Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Dáil Éireann Debate
The Taoiseach: I trust that the bilateral discussions which are under way and about which Deputy Healy knows will bring about a speedy conclusion to this particular industrial dispute between the ASTI and the Department.
Order of Business
An Ceann Comhairle: I call on the rapporteur for the Business Committee, Deputy Clare Daly, to announce the Order of Business for the week and to move the proposals regarding arrangements for the taking of that business.
Deputy Clare Daly: Today's business shall be No. 9, Financial Resolutions for the Finance Bill 2016, one of which is on today's Supplementary Order Paper. Government business shall be No. 3, Social Welfare Bill 2016 – Order for Second Stage and Second Stage. Private Members' Business shall be No. 77, motion re Deputy and Senator pay under the Lansdowne Road agreement. Tomorrow's Government business shall be No. 3, Social Welfare Bill 2016 – Second Stage (resumed). Private Members' Business shall be No. 22, Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No. 2) Bill 2016 – Second Stage. Thursday's business shall be No. 10a, all-party motion re Calais to be taken without debate; No. 3, Social Welfare Bill 2016 – Second Stage (resumed); No. 15, Companies (Accounting) Bill 2016 – Second Stage (resumed); No. 16, Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Second Stage (resumed); and No. 1, Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] – Second Stage. No. 11, the report on the formal recognition of Irish Sign Language from the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality, will be taken in the evening slot.
An Ceann Comhairle: There are three proposals to be put to the House today. Is the proposal for dealing with today's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Wednesday's business agreed to?
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: It is not agreed. Since the Business Committee last met the week before last, an issue we have discussed this morning and which is of the gravest importance to the entire country has come into view. We have major disruption of our secondary schools. Students or teachers are locked out, depending on how one wants to view it.
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: I have a proposal. There has been claim and counterclaim today on the reasons for the teachers' dispute and the method by which it can be resolved and that requires that we have a debate.
Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: My proposal is that we have a debate. I accept that we cannot have it today given the schedule before us, but it is reasonable to propose that there is a proper debate tomorrow to give everybody an opportunity to clarify his or her views and to put forward proposals to resolve it so that this lock-out does not continue and tens and thousands of young people are not further discommoded.
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