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SEANAD ÉIREANN

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Dé Máirt, 13 Bealtaine, 2003

Tuesday, 13th May, 2003

2.30 p.m.


RIAR NA hOIBRE

Order Paper


GNÓ POIBLÍ

Public Business


1. (l) Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2002 - An Tuarascáil.

(a) Official Languages Bill 2002 - Report Stage.

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2. Ráitis maidir le Sláinte.

Statements on Health.

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3. An Bille um Íocaíochtaí Iomarcaíochta 2003- Ordú don Dara Céim.

Redundancy Payments Bill 2003 - Order for Second Stage.

Bille dá ngairtear Acht do leasú agus do leathnú an Achta um Íocaíochtaí Iomarcaíochta 1967, do leasú an Achta um Íocaíochtaí Iomarcaíochta 1971, an Achta um Chosaint Fostaithe (Dócmhainneacht Fostóirí) 1984, an Achta Leasa Shóisialaigh (Comhdhlúthú) 1993 agus an Achta um Chomhionannas Fostaíochta 1998 agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara

Bill entitled an Act to amend and extend the Redundancy Payments Act 1967, to amend the Redundancy Payments Act 1971, the Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Act 1984, the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 1993 and the Employment Equality Act 1998 and to provide for related matters

- Senator Mary O’Rourke.

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4. An Bille um Cheartas Coiriúil (Foirne Comhpháirteacha um Imscrúdú) 2003

- Ordú don Dara Céim.

Criminal Justice (Joint Investigation Teams) Bill 2003 - Order for Second Stage.

Bille dá ngairtear Acht do dhéanamh socrú maidir le cur chun feidhme chreat-chinneadh an 13 Meitheamh 2002 ó Chomhairle an Aontais Eorpaigh maidir le foirne comh-imscrúdaithe, chun na críche sin do leasú an Achta um Cheartas Coiriúil 1994, Acht an Gharda Síochána 1989 agus d'aisghairm alt 5 den Acht um Europol 1997, agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara.

Bill entitled an Act to provide for the implementation of the framework decision of 13 June 2002 of the Council of the European Union on joint investigation teams, for that purpose to amend the Criminal Justice Act 1994, the Garda Síochána Act 1989 and repeal section 5 of the Europol Act 1997, and to provide for related matters.

- Senator Mary O’Rourke.

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5. An Bille um Cheartas Coiriúil (Ord Poiblí) 2002 [Dáil] - An Dara Céim.

Criminal Justice (Public Order) Bill 2002 [Dáil] - Second Stage.

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6. Bille na gCuideachtaí (Iniúchadh agus Cuntasaíocht) 2003 - An Coiste.

Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Bill 2003 - Committee.

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7. (l)An Bille um an Dlí Coiriúil (Gealtacht) 2002 - An Coiste.

(a)Criminal Law (Insanity) Bill 2002 - Committee.


Tíolactha: Presented:

8. An Bille um Shaoráil Faisnéise (Leasú) (Uimh. 2) 2003 - Ordú don Dara Céim.

Freedom of Information (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2003 - Order for Second Stage.

Bille dá ngairtear Acht do leasú an Achta um Shaoráil Faisnéise 1997 agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara.

Bill entitled an Act to amend the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and to provide for related matters.

- Senator Brendan Ryan

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9. An Bille um Chosaint Mháithreachais (Leasú) 2003 - Ordú don Dara Céim.

Maternity Protection (Amendment) Bill 2003 - Order for Second Stage.

 Bille dá ngairtear Acht do leasú agus do leathnú an Achta um Chosaint Mháithreachais 1994 agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara.

Bill entitled an Act to amend and extend the Maternity Protection Act 1994 and to provide for related matters.

- Senator Mary O’Rourke.

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10. Ráitis maidir leis an leibhéal ard óil alcóil ag daoine óga. (atógáil)

Statements on the high level of alcohol consumption by young people. (resumed)

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11. Ráitis maidir le Beartas agus Gníomhartha Forbartha Tuaithe ag tagairt go háirithe d’fhadhb mheath an daonra. (atógáil)

Statements on Rural Development Policy and Actions with particular reference to the problem of population decline. (resumed)


Tairiscintí: Motions:

12. "Go gceadaíonn Seanad Éireann na Rialacháin seo a leanas ina ndréacht:

Na Rialacháin fán Acht um Shaoráil Faisnéise 1997 (Cúlghairmeacha Ilghnéitheacha) 2003

ar leagadh cóipeanna díobh ina ndréacht faoi bhráid Sheanad Éireann an 16 Aibreán 2003.

