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Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 944 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Jim Daly: Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly] Private Members’ business shall be No. 97, motion re national children’s hospital, selected by the Rural Independent Group.

  Thursday’s business shall be No. 15, statements on direct provision; No. 13, Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] - Report and Final Stages, resumed if not previously concluded; No. 16, Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 1, Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Second Stage, resumed if not previously concluded. Second Stage of No. 25, Ethical Public Investment (Tobacco) Bill 2017, will be debated in the evening slot.

  I refer members to the revised report of the Business Committee dated 28 March 2017 regarding today's business. It is proposed that:

(1) The motion re changes to Standing Orders 84, 108 and 111A will be taken without debate.

  In respect of Wednesday’s business, it is proposed that:

(1) The Dáil shall sit at 10 a.m. for statements on Northern Ireland, which shall conclude within two hours. If the statements conclude before 12 noon, the House shall suspend until 12 noon and Leaders’ Questions shall commence at 12 noon. The statements shall be confined to a single round for a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a member nominated in their stead and shall not exceed 15 minutes each and all members may share time;

(2) Oral Questions to the Taoiseach shall not be taken; and

(3) the motion re report of the Committee of Public Accounts re National Asset Management Agency’s sale of Project Eagle shall conclude within two hours. The speeches of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed ten minutes each. A second round of 40 minutes shall be limited to members of the Committee of Public Accounts. The speeches of other members shall be not more than five minutes each and all members may share time.

  In respect of Thursday's business, it is proposed that:

(1) The Dáil shall sit at 10 a.m. for statements on direct provision which shall conclude within two hours. If the statements conclude before 12 noon, the House shall suspend until 12 noon and Leaders’ Questions shall commence at 12 noon. The statements shall be confined to a single round for a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a member nominated in their stead, and shall not exceed 15 minutes each and all members may share time;

(2) The sitting shall suspend after the voting block for a period of 30 minutes;

(3) Questions to the Minister for Justice and Equality shall take place at 4 p.m.; and

(4) The Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. and adjourn on the conclusion of proceedings on Second Stage of the Ethical Public Investment (Tobacco) Bill 2017.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I thank Deputy Daly. There are three proposals to put to the House today. No. 1 is a proposal for dealing with Tuesday's business. Is today's business agreed to?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It is not agreed.

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald Not agreed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call Deputy Martin.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin There have just been three Leaders' Questions dealing with revelations that go to the core of public confidence in the credibility of An Garda Síochána and the administration of justice. The House should reflect that. More importantly, the political accountability for the administration of justice lies with the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Fitzgerald. The Oireachtas should be able to ask the Tánaiste questions on this debacle and the crisis of confidence in the integrity of An Garda Síochána and the administration of justice. It defies belief that the Tánaiste would not come forward today to answer questions on this issue, be they private notice questions or another formula, from Members of the House.

  The Taoiseach spoke earlier about the need for accountability. Everyone is ad idem on the need for accountability. What signal is the House sending if the person with political accountability for the administration of justice does not come forward to show that accountability? Since this crisis has broken, the Tánaiste has run for cover and has not faced up to the-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We cannot have a debate on the matter.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----crisis that is engulfing the administration of justice. It has been passed on to the Garda Commissioner. The Garda Commissioner passes it on to an assistant commissioner. The cynicism is breathtaking. It is beyond belief that not addressing a policing authority is just an administrative oversight. The idea that the House can carry on nonchalantly for the next three days while the person with political responsibility and accountability does not see fit to come before the House, issue a statement on this issue and take questions is similarly beyond belief.


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