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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 984 No. 5

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Brendan Ryan: Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan] Should a division be in progress at 8 p.m., No. 230, motion re mental health, shall be taken on the conclusion of the division for two hours. Notwithstanding the provision of Standing Order 157 that a motion to recommit a Bill wholly may be made at the commencement of its consideration on Report Stage, the Parole Bill 2016 shall be recommitted in its entirety to a committee of the whole Dáil and the Bill shall be taken in Government time.

  Regarding Wednesday's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit at 9.30 a.m., questions to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine shall be taken at that time, and the Dáil shall sit later than 10.15 p.m. and adjourn not later than 11.45 p.m.. No. 38a, statements on the EU-Mercosur trade agreement shall conclude within one hour if not previously concluded. Statements shall be confined to a single round for a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, and shall not exceed seven minutes each, with a four-minute response from a Minister or Minister of State, and all Members may share time. Expressions of sympathy shall be taken immediately following Questions on Promised Legislation for a period not exceeding 15 minutes and shall be followed by Taoiseach's questions, and contributions shall not exceed two minutes each.

  Regarding Thursday's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit at 9.30 a.m., questions to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment shall be taken at that time, and the Dáil shall sit later than 8.03 p.m. and adjourn on the conclusion of the debate on the committee report on the wards of court. The proceedings on Second Stage of No. 1, Judicial Council Bill 2017 [Seanad], shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after one hour and 30 minutes and any division demanded on the conclusion of Second Stage shall be taken immediately. The speech of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed ten minutes each. A Minister or Minister of State shall have a ten-minute response and all Members may share time. Proceedings on Committee and Remaining Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 30 minutes by one question, which shall, in respect of amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Topical Issue debate shall be taken on the conclusion of Government business or at 9 p.m., whichever is the earlier.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher There are three proposals to put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with Tuesday's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Wednesday's business agreed to?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We are concerned with the lack of time being given to statements on the Mercosur trade agreement. It amounts to an hour, or approximately seven minutes per party. We have 44 Deputies, but seven minutes means that we will have just one speaker. The deal is causing significant concern. We ask that more time be given to the debate this week or, failing that, more substantial time next week. Alternatively, consideration should be given by the Business Committee to extending the Dáil session by a further week. Seven minutes to discuss something of serious concern is not good enough because it has implications across the board in the context of other issues. The relevant Minister is being somewhat disingenuous regarding the behaviour of the Brazilian President, for example. To suggest that the deal ties Brazil to the Paris Agreement-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We are just dealing with the time factor.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin What has been happening in the past six to nine months in terms of the acceleration of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest is extraordinary.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We are only dealing with whether the debate will be for 60 minutes.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I apologise. I accept that, but this highlights the need-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We are not going into the content of the issue.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It is not good enough for the larger parties or, indeed, any party-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Deputy, please.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The debate should be open to Deputies who want to articulate their views.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We are deciding whether to agree Wednesday's business. There is a proposal that there not be more than 60 minutes for this debate. The Business Committee might be able to change that, but I cannot see how, because we will be sitting until 11.45 p.m. or 11.48 p.m.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Or next week.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Or next week. Does Deputy McDonald wish to discuss the same issue?

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald Yes, but with greater brevity. In addition to more time, it would be better if the Minister presented himself to answer questions.

Deputy David Cullinane: Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane Hear, hear.


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