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Order of Business

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 911 No. 3

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Order of Business

The Tánaiste: Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald It is proposed to take No. 5e, motion re membership of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges and the Committee of Selection; No. 6 motion re election of Leas-Cheann Comhairle; No. 1, Energy Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Second Stage, to be adjourned at 1.30 p.m., if not previously concluded; No. 7a, statements on delivering sustainable full employment; and No. 7, statements on mental health services (resumed).

  It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that No. 5e shall be decided without debate; that in relation to the election of Leas-Cheann Comhairle, the speech of each proposer shall not exceed five minutes in each case, following which contributions shall be allowed for a period not exceeding 30 minutes, whereupon the question on motions made shall be put in the order in which such motions were received; that the following arrangements shall apply in relation to No. 7a: the statement of a Minister or a Minister of State and the main spokespersons for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, AAA-PBP, Independents4Change, Rural Alliance, Social Democrats-Green Party, or a Member nominated in their stead shall not exceed ten minutes in each case and such members may share their time; the statement of each Member called upon shall not exceed ten minutes in each case and such Members may share their time; and a Minister or a Minister of State shall be called upon to make a statement in reply which shall not exceed five minutes; and that the Dáil on its rising today shall adjourn until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There are four proposals to be put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 5e, without debate, agreed to?

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams I know that the Ceann Comhairle is seized of this matter. There has been a big delay, given that it is almost 100 days since the Government came to office, in getting these committees in place. I want to stress the importance of this. This has been put off for another week and the issue needs to be dealt with as speedily as possible.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl That is why agreeing to the motion will be of enormous help to us and we want to get on with it speedily. I take it that the proposal is agreed to? Agreed.

  Is the proposal for dealing with No. 6 agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for No. 7a agreed to? Agreed. It is the proposal that the Dáil on its rising shall adjourn until 2.30 p.m. on 8 June 2016 agreed to? Agreed.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin In the programme for Government there is a commitment to establish an independent patient advocacy service and another commitment to "ensure appropriate patient care pathways". Anyone who listened to Ms Jillian McNulty, who has cystic fibrosis, being interviewed on "Morning Ireland" this morning would have heard her outline, in a very articulate way, the extraordinary impact the drug Orkambi had had on her quality of life. Essentially, she has five more weeks supply of the drug and does not know what will happen to her on an individual basis. It seems in the entire debate that the issue of patient advocacy and patient care pathways is not at the highest end of the agenda. The new Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, is adopting a very responsive manner to Deputies who are raising these issues.


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