Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 927 No. 3

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Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty The Business Committee-----

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett What?

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty The question was put to the Business Committee.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett That was two weeks ago. The lock-out has happened since then.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Deputies, please.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett I am asking for a bit of urgency to respond to something that is happening now.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Deputy Boyd Barrett, please.

Deputy Bríd Smith: Information on Bríd Smith Zoom on Bríd Smith We did not know two weeks ago that the gates would be closed tomorrow and on Thursday and Friday.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl We are proceeding to take Thursday's business. Is the proposal for dealing with Thursday's business agreed to?

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan We have a real problem with Thursday's business as we face the prospect on Wednesday that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are going to cut out the voices of smaller parties in the Dáil. I could not let Thursday's business go through without recognising that. Does the Taoiseach support the proposal that smaller parties would not be able to share time if they are in a common group and the time available being cut? How can we agree to Thursday's business when the Government party and Fianna Fáil are working together to shut down the voices of smaller parties, starting on Thursday-----

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin That is not true. That is outrageous.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan -----if the motion on Wednesday is passed?

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin The Deputy should not be telling untruths to the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl There is nothing that I see on the agenda to address the particular concern of Deputy Ryan.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan There is a danger that on Thursday we will not have the same speaking rights that we have today, if the Government and Fianna Fáil plans, working together, are agreed.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl You are pre-empting what might happen at a committee of the House. It is not in order to do so.

Deputy Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan Zoom on Eamon Ryan I wanted to flag my concerns. I will come back on Thursday if there is that eventuality.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Your concerns are noted.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Does Deputy Ryan believe in equality? He clearly does not.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Please, Deputy Martin. Deputy Adams has the floor.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams I want to object to the imposition of the guillotine on Thursday on the Second Stage debate on the Social Welfare Bill. Teachta Aengus Ó Snodaigh objected to this in the Business Committee. The Government said very clearly there would be no more guillotines. That is the basis on which I am coming forward. I ask the Taoiseach to allow any Teachta who wants to make a contribution on the Social Welfare Bill to be allowed to do so.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty As agreed at the Business Committee the other day, we have allocated nine hours to Second Stage of the Social Welfare Bill this week. The members of the committee were good enough to extend the sitting time to facilitate those extra hours. As agreed, if we have more speakers than there is time available, we can order the business to go on next week. Right now, I do not have any speakers to take me past tomorrow. Deputy Adams might tell his colleagues that if they want to keep the debate going, they might contact the Whips office to get some speaking time.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams I am pleased that the Government has conceded the point that there will not be a guillotine.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Please can we have order.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett I want to repeat my point on the proposal in regard to Thursday. If the lock-out goes ahead on Wednesday, I simply cannot believe we will finish out the week without a serious discussion in this House. It is a dereliction of duty for the House not to debate the issue in detail and try to find a solution.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty The Business Committee-----

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett The Business Committee did not meet last week.

Deputy Regina Doherty: Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty We talked-----

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett This has come up since then. If the Minister of State, Deputy Doherty, does not understand that an urgent crisis has arisen since last week, then she is living on a different planet to the teachers and tens of thousands of pupils who have been discommoded.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl You have made your point.

  (Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Can we have order?

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett I urge the Government to allow for such a debate.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Wait now, please. Deputy Boyd Barrett, in fairness, is entitled to silence. Let him make his point.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: Information on Richard Boyd Barrett Zoom on Richard Boyd Barrett I put that to the Government.

  I refer to the all-party motion on Calais, to be taken without debate. The problem is that we have not seen the motion. When will we see it? I am not signing a blank cheque for a motion that relates to the fate of 200 extremely vulnerable children. I will not agree to an all-party motion, which we have not seen, without debate. Can we see the motion?


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