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Request to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 30.

Thursday, 28 March 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 463 No. 5

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An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy Zoom on Seán Treacy Before proceeding to the Order of Business I am obliged to deal with a request under Standing Order 30 from Deputy Geoghegan-Quinn. I call on the Deputy [1262] to state the matter of which she has given notice.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn I wish to seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 30 to discuss the urgent matter of the discovery of a document in the files of the Blood Transfusion Service Board which shows that the State agency knew since 1976-77 that plasma had been used from a female donor clinically diagnosed as suffering from infective hepatitis, why that information was not made known to the expert group which investigated the Blood Transfusion Service Board and what the Minister for Health proposes to do following this revelation which undermines the Government's compensation tribunal where cases are currently being heard.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy Zoom on Seán Treacy Having considered the matter fully I do not consider it to be one contemplated by the Standing Order. Therefore, I cannot grant leave to move the motion.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn I seek your guidance, Sir, to ensure that the Minister for Health, unlike his attitude yesterday, accepts a Private Notice Question to discuss the matter today.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney Zoom on Mary Harney I support Deputy Geoghegan-Quinn.

Minister for Health (Mr. Noonan,: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan Limerick East): Many of the remarks made by the Deputy in moving the motion are simply not true.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn The Minister should come into the House later and say that.

Miss Harney rose.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy Zoom on Seán Treacy Before Deputy Harney proceeds, especially if she intends to advert to this matter — I do not know precisely what she intends to say — I must inform the House that this is an ongoing matter. It is seized by the [1263] courts at present and the preliminary hearing of the case will take place next month. That is the position.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney Zoom on Mary Harney This is an extraordinary revelation and the Minister should use this opportunity to clarify——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy Zoom on Seán Treacy I am sorry, Deputy, I am proceeding to the Order of Business.

Mrs. Geoghegan-Quinn: Information on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn Zoom on Máire Geoghegan-Quinn It is an extraordinary revelation.

Miss Harney: Information on Mary Harney Zoom on Mary Harney It is a matter of public interest.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan Zoom on Michael Noonan (Limerick East): I do not like people codding women.


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