That Seanad Éireann approves the following Regulations in draft:

Freedom of Information Act 1997 (Miscellaneous Revocations) Regulations 2003

copies of which have been laid in draft form before Seanad Éireann on 16th April 2003."

- Senator Mary O’Rourke.

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13. "Go gceadaíonn Seanad Éireann dréacht-Chód Caighdeán agus Iompair na Státseirbhíse, ar leagadh cóipeanna de faoi bhráid Sheanad Éireann an 29 Samhain, 2000.

That Seanad Éireann approves the draft Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour, copies of which were laid before Seanad Éireann on 29th November, 2000."

 - Senator Mary O’Rourke.

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14. "Go gceadaíonn Seanad Éireann an tOrdú seo a leanas ina dhréacht:-

An tOrdú fán Acht um Chomhionannas Fostaíochta, 1998 (alt 12) (Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann), 2003,

ar leagadh cóipeanna de ina dhréacht faoi bhráid Sheanad Éireann an 12 Bealtaine, 2003.

That Seanad Éireann approves the following Order in draft:-

Employment Equality Act, 1998 (section 12) (Church of Ireland College of Education) Order, 2003,

copies of which were laid before Seanad Éireann on 12th May, 2003."

- Senator Mary O’Rourke.


15. Tairiscintí nach ón Rialtas.

Non-Government Motions.

1. "That Seanad Éireann urges the Government to provide adequate occupational and speech therapies on an ongoing basis for children with autism, tailored to their individual needs."

- Senators Shane Ross, David Norris, Mary Henry, Joe O'Toole, Feargal Quinn.

[12 September, 2002]

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2. "That Seanad Éireann expresses its concern at the recent dismissal of the Principal Teacher of an interdenominational Gaelscoil in Dunboyne, Co. Meath and, in order to develop a viable and comprehensive policy, calls on the Minister for Education and Science to establish immediately a Forum on Interdenominational Education, representative of the Education partners and appropriate Church Authorities; and requests the reinstatement of the Principal until such time as the Report of the Forum is considered."

- Senators Joe O'Toole, Shane Ross, David Norris, Mary Henry.

[9 October, 2002]

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3. "That Seanad Éireann deplores

(a) the failure by the Minister for Finance to make public before the May General Election the true state of the public finances as subsequently outlined in last June's memo from the Minister for Finance to his fellow Government Ministers.

(b) the gross failure by the Minister for Finance in his December 2001 Budget Statement to accurately assess the now projected Budget Deficit and

(c) calls on the Minister for Finance to come before the Seanad for a full debate on the consequence of the current economic crisis and to introduce a Fiscal Responsibility Bill."

- Senators Jim Higgins, Ulick Burke, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Brian Hayes, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[9 October, 2002]

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4. "In view of the fact that Argentina is experiencing its worst economic crisis and, remembering how our emigrants were welcomed in Argentina during the 19th century, Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to make some arrangement to allow members of the Irish-Argentine community to live and work in Ireland which they have been excluded from doing under the terms and provisions of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts of 1956 and 1986."

- Senators Joe O'Toole, David Norris, Shane Ross, Mary Henry, Feargal Quinn.

[9 October, 2002]

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5. "That Seanad Éireann:

- recognises the crisis in the provision of insurance cover in Ireland and the consequent job losses,

- notes the report of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board (MIAB) published in April, 2002,

- expresses alarm at high insurance costs and the imposition that they impose on business, young drivers and consumers generally,

- expresses concern at the lack of competition in the insurance sector,

- notes the role of high legal costs in the high level of insurance costs,

- recognises an unacceptable level of insurance fraud in Ireland;

condemns the Government for its failure to tackle the crisis and in particular the complete inadequacy of the measures taken to date and calls on the Government to

- immediately implement the outstanding recommendations of the MIAB Report,

refer the MIAB Report to an appropriate Oireachtas Committee to carry out an investigation into the findings of the MIAB and to take submissions from interested parties,

- introduce measures to facilitate greater competition in the insurance market in Ireland,

- introduce measures to reduce legal costs in Ireland, and

- introduce reforms to the system of civil litigation in Ireland."

