Seanad Éireann - Order Paper
Déardaoin, 12 Meitheamh, 2003
Thursday, 12th June, 2003
RIAR NA hOIBRE RIAR NA hOIBRE
1. (l) An Bille um Chosaint Fostaithe (Obair Téarma Shocraithe) 2003 - An Tuarascáil.
(a) Protection of Employees (Fixed-Term Work) Bill 2003 - Report Stage.
2. Ráitis maidir leis an bhfreagairt ar an laghdú le déanaí ar ráta an Bhainc Ceannais Eorpaigh.
Statements on reaction to recent European Central Bank rate cuts.
3. (l) An Bille um an Dlí Coiriúil (Gealtacht) 2002 - An Coiste.
(a) Criminal Law (Insanity) Bill 2002 - Committee.
4. (l) An Bille um Chosaint Mháithreachais (Leasú) 2003 - An Coiste
(a) Maternity Protection (Amendment) Bill 2003 - Committee.
5. An Bille fán gCoinbhinsiún Eorpach um Chearta an Duine 2001[Dáil]- An Dara Céim.
European Convention on Human Rights Bill 2001 [Dáil] - Second Stage.
6. 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.
7. Ráitis maidir leis an leibhéal ard óil alcóil ag daoine óga. (atógáil)
Statements on the high level of alcohol consumption by young people. (resumed)
8. Ráitis maidir le hUathachas.(atógáil)
Statements on Autism. (resumed)
- Senator Mary ORourke.
- Senator Mary ORourke.
- Senator Mary ORourke.
14. Tairiscintí nach ón Rialtas.
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]
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]
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]
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]
5. "That Seanad Éireann:
- 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;
- immediately implement the outstanding recommendations of the MIAB Report,
- 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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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."
[6 November, 2002]
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]
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."
[12 November 2002]
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."
[12 November 2002]
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
[14 November, 2002]
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."
[20 November 2002]
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 OToole.
[27 November 2002]
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 OToole.
[27 November 2002]
18. "Th at 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 OToole.
[ 3 December 2002]
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."
[17 December 2002]
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."
[19 December 2002]
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."
[29 January 2003]
- 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 OBrien, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ann Ormonde, Kieran Phelan, Eamon Scanlon, Jim Walsh, Mary White, Diarmuid Wilson.
[28 January 2003]
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 OToole, David Norris, Mary Henry.
[13 March 2003]
25. "That Seanad Éireann calls on the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., to clarify the Governments 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 OToole.
[20 March 2003]
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]
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 OToole, Mary Henry, Fergal Quinn.
[8 April, 2003]
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]
29. "That Seanad Éireann asks the Minister for Social and Family Affairs to make the necessary arrangements to ensure that:
(1) performing artists be given a period of three years to pursue their profession during which period they would be entitled to full Social Welfare benefits;
(2) recognising the sporadic nature of performing artists work, the medical card once granted should not unreasonably be withdrawn;
(3) performing artists should be granted the same tax concessions as creative artists;
(4) while this is being adjudicated, performing artists income tax should be assessed over a three year period to allow for the fluctuation in performing artists incomes; and
(5) that special provision for social housing be provided to performing artists and that Local Authorities make special allocations for performing artists in all social housing provisions."
- Senators David Norris, Joe O'Toole, Feargal Quinn, Shane Ross, Mary Henry
[21 May 2003]
30. "That Seanad Éireann
- acknowledging the work undertaken by community groups throughout the country with the assistance of the FAS Community Employment Schemes, and the deteriorating economic climate for people who are displaced from community employment schemes who fail to gain access to other work
- recognising the deep concern of community, health and sporting organisations about the future of these schemes and the continuation of important local projects
- accepting the contribution that these schemes make to the self-esteem of the participants, and the support provided to groups involved in parish, sporting and voluntary activities
- aware of the difficulties encountered by people over 50 years of age in sourcing alternative employment calls on the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment
(a) to suspend the reduction of 5,000 places in community employment schemes at this time of economic downturn and lack of job opportunities in the open market
(b) to ensure that people in long-term unemployment will continue to have the opportunity to do valuable work through community employment schemes and
(c) to establish a new social employment scheme for the older age group who are long-term unemployed".
