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Business of Dáil (Continued)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 861 No. 1

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Deputy Paul J. Connaughton: Information on Paul Connaughton Zoom on Paul Connaughton What is the Deputy talking about?

Deputy Dan Neville: Information on Dan Neville Zoom on Dan Neville It is not buried.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I do not know. I am making the point.

Deputy Michelle Mulherin: Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin We are all-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Will Members stay quiet?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We are meant to be experiencing a democratic revolution and this is all meant to be changed. Having Leaders Questions, for example-----

Deputy Derek Keating: Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating We have changed the sitting hours of the Dáil.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I would trade any time on my record in the Dáil or in committees as a Minister answering questions. I would do that any time.

Deputy Ray Butler: Information on Ray Butler Zoom on Ray Butler The Deputy's Government wrote enough reports on the topic.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin I never had any difficulty in that regard. We are having Leaders Questions at 5.30 p.m. The Order of Business will be at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. tonight.

Deputy Derek Keating: Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating Is that too late for the Deputy?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin That will be after spending six hours in here.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan Is it past the Deputy's bed time?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Does it not strike anybody as being a bit absurd or ludicrous? Business will be ordered after it has already been ordered and having had questions on it.

Deputy Jerry Buttimer: Information on Jerry Buttimer Zoom on Jerry Buttimer We do that every day.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Not at 7 p.m. and after a debate.

Deputy Gabrielle McFadden: Information on  Zoom on  Where was the Deputy on Friday?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin A more sensible approach would have been to have the Order of Business and Leaders Questions now, with the confidence debate afterwards for three or four hours. It brings the Dáil into disrepute to have a very significant issue like the Water Services Bill - let us not pretend it is insignificant - at 11 p.m. until 12 midnight.

Deputy Ray Butler: Information on Ray Butler Zoom on Ray Butler Was the Deputy here last Friday?

Deputy Robert Troy: Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy There were not too many Government Deputies here on Friday. Look up who spoke in the debate.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley We know what the backbenchers did the last time there was a late night debate.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Will the Deputies stay quiet? I am trying to get the business agreed.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin That would have made more sense. Recent late-night debates have not been very good value for the Dáil in terms of public image, so we need some cop-on and common sense. That is why I object to the manner in which this is going on, although I have no difficulty in debating the motion of confidence, giving it some degree of priority or the Government taking the initiative and putting up a vote of confidence in itself. That is not unusual. The rest of the scheduling of business is absurd and makes no sense.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe I will begin by replying to the last speaker's comments. Deputy Martin should roll back his memory to 2010, when there was a motion of confidence in the former Taoiseach, former Deputy Brian Cowen. There were similar arrangements to those before us today on that occasion.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley The Government was elected on a mandate of democratic revolution.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe Deputy Adams is quite correct in that he put down a motion of no confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government but we have put forward a motion of confidence. We are giving three hours-----

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams The Minister of State is telling me what I already know.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe -----and that is similar to what the party would have had for Private Members' business.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Note the language. They are "giving" them three hours. That is instructive.

Deputy Timmy Dooley: Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley Crumbs from the captain's table.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe Deputy Joe Higgins agreed with the business at first but when Deputy Adams disagreed with it, he had to stand up in order to disagree with it. I do not who is following who on the left. We are sticking with the order.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin That was brilliant.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams The Government is following Fianna Fáil.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Is the amendment proposed by Deputy Higgins agreed to?


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