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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 1003 No. 7
Unrevised

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(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin] I am in here every week. In this country, taoisigh are in Parliament far more than their counterparts in other jurisdictions across Europe. That is a good thing. It is a fact that does not get-----

Deputy Michael McNamara: Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara Is the Taoiseach speaking about China and Korea?

The Taoiseach: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin No, I am not speaking about China or Korea. I am speaking about closer to the home in terms of presence and attendance at Parliament. In the Dáil, it has been a long-standing feature that taoisigh spend more time in the Chamber answering questions than do their counterparts in other European Parliaments. That is all I am saying.

Deputy Michael McNamara: Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara They attend Parliament sittings.

The Taoiseach: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The problem right now is the variant. There is genuine concern regarding the degree to which the variant can transmit more easily. There is concern that we could be plateauing at the level we are at now because of the impact of the variant. That concern is a genuine one. We need to monitor what is going on more generally in various workplaces. That said, every week the Minister for Health, Deputy Donnelly, has been in this Chamber discussing vaccines and addressing issues raised by people in regard to the vaccination programme. As of 31 January, 207,000 vaccines were received, 197,730 from Pfizer and 9,000 from Moderna.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We cannot get into a long debate about it now.

The Taoiseach: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Again, the bulk of those have been administered within time. That was dealt with in questions last week and in the previous week. This week, what is envisaged is statements and questions on mental health and Covid. Some 100 minutes fixed debate is provided. That is very important. Many Deputies have raised issues about mental health and Covid and we need to debate that issue. It needs to be debated in the media as well. The media are entitled to engage with politicians in the media as well, if necessary. A further 100 minutes fixed debate is provided for statements and questions to the Minister for Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth, Deputy O'Gorman, in respect of his responsibilities related to Covid-19. Both are important issues that need to be dealt with by the House as well.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is it agreed to proceed with the business as proposed?

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett No.

Question put: "That the proposal for dealing with today's business be agreed to."

The Dáil divided: Tá, 25; Níl, 19; Staon, 0.

Níl    Staon
Information on Cathal  Berry  Zoom on Cathal  Berry  Berry, Cathal. Information on Richard Boyd Barrett  Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett  Boyd Barrett, Richard.    
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Pat Buckley  Zoom on Pat Buckley  Buckley, Pat.    
Information on Colm Burke  Zoom on Colm Burke  Burke, Colm. Information on Joan Collins  Zoom on Joan Collins  Collins, Joan.    
Information on Jackie Cahill  Zoom on Jackie Cahill  Cahill, Jackie. Information on Michael Collins  Zoom on Michael Collins  Collins, Michael.    
Information on Jennifer Carroll MacNeill  Zoom on Jennifer Carroll MacNeill  Carroll MacNeill, Jennifer. Information on Paul Donnelly  Zoom on Paul Donnelly  Donnelly, Paul.    
Information on Jack Chambers  Zoom on Jack Chambers  Chambers, Jack. Information on Mairéad  Farrell  Zoom on Mairéad  Farrell  Farrell, Mairéad.    
Information on Patrick Costello  Zoom on Patrick Costello  Costello, Patrick. Information on Alan Kelly  Zoom on Alan Kelly  Kelly, Alan.    
Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael. Information on Claire Kerrane  Zoom on Claire Kerrane  Kerrane, Claire.    
Information on Cathal Crowe  Zoom on Cathal Crowe  Crowe, Cathal. Information on Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  Zoom on Pádraig Mac Lochlainn  Mac Lochlainn, Pádraig.    
Information on Cormac Devlin  Zoom on Cormac Devlin  Devlin, Cormac. Information on Mary Lou McDonald  Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald  McDonald, Mary Lou.    
Information on Alan  Dillon  Zoom on Alan  Dillon  Dillon, Alan. Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie.    
Information on Francis Noel Duffy  Zoom on Francis Noel Duffy  Duffy, Francis Noel. Information on Cian O'Callaghan  Zoom on Cian O'Callaghan  O'Callaghan, Cian.    
Information on Bernard J. Durkan  Zoom on Bernard J. Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Ruairí Ó Murchú  Zoom on Ruairí Ó Murchú  Ó Murchú, Ruairí.    
Information on Joe  Flaherty  Zoom on Joe  Flaherty  Flaherty, Joe. Information on Thomas Pringle  Zoom on Thomas Pringle  Pringle, Thomas.    
Information on Emer Higgins  Zoom on Emer Higgins  Higgins, Emer. Information on Maurice Quinlivan  Zoom on Maurice Quinlivan  Quinlivan, Maurice.    
Information on John Lahart  Zoom on John Lahart  Lahart, John. Information on Patricia  Ryan  Zoom on Patricia  Ryan  Ryan, Patricia.    
Information on Steven  Matthews  Zoom on Steven  Matthews  Matthews, Steven. Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín.    
Information on Paul  McAuliffe  Zoom on Paul  McAuliffe  McAuliffe, Paul. Information on Peadar Tóibín  Zoom on Peadar Tóibín  Tóibín, Peadar.    
Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe. Information on Mark Ward  Zoom on Mark Ward  Ward, Mark.    
Information on Jim O'Callaghan  Zoom on Jim O'Callaghan  O'Callaghan, Jim.      
Information on James O'Connor  Zoom on James O'Connor  O'Connor, James.      
Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd  O'Dowd, Fergus.      
Information on Christopher O'Sullivan  Zoom on Christopher O'Sullivan  O'Sullivan, Christopher.      
Information on Neale Richmond  Zoom on Neale Richmond  Richmond, Neale.      
Information on Matt Shanahan  Zoom on Matt Shanahan  Shanahan, Matt.      

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Cormac Devlin and Jack Chambers; Níl, Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn and Thomas Pringle.

Question declared carried.


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