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Ó Fearghaíl, Seán

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy

I call on the Taoiseach. I understand he has some comments to make on the recent tragedies.More Button

Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

I call on Members to stand for one minute's silence.More Button

  Members rose.More Button

Business of Dáil

Regarding the second item to which the Taoiseach alluded, which is an important matter of constitutional business, and following the Taoiseach's announcement of his resignation, I invite the leader...More Button

Business of Dáil (Continued)

Anois, le do thoil.More Button

Táimid ag caint faoi cheapachán an Taoisigh agus an moladh a tháinig ón Taoiseach. Tá dhá rud le plé againn. We have two things to discuss: the appointment of a Taoiseach and the amendment to the...More Button

On the amendment, we are simply talking about the Taoiseach's proposal that nominations for Taoiseach be considered on 6 April. We are simply dealing with that issue.More Button

I thank the Deputy. By way of response to the points raised by Deputies Adams, Pringle and Paul Murphy, there are a couple of matters to take into account. As we meet today, we are bound by the c...More Button

I appreciate the Deputy's points and it is open to the Taoiseach to consider the first of those but it is not open to me at all to allow the Deputy to move the suspension of Standing Orders, as we ...More Button

That is a second matter that I will discuss in a minute.More Button

Yes but the Deputy is long enough here to realise that change can only be made on the proposal of the Government. The Government is proposing a change-----More Button

Let us be a little orderly.More Button

We are dealing with the return of the House on 6 April to consider the nomination of a Member as Taoiseach. Are we in favour of that or not?More Button

The point is made. I call Deputy Halligan.More Button

As we meet today, we are bound by the Standing Orders this House has adopted. The House has spoken about reform for 40 years. Tomorrow we are going to meet and, I hope, begin the process of refor...More Button

Does the Taoiseach want to make a brief comment in response to the points that have been raised?More Button

Is it agreed, therefore, that we will meet-----More Button

Please, Deputy. We are perfectly clear, as is the Deputy, on what the position is. We have a proposal before us that the House consider nominations for Taoiseach on 6 April in accordance with the...More Button

Excuse me, Deputy. Will the Deputy, please, resume his seat? We will then move on to consider other matters, including the revised order.More Button

Again, let me be-----More Button

I call Deputy Micheál Martin on the same matter.More Button

The position is clear; an amendment has been proposed to the Order of Business. The order on 6 April was agreed to by the House on 10 March.More Button

The Taoiseach has brought a proposal before us today. That is what we have to decide on now and nothing else. Therefore, I am putting the question.More Button

  Question, "That the motion, as proposed by the Taoiseach, be agreed to", put and declared carried.More Button

The next item to be put to the House is the proposal from the Taoiseach that, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, a non-party Deputy may be included in the opening speeches on all statemen...More Button

Yes.More Button

Equally respectfully I am responding to you by saying that as a Member of longer standing than me you know very well that Standing Order 200(3) precludes me from taking that proposal from you. It ...More Button

The Taoiseach will not be amending Standing Orders, the House will.More Button

Can you resume your seat, Deputy Cullinane?More Button

Can you resume your seat, Deputy Cullinane? Your leader has adequately addressed those issues. The sub-committee on Dáil reform meets tomorrow. Sinn Féin will be very well represented on the sub...More Button

Question,"That the proposal from the Taoiseach that, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, a non-party Deputy may be included in the opening speeches on all statements and, second, that th...More Button

Sub-committee on Dáil Reform: Appointment of Members

In accordance with the Order of the House of Thursday, 10 March, I wish to announce for the information of the House that the following Members have been appointed to the sub-committee on Dáil refo...More Button

European Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

Deputy Gerry Adams is sharing time with Deputy Seán Crowe.More Button

Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting: Statements (Continued)

I thank the Deputy.More Button

I thank and congratulate Deputy Barry. I believe that was his maiden contribution to the House.More Button

I call Deputy Clare Daly. The Social Democrats and the Green Party are next, followed by Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.More Button

The next five-minute speaking slot is being shared by Deputies Martin Heydon and Pat Deering. Is that agreed? Agreed.More Button

Three Members are sharing the next five-minute slot - Deputies Jackie Cahill, Kevin O'Keeffe and Eamon Scanlon - two of whom are making their maiden contributions.More Button

Can Deputy Doherty conclude, please?More Button

The next speaker is Deputy John Paul Phelan, and I ask that he be allowed to speak without interruption from anyone.More Button

There is one slot remaining and I will call on Deputies Denis Naughten and Mattie McGrath who will have roughly two and a half minutes each.More Button

Go raibh maith agat.More Button

The Minister has five minutes to respond. I am conscious that it will be inordinately difficult to address all of those issues in five minutes but perhaps we could examine that matter when we cons...More Button

Housing and Homelessness: Statements (Continued)

Sorry, Deputy, you are making a statement.More Button

You are not engaging in a conversation, please.More Button

The Minister, Deputy Howlin, might restrain himself as well.More Button

We now move to the second round of contributions in respect of which Members have five minutes each.More Button

One speaker, Deputy Healy, please.More Button

Deputy Healy will have an opportunity to speak soon.More Button

The Tánaiste should conclude.More Button

I thank the Tánaiste. I am afraid her time is up.More Button

I thank the Deputy.More Button

That is a good point to end on.More Button

I thank the Deputy. Is Deputy Lawless sharing time with Deputy Jack Chambers or is he on his own?More Button

Thank you.More Button

I congratulate Deputy Chambers on his maiden speech. This will certainly not be Deputy Durkan’s maiden contribution in this house.More Button

We move to Deputies Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and John Brady. Both are making their inaugural address and are very welcome.More Button

Deputy Brady's contribution is appreciated. Deputy Broughan has five minutes.More Button

Agreed.More Button

I thank Deputy Broughan. He is leaving very little time for his colleague, Deputy Joan Collins, but she has the floor.More Button

I call Deputy Katherine Zappone. You are very welcome to the Lower House.More Button

I am due to call the Minister, Deputy Kelly, at 7.10 p.m., but if I do so I will leave two Deputies unable to contribute to this debate. I know the Deputies in question have been here for quite so...More Button

The Deputy must conclude.More Button

I now invite Deputy Catherine Connolly to make her maiden speech to the House.More Button

Message from Seanad

Seanad Éireann has passed the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Bill 2012, without amendment.More Button

Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.More Button

  The Dáil adjourned at 7.35 p.m. until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.More Button