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Saturday 19 April 2014

The Seanad debate: What they said

{ We have not been allowed to debate the code of conduct on mortgage arrears, which is open season on those in mortgage arrears. Many members on the Government side share my concerns. All I am asking for, in the time we have left in this session, is to set aside one hour for the Minister for Finance, Deputy Noonan, to come to the House. Perhaps he could set me right about why I should support the new code of conduct on mortgage arrears and maybe he could."

Fianna Fail Seanad Leader Darragh O'Brien makes one of the few worthwhile contributions on the Order of Business in the Upper House yesterday.

{ Figures cannot be fired around flippantly . . . a figure of €400,000 per constituency was referred to, as if we had any intention of spending money in such a manner. We cannot do it because the abolition of the House will not save that much money. Today's statement is an absolute lie."

Fine Gael senator Tony Mulcahy sets the tone by criticising Richard Bruton's press release on the Seanad.

{ How can the Taoiseach announce an election campaign that has not yet commenced and appoint a minister who should be bloody well busy enough trying to create jobs?"

Fianna Fail's Terry Leyden highlights another problem many senators had with Mr Bruton's Seanad press conference and release – they feel it showed the Seanad disrespect because it hasn't yet passed the bill allowing the referendum to be held.

{ I am regarded as a Protestant and a southern Unionist and . . . I am bitterly ashamed of the behaviour of people who call themselves Unionists and Protestants. They are a disgrace to any decent representation of those values. I call on the Church of Ireland, to which I belong, to disassociate itself completely from the Orange Order.

David Norris makes a worthwhile contribution on the current troubles in the North.

{ I am shocked to hear about the press release from the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Bruton. Did he read the press release before it was issued? It is like propaganda from Hitler."

Fianna Fail senator Mary White makes what was later described as an "outrageous" comment.

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