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 Header Item Order of Business (Continued)
 Header Item Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad]: Leave to Withdraw
 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 2

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Deputy Billy Kelleher: Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher At least I was willing to stand up and defend it, unlike others who are running away.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Please, Deputy.

Deputy Niall Collins: Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins The sheep are back in the pens.

Question put: "That the proposal for dealing with No. 5 be agreed to."

The Dáil divided: Tá, 80; Níl, 46.

Níl
Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon  Bannon, James. Information on Gerry Adams  Zoom on Gerry Adams  Adams, Gerry.
Information on Tom Barry  Zoom on Tom Barry  Barry, Tom. Information on Richard Boyd Barrett  Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett  Boyd Barrett, Richard.
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P.
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John.
Information on Ray Butler  Zoom on Ray Butler  Butler, Ray. Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara.
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 Áine Collins  Zoom on Áine Collins  Collins, Áine. Information on Pearse Doherty  Zoom on Pearse Doherty  Doherty, Pearse.
Information on Michael Conaghan  Zoom on Michael Conaghan  Conaghan, Michael. Information on Stephen Donnelly  Zoom on Stephen Donnelly  Donnelly, Stephen S.
Information on Sean Conlan  Zoom on Sean Conlan  Conlan, Seán. Information on Timmy Dooley  Zoom on Timmy Dooley  Dooley, Timmy.
Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul J. Information on Dessie Ellis  Zoom on Dessie Ellis  Ellis, Dessie.
Information on Ciara Conway  Zoom on Ciara Conway  Conway, Ciara. Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin.
Information on Noel Coonan  Zoom on Noel Coonan  Coonan, Noel. Information on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan  Zoom on Luke 'Ming' Flanagan  Flanagan, Luke 'Ming'.
Information on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy  Zoom on Marcella Corcoran Kennedy  Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella. Information on Seán Fleming  Zoom on Seán Fleming  Fleming, Sean.
Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon. Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel.
Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael. Information on John Halligan  Zoom on John Halligan  Halligan, John.
Information on Jim Daly  Zoom on Jim Daly  Daly, Jim. Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus.
Information on Patrick Deering  Zoom on Patrick Deering  Deering, Pat. Information on Michael Healy-Rae  Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae  Healy-Rae, Michael.
Information on Regina Doherty  Zoom on Regina Doherty  Doherty, Regina. Information on Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy.
Information on Robert Dowds  Zoom on Robert Dowds  Dowds, Robert. Information on Michael Kitt  Zoom on Michael Kitt  Kitt, Michael P.
Information on Andrew Doyle  Zoom on Andrew Doyle  Doyle, Andrew. Information on Charlie McConalogue  Zoom on Charlie McConalogue  McConalogue, Charlie.
Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Mary Lou McDonald  Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  McDonald, Mary Lou.
Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien. Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian.
Information on Alan Farrell  Zoom on Alan Farrell  Farrell, Alan. Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie.
Information on Frances Fitzgerald  Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald  Fitzgerald, Frances. Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael.
Information on Peter Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Peter Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Peter. Information on Sandra McLellan  Zoom on Sandra McLellan  McLellan, Sandra.
Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles. Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Martin, Micheál.
Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon. Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael.
Information on Brendan Griffin  Zoom on Brendan Griffin  Griffin, Brendan. Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.
Information on Dominic Hannigan  Zoom on Dominic Hannigan  Hannigan, Dominic. Information on Patrick Nulty  Zoom on Patrick Nulty  Nulty, Patrick.
Information on Noel Harrington  Zoom on Noel Harrington  Harrington, Noel. Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
Information on Simon Harris  Zoom on Simon Harris  Harris, Simon. Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  Ó Cuív, Éamon.
Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes  Hayes, Brian. Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom. Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh  Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
Information on Martin Heydon  Zoom on Martin Heydon  Heydon, Martin. Information on Jonathan O'Brien  Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien  O'Brien, Jonathan.
Information on Phil Hogan  Zoom on Phil Hogan  Hogan, Phil. Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  O'Dea, Willie.
Information on Heather Humphreys  Zoom on Heather Humphreys  Humphreys, Heather. Information on Thomas Pringle  Zoom on Thomas Pringle  Pringle, Thomas.
Information on Kevin Humphreys  Zoom on Kevin Humphreys  Humphreys, Kevin. Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.
Information on Derek Keating  Zoom on Derek Keating  Keating, Derek. Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.
Information on Colm Keaveney  Zoom on Colm Keaveney  Keaveney, Colm. Information on Brian Stanley  Zoom on Brian Stanley  Stanley, Brian.
Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul. Information on Peadar Tóibín  Zoom on Peadar Tóibín  Tóibín, Peadar.
Information on Alan Kelly  Zoom on Alan Kelly  Kelly, Alan. Information on Robert Troy  Zoom on Robert Troy  Troy, Robert.
Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Kenny, Enda. Information on Mick Wallace  Zoom on Mick Wallace  Wallace, Mick.
Information on Seán Kenny  Zoom on Seán Kenny  Kenny, Seán.  
Information on Seán Kyne  Zoom on Seán Kyne  Kyne, Seán.  
Information on Anthony Lawlor  Zoom on Anthony Lawlor  Lawlor, Anthony.  
Information on Ciaran Lynch  Zoom on Ciaran Lynch  Lynch, Ciarán.  
Information on John Lyons  Zoom on John Lyons  Lyons, John.  
Information on Michael McCarthy  Zoom on Michael McCarthy  McCarthy, Michael.  
Information on Nicky McFadden  Zoom on Nicky McFadden  McFadden, Nicky.  
Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe.  
Information on Tony McLoughlin  Zoom on Tony McLoughlin  McLoughlin, Tony.  
Information on Michael McNamara  Zoom on Michael McNamara  McNamara, Michael.  
Information on Peter Mathews  Zoom on Peter Mathews  Mathews, Peter.  
Information on Michelle Mulherin  Zoom on Michelle Mulherin  Mulherin, Michelle.  
Information on Dara Murphy  Zoom on Dara Murphy  Murphy, Dara.  
Information on Eoghan Murphy  Zoom on Eoghan Murphy  Murphy, Eoghan.  
Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville  Neville, Dan.  
Information on Derek Nolan  Zoom on Derek Nolan  Nolan, Derek.  
Information on Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  Zoom on Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  Ó Ríordáin, Aodhán.  
Information on Kieran O'Donnell  Zoom on Kieran O'Donnell  O'Donnell, Kieran.  
Information on Patrick O'Donovan  Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan  O'Donovan, Patrick.  
Information on John O'Mahony  Zoom on John O'Mahony  O'Mahony, John.  
Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose  Penrose, Willie.  
Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry  Perry, John.  
Information on Ann Phelan  Zoom on Ann Phelan  Phelan, Ann.  
Information on John Paul Phelan  Zoom on John Paul Phelan  Phelan, John Paul.  
Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Quinn, Ruairí.  
Information on Brendan Ryan  Zoom on Brendan Ryan  Ryan, Brendan.  
Information on Arthur Spring  Zoom on Arthur Spring  Spring, Arthur.  
Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Stagg, Emmet.  
Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  Stanton, David.  
Information on Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  Tuffy, Joanna.  
Information on Liam Twomey  Zoom on Liam Twomey  Twomey, Liam.  
Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall  Wall, Jack.  
Information on Brian Walsh  Zoom on Brian Walsh  Walsh, Brian.  
Information on Alex White  Zoom on Alex White  White, Alex.  

