Order of Business.

Thursday, 16 June 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 343 No. 8

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Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. P. Barry): Information on Peter Barry  Zoom on Peter Barry  It is proposed to take business in the following order: Nos. 15 and 16, and in No. 16 Votes 39, 43, 44 and 36.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  Would the Ceann Comhairle explain to me why I was not allowed to raise on the Adjournment last evening the question of the falsification of medical certificates by the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  This matter does not arise on the Order of Business. The Chair adjudicated on a number of matters that were before the Chair and made a ruling. If Deputy Fitzgerald wants to come to my office to discuss the matter he may do so.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  Every morning we have had difficulties on the Order of Business. It would never be my intention to create such difficulties. We asked you to give permission for a Private Members' motion.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will be firm this morning. This is not in order on the Order of Business.

[1804]Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  I have not known a morning when you were not firm.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I cannot allow this.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  You will have the co-operation of the House, but in view of the seriousness of this situation——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Will Deputy Fitzgerald resume his seat?

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  Now we are told that there were four certificates, not one.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Deputy Fitzgerald is an experienced parliamentarian and he should know that he has ways in which to raise this matter, if he wishes.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  One of the ways I had was to raise the issue on the Adjournment. Will you give me permission to raise it on the Adjournment tonight?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  If Deputy Fitzgerald is requesting permission to raise it on the Adjournment, I will communicate with him.

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  Though the Taoiseach may not be present, at the same time this morning's newspapers have reports showing double standards. We are told about a Garda driver who was pilloried——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  This does not arise.

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  This House is supposed to afford fair play to everybody and to protect the rights of all. A Garda driver was pilloried——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Will the Deputy resume his seat?

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  I would ask if, in the absence of the Taoiseach, the Deputy Leader of the Government would indicate that he would communicate with the [1805] Director of Public Prosecutions concerning the matter we discussed yesterday.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  This is out of order.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  It may be, but it is very serious.

Mr. Flynn: Information on Pádraig Flynn  Zoom on Pádraig Flynn  Would you agree that there seems to have been double standards?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Will the Deputy resume his seat? I am calling No. 15.


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