Order of Business.

Tuesday, 27 July 1971

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 255 No. 14

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The Taoiseach: Information on John Lynch  Zoom on John Lynch  It is proposed to take Nos. 23, 24, 6 and 25.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  On the Order of Business, perhaps, Sir, you would give me some guidance on this? In view of the worsening situation in the north I wonder could the Ceann Comhairle explain why he did not regard my question to the Taoiseach as being urgent?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  That question is totally out of order. Only questions relating to the business before the House, on the Order of Business, may be raised after Question Time.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  Can the Chair tell me how I can challenge this?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy may not challenge it in the House. He can see me and I can discuss the matter with him. I would point out that the Deputy was informed why the question would not be agreed to by the Chair. The Chair felt that it had not the degree of urgency necessary for a question of this type.

[2500]Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  Do I take it from the Ceann Comhairle that the reason is given why it was not of urgent importance?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Chair explained to the Deputy that it may be put down as an ordinary question and I understood that the Deputy was satisfied with that explanation. It is not in order to raise it in the House and the Deputy will not be allowed to do so. It is against the procedure of the House.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  Can the Ceann Comhairle tell us what is urgent?

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  I fully agreed with the Ceann Comhairle when he ruled last week that the dumping of certain matter 600 miles off the north-west coast of Ireland was an urgent and serious matter. I submit that this is more than urgent.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  According to Standing Orders agreed to by this House it is not of urgency and may be put down as an ordinary question. I understand that the question has been put down for reply on Thursday. I cannot understand why the Deputy should raise it now.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  Does the Ceann Comhairle say that the situation in the north, in view of the happenings over the last week——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  We are not discussing the situation in the north. We are discussing Standing Orders.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  In view of comment yesterday on the Taoiseach's statement in the Garden of Remembrance——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy may not raise this matter. I have explained to the Deputy that he may put it down, as he has already, as an ordinary question on Thursday.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  God help Ireland.

Mr. Cluskey: Information on Frank Cluskey  Zoom on Frank Cluskey  On a point of explanation, could the Chair tell me how he regards the situation in the north, which is changing hour by hour, which [2501] is escalating apparently hour by hour, as not being of an urgent nature in this Parliament?

Mr. Coogan: Information on Fintan Coogan  Zoom on Fintan Coogan  Stand idly by.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  This is a gross abuse of the procedure of this House.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  It is not. We are all concerned about procedure.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Cluskey: Information on Frank Cluskey  Zoom on Frank Cluskey  I wonder does the Chair realise the potential danger to this democratic assembly of his attitude towards urgent questions?

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  Hear, hear.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  There is also the danger of Deputies abusing the procedure of the House. I look on that as a danger to Parliament.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  I am asking the reason why.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The matter cannot be argued here.

Mr. Cluskey: Information on Frank Cluskey  Zoom on Frank Cluskey  How can the Chair say we are abusing the privilege of the House when we are asking for urgent matters to be discussed now?

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  Hear, hear.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy should read Standing Orders.

Dr. FitzGerald: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  They do not say anything about Northern Ireland. It is your discretion.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  It has nothing to do with Standing Orders. It is your discretion—in inverted commas.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy agreed that this question should go down on Thursday. I cannot understand why he should raise it now.

Mr. Corish: Information on Brendan Corish  Zoom on Brendan Corish  I knew what your answer was but I thought I should air my views in this House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Deputy wants to have it both ways.

[2502]Mr. Cluskey: Information on Frank Cluskey  Zoom on Frank Cluskey  I wish the Chair would define “urgency”.


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