Thursday, 5 November 1959
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. 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.
Mr. 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——
Mr. 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: 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.
Mr. T. 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: 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.
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