Business of Dáil.

Wednesday, 15 November 1972

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 263 No. 9

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[1683]Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  With the permission of the Chair, I should like to raise the following matter. On Wednesday last, 8th November, you called the Captain of the Guard to remove Deputy Enright. I claim that was not in accordance with Standing Orders. You should have first asked that the Deputy be named by a member of the Government, which you did not do. I should like to know if this was not a departure from Standing Orders?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The position was that the Chair said: “I will have to call on the Captain of the Guard to remove the disorderly Deputy from the House.” Later on Deputy Enright said: “I am not disorderly but I am leaving the House of my own accord.”

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  We had better get this quite correct. Is it not true that the Captain of the Guard approached the Deputy at that time despite the fact that he had not been named by a member of the Government? I claim the Chair was wrong to call on the Captain of the Guard to approach the Deputy when he had not been named by a member of the Government.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Captain of the Guard did not interfere with the Deputy. He did not find any reason to forcibly take him out of the House.

Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  (Cavan): Is it not a fact that the Chair at that stage wrongly threatened the Captain of the Guard on the Deputy although he had not invoked Standing Orders to seek authority to instruct the Captain of the Guard to remove the Deputy?

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  The Deputy should have been named first.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  Is the Deputy anxious that I should have named him?

Mr. L'Estrange: Information on Gerald L'Estrange  Zoom on Gerald L'Estrange  No, Sir. I am anxious that the Chair would act in accordance with Standing Orders. Nobody knows more about being put out of the House than I do—I know all the rules and regulations about it.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  I have no desire to be disorderly or to be asked to [1684] leave the House but I would emphasise on the Chair the extreme urgency of the Atkins Report on the textile industry. Perhaps the Chair could make some arrangement whereby these parliamentary questions will be answered tomorrow.

Mr. T.J. Fitzpatrick: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  (Cavan): The Deputy should be careful. Deputy Enright was put out of the House in connection with this matter.

Mr. O.J. Flanagan: Information on Oliver J. Flanagan  Zoom on Oliver J. Flanagan  I am in order. I respect the Chair and parliamentary procedure but Parliament is entitled to replies to these questions.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Cormac Breslin  Zoom on Cormac Breslin  The Chair will do its utmost to expedite questions but a great deal remains with the Deputies themselves.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  Can the Minister for Foreign Affairs state if the Government will give time for a debate on the Green Paper?

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Dr. Hillery): Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  I think the Taoiseach answered a question on this matter recently.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  He said he was considering the matter but I should like to know if he has given further consideration to it?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  He did not tell me if he had made any further progress on the matter.

Dr. O'Connell: Information on John F. O'Connell  Zoom on John F. O'Connell  Will the Minister ask him about it?

Dr. Hillery: Information on Patrick John Hillery  Zoom on Patrick John Hillery  Yes.


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