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 Header Item Water Sector Reforms: Motion (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 858 No. 2

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  4 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin] The least the Leas-Cheann Comhairle should do is to suspend the sitting to protect the integrity and dignity of the House. Otherwise, I do not think we are going to hang around here too much longer to be insulted in the manner in which the Minister has insulted us.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins The contempt with which the Minister and the Government are treating the elected representatives of the people is breathtaking.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath He is looking to his legacy.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins He started by saying this was a very important day for the country because of the proposals on Irish Water and water charges he was introducing. Then he walked out and left the representatives of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people to speak to thin air, as far as he is concerned. He has come in with his array of political trickery to try to convince the people that something fundamental has changed, but people know he is just putting off the evil day when the price of water will rapidly increase, at any time his or a future Government should choose. It will happen, and people will not be taken in by the Minister.

Deputy Sean Fleming: Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming Suspend the House.

Deputy Joe Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins I have no doubt he has gone to the media to sell his snake oil trickery in order to get out before the Opposition, as if the Government has not had enough access over the past 24 hours to all its favourite journalists, spinning and leaking everything the Minister said here today to get the story out first. It is unacceptable, and the Minister should be sent for immediately.

(Interruptions).

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae Suspend the House.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Too many Deputies are on their feet. I was in the House at 10.45 a.m. when I took over from the Ceann Comhairle, and the Chief Whip read out the Order of Business, which was agreed to.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath Suspend the House.

Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn: Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn Suspend the House.

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald: Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald Suspend the House.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt It was ordered that the debate would adjourn at 10 p.m. The Chief Whip made the order.

Deputy Martin Ferris: Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris Suspend the House.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe This is grandstanding and play-acting of the highest order.

Debate adjourned.

Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe I move: "That the sitting be suspended for 45 minutes, after which the Minister and Minister of State will return."

  Question put and agreed to.

  Sitting suspended at 4.05 p.m. and resumed at 4.50 p.m.


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