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 Header Item Leaders' Questions (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil
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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 913 No. 3

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan] She should get her colleagues on the justice committee that will be set up to help her to consider those spending options. Will she able to do that in July just for her own Department?

The Tánaiste: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald Next week we will discuss the 2016 justice Estimates in the House. I was clear with Cabinet and, indeed, with the House about the priorities that I have in respect of the need to support the work An Garda Síochána is doing at present, particularly in tackling gangland crime, but the programme of Government outlines clearly our priorities. There is no intention to do other than what the Deputy has described on the part of Ministers and the Government. I will be in a position in respect of my Department to outline key priorities but, of course, that process will take a number of months. However, with regard to the initial discussions, I am sure Ministers will appear before committees shortly. The budgetary committee is working out the exact processes and how it is intended for those discussions to proceed. We will get guidelines from that committee and I have no doubt everybody will engage in a proactive way around that.

Business of Dáil

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl That concludes Leaders' Questions. Yesterday, I announced the names of the Members appointed to the committee on the future of health care. Since then, I have been informed that two changes have been made to the membership as follows: Deputy Pat Buckley has been appointed instead of Deputy John Brady and Deputy John Brassil instead of Deputy Anne Rabbitte.

Order of Business

The Tánaiste: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald It is proposed to take No. 14b, motion re establishment of select committees; No. 14c, motion re Standing Orders 81, 84, 84A, 85, 95, 97A, 114 and 186; No. 14d, motion re report of Committee of Selection and Appointment of Chairs; No. 14e, presentation and circulation of Revised Estimates 2016; and No. 14a, Revised Estimates for Public Services 2016 - Votes 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 37, 38 and 41 (resumed).

  It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the Dáil shall sit later than 5.48 p.m. and shall adjourn on the conclusion of Topical Issues; Nos. 14b, 14c, 14d and 14e shall be decided without debate and any division demanded thereon shall be taken forthwith; and the debate in respect of Vote 38 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 3.15 p.m. followed immediately by the weekly division time.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There are three proposals to put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with the late sitting agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Nos. 14b, 14c, 14d and 14e agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Vote 38 agreed to? Agreed.

Deputy Dara Calleary: Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary Today marks the first anniversary of the appalling tragedy in Berkeley, California last year where we lost six of our brightest J1 students while several others were seriously injured. It is appropriate that we again send our sympathies to the families of those who passed away and those who were injured on this most difficult of days. Our thoughts are with them today.

I wish to raise two issues. This day next week, the Brexit referendum will take place. Has the Government prepared a legislative response in the event of the people of the United Kingdom voting to leave the EU? How many legislative instruments will be affected? When will that kick in?

Second, in the context of the health Estimates, which will be discussed later, the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Finian McGrath, who made a brief appearance in the Chamber but who has left again, announced €31 million in additional funding for disability services on the plinth last week. However, this morning the St. John of God order has had to withdraw services for teenagers with intellectual disabilities who are attached to St. Augustine's school in Blackrock because it does not have enough funding.


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