Order of Business.
It was the Taoiseach and no one else who brought Parliament into disgrace yesterday. (Interruptions.)
This is interesting.
Order of Business (Resumed).
Could those Fianna Fáil Deputies who are talking up there either leave the House or keep quiet?
Could we not——
This may be a simple question: why can we not have one extra day's debate on the Taoiseach's announcement last week? Can we have a one-day debate on the subject matter of the Taoiseach's announcement...
Give what in return?
What has the Taoiseach got to say to that reasonable request?
The Government procedure is responsible for it.
The Taoiseach is changing his mind.
Business of Dáil.
Could the Chair tell the House if any instructions were conveyed to him by the Taoiseach with regard to his ruling on this matter?
Can the Taoiseach give the House an assurance that he will give extra time for the House to debate his internment measure?
Accept the facts.
Explain the position. (Interruptions.)
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Internment without Trial.
The Taoiseach said yesterday that he knew some days previously of the existence of this threat. Yet he pleads lack of time in dealing with the matter. Why did he not avail of the knowledge some time...
The Taoiseach knew of the existence of this threat some days before. What extra information exactly came into his possession or to his knowledge on the Friday? Did any extra information reach him?
You know what that adds up to—a very peculiar conclusion about your veracity.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Unemployment and Disability Benefit.
A Cheann Comhairle——
I want to give notice that, owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the Minister's reply I should like to raise the subject matter of Question No. 2 on the Adjournment.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Pension and Mortality Benefit Schemes.
asked the Minister for Labour if he will introduce legislation making it obligatory on all employers to provide pensions and mortality benefit schemes for their employees.
Is there any consideration being given to such legislation?
Has the Minister received any representations on the necessity for such legislation from any union?
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Trade Unions' Legal Standing.
asked the Minister for Labour if he will introduce without delay, appropriate amending legislation so as to restore to the Irish trade union movement the legal standing it enjoyed prior to the Educati...
There was such a thing as collective responsibility when Mr. Lemass was Taoiseach. How many times have representations been received from unions or from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions over the l...
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Equal Pay.
asked the Minister for Labour when it is intended to ratify International Labour Convention No. 100 relating to the principle of equal pay for work of equal value.
Has the Minister seen the latest statement from the Congress on this matter?
Has the Minister any comment to make on that statement?
At what stage will the Minister comment?
Of course. Does the Minister welcome that statement from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions?
The Minister has no comment to make on this important document on women's wages?
Nor at any stage.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Factory Safety Committees.
asked the Minister for Labour if he will introduce amending legislation so as to ensure that safety committees are a legal requirement in all employments with ten or more workers.
Would the Minister agree that there is a necessity to make an effort to extend the establishment of safety committees in industry?
There is a necessity to involve employers. By making it a matter of legislation it would mean that employers would be involved. The chief weakness at present is that employers are not involved and a...
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Diseases.
asked the Minister for Labour whether existing legislation provides for the treatment and investigation of diseases which are peculiar to certain industrial employments.
Has the Minister any plans for extending this section?
Are there any special facilities for the training of these inspectors? Are there any courses abroad?
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Closure of Company.
asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if be will arrange for a full investigation of the circumstances leading to the close down of Hurletron Europe Ltd.
Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Children's Courts.
asked the Minister for Justice if he will state in detail the constitutional difficulties which could result from community participation in the judgments of children's courts.
Business of Dáil.
May I ask if the Chair has had any second thoughts on its ruling that the matter of the Government's announcement in regard to internments could not be discussed? I put that question in view of the an...
The Chair has ruled in accordance with Standing Order No. 29 that the matter is not an issue of definite urgent public importance. In view of the Government's obvious attitude to the problem does the ...
Had the Chair in its possession a copy of the actual letter by the Government to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe when the Chair made its decision on Standing Order No. 29?
Was the Chair at that time in possession of information that the Government viewed with deep gravity the situation which had arisen? Is the Chair further aware that Article 15 provides that in time of...
May I ask whether during the afternoon the Chair has considered the situation afresh in view of the new information in the possession of the House after the Taoiseach's reply to Question No, 2 today?
In view of the answer which I have quoted staling that the Government actually view the situation with deep gravity, and since article 15 talks about time of war or other public emergency threatening ...
I am just asking was the Chair at that time in possession of this information which logically does not allow the Chair, as I see it, to adhere to its previous decision. Ordinary commonsense would seem...
In view of the information made available this afternoon does the Chair think there is a case for the Chair to reconsider its attitude?
Could the Chair give any undertaking to the House that the position would be reviewed?
Has the Chair any comment to make on the information made available to us on Question No. 2?