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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 2

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  11 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny] These are obviously monitored by the State and the Department. If it transpires that there is a find of gas or oil, a particular process must be undergone and this is designed to protect the environment. It is also designed to ensure that the country and, as a consequence, the people and the economy will get the best deal possible. The Minister, Deputy Rabbitte, is conscious of this and will pursue the matter in that way.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett Does the Taoiseach propose to instigate a public inquiry with regard to what is happening in Dublin Bay?

Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath That used to be Labour Party policy.

Business of Dáil

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Before proceeding to the Order of Business, I wish to bring the attention of the House to an incident which occurred during the Topical Issue debate yesterday. In the course of the debate on a matter tabled by Deputies Joan Collins, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace on the subject of the termination of motoring offences by An Garda Síochána, Deputy Joan Collins named a number of private individuals in connection with the subject matter and failed to refrain from doing so when cautioned by the Chair. I wish to advise the House that in advance of selecting the relevant matter for discussion as a Topical Issue, I specifically wrote to all of the Deputies concerned and drew their attention to the provisions of Standing Orders and long-standing rulings of the Chair on the matter of parliamentary privilege and defamatory utterances, including invasions of privacy as regards persons outside the House who are defenceless against comments made by Members under privilege. Deputy Joan Collins was also cautioned by the Chair at the time of her remarks in the House yesterday. In view of these events, particularly the prior notice given to the Deputies involved advising them of the need to exercise care in this matter, I regard Deputy Joan Collins's references to persons outside the House as a serious breach of privilege. I am, therefore, referring the matter to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges for its consideration.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn On a point of order-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett There is no point of order. The Deputy should please resume his seat.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn -----yesterday the Taoiseach was asked to withdraw a remark-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Resume your seat, Deputy.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn -----and the Ceann Comhairle did not apply the same standard to him.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett The Deputy will leave the House.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn Yesterday the Taoiseach did exactly the same thing as Deputy Joan Collins but the Ceann Comhairle did not apply the same standard to him.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Leave the House.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn This is a case of double standards.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Out. Leave the House.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn The Ceann Comhairle is applying double standards. This is sheer hypocrisy.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Out. The Deputy will leave the House. I was in the course of making a statement. Get out, please. Did the Deputy hear me?

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn I am not leaving. This is sheer hypocrisy.

Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor: Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Leave the House.

A Deputy: The truth hurts.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett That is fine. I name the Deputy.

Suspension of Member

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett I move: "That Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn be removed from the service of the Dáil."

Question put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 76; Níl, 46.

Níl
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Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara.
Information on Ray Butler  Zoom on Ray Butler  Butler, Ray. Information on Joan Collins  Zoom on Joan Collins  Collins, Joan.
Information on Jerry Buttimer  Zoom on Jerry Buttimer  Buttimer, Jerry. Information on Niall Collins  Zoom on Niall Collins  Collins, Niall.
Information on Catherine Byrne  Zoom on Catherine Byrne  Byrne, Catherine. Information on Michael Colreavy  Zoom on Michael Colreavy  Colreavy, Michael.
Information on Eric J. Byrne  Zoom on Eric J. Byrne  Byrne, Eric. Information on Barry Cowen  Zoom on Barry Cowen  Cowen, Barry.
Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe. Information on Seán Crowe  Zoom on Seán Crowe  Crowe, Seán.
Information on Paudie Coffey  Zoom on Paudie Coffey  Coffey, Paudie. Information on Clare Daly  Zoom on Clare Daly  Daly, Clare.
Information on Michael Conaghan  Zoom on Michael Conaghan  Conaghan, Michael. Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty  Doherty, Pearse.
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Tellers: Tá, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Emmet Stagg; Níl, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Seán Ó Fearghaíl.

Question declared carried.


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