- Senators Paul Coghlan, Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[10 October, 2002]

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6. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Government to set up a Joint Committee of the Oireachtas to investigate the activities of auctioneers."

- Senators Shane Ross, David Norris, Joe O'Toole, Mary Henry.

[10 October, 2002]

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7. "That Seanad Éireann demands that the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, outlines to the House specific actions, if any, he is proposing to take in respect of:

(a) reversing the trends of rural depopulation,

(b) providing funding for the provision of essential services in rural Ireland,

(c) planning to roll out a modern communication infrastructure, and

(d) initiatives to increase employment, specifically cottage industry projects in areas where he has direct Ministerial responsibility."

- Senators Joe McHugh, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Noel Coonan, Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Brian Hayes, Jim Higgins, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[16 October, 2002]

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8. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform:

- to explain how cutbacks in relation to training will impact on the provision of new Garda recruits;

- to outline how he proposes to increase the Garda Force by 2,000 to 14,000 by 2007 when an increasing number of Gardaí retire each year and an increasing number of senior and mid-ranking Gardaí are taking early retirement; and

- to provide an option for Gardaí to defer their retirement to at least 60 years of age."

- Senators Sheila Terry, Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Noel Coonan, Paul Coghlan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan.

[16 October, 2002]

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9. "That Seanad Éireann notes the improved voter turnout at the most recent Referendum on the Nice Treaty; and calls on the Government to designate all future elections and referenda to take place on Saturday, as a day in the week which provides the electorate with the best possible opportunity to vote and thereby participate in the democratic process."

- Senators Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke,Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[6 November, 2002]

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10. "That Seanad Éireann urgently desires and requests that all paramilitary organisations North and South, Orange and Green, Loyalist and Republican should forthwith disarm, disband and publicly confirm this action."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Joe O’Toole, Mary Henry.

[6 November, 2002]

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11. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Environment and Local Government to guarantee that a minimum standard of service applies to all local authorities."

- Senators James Bannon, Brian Hayes, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[12 November 2002]

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12. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Transport to take immediate action to:-

improve the safety of the rail network,

increase the physical capacity of the railway,

improve the quality, speed and reliability of the rail network, and

extend regional public transport bus service."

- Senators James Bannon, Brian Hayes, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[12 November 2002]

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13. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Transport to indicate the reason the level of the roadway has not been reduced to accommodate the trucks currently using the M1 and the M50 to access the Dublin Port Tunnel."

- Senators Tom Morrissey, John Dardis, Kate Walsh, John Minihan.

[12 November 2002]

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14. "That Seanad Éireann in the light of the many positive resolutions on Tibet already passed in various fora including

- the European Parliament resolutions regarding Tibet dated October 14, 1987, March 15, 1989, September 15, 1993, May 17, 1995, July 13, 1995, April 18, 1996, May 23, 1996, May 13, 1997, January 16,1998, May 13, 1998, July 6, 2000, April 11, 2002;

- the resolutions regarding fundamental rights violations in Tibet adopted by the German Bundestag (October 15, 1987, June 20, 1996 and April 18,2002), adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Italian House of Representatives (April 12, 1989), by the Belgian House of Representatives (June 20, 1990), adopted by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Irish Parliament (July 21, 1998);

- the resolution adopted on August 23, 1991 by the United Nations sub-Committee for the prevention of discrimination and protection of the rights of minorities;

- the resolutions adopted by the United States Government, by the Australian Senate and House of Representatives and by the Czech Parliament;

- the Constituent Act of the ‘Association of Italian Communities, provinces and Regions’ an organisation which many local organizations have joined; and

Bearing in mind

- the tragic historical events experienced since 1949 by the Tibetan people;

- the United Nations resolution n. 1353 of the year 1959, and n. 1723 of the year 1961 and n. 2079 of the year 1965; co-sponsored by Ireland,

- the ‘agreement consisting of 17 points’ signed in Beijing by the Tibetan authorities, which guaranteed full autonomy for Tibet and, particularly, the acknowledgement of its political system and the full respect of religious freedom; and

- the repeated attempts to give new force to the dialogue with Beijing authorities made by the Dalai Lama with the ‘five point program’, presented before the American Parliament in 1987, and with the ‘Strasbourg proposal’, presented before the European Parliament in 1988;

