Request to move Adjournment of Seanad under Standing Order 30

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 206 No. 1

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I have received notice from Senator Norris of a motion he wishes to raise under Standing Order 30. I call on the Senator to state the matter of which he has given notice before I give my ruling on it.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris I seek the adjournment of the Seanad under Standing Order 30 to discuss a matter of public importance: the need for Seanad Éireann to discuss the terms of the IMF bailout, the involvement of the Oireachtas in its approval and democratic accountability to the people. A deal has been done over the heads of the people by a discredited Government, which has lost the support of the electorate, with unelected and unaccountable financial interests. I urge the Cathaoirleach to take into account the views of Dr. Krugman, the Nobel prize winning economist, who said: “These debts were incurred, not to pay for public programmes, but by private wheeler-dealers seeking nothing but their own profit.”

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan Senator, please.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris “Yet, ordinary Irish citizens are now bearing the burden of these debts——

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan Senator, please.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris ——or, to be more accurate, they are bearing a burden much larger than the debt because the spending cuts have caused a severe recession.”

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I will adjourn the House if the Senator does not resume his seat.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris “So, in addition——

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan The Senator submitted the detail of the matter he wished to raise and has now——

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris ——to taking on the banks’ debts, the Irish are suffering from plunging incomes and high unemployment.”

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I will adjourn the House if the Senator does not resume his seat. I ask him to respect the Chair. What was submitted to me should have been stated, not the rant in which the Senator engaged.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris I do not think it was a rant.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I have given careful consideration to the matter raised by the Senator and do not consider it to be one contemplated by Standing Order 30. I regret, therefore, that I have to rule it out of order. Furthermore, there is an amendment to the Order of Business seeking a debate on the matter today.

[18]Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris It clearly demonstrates this House is a total farce. If it is not a matter of national importance, what on Earth is?

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan Will the Senator, please, resume his seat?

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris It is outrageous.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan That is the Senator’s opinion.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris I seek an explanation of why you do not think it is not a matter of national urgency. I appeal to you to rethink or advise the House——

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan There is an amendment to the Order of Business.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris ——why it is not a matter of national urgency.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I ask the Senator to, please, resume his seat.

A Senator: Senator Norris is only seeking publicity.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris We are in a really delicate situation.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan Does the Senator want me to adjourn the House because of him?

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris I think the Cathaoirleach should adjourn House in order that he can reconsider his position because this is completely outrageous.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan I call Senator Mullen on the Order of Business.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris No wonder Senator O’Toole feels he has to withdraw——

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Pat Moylan Zoom on Pat Moylan That has nothing to do with this.

Senator David Norris: Information on David P.B. Norris Zoom on David P.B. Norris It is a complete and utter disgrace. It makes a farce of the Oireachtas.


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