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 Header Item Business of Dáil (Continued)
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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 938 No. 1

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Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin That is unfair to Deputy O'Dowd. The Deputy has, over decades, developed quite a reputation for speaking on health issues in the House.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan Deputy Coppinger should withdraw that remark.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger The Deputy was not a backbencher at the time. He was a Minister of State.

Deputy Patrick O'Donovan: Information on Patrick O'Donovan Zoom on Patrick O'Donovan The Deputy should withdraw that remark as well.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin We dealt with the specific issue at the Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform in the way the Ceann Comhairle said. There is no difficulty having a second round. That would be a good thing but there is now a new demand from Fianna Fáil for strict proportionality. In the previous Dáil, where the Government majority was very large, strict proportionality would have completely suppressed the views of the Opposition. That was not done and minorities got much more time than they were entitled to-----

Deputy Robert Troy: Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy Is that why the previous Government was able to deal with so much legislation?

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin That is the way it is. The reform proposals we have gone through in some great detail and teased out practically with a group of working people over several months should be allowed to be implemented. If people have suggestions, they should submit them to that committee rather than seeking to "upscuttle" arrangements on the floor of the House.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath I would like Deputy Coppinger to correct the record because we had a motion last week on roads and she had no interest in speaking on it. She told me that here in the Chamber.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Please do not get into a tit-for-tat here.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath We should come in here tomorrow at 7.30 a.m. Many patients have been waiting four years and will get up at 9 o'clock tonight in order to travel and be in hospital tomorrow at 5 a.m. That is what we are talking about and I suggest that we come in at 7.30 a.m. at the latest because the patients have been waiting for four and a half years. They would come in gladly.

Deputy Simon Harris: Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris No one has been waiting four and a half years.

Deputy Catherine Connolly: Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly I have no difficulty coming in at an earlier time tomorrow. I could not let the occasion pass without saying that it is a measure of the new politics that the two major parties already want to return to the old narrative and that they want to control that narrative. These are the very parties that caused the mess.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty That is not fair.

Deputy Catherine Connolly: Information on Catherine Connolly Zoom on Catherine Connolly The issue we are talking about is the scandalous situation relating to the health service. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael once again want to control the narrative and they can do absolutely nothing other than make empty statements rather than change the policy.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Deputy Connolly has made her point. Will she please resume her seat?

Deputy Martin Heydon: Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon As chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, I wish to express my disgust with the comment from Deputy Coppinger and the aspersions she has cast on my colleagues.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger Which one?

Deputies: All of them.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger All of them.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I thank Deputy Heydon. The point is made.

Deputy Martin Heydon: Information on Martin Heydon Zoom on Martin Heydon It is a question of fairness. If any Deputies on the opposite side of the House have a difficulty with the mandate of the 50 elected representatives of Fine Gael, I would say they have a problem with democracy. Even beyond tomorrow's debate, there are members of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party who do not get an opportunity to speak as other parties have outlined. At times when a Minister speaks on behalf of Government, he or she will take a departmental-Government approach. Sometimes, the Fine Gael approach is different and our inability to be able clearly to express that is an affront to democracy. That is why this change needs to happen.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger: Information on Ruth Coppinger Zoom on Ruth Coppinger My heart is bleeding for them. Who is the Deputy? I have never heard him speak before.

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Information on Aengus Ó Snodaigh Zoom on Aengus Ó Snodaigh He is chairman of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin We have just witnessed the fascism of the Left.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Do we have a proposal that 30 minutes be added to tomorrow’s business? It was proposed by Deputy O’Dowd. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Deputy Mattie McGrath: Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath Can we not make it an hour?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl It is agreed that it will be 30 minutes.

Questions on Promised Legislation

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The whistleblowers legislation - the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 - lays out clear procedures for Departments to take in respect of protected disclosures. There are three whistleblowers and one in particular made protected disclosures to the Department of Defence and the then Minister, Deputy Coveney, regarding public health concerns at Baldonnel Airport and the workshops at the facility in which people were exposed to toxic chemicals. These were most serious and grave health issues and revelations. The whistleblower concerned was very anxious to ascertain whether the Minister could confirm that he had received his protected disclosure in 2015 and could not get confirmation of that. Indeed he went through the Chief Whip, Deputy Regina Doherty, to get access to the Minister to get him to confirm that he had received the protected disclosure. The texts of his messages to the Chief Whip have been revealed in the Irish Examiner. I pay tribute to Joe Leogue who has written a series of articles on this matter. This is very good investigative journalism.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I thank the Deputy.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin It reveals a horror story of what has been going on and demands, at the very least, a proper transparent response from Government.


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