- the recent execution without a fair trial or legal representative of Lobsang Dhondrup in Sichuan despite protest from the E.U.;

Commends the position of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile as far as it concerns the realization of an autonomous government for Tibet as a moderate position encouraging dialogue and negotiations;

Shares its profound concern for the serious damage already done to the Tibetan environment, traditions, culture and the Tibetan religion, and for the deterioration of the situation regarding human rights in Tibet;

Commends the recent contacts commenced between the Chinese government and the Tibetan Government in exile;

Expresses the hope that these will become, as soon as possible, true direct negotiations between the Chinese government and the Tibetan Government in exile with the aim of defining a new statute which guarantees full autonomy for Tibet;

Adopts as its own

- The European Parliament resolutions dated July 6,2000 and April 11, 2002, and

Requests the Government

- to adopt among the aforesaid European Parliament resolutions, all possible initiatives regarding the People's Republic of China, so that, by way of dialogue, conditions be created for the realization of a new statute for Tibet, which will guarantee full autonomy for the Tibetan people in all sectors of political, economic and cultural life, with the exception of foreign affairs and defence;

- to call upon the Chinese government to acknowledge and fully respect the fundamental political, social and cultural rights of religious, ethnic and other minorities, and also their cultural specificity including religious freedom;

- to aid, in accordance with the other European Union members, the dialogue between the Beijing authorities and the Dalai Lama the Tibetan Government in exile; and

- to work within the European Commission so as to designate an observer from the European Union concerning the Tibetan issue."

- Senators David Norris, Joe O’Toole.

[14 November, 2002]

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15. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to extend the terms of reference of the Morris Tribunal in order to include the performances of the former Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the former Attorney General, the Garda Commissioner and the State Solicitor for County Donegal in relation to their handling of alleged Garda misconduct in County Donegal."

- Senators Jim Higgins, Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[20 November 2002]

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16. "That Seanad Éireann requests the Minister for Health and Children in conjunction with the Minister for Finance to create a mechanism whereby medical research in Ireland can receive substantial support from lottery funding."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Feargal Quinn, Mary Henry, Joe O’Toole.

[27 November 2002]

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17. "That Seanad Éireann requests the Minister for Foreign Affairs to explain the situation apparently obtaining at Shannon Airport under which (without the authority or approval of either House of the Oireachtas) American military aircraft are permitted to land and refuel in transit to the Gulf as part of the build up for military operations against Iraq, and under which circumstances Irish citizens have been detained by security personnel for taking photographs at the perimeter of the airport."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Mary Henry, Joe O’Toole.

[27 November 2002]

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18. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Government to end the practice of making political appointments to semi-state bodies."

- Senators Shane Ross, David Norris, Mary Henry, Joe O’Toole.

[ 3 December 2002]

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19. "That Seanad Éireann endorses The European Convention – Ireland’s participation in Europe."

- Senators Mary O’Rourke, Cyprian Brady, Michael Brennan, Eddie Bohan, Peter Callanan, Margaret Cox, Brendan Daly, Timmy Dooley, Geraldine Feeney, Liam Fitzgerald, Camillus Glynn, John Hanafin, Brendan Kenneally, Michael Kitt, Tony Kett, Terry Leyden, Don Lydon, Martin Mansergh, Marc MacSharry, Paschal Mooney, Pat Moylan, Francis O'Brien, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ann Ormonde, Kieran Phelan, Eamon Scanlon, Jim Walsh, Mary White, Diarmuid Wilson.

[17 December, 2002]

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20. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to investigate licensing practices of the District Court System and of the Planning Authority whereby licence applications for disreputable pubs, gambling arcades, lap dancing clubs and off licence outlets are routinely granted on a rubber stamp basis to the detriment of society in general."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Fergal Quinn, Mary Henry.

[17 December 2002]

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21. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Minister for Transport to outline the reason Irish Rail are spending hundreds of thousands of Euro per year to transport train drivers between Dublin and Longford."

- Senators James Bannon, Brian Hayes, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[19 December 2002]

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22. "That Seanad Éireann calls upon the Minister for Foreign Affairs to come into the House to explain the situation relating to the use of Shannon Airport by American military and flight personnel."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Joe O’Toole.

