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Business of Dáil

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 907 No. 3

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Business of Dáil

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the following business shall be transacted today: No. 4, statements on mental health services. The proceedings on No. 4 shall, if not previously concluded, be adjourned at 6.30 p.m. and the following arrangements shall apply: the statements of a Minister or a Minister of State and the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the AAA-PBP, Independents 4 Change, the Social Democrats, the Green Party or a Member nominated in their stead and a non-party Deputy who shall be called upon in that order shall not exceed ten minutes in each case and such Members may share their time; the statement of each other Member called upon shall not exceed ten minutes and such Members may share their time; and a Minister or a Minister of State shall be called upon to make a statement in reply that shall not exceed five minutes. The Dáil, on its rising today, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. tomorrow, when there shall be no Order of Business within the meaning of Standing Order 28 and, accordingly, the only business to be transacted shall be by order agreed on that day.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There are two proposals to be put to the House. Are the proposals for dealing with No. 4, statements on mental health services, agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal regarding the adjournment of the House tonight agreed to?

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett Not agreed. I attended the Whips' meeting last week. We pressed at that meeting and the previous meeting for a debate on water charges. There was an interesting choreography between the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael representatives at the meeting, at which they looked for every excuse under the sun to explain why there was no time to discuss water charges, even though everyone in the country was discussing the issue. It is being cited, supposedly, as the major stumbling block in the formation of a Government, yet it is incredible that a topic of such importance cannot be discussed in the House. Frankly, it smacks of cynical collusion between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to try to prevent the House from discussing the topic as they engage in backroom deals on an issue on which the House has a clear mandate following the general election.

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