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Business of Dáil (Continued)

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 907 No. 3

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Joan Collins: Information on Joan Collins Zoom on Joan Collins] If Irish Water is such a difficult issue for Fine Gael, which was defeated in the election on this issue, and for Fianna Fáil, which was supported on this issue, it should be taken out of the negotiations and the parties should deal with the other issues regarding supporting a minority Fine Gael government and get the Dáil set up to allow a proper debate. I find it strange that we are all arguing here for time to make statements but none of us can do anything about providing for that. We should be trying to progress to a situation where we have a Dáil in which we can do that.

Deputy Michael Healy-Rae: Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae We must be very sensible about this. I wish to compliment the negotiators for both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and thank them for their efforts to date. However, I sincerely believe that if it would benefit their negotiations for a discussion on Irish Water to take place in this House, we should do that. Why not? If that debate would be helpful in bringing the two parties together, I plead with the Chief Whip and the Taoiseach to consider having it. Why not have it? The whole country is talking about Irish Water so why should we not debate the issue in this House? If I thought that debate would hurt the situation, I would not call for it but I hope it would help the negotiators. While many people might be critical of what is happening currently, I am sincere in my thanks to the individuals involved for their efforts to date. I hope these efforts will bring about a successful outcome.

Deputy Paul Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe The topics on the schedule for the coming week are topics that have been requested by Members opposite. They were requested through the Whips' meetings both last week and the week before last. Deputy Eamon Ryan sought statements on finance and on the future of Ireland's stability programme and we have planned that for tomorrow morning. We have rescheduled business to ensure that topic is discussed tomorrow. The Deputy sought that debate about a week and a half ago.

The topics before us are very important and I propose we proceed with the programme we have.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin What about the request for a debate on Irish Water?


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