[29 January 2003]

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23. "That Seanad Éireann, acknowledging that responsibility for the administration and development of the game of rugby in Ireland rests with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), encourages the IRFU to continue to support the development of professional rugby in Connacht; and calls upon the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism to meet with the IRFU to discuss the situation."

- Senators Mary O'Rourke, Eddie Bohan, Cyprian Brady, Michael Brennan, Peter Callanan, Margaret Cox, Brendan Daly, Timmy Dooley, Geraldine Feeney, Liam Fitzgerald, Camillus Glynn, John Hanafin, Brendan Kenneally, Tony Kett, Michael Kitt, Terry Leyden, Donal Lydon, Marc MacSharry, Martin Mansergh, Paschal Mooney, Pat Moylan, Francis O’Brien, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ann Ormonde, Kieran Phelan, Eamon Scanlon, Jim Walsh, Mary White, Diarmuid Wilson.

[28 January 2003]

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24. "That Seanad Éireann expresses its thanks and appreciation to the Information Commissioner for bringing to the attention of the Houses of the Oireachtas vital information regarding the operation of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997 and affirms his statutory entitlement to make such report."

- Senators Joe O’Toole, David Norris, Mary Henry.

[13 March 2003]

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25. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., to clarify the Government’s position concerning the war on Iraq and the use of Irish airspace and refueling facilities."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Mary Henry, Feargal Quinn, Joe O’Toole.

[20 March 2003]

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26. "That Seanad Éireann condemns the Minister for Agriculture and Food for reducing the funding to Teagasc which has resulted in the closure of many offices around the country and undermines a valuable service to rural Ireland."

Senators Frank Feighan, Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Fergal Browne, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

[25 March 2003]

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27. "That Seanad Éireann condemns the use by the invading US and UK forces in Iraq of cluster bombs and depleted uranium shells."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Joe O’Toole, Mary Henry, Fergal Quinn.

[8 April, 2003]

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28. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the United States and the United Kingdom Governments presently in occupation of the State of Iraq to honour their obligations as occupiers under the Geneva Convention and also -

(1) Allow United Nations Arms Inspectors to be invited back to complete their work of inspection and to verify any alleged discoveries of weapons of mass destruction as soon as the military situation is sufficiently stable;

(2) Provide appropriate medical aid to alleviate the suffering of the people and the protection of all medical, educational and cultural facilities and sites;

(3) Provide provision of a clean water supply; and

(4) Provide for the facilitation and protection of the international agencies in distributing humanitarian aid. "

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Joe O'Toole, Mary Henry, Fergal Quinn.

[15 April, 2003]

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29. "That Seanad Eireann calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to ensure that the United States and the United Kingdom Governments meet their absolute moral obligation to provide the finest medical care and rehabilitative treatment for all the civilian casualties of their recent war in Iraq as a matter of the greatest urgency."

- Senators David Norris, Shane Ross, Feargal Quinn, Joe O'Toole, Mary Henry

[7 May 2003]

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30. "That Seanad Éireann commends the Governments’ initiative on the penalty points system and the associated measures regarding learner drivers, provisional licence holders, and motor insurance, and requests the Minister for Transport to outline the future strategies to strengthen these measures".

- Senators Mary O'Rourke, Cyprian Brady, Michael Brennan, Eddie Bohan, Peter Callanan, Margaret Cox, Brendan Daly, Timmy Dooley, Geraldine Feeney, Liam Fitzgerald, Camillus Glynn, John Hanafin, Brendan Kenneally, Michael Kitt,Tony Kett, Terry Leyden, Don Lydon, Martin Mansergh, Marc MacSharry, Paschal Mooney, Pat Moylan, Francie O'Brien, Labhrás Ó'Murchú, Ann Ormonde, Kieran Phelan, Eamon Scanlon, Jim Walsh, Mary White and Diarmuid Wilson.

