We Need to Urgently Address the Issue of Mandatory Retirement

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I rise to raise again today an issue I have raised previously, and on which Senator White has proposed legislation, namely, mandatory retirement in the health service. I would like to bring to the attention of my colleagues that a critical person in a specialty in Ireland … Continue reading

Water Metering Legislation

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Water Services Bill] After a lot of soul searching I will be opposing the Bill tonight. I have consistently opposed the concept behind the Bill since my earliest days in this House. I am not naive and I know that water costs. I know that everything … Continue reading

Homelessness and the Death of Jonathan Corrie

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I add my sympathies to those being extended to Mr. Corrie’s family. Homelessness is a very sad reality in the city and it is a problem which has many facets. People may find themselves in settled employment one minute, with a home and family, and they may … Continue reading

Pension Reform and Mandatory Retirement

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business seeking the attendance of the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection in the House today to outline a timeline on the critical issue of pension reform in light of the data which came out today from the Pensions … Continue reading

National Treasury Management Agency

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the National Treasury Management Agency Bill] We were always taught that pensions were sacrosanct, that they were different. A pension was a special kind of saving one made and certain rules applied in respect of it. One could not touch one’s pension. If one experienced a very … Continue reading

Water Tax and Local Authorities

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I join Senator MacSharry in calling for a debate to get some clarity on what is happening with respect to the charge for local services, property tax and the allied issue of water tax. There is no doubt that we used to have local services and water. … Continue reading

Children’s Hospital; Energy; Obesity and; Banking Inquiry

[Speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad] Link to video: http://media.heanet.ie/oireachtas/asx.php?Channel=Seanad&Date=20140604&StartTime=06:25:38.000&Duration=00:02:36.000 In the context of news reports earlier today, will the Leader seek clarification from the Minister for Health and his Department on whether the discovery of a hitherto unsuspected complex and fairly ancient sewer system under the site for the proposed national children’s … Continue reading

Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Committee


[Speaking in the Seanad on a Motion re: Establishment of Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis] I welcome the Minister of State. As the Leader said, this inquiry is overdue and I am delighted that it is happening, as there is a clear need for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the financial … Continue reading

Water charges; Universal Health Care

[speaking in Seanad Eireann during Order of Business…..] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, come to the House to clarify the position on water tax. I am not naive; water is not free and, … Continue reading

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2013] I welcome the Aire to the House. What could be a more difficult job to be given than that of Minister for Social Protection and Minister for Health during a recession and at a time when the demands for the … Continue reading