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 Header Item Brighter Evenings Bill 2012: Second Stage [Private Members]

Friday, 5 July 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 809 No. 5

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Business of Dáil

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley On a point of order, Friday sittings are aimed at reforming the manner in which we do our business. The irony of the House sitting today to discuss the Brighter Evenings Bill for three hours when debate this year on 60% to 70% of Bills has been guillotined will not be lost on the public. This week alone, the legislation introducing measures enabling repossessions of family homes was guillotined.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The business of the House was ordered yesterday.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley I accept that. Debate on the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013 was also guillotined.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer On a point of order-----

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley The Minister is well aware of this.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer On a point of order-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I will call Deputy Buttimer in a moment.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley Some 27 amendments were tabled to that Bill but because of the guillotine the debate concluded on amendment No. 8.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt These points-----

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer On a point of order-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I will call Deputy Buttimer in a moment.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley It is farcical that three hours of Dáil time is being wasted on a Bill such as the one before the House today-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy has made his point. I call Deputy Buttimer.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley -----when one considers the measures that this Government-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy has made his point.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer On a point of order, there is no Order of Business today.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley -----is introducing to repossess family homes.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Deputies, please. Deputy Dooley has made his point. Today's business was ordered yesterday.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley I have the floor and wish to make a point of order.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy has made his point and should resume his seat.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley It is clear that this Government has decided that there will be no Dáil reform. It is an outrageous situation.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer The sun has gone to the Deputy's head.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Deputy Dooley, resume your seat. I call Deputy Buttimer.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer On a point of order, the only item for discussion this morning is the Bill in the name of Deputy Broughan.

Deputy Eric Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne Correct.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer There is no Order of Business. I suggest that Deputy Dooley stop grandstanding and playing the old Punch and Judy style politics.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley There is no grandstanding. The people who are paying our wages are appalled-----

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer Deputy Dooley is waffling.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley -----at the way in which this Government is ordering business.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Deputy Dooley.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley It has hijacked Parliament and rammed through significant legislation this week that will lead to the repossession of family homes.

Deputy Michael McNamara: Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara The Deputy must be under pressure elsewhere.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The purpose of today's sitting is to consider the Brighter Evenings Bill 2012 in the name of Deputy Broughan. Please allow the Deputy to make his point.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley It has not allowed for the taking of amendments, including on the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013 and yet we are here today for three hours to discuss the Brighter Evenings Bill.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Deputy has made his point and should resume his seat.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley This is a sham. It is outrageous for the Government to say it has been reforming the manner in which Parliament is operated.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Resume your seat.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley It is abolishing the Seanad on the basis that that is reform. It is an outrageous affront to the democracy of this State.

(Interruptions).

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I call the Minister, Deputy Shatter.

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter On a point of order, to get over Deputy Dooley's disorder-----

Deputy Eric Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne It was a point of disorder.

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter -----the Deputy is welcome on a Friday morning to run the role of the Lone Ranger because he is the only representative of the Fianna Fáil Party.

Deputy Eric Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne Where are the other members of Fianna Fáil?

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Deputy appears to have missed the point that while his party leader made a major issue on Wednesday of the guillotining of the debate on the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill, the Report Stage debate, which was scheduled to conclude at 6.30 p.m., collapsed at 5.50 p.m. The Deputy's party had so little interest in that Bill it tabled only a few amendments to it and debate on it finished 40 minutes earlier than designated.

Deputy Eric Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne Apologise.

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter If the Deputy is suggesting to the House that that legislation was guillotined, the only people who guillotined it were members of the Fianna Fáil Party who were so uninterested in the Bill they failed to table any reasonable number of amendments to it or to speak on it, other than Deputy Niall Collins-----

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley That is an outrageous position.

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter -----who spoke on only one amendment.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter If the Deputy wants to turn Friday sittings into a comedy routine, he is welcome.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley I was speaking about the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013, with which the Minister is familiar. Debate on that Bill concluded on amendment No. 8.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley On a point of order, the Minister has misled the House again. I never raised the issue of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill. I raised the guillotining of the debate on the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Bill, which despite there being 27 amendments to it concluded on amendment No. 8.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The business of the House was ordered yesterday. I call Deputy Broughan.

Deputy Eric Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne Zoom on Eric J. Byrne Deputy Dooley is digging a hole for himself and his party.

Brighter Evenings Bill 2012: Second Stage [Private Members]

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

I thought we were going to be here until dark. The Brighter Evenings Bill 2012 has two main components. Section 2 requires the Minister for Justice and Equality to prepare and publish a report of an independent group of stakeholders addressing the costs and benefits of advancing the clocks by one hour in order that there would be brighter evenings throughout the year in Ireland. It would also mean that Ireland would be on the same time as the central European time zone. Section 3 allows the Minister to provide for the advancing of clocks in Ireland by one hour for a three year trial period under a daylight saving order. The three year experiment would adopt the single-double summer time model, which would mean that we would be an hour ahead of Greenwich mean time, GMT+1, in winter and two hours ahead, GMT+2, in summer.

Like many other citizens, I have always found the turning back of the clocks in late October to be a depressing experience. It adds another gloomy layer to the onset of winter. I raised this issue several times in my earlier years in Dáil Éireann and more recently in November 2010 with former Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern.

I thank colleagues, including the Minister, Deputy Shatter, who have attended the House for this debate today, in particular those who hold a similar point of view, including Deputy David Stanton who has brought forward a number of initiatives in this regard over the past 20 years and, outside of this House, Senator Feargal Quinn who has also advocated that we move to year round summer time.

I believe that bringing our clocks forward by one hour would have a number of very positive effects for our people, including improvements in road safety, a further reduction in road deaths, improved general well-being and mental health benefits, cost savings in terms of less energy usage, improved opportunities in the tourism sector, increased evening light for our citizens to have more recreation time and, importantly, a reduction in crime.


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