[13 May 2003]

Leasú:

Amendment:

1. To delete all words after "Seanad Éireann" and substitute the following:

- condemns the Minister for Transport for his failure to adequately fund the penalty points system and his inability to address the huge driving test failure rate;

- notes the irresponsible attitude of the Minister for Transport in announcing changes to the provisional licensing system without providing adequate resources to address the current backlog;

- notes that the Minister for Transport has failed to meet his commitment

to introduce interim licensing measures;

- condemns the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform for his withdrawal of resources to the Garda authorities to enforce the penalty points system;

- notes the failure of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to establish a dedicated Traffic Corps;

- expresses its deep concern at the failure of Government to implement its own Road Safety Strategy;

- condemns the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment for her inaction in tackling the rising costs of motor insurance and her failure to act on the recommendations of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board Report which was published over one and a half years ago; and

calls on the Government to:

- fund the computerised penalty points system;

- adequately resource the Gardaí and establish a dedicated Traffic Corps;

(a) To honour a commitment to increase the number of fixed speed cameras throughout the country;

(b) Immediately address the driving test backlog;

- reform the current driving test;

- reissue lapsed licences to those who have passed the driving test subject to medical;

- introduce a structured driver training programme to encourage everyone to value safe driving as a life skill;

- establish a statutory registration for driving instructors;

- implement comprehensive and regular training programme for driving testers and introduce ongoing evaluations;

- introduce an advanced driving course;

- introduce competition to the motor insurance sector;

- reward drivers with a good driving history with low insurance premia;

- bring to the end the blatant discrimination being experienced by young people when securing motor insurance;

- explain why motorcyclists are three times more likely to die on Irish roads than anywhere else in Europe; and

finally, to publish the figures for those who are found guilty of having caused accidents on our roads (including such details as age, gender, type of vehicle driven, cause of accident etc.,)

Senators Fergal Browne, Brian Hayes, James Bannon, Paul Bradford, Paddy Burke, Ulick Burke, Paul Coghlan, Noel Coonan, Maurice Cummins, Frank Feighan, Michael Finucane, Jim Higgins, Joe McHugh, John Phelan, Sheila Terry.

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16. An Seanad a chur ar athló.

Adjournment of the Seanad.


BILLÍ SEANAID SA DÁILBILLÍ SEANAID SA DÁIL

Seanad Bills with the Dáil


An Bille um Airm Núicléacha a Imshrianadh 2000.

Containment of Nuclear Weapons Bill 2000.

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An Bille um Dhumpáil ar Farraige (Leasú) 2000.

Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill 2000.

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An Bille um Dhlí na Farraige (Píoráideacht a Chur faoi Chois) 2001.

Law of the Sea (Repression of Piracy) Bill 2001.

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An Bille um Ghníomhaireacht Forbartha don Mhol Digiteach 2002.

Digital Hub Development Agency Bill 2002.

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An Bille Iascaigh (Leasú) 2002.

Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2002.

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An Bille Inimirce 2002.

Immigration Bill 2002.

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An Bille um Fhorbairt Tionscail (Fondúireacht Eolaíochta Éireann) 2002.

Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Bill 2002.

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Bille na Radharcmheastóirí (Leasú) 2002.

Opticians (Amendment) Bill 2002.

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An Bille Rialtais Áitiúil 2003.

Local Government Bill 2003.

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An Bille um Chaomhnú an Chomhshaoil 2003.

Protection of the Environment Bill 2003.

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Bille an Gharda Síochána (Comhar Póilíneachta) 2003

Garda Síochána (Police Co-operation) Bill 2003


MEMORANDA


Dé Mairt, 13 Bealtaine, 2003

Tuesday, 13th May, 2003

Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Dhlí agus Ceart, Comhionannas, Cosaint agus Cearta na mBan i Seomra Coiste 2, LH2000, ar 2.30p.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights, in Committee Room 2, LH2000, at 2.30p.m.


Dé Céadaoin, 14 Bealtaine, 2003

Wednesday, 14 th May, 2003

Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Iompar i Seomra Coiste 1, LH 2000, ar 9.30 a.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport in Committee Room 1, LH 2000, at 9.30 a.m.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Fhiontraíocht agus Mionghnóthaí i Seomra Coiste 3, LH 2000, ar 10.00 a.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, at 10.00 a.m.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Ghnóthaí Ealaíon, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta i Seomra Coiste 4, LH2000, ar 1.30 p.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Committee Room 4, LH2000, at 1.30 p.m.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Airgeadas agus an tSeirbhís Phoiblí i Seomra Coiste 1, LH2000, ar 2.00 p.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service in Committee Room 1, LH2000, at 2.00 p.m.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Ghnóthaí Eorpacha i Seomra Coiste 4, LH 2000 ar 4.00 pm.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on European Affairs in Committee Room 4, LH 2000, at 4.00 pm.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Chomhshaol agus Rialtas Áitiúil i Seomra Coiste 3, LH 2000, ar 4.15 p.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on the Environment and Local Government in Committee Room 3, LH 2000, at 4.15 p.m.

