Defence (Veterans Lapel Badge) Bill 2017

Today in the Seanad, I introduced my Defence (Veterans Lapel Badge) Bill 2017. This Bill provides for the establishment of a Veterans Lapel Badge to be conferred upon former members of the Army, Air Corps, Naval Service and Reserve Defence Forces by the Minister for Defence. The purpose of the Veterans Lapel Badge is to raise the profile of our Defence Force Veterans who have served their country with bravery and loyalty either at home or abroad or both.

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Irish Water Refunds -How To Get Yours

Irish Water has launched a dedicated refunds website page water.ie/refunds as the government legislation necessary to enable the refunding of household water charges progresses through the Oireachtas. Radio advertisements are also beginning this week across local and national stations advising customers to contact Irish Water on 1850 448 448 if their address has changed and they have yet to update their details.

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Craughwell asks Government how it intends to defend every line and dot of the Good Friday Agreement in light of UK Supreme Court Ruling.

At the  Order of Business in the Seanad today,  I asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs to come to the Seanad today to explain how the Irish Government intends to defend every line and dot of the Good Friday Agreement in light of this morning’s ruling by  the UK Supreme Court.

 

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Craughwell - Calls for the Seanad to be recalled to debate Irish Water

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Earlier this week Eurostat ruled that State funds spent on Irish Water will have to stay on the exchequer balance sheet. Minister Noonan himself has described this as “embarrassing” and “controversial” for the Government but it is more than just embarrassing and controversial,

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Senator Gerard Craughwell- Heavy School Bags

School girl with heavy bag bending over

Speaking at a Seanad Commencement Debate on the 16th July,   Senator Gerard Craughwell called on the Minister for Education and Science to develop policy on the weight of school bags. While there was a dearth of  empirical  research, Senator Craughwell said that there was ample anecdotal evidence to suggest that many children are carrying bags up to 50% of their body weight

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Gerard Craughwell Seanad News Week Ending 15 March 2015

At the Seanad Order of Business on Tuesday 10th March, I  called for an urgent debate on bullying in the workplace.  I told the Seanad that  despite the HSA’s Code of Practice on the ‘Prevention and Management of Workplace Bullying’ and the existence of ‘Dignity at Work’ policies in most organisations, workplace bullying is increasing and at an alarming rate.  I  believe that the time has come to criminalise bullying.  I  also feel that where any working adult takes his/her own life there should be a preliminary investigation to rule out bullying as a contributing factor.  I am   very concerned at the growing anecdotal evidence of employees being forced to work unpaid or excessive overtime.  These practices are occurring in each and every walk of life, from professional practice trainees to trade apprentices and the  growing use of zero hour contracts has provided the bully with the most powerful tool of all times. Bullying is destroying good people, and damaging their personal and family lives. He urges that action be taken now before another life is lost or destroyed. 

Seanad News Week Ending 8 March 2015

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Week Ending 8 March 2015

This week  the Report and Final Stages of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 were debated in the Seanad. I was  delighted to add my name and voice to the other voices in this House. I smoked my first cigarette when I was 12 years old. By the time I qualified to smoke properly I was able to smoke 100 cigarettes a day.  The great legacy  that habit has left me is three lesions from coronary artery disease in my heart and, therefore, I owe the tobacco industry nothing.    I have managed to give up cigarettes three times in my life. Once I managed to stay off them for 15 years, another time I stayed off them for two years and I am now off them since the year 2000. There is not a day of my life - when I walk into a shop and see the old brand that I used to smoke - that I do not think I will buy just one packet. There was something about having a cigarette in my hand and opening a packet that has never left me. I still see them. Thankfully, packets are now stored in a dispensing machine so I can no longer see great big packs of 20 cigarettes stacked up in front of me. I congratulate the Minister and believe that his plain packaging initiative will make a major contribution to Public Health. 

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