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Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 971 No. 1

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(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Thomas Pringle: Information on Thomas Pringle Zoom on Thomas Pringle]  In relation to Wednesday's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 10.15 p.m. and shall adjourn not later than 11.30 p.m.; and No. 32 shall commence immediately after Taoiseach's Questions and be followed by the suspension of sitting under Standing Order 25(1) for one hour and shall be brought to a conclusion after three hours and five minutes if not previously concluded, the statements of a Minister or Minister or State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed ten minutes each and the statements of each other Member called upon shall not exceed ten minutes, a Minister or Minister for State shall take questions for a period not exceeding 20 minutes with a five minute response from a Minister or Minister of State and all Members may share time.

In relation to Thursday's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. and shall adjourn not later than 10.50 p.m.; no Private Members' Bill shall be taken under Standing Order 140A and no committee report shall be taken under Standing Order 91(2); and the Dáil shall sit on Friday at 10.30 a.m. and shall adjourn not later than 6.30 p.m. to take No. 34, which shall adjourn after one hour, if not previously concluded, and No. 1, if not previously concluded.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There are three proposals to put the House. Is the proposal for dealing with Tuesday's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Wednesday's business agreed to?

Deputy Mick Barry: Information on Mick Barry Zoom on Mick Barry On the business for the week, I scanned the business paper and I could not find anywhere within it the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017. This Bill is not everything that we would want but it contains important proposals, such as a curtailment of zero-hour contracts. It is a key issue for many workers, including the LloydsPharmacy workers who are being forced out on strike again this Friday. We want to see this item on the agenda and we want this House to have a chance to pass the legislation with amendments before the summer recess.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Does the Minister want to respond to that matter?

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty Certainly, no problem. I will give Deputy Barry exactly the same answer today as I gave him last week when he raised the issue. There are competing interests in this House, we have ten days left, and I have every intention of trying to bring that Bill to Committee Stage before we rise next week. That has not changed.

Deputy Mick Barry: Information on Mick Barry Zoom on Mick Barry I accept that there are competing interests. One of those competing interests is the interests of low-paid workers who are working in retail and the like through the summer who cannot wait until the autumn for this House to bring in the necessary improvements and the issue must be dealt with before the summer recess.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The Minister has given Deputy Barry an undertaking.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty If we finish Committee Stage next week, with respect, it still has to go to the Seanad and then, from the Seanad, it will still have to come back here. Unless the Deputy has some other suggestions as to how we finish all Stages between now and Friday next, I am at a loss as to how we can implement it before the summer recess.

Deputy Mick Barry: Information on Mick Barry Zoom on Mick Barry The Business Committee should meet and discuss how it can be processed before the summer recess.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We will consult on the matter this afternoon.

Deputy Brendan Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin It was raised last week and I asked that it be prioritised over some of the Bills that are being taken this week.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We will have a consultation this afternoon.

Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe: Information on Kevin O'Keeffe Zoom on Kevin O'Keeffe We can do it on Friday morning.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is the proposal for dealing with Wednesday's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Thursday's business agreed to? Agreed. We do not have to consider Friday.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan On Friday's business, I object to the fact that there is only an hour allocated to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. The Ceann Comhairle's colleague, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle stated we have had 15 or 16 hours already on this debate since 24 April. We are going into our third month of endless filibustering. If our colleagues from Kerry, Tipperary etc. will be present on Friday, we could at least give the Bill three and a half hours and get it finished. There are 153 Deputies or so in this House who want this legislation to be passed. We have vote after vote, filibuster after filibuster. We do not even have enough TDs to have an actual vote.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Be careful what you wish for.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan We have had - seven, eight or ten times - the relatives and friends of victims of road carnage in the Gallery here, as the Ceann Comhairle will be aware because he chaired some of the debate. People are distressed at the disrespectful way the matter is being dealt with and there is an anxiety that we get this legislation on the Statute Book as soon as possible.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We cannot have a debate on the matter.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan We are on the final amendment which in effect was already passed in a form proposed by Deputy Munster two years ago.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Please, Deputy.

Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan Is it possible that we would have a proper debate to finish this Bill in a democratic way?


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