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Cruinniú d’Fhochoistí na Dála agus an tSeanaid um Sheirbhísí do Chomhaltaí i Seomra Coiste 1, LH2000, ar 5.00 p.m. (príobháideach)

Meeting of the Dáil & Seanad Sub-Committees on Members' Services in Committee Room 1, LH2000, at 5.00 p.m. (private)

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Cruinniú de Choiste Feidhmiúcháin Chumann Parlaiminteach na hÉireann i Seomra 2 (tríd an bPríomh-Halla), Teach Laighean ar 5.15 p.m. (príobhaideach)

Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Irish Parliamentary Association in Room 2 (off the Main Hall), Leinster House at 5.15 p.m. (private)


Déardaoin, 15 Bealtaine, 2003

Thursday, 15th May, 2003

Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Shláinte agus Leanaí i Seomra Coiste 2, LH2000, ar 09.30 a.m.

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Health and Children in Committee Room 2, LH2000, at 09.30 a.m.

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Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Oideachas agus Eolaíocht i Seomra Coiste 2, LH2000, ar 11.30 a.m. (príobháideach)

Meeting of the Joint Committee on Education and Science in Committee Room 2, LH2000, at 11.30 a.m. (private)


PÁIPÉIR A LEAGADH FAOI BHRÁID AN tSEANAID

Papers laid before the Seanad


Reachtúil:

1) Rásaíocht Capall Éireann. Plean Straitéiseach, 2003 - 2007.

2) An tOrdú um Acht an Bhainc Ceannais agus Údarás Seirbhísí Airgeadais na hÉireann, 2003 (Tosach Feidhme Forálacha Áirithe) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 160 de 2003).

3) Na Rialacháin um Acht an Bhainc Ceannais agus Údarás Seirbhísí Airgeadais na hÉireann, 2003 (Idirthréimhseach) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 161 de 2003).

4) An tOrdú um an Acht Airgeadais 2003 (Alt 111) (Tosach Feidhme) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 173 de 2003).

5) Comhairle Spóirt na hÉireann. Ráiteas Straitéise, 2003 - 2005.

6) An Coimisinéir Faiséise. Tuarascail Bhliantúil, 2002.

7) An tOrdú um an Acht Airgeadais 2003 (Alt 104) (Tosach Feidhme) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 172 de 2003).

8) An Coiste Gairmoideachais: Cathair na Gaillimhe - Ráiteas Airgeadais Bliantúil don bhliain dar chríoch 31 Nollaig, 2001.

9) Bord Fiontar Contae Thiobraid Árann, An Trian Theas, Teoranta. Tuarascáil Bhliantúil, 2001.

10) Bord Fiontar Contae Loch Garman. Tuarascáil Bhliantúil, 2001.

11) Bord Fiontar Contae Fhine Gall Teoranta. Tuarascáil Stiúrthóirí agus Cuntais Iniúchta, 2001.

12) Bord Fiontar Contae Chill Mhantáin. Tuarascáil Bhliantúil, 2000.

13) Na Rialacha um Dhearbhuithe Pinsean (Leasú) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 171 de 2003).

14) Na Rialacháin um Pleanáil agus Forbairt (Treoirlínte um Pleanáil Reigiúnach) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 175 de 2003).

15) Na Rialacháin um Ghalair Aicídeacha (Leasú Uimh.2) 2003 (I.R. Uimh 180 de 2003).

16) Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn. Ráitis Airgeadais don bhliain dar chríoch 31 Lúnasa, 1999.

17) Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn. Ráitis Airgeadais don bhliain dar chríoch 31 Lúnasa, 2000.

18) An tOrdú Scadán (Iascaigh a Bhainistiú agus a Chaomhnú) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 165 de 2003).

19) An tOrdú um Iarracht Iascaireachta agus Coinníollacha Breise don Fhaireachán, don Iniúchadh agus don

Fhaireachas i gcomhthéacs Stoic Áirithe Trosc a Aisghabháil (Uimh.2) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 166 de 2003).

