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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 917 No. 3

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Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty It is proposed, No. 1, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order 72, that the division claimed on Second Stage of the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 on Thursday, 7 July, and any division that may be demanded on the referral to the committee of the same Bill shall be taken immediately after Topical Issues today; and No. 2, that Private Members' business, which shall be the motion re: regulation of charities, shall be taken this evening on the conclusion of the Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016 for two hours.

Deputy Louise O'Reilly: Information on Louise O'Reilly Zoom on Louise O'Reilly We object to the vote being taken today. We are only two or three weeks into a new system of voting, with votes due to take place on a Thursday, and we should stick with the system and not bend the rules so soon, those same rules having just been formed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl It might be useful if an explanation was given.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Yes.

Deputy Jonathan O'Brien: Information on Jonathan O'Brien Zoom on Jonathan O'Brien The Committee Stage was scheduled before the Second Stage could be passed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Could we hear the explanation, Deputy, please?

Deputy Sean Sherlock: Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock In the key of G.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There is logic in this.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty The explanation is that we would like, and I think we have agreed this at the Business Committee, to pass the legislation that is on the books for the next couple of weeks. The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill is one of those Bills. We hope to be able to take Committee Stage of that Bill on Thursday. We cannot have a vote on a Bill on a Thursday morning and have Committee Stage on the Thursday afternoon.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Absolutely. It is common sense.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty With the acceptance and the forbearance of the House, I would like to have the vote on the Second Stage today.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We should do that by agreement. It is common sense. Otherwise, legislation cannot pass-----

Deputy Simon Harris: Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Correct, and we need it.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin -----and the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill is particularly important in regard to crime.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Thank you, Deputy Martin. Does anyone else wish to speak on this matter?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin We agree.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger I wish to speak on a later matter in today's business.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We are dealing with this matter.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin It is agreed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is it agreed? Can we agree it?

Deputy Paul Murphy: Information on Paul Murphy Zoom on Paul Murphy No, it is not agreed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl It is not agreed.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Why is it not agreed?

Deputy Paul Murphy: Information on Paul Murphy Zoom on Paul Murphy We are against it because it criminalises people. It is not going to deal with the problem.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Then deal with the Bill.

Question, "That the proposals in respect of today's business be agreed to", put and declared carried.

Order of Business

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call on the rapporteur for the Business Committee, Deputy Brendan Ryan-----

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger Sorry-----

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I am now calling Deputy Brendan Ryan to announce the Order of Business for the week.

Deputy Brendan Ryan: Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan Today’s business shall be a motion on Standing Order changes re: establishment of a petitions committee, allocation of Ombudsman functions to sectoral committees and technical Standing Order amendment re: Chair of the working group of committee Chairs, without debate.

  Government business shall be No. 13, Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016, Order for Report, Report and Final Stages, and the Private Members’ business shall be No. 73, a motion re: regulation of charities by the Social Democrats-Green Party group.

  Tomorrow, Government business shall be No. 13, Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016, Order for Report, Report and Final Stages, resumed, if not previously concluded; No. 14, Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016, Order for Report, Report and Final Stages, and No. 12a, motion re: citizens' assembly. Private Members’ business shall be No. 23, the Au Pair Placement Bill 2016 by Fianna Fáil.

  Thursday’s Government business shall be No. 14, Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016, Order for Report, Report and Final Stages, resumed, if not previously concluded; No. 12a, motion re: citizens' assembly, and No. 6, Electoral (Amendment)(No. 2) Bill 2016, Order for Second Stage, Second and Remaining Stages. No. 16, the report of the Committee on Housing and Homelessness, will resume in the evening slot.

  Friday’s Government business shall be No. 17, Committee and Remaining Stages of the Commission of Investigation (Irish Bank Resolution Corporation) Bill 2016, and No. 1, Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2016 [Seanad] Second Stage.

  In relation to today’s business there are two proposals:

(1) No. 12, the motion re: Standing Order changes shall be taken without debate and any division demanded on the motion will be taken immediately; and

(2) There shall be no oral Questions to the Taoiseach today so oral Questions to the Minister for Health will take place immediately after the Order of Business.

  In relation to tomorrow’s business, there are two proposals. It is proposed that:

(1) No. 23, the Au Pair Placement Bill 2016, shall be brought to a conclusion (if not previously concluded) after two hours;

(2) No. 12a, motion re: citizens' assembly, shall conclude within 45 minutes, if not previously concluded, and the Minister and the main spokespersons will have five minutes each, there will be a five minute response from the Minister or Minister of State and all Members may share time.  Any division demanded shall be taken immediately.


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