given out to various State bodies and sporting organisations?It appears to be incredibly lopsided. We are entitled to an update on the matter.
On a personal and professional note, there are significant issues in the EU. I hope that our recently elected MEPs can do their bit to help change that. I am very pro-European but there need to be some significant changes or further cracks will appear. I strongly believe that Ireland should continue to be at the centre of the EU. As far as I am concerned, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Coveney, is doing a very good job - the best he possibly can. That is a non-political, non-partisan comment that I make on the basis of my instinct and what I hear from other people.
I ask the Leader to come back to us on Bord na gCon. Senators would very much welcome a debate in respect of it.