Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013: Committee and Remaining Stages (Continued)
Dáil Éireann Debate
[Deputy Catherine Murphy: ] There are things in the Constitution which I would prefer were not there or which I would prefer were in a different form. I would prefer if other things were included. However, if we propose to change the Constitution, the proposed change must be given the kind of consideration it deserves. It is offensive that tonight we are taking a cursory glance at a few amendments. Other amendments have been ruled out of order and the Bill did not receive anything like the necessary scrutiny. I think the referendum will pass but note should have been taken of the approach in the debate on the inquiries referendum legislation in the House. The Government has not learned the lesson. It is taking a cavalier approach to the Dáil and the Constitution.
An Ceann Comhairle: Ós rud é go bhfuil sé leathuair tar éis a deich, ní foláir dom an cheist seo a leanas a chur de réir Ordú an lae seo ón Dáil: “Go n-aontaítear leis seo i gCoiste ó ailt 1 go dtí ailt 5, go huile, Sceideal 3 agus Sceideal 4, an Réamhrá agus an Teideal agus go dtuairiscítear an Bille gan leasú don Teach dá réir sin; go gcríochnaítear leis seo an Ceathrú Céim; agus go ndéantar leis seo an Bille a rith.”
As it is now 10.30 p.m., I am required to put the following question in accordance with an Order of the Dáil of this day: "That sections 1 to 5, inclusive, Schedules 3 and 4, the Preamble and the Title are hereby agreed to and the Bill is reported to the House without amendment, that Fourth Stage is hereby completed and that the Bill is hereby passed."
The Dáil divided: Tá, 88; Níl, 30.
Tellers: Tá, Deputies Paul Kehoe and Emmet Stagg; Níl, Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Aengus Ó Snodaigh.
Question declared carried.
Ráiteas mar Fhaisnéis do Vótálaithe i ndáil leis an mBille um an Dara Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Deireadh a Chur le Seanad Éireann) 2013: Tairiscint
Statement for the Information of Voters in relation to the Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013: Motion
"GO ndéanfar an ráiteas atá leagtha amach sa Sceideal a ghabhann leis an Rún seo a fhorordú mar fhaisnéis do vótálaithe, de bhun alt 23 d’Acht an Reifrinn, 1994 (Uimh. 12 de 1994), i ndáil leis an togra chun an Bunreacht a leasú chun deireadh a chur le Seanad Éireann agus chun foráil a dhéanamh gurb iad an tUachtarán agus Dáil Éireann a bheidh san Oireachtas ón data a chuirfear deireadh le Seanad Éireann agus, de dhroim an mhéid sin roimhe seo, chun an Bunreacht a leasú thairis sin agus, go háirithe, chun leasú a dhéanamh ar na forálacha sin de lena dtugtar feidhmeanna do Sheanad Éireann nó atá bunaithe ar an Teach sin a bheith ann, ar togra é atá ar áireamh sa Bhille um an Dara Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Deireadh a Chur le Seanad Éireann), 2013, agus is ábhar do reifreann bunreachta.
"THAT the statement set out in the Schedule to this Resolution be prescribed for the information of voters, pursuant to section 23 of the Referendum Act 1994 (No. 12 of 1994), in relation to the proposal to amend the Constitution for the purpose of abolishing Seanad Éireann and providing that the Oireachtas shall, from the date of such abolition, consist of the President and Dáil Éireann and in consequence of the foregoing, to amend otherwise the Constitution and, in particular, to amend those provisions of it that confer functions on Seanad Éireann or that are premised on the existence of that House, which is contained in the Thirtysecond Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013 and is the subject of a constitutional referendum.
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