- Senators Paul Coghlan, Brian Hayes, Ulick Burke, Fergal Browne, Noel Coonan, Michael Finucane, Paddy Burke, Jim Higgins, Paul Bradford, John Paul Phelan, Frank Feighan, Sheila Terry, Joe McHugh, James Bannon, Maurice Cummins, Brendan Ryan, Kathleen OMeara, Derek McDowell, Joanna Tuffy, Michael McCarthy.
[28 May 2003]
31. "That Seanad Éireann believes that the existing expenditure limits for general elections should not be altered and that the issue of election expenditure before the date when an election is called be considered".
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 June 2003]
32. "That Seanad Éireann:
considering that the Convention on the Future of Europe will shortly be finishing its work on the drafting of a new Constitutional Treaty for Europe;
noting that the published draft articles of this new Constitutional Treaty refer specifically to the creation of a common defence for the European Union which will be reflected in the new Constitutional Treaty;
acknowledging that unless Ireland engages in the debate on future EU security and defence then the rules for any new arrangement will be made with regard to the concerns of other countries, but not of Ireland;
recognising that Ireland should not only be a member of the emerging EU security and defence architecture, but should be one of the architects helping to design the new arrangements, and;
accepting that there is nothing inherently moral in Ireland assuming a neutral position on every issue, irrespective of the unique circumstances of each case;
calls upon the Government to:
facilitate an open and honest debate on the future of Irelands neutrality in the context of the emerging EU security and defence arrangements;
accept that currently the people of Ireland are the least protected citizens of any EU Member State, and that they would derive considerable benefit from Irelands participation in EU security and defence cooperation;
admit that unless the Government acts now Ireland will face a take it or leave it situation with regard to the new security and defence arrangement which will have been devised by other Member States, and on their terms; and
agree that by doing nothing the demise of Irelands neutrality will come about on the least favourable terms for Ireland".
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.
[12 June 2003]
15. 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.
An Bille um Dhumpáil ar Farraige (Leasú) 2000.
Dumping at Sea (Amendment) Bill 2000.
An Bille um Dhlí na Farraige (Píoráideacht a Chur faoi Chois) 2001.
Law of the Sea (Repression of Piracy) Bill 2001.
An Bille um Ghníomhaireacht Forbartha don Mhol Digiteach 2002.
Digital Hub Development Agency Bill 2002.
An Bille Iascaigh (Leasú) 2002.
Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2002.
An Bille Inimirce 2002.
Immigration Bill 2002.
An Bille um Fhorbairt Tionscail (Fondúireacht Eolaíochta Éireann) 2002.
Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Bill 2002.
Bille na Radharcmheastóirí (Leasú) 2002.
Opticians (Amendment) Bill 2002.
An Bille um Chaomhnú an Chomhshaoil 2003.
Protection of the Environment Bill 2003.
Bille an Gharda Síochána (Comhar Póilíneachta) 2003.
Garda Síochána (Police Co-operation) Bill 2003.
Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2002.
Official Languages Bill 2002.
An Bille um Cheartas Coiriúil (Foirne Comhpháirteacha um Imscrúdú) 2003.
Criminal Justice (Joint Investigation Teams) Bill 2003 .
Bille na gCuideachtaí (Iniúchadh agus Cuntasaíocht) 2003
Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Bill 2003
Déardaoin 12 Meitheamh 2003
Thursday 12th June 2003
Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Iompar i Seomra Coiste 1, LH2000, ar 9.30 a.m.
Meeting of the Joint Committee on Transport in Committee Room 1, LH2000, at 9.30 a.m.
Cruinniú den Fhochoiste um Iniúchadh Eorpach i Seomra Coiste 4, LH 2000 ar 9.30 a.m.
Meeting of the Sub-Committee on European Scrutiny in Committee Room 4, LH 2000, at 9.30 a.m.
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.
Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Ghnóthaí Ealaíon, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta i Seomra Coiste 1, LH 2000, ar 2.30 p.m. (príobháideach).
Meeting of the Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Committee Room 1, LH 2000, at 2.30 p.m. (private).
Dé Máirt, 17 Meitheamh, 2003
Tuesday, 17th June, 2003
Cruinniú den Chomhchoiste um Ghnóthaí Sóisialacha agus Teaghlaigh i Seomra Coiste 1, LH2000, ar 2.00 p.m. (príobháideach).
Meeting of the Joint Committee on Social and Family Affairs in Committee Room 1, LH2000, at 2.00 p.m. (private).