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Business of Dáil (Continued)

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 906 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton]  With regard to this morning's atrocities in Brussels, I again offer my condolences to people in Belgium. It is almost certain, given the cosmopolitan nature of the country, that the people who died and were injured came from countries around the world, from a range of different faiths and none or may just have been travelling through Brussels and Belgium. As I said when we spoke in the House before Christmas about the many young people who were murdered in the Bataclan and elsewhere in Paris, it appears, once again, that we are dealing this morning in Brussels with efforts to destroy what we cherish most and what the EU cherishes most, which is our freedom. The attacks last December in Paris were political in nature. Such attacks may at times fly under the flag of religion but they were political in nature and meant to strike at European ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity. There will be opportunities to discuss this in greater detail but terrorism has visited again in the most awful forms and, on behalf of the Labour Party, I offer my sympathy to all those affected by this, particularly the relatives and friends of the people who have died.

Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle On behalf of the Independent Members, I extend my sympathies to the McGrotty and Daniels families on the terrible tragedy that unfolded in Buncrana on Sunday evening. It is dreadful to think that such a terrible thing could happen on such a fine spring evening and that there could be such a loss of life to devastate a family that was simply out enjoying a drive on a good evening. I also pay tribute to Mr. Davitt Walsh and Mr. Francis Crawford for the efforts they made in trying to save members of the family.

I also extend our sympathies to the victims of the Brussels bombings. It is terrible that there has been such a large loss of life and our sympathies go to the families of the victims as well.

With regard to the amendment to the Order of Business, I would like to-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl On the amendment, we are simply talking about the Taoiseach's proposal that nominations for Taoiseach be considered on 6 April. We are simply dealing with that issue.

Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle That is grand. There is also a need to have motions taken as well today because there are important motions on the Order Paper, in particular, the motion relating to SI 125 of 2016 and the penalty points system. There is a time limit regarding this motion in terms of how the Dáil can deal with it before the statutory instrument is enacted and it is vital, therefore, that time be made available to discuss motions such as this either today or on 6 April.

Deputy Catherine Murphy: Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy I join others in extending my sympathies to the families in Derry. Both communities in Derry and Donegal have been traumatised by this unspeakable event. It is always especially tragic when young children are involved and the totality of what has happened to an individual family is something that unites people in grief and puts things in perspective.

I would also like to condemn what is unfolding in Brussels. Most of us know Brussels Airport and the train station near the European Parliament and will be aware of just what an international city is Brussels. We are thinking about people from various parts of the world who have family in that location and who are worried. That will obviously be on all our minds.

On the Order of Business, I ask that we find a mechanism to be as inclusive as possible until a more normal pattern emerges.

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