20) An Comhchoiste um Airgeadas agus an tSeirbhís Phoiblí. Tuarscáil ar na hÉisteachtaí a bhaineann le Tuarscáil Speisialta ón Ombudsman maidir le "Sásamh do Cháiníocóiri". (Bealtaine, 2003).

21) An Fochoiste um Iniúchadh Eorpach. An tAonú Tuarascáil Déag: Tuarascáil ar chruinniú an 16 Aibreán, 2003.

22) An tOrdú fán Acht um Chomhionannas Fostaíochta 1998 (alt 12) (Coláiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann) 2003 (Dréacht).

23) An Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta. Tuarascáil Staitistiúil, 2000-2001.

24) Ráiteas Sínt iús/Dearbhú Reachtúil Bliantúil i leith 2002 ó Mhaideilín Táilliúir-Uí Chuinn, Uas., de bhun ailt 24(1)(a) agus 24(3) den Acht Toghcháin 1997.


Neamhreachtúil:

1) An tOrdú um Iarnród Éireann (Baile Átha Luain - Gaillimh) (Crosaire Comhréidh Bhaile Átha an Rí) 2003 (I.R. 164 de 2003).

2) An tOrdú um Iarnród Éireann (Baile Átha Luain - Gaillimh) (Crosaire Comhréidh Bhéal Átha na Sluaighe) 2003 (I.R. Uimh. 163 de 2003).

3) An tOrdú um Iarnród Éireann (Baile Átha Luain - Gaillimh) (Crosaire Comhréidh Mhóta) 2003 (I.R. 162 de 2003).

4) Dréacht de Chreat-Chinneadh maidir le Fáltais, Ionstraimeachtaí agus Maoin a Bhaineann le Coireacht a Choigistiú.


Statutory:

1) Horse Racing Ireland. Strategic Plan, 2003 – 2007.

2) Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Act 2003 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 160 of 2003).

3) Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland Act 2003 (Transitional) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 161 of 2003).

4) Finance Act 2003 (Section 111) (Commencement) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 173 of 2003).

5) The Irish Sports Council. Statement of Strategy, 2003 - 2005.

6) Information Commissioner. Annual Report, 2002.

7) Finance Act 2003 (Section 104) (Commencement) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 172 of 2003).

8) Vocational Education Committee: City of Galway - Annual Financial Statement for the year ended 31 December, 2001.

9) Tipperary South Riding County Enterprise Board Limited. Annual Report, 2001.

10) Wexford County Enterprise Board. Annual Report, 2001.

11) Fingal County Enterprise Board Limited. Directors Report and Audited Accounts, 2001.

12) Wicklow County Enterprise Board. Annual Report, 2000.

13) Pensions Declarations (Amendment) Rules 2003 (S.I. No. 171 of 2003).

14) Planning and Development (Regional Planning Guidelines) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 175 of 2003).

15) Infectious Diseases (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2003 (S.I. No. 180 of 2003).

16) Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Financial Statements for the year ended 31 August, 1999.

17) Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Financial Statements for the year ended 31 August, 2000.

18) Herring (Fisheries Management and Conservation) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 165 of 2003).

19) Fishing Effort and Additional Conditions for Monitoring, Inspection and Surveillance in the context of Recovery of Certain Cod Stocks (No.2) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 166 of 2003).

20) Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service. Report on the Hearings relating to the Ombudsman’s Special Report on "Redress for Taxpayers". (May, 2003).

21) Sub-Committee on European Scrutiny. Eleventh Report: Report of the meeting of 16 April, 2003.

22) Employment Equality Act 1998 (section 12) (Church of Ireland College of Education) Order 2003 (Draft).

23) Department of Education and Science. Statistical Report, 2000-2001.

24) Annual Donation Statement/Statutory Declaration in respect of 2002 from Ms. Madeline Taylor-Quinn pursuant to sections 24(1)(a) and 24(3) of the Electoral Act 1997.


Non-Statutory:

1) Iarnród Éireann (Athlone – Galway) (Athenry Level Crossing) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 164 of 2003).

2) Iarnród Éireann (Athlone – Galway) (Ballinasloe Level Crossing) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 163 of 2003).

3) Iarnród Éireann (Athlone – Galway) (Woodlawn Level Crossing) Order 2003 (S.I. No. 162 of 2003).

4) Draft Framework Decision on Confiscation of Crime – Related Proceeds, Instrumentalities and Property.



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