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Business of Dáil (Continued)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 833 No. 1

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Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath Accountability? Dream on.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Send any requests to the Opposition Whips.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Taoiseach has announced that for the second round of speakers the Member called shall not exceed 30 minutes in each case. Is that agreed?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Not agreed.

Deputy Barry Cowen: Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen He proposed questions and answers as well.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan The Deputy was not here last week and neither was his Whip.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The reason this has been proposed is to get over a difficulty and problem which emerged this morning, and the lack of preparation by the Government side for this debate is evident-----

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny On the contrary.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----in the way it wants to organise this block by block, in other words to dilute the capacity of each Opposition party-----

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer Deputy Martin was not here for half of last week.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----to have its 20 minutes-----

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer The Opposition missed half a debate last week.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Everything Fianna Fáil asked for was granted.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin No it was not.

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

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Everything Fianna Fáil asked for was granted.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Deputy Stagg was not even party to it but he is such a merciful person.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Deputy Martin is trying to think of something else now he is on his feet.

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

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin He is all mercy and generosity. We all know about it.

  All I want to say is there were issues about speaking slots all morning. The Government side did not know how to order the state of affairs. I know the Ceann Comhairle's office had its views on the options for former members of Fine Gael with regard to speaking priorities and each party getting a block of time to respond.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan What about Finian?

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer What about Mattie?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin In essence what the Government proposed was a fragmented position for the Opposition whereby each speaker from the various parties would have seven minutes. It was very unacceptable from our perspective.

  The whole week is a farce. The idea the Dáil should have to spend three days backslapping the Government is a farce and ridiculous.

Deputy Ray Butler: Information on Ray Butler Zoom on Ray Butler It would not have happened in Deputy Martin's time.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The Government does not have legislation to bring forward so we could have the normal week everybody would want, which would allow for Order of Business and questions to the Taoiseach.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Is this meant to be a brief contribution?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Why do we not have questions to the Taoiseach today? The Taoiseach decided not to have them.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Deputy Martin will have nothing left to say.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin This is a jackboot approach to Parliament. The Government wants to dictate the debate the way the Executive wants to dictate it, with no input from the Opposition whatsoever in terms of the form or order of the schedule.

Deputy Emmet Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg Zoom on Emmet Stagg Deputy Sean Ó Fearghaíl had an input.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The Government's approach is very anti-democratic. With regard to all of the proposals made on Dáil reform and so forth, this is the absolute antithesis of such proclamations by the Taoiseach in the past.

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny Neither true nor fair.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Does Deputy Adams wish to comment?

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams No, I have become used to the way the Government does its business. I would rather go into a review of the programme for Government.

Deputy Billy Kelleher: Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher Is that a white flag?


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