Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Diplomatic Immunity.
asked the Minister for External Affairs if he will state the degree of diplomatic immunity applicable to representatives of foreign countries accredited to Ireland.
Is the Minister aware that the limits to which he has referred are being exceeded in this country and that diplomatic immunity is being abused?
Is he aware that one of these so-called diplomats has sheltered under the plea of diplomatic immunity in order to escape payment——
——of national health contributions of 2/4 a week in respect of his gardener?
I want with your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to make specific reference——
——to one case and to ask are no steps going to be taken to correct an injustice to a citizen of this country by the representative of the Dutch Government here.
I want to protest. As a representative of the people of this country I insist on the right to speak on this matter.
I refuse to resume my seat. I insist that I have a right to make a protest on behalf of a gardener who was victimised and whose family was left destitute for nine months because of a claim to diploma...
It is not propaganda. Would you stand for that?
Suspension of a Deputy.
Democracy! Question put and declared carried.
I think somebody should exercise his democratic rights in this House.
I do not propose to go.