Business of Dáil.

Thursday, 5 November 1959

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 177 No. 6

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Mr. Sherwin: Information on Frank Sherwin  Zoom on Frank Sherwin  Yesterday I gave notice that I would ask the Taoiseach a question. The question was: would he give members time to discuss his speech at Oxford University on proposals for the solution of the Partition problem? He spoke about being given notice. I gave notice.

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  Discussion can take place in the Dáil only on a motion. I do not contemplate putting any motion before the Dáil.

Mr. Sherwin: Information on Frank Sherwin  Zoom on Frank Sherwin  Is it fair to members of the House, which is the statutory body responsible for national policy, that they should be ignored, whereas a motion has been put down by the Fianna Fáil Executive for discussion next Wednesday that the Árd Fheis endorse——

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy may not make a speech on this [849] matter. The Deputy has asked a question and he has received a reply.

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  May I assure the Deputy that I do not regard him as being bound by anything I say?

Mr. Dillon: Information on James Matthew Dillon  Zoom on James Matthew Dillon  May I suggest that the Deputy might be informed that if he wishes, he can consult the machinery of the House? I am sure the Leas-Cheann Comhairle would afford him the assistance he requires.

Mr. Sherwin: Information on Frank Sherwin  Zoom on Frank Sherwin  Just before I finish, the Taoiseach is anxious that anything we do——

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy has finished.

Mr. Sherwin: Information on Frank Sherwin  Zoom on Frank Sherwin  Yes, Sir, but bombs and bullets speak better and I am asking to have the matter discussed here rather than to have it discussed up in the North with landmines. We will have to go to the Árd Fheis.

A Deputy:  The Deputy will be very welcome.

Mr. T. Lynch: Information on Thaddeus Lynch  Zoom on Thaddeus Lynch  I asked permission, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle, to make a statement regarding the record of the House and a statement made by a member of the Fianna Fáil Party, Deputy Moloney, in the debate on the Funds of Suitors Bill.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Before the Deputy proceeds, the incident, which he has already mentioned to me, occurred a week ago. For that reason, the Chair will not allow him to raise it now. If such matters were allowed to be raised, a part of each day would be taken up by members in qualifying or denying statements made by them and by others in previous debates. I cannot allow the Deputy to raise the matter particularly as it is of no special importance, nor does it reflect on his integrity in any way.

Mr. T. Lynch: Information on Thaddeus Lynch  Zoom on Thaddeus Lynch  When could I raise it?

The Taoiseach: Information on Seán F. Lemass  Zoom on Seán F. Lemass  The next day?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  I am [850] not prepared to advise the Deputy on that.

Mr. T. Lynch: Information on Thaddeus Lynch  Zoom on Thaddeus Lynch  Well, I shall consult with you, Sir.


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