Order of Business.

Wednesday, 9 November 1983

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 345 No. 9

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The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  It is proposed to take Nos. 6, 7, 8 and 9. Private Members' Business will be No. 12.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Can the Taoiseach confirm newspaper reports to the effect that he will be meeting with the ICTU today in connection with the re-opening of Clondalkin Paper Mills?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will allow a yes or no answer on that.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  Yes.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  Is the Tánaiste speaking for the Government in saying that the paper mills will be kept open?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Again, I will allow a yes or no answer but I will not allow a discussion on the matter. I am calling Deputy Noonan.

Mr. Gene Fitzgerald: Information on Eugene Fitzgerald  Zoom on Eugene Fitzgerald  Who is speaking for the Government?

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

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael J. Noonan  Zoom on Michael J. Noonan  (Limerick West): Is the Taoiseach prepared to make Government time available for discussion of item [1752] No. 42 on the Order Paper? This item concerns the implications for Irish agriculture of the proposed EEC milk super-levy.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will allow a yes or a no answer on that.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The Chair is becoming very cryptic.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  If the Deputy were in my place, he would learn a trick or two also.

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  The answer is no but if I were allowed to add to the “no”, I would point out that we have had a debate already on the issue and that this is a matter for Private Members' time.

Mr. H. Byrne: Information on Hugh Byrne  Zoom on Hugh Byrne  That is an indication of the interest the Taoiseach has in agriculture.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael J. Noonan  Zoom on Michael J. Noonan  (Limerick West): Can the Taoiseach say——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am calling Deputy De Rossa.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael J. Noonan  Zoom on Michael J. Noonan  (Limerick West): I am endeavouring to ask a different question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy may ask the question when he is called.

Mr. De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  The Minister for the Environment indicated on 19 October that he would be introducing an amendment to the Housing Act to enable local authorities to give houses to people outside their area. He indicated that the legislation would be introduced within a matter of weeks. Can he say now when that legislation will be brought in?

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  I hope to have the legislation before the House very shortly.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  May I ask——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am calling Deputy Gerard Brady.

[1753]Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  The Deputies opposite are interrupting themselves.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  Some of the Minister's constituents are in trouble, too. My question is on the issue raised by Deputy De Rossa.

Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  I will look after my constituents.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  Last week I endeavoured to raise a matter on the Adjournment but your office——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy may not question the matter in this way.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  But I have no other way of raising the issue.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  If the Deputy wishes to come to my office to discuss the matter he will be very welcome.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  On a point of order, surely I am entitled to ask a question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  That is not a point of order.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  My question related to the siting of Cruise missiles in the North of Ireland but I was informed by your office that the matter could not be discussed other than by way of substantive motion. Today I see the question on the Order Paper as Question No. 1 to the Taoiseach. I thought it would be of help to the Taoiseach before going to see the British Prime Minister to have had the matter discussed. Last week you allowed a motion on the culling of seals. One might ask which is the more important: the culling of seals or the culling of people?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Deputy Brady is not entitled to question the Chair's ruling.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  I am asking only for an explanation.

[1754]Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  I am asking the Taoiseach to reconsider his decision not to have a full debate on the super-levy which is a matter of such national importance.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy is not in order.

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  I am seeking to have the discussion in the interest of the farmers and of the workers. Are we to allow a situation in which there will be 400,000 people unemployed?

The Taoiseach: Information on Garrett Fitzgerald  Zoom on Garrett Fitzgerald  If the Opposition were serious about seeking a second debate on this matter they could have put it down for Private Members' Time but they have not bothered to do so.

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  This is disgraceful.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am asking Deputy Byrne to resume his seat.

Mr. H. Byrne: Information on Hugh Byrne  Zoom on Hugh Byrne  Why not debate the issue?

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  The Taoiseach is not treating this matter seriously enough.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am ordering the Deputy to resume his seat.

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  I find it difficult to do so because of my concern for the livelihoods of the many people involved in so far as this issue is concerned. I am fighting on behalf of the farmers and the workers.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am calling on the Taoiseach to name Deputy Byrne.

Mr. S. Byrne: Information on Seán Byrne  Zoom on Seán Byrne  The Government are selling the farmers down the drain. It is another example of their mickey-mousing.


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