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Emmet Stagg and Paul Kehoe; Níl, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Seán Ó Fearghaíl.

Question declared carried.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin On the Order of Business-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett There is no Order of Business now.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We need to-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Will the Deputy, please, resume his seat?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin On a point of order, the Standing Order which eliminates the opportunity to have an Order of Business because of the calling of votes is reprehensible. It was slipped in by way of Dáil reform measures and needs to be reviewed and changed, as it is anti-democratic and does not give Members of the House a fair opportunity on a Wednesday morning to raise issues of importance. It is bringing the House into disrepute. Its only purpose is to serve the Government parties and prevent issues from being aired and articulated.

Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad]: Leave to Withdraw

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe I move:

That, not withstanding anything in Standing Order 124, leave be granted to withdraw the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad]

  Question put and agreed to.

Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is proposed that, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders or the order of the Dáil for today, the suspension of the sitting shall take place at the conclusion of No. 30 until 2.30 p.m.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Is that agreed? Agreed.

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The December meeting of the European Council will take place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday of this week. While economic policy will once again dominate the European Council's agenda, at this meeting we will be looking forward to how best we can strengthen economic and monetary union and in the process provide for a stable underpinning for the common currency into the future. Also under the economic policy heading, leaders will consider the annual growth survey which marks the beginning of the third European semester process which will form an important part of Ireland's work during its Presidency of the European Council in the opening six months of next year.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Heads of State and Government to adopt a set of conclusions which will lay the groundwork for a substantive debate on the European Union's Common Security and Defence Policy, CSDP, which will take place in December 2013. These preparations will facilitate a more meaningful discussion among leaders this time next year.

The European Council is also likely to adopt a set of conclusions on EU enlargement policy which will set out the work to be undertaken in the coming year, including during our Presidency. This issue was the subject of detailed and lengthy discussions at the General Affairs Council in Brussels yesterday, at which Ireland was represented by the Tánaiste.


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