Business of Seanad

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 206 No. 1

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Senator Diarmuid Wilson: Information on Diarmuid Wilson Zoom on Diarmuid Wilson I propose that the sitting be suspended until 5.15 p.m. There is a vote in the Dáil and the Minister of State who will be present for Private Members’ business has not been paired.

An Leas-Chathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Is that agreed?

Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik With respect, if we had known about this perhaps we could have had another 15 minutes for the very important debate which was very heavily curtailed. I am not sure I am keen to agree to this.

An Leas-Chathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke I was not aware of it. I did not know the request was going to be made.

Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik Is the Minister of State, Deputy Barry Andrews, paired?

Deputy Barry Andrews: Information on Barry Andrews Zoom on Barry Andrews No, and I thank Senator Bacik for her co-operation.

Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik I do not think we are co-operating on this. We should have had more time for the previous debate. We brought forward Private Members’ business to 5 p.m. to facilitate everyone and we were happy to do so, but now it is being moved back to 5.15 p.m. Will the debate on Private Members’ business continue until 7.15 p.m.?

An Leas-Chathaoirleach: Information on Paddy Burke Zoom on Paddy Burke Is Senator Bacik disagreeing with the proposal to suspend the sitting?

Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik Yes.

Question, “That the sitting be suspended until 5.15 p.m.,” put and declared carried.

Sitting suspended at 5.05 p.m. and resumed at 5.20 p.m.

Senator Marc MacSharry: Information on Marc MacSharry Zoom on Marc MacSharry I propose we suspend the sitting until 5.30 p.m.

Acting Chairman (Senator John Paul Phelan): Information on John Paul Phelan Zoom on John Paul Phelan Is that agreed?

Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik No.

Senator Phil Prendergast: Information on Phil Prendergast Zoom on Phil Prendergast No.

Senator Diarmuid Wilson: Information on Diarmuid Wilson Zoom on Diarmuid Wilson The Minister of State, Deputy Kelleher, who is due to take Private Members’ business on behalf of the Government, is required to be in the Dáil Chamber for a vote as there is no pair available to him. I apologise to the House and Senators Bacik and Prendergast and will endeavour to ensure Private Members’ business is concluded by 7 p.m. to facilitate Senator Bacik, who, I understand, has another appointment.

Acting Chairman (Senator John Paul Phelan): Information on John Paul Phelan Zoom on John Paul Phelan Does the Whip propose a suspension?

Senator Diarmuid Wilson: Information on Diarmuid Wilson Zoom on Diarmuid Wilson Yes, until 5.30 p.m.

Acting Chairman (Senator John Paul Phelan): Information on John Paul Phelan Zoom on John Paul Phelan Is that agreed?

[36]Senator Ivana Bacik: Information on Ivana Bacik Zoom on Ivana Bacik I am not happy to agree. I do not have another appointment at 7 p.m. and I am happy to stay beyond that. I am anxious, however, that we do not mess around with the timetable too much. We had to curtail the earlier debate and although I was anxious to speak in the time allotted to that debate, I only had two minutes. The Minister of State’s response also had to be cut short. It is in that context I opposed the change in the ordering of business to 5.15 p.m and this change to 5.30 p.m.

Question, “That the sitting be suspended until 5.30 p.m.,” put and declared carried.

Sitting suspended at 5.25 p.m and resumed at 5.30 p.m.


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