Order of Business.

Thursday, 25 October 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 353 No. 3

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The Tánaiste: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  It is proposed to take items Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 8. At the conclusion of business today the Dáil will adjourn until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 31 October 1984.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Is the Tánaiste aware that there is widespread and deep concern about the famine in Ethiopia and an equal amount of disappointment with the reaction of the Government? Would he be in a position some time today to indicate whether the Government, as such and as a member of the European Community, could take immediate urgent action to alleviate this appalling problem in Ethiopia?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  That does not arise on the Order of Business. It was dealt with on the Adjournment last night.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I know that.

Mr. D. Andrews: Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  It is a very relevant matter. I am appealing to the Chair. Let us make the Dáil relevant.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I am dealing [478] with Deputy Haughey and I do not want to be interrupted by Deputy Andrews.

Mr. D. Andrews: Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  It would make the Dáil more relevant. We have seen media pictures. The Chair should listen to the Leader of the Opposition.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Deputies should learn how to behave themselves.

Mr. D. Andrews: Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  I know how to behave myself.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I have a suggestion to make. On item No. 10 we will be discussing the 21st Report on Developments in the European Community. With the Chair's indulgence we could use that occasion to refer to the matter.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I suggest that the Deputy's Whip get in touch with the Government Whip and see if that might be arranged.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  We could perhaps discuss the matter under that heading.

Mr. Farrelly: Information on John V. Farrelly  Zoom on John V. Farrelly  When does the Minister for Agriculture intend to go to Libya and make a proper deal for our beef?

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

Mr. Reynolds: Information on Albert Reynolds  Zoom on Albert Reynolds  The Minister lost the deals he had.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Order, please.

Mr. Reynolds: Information on Albert Reynolds  Zoom on Albert Reynolds  The Deputy could not get his figures right. Do not send him out to Libya. I started the business out there and I will go back and finish it.

Mr. Coveney: Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  I wish to raise the question of an extraordinary reference in a newspaper this morning to a phantom debate, which did not take place, in the House yesterday on the Criminal Justice Bill.

[479]Mr. Reynolds: Information on Albert Reynolds  Zoom on Albert Reynolds  Perhaps it took place behind the scenes.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  It is not in order to raise that matter on the Order of Business.

Mr. Boland: Information on John Boland  Zoom on John Boland  Perhaps it took place in a tent in Libya.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Order, please. It is not good enough to ignore the Chair and that is what Deputies are doing.

Mr. G. Collins: Information on Gerard Collins  Zoom on Gerard Collins  Deputy Coveney is still on his feet.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I agree and I name Deputy Coveney for being disorderly.

Mr. Coveney: Information on Hugh Coveney  Zoom on Hugh Coveney  I accept what the Chair says but the House must be concerned about reported debates that never took place. Does it not concern the Chair?

Dr. Woods: Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Tell us what happened?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  If the Deputy is raising an alleged report of an extraordinary debate which never took place it just shows the inadvisability of discussing items that appear in a newspaper on the Order of Business.

Mr. Haughey: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Perhaps Deputy Coveney is referring to the debate on the contraception issue. He is probably confusing it with the debate which was supposed to take place on the contraceptive legislation at the Fine Gael Party meeting yesterday.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  That is a most penetrating remark.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I fail to see who Deputies think they are impressing.

Mr. G. Brady: Information on Gerard Brady  Zoom on Gerard Brady  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the issue of health hazards caused by pollution in the air in Dublin.

[480]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. D. Andrews: Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  With the Chair's permission, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the matter of Blackrock by-pass and the Shankill by-pass.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. Wyse: Information on Pearse Wyse  Zoom on Pearse Wyse  Have any arrangements been made by the Taoiseach or the Tánaiste for a meeting between themselves and management to discuss the future position of Verolme Cork Dockyard?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  That does not arise on the Order of Business.

Mr. Wyse: Information on Pearse Wyse  Zoom on Pearse Wyse  The Tánaiste might answer.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy will have to find another way to raise it.

Mr. Tunney: Information on James C. Tunney  Zoom on James C. Tunney  The Chair is probably aware of a long-standing strike in the New Ireland Assurance group. I wish to raise this matter on the Adjournment in the hope that we might have a restoration of the operation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  I rise in support of my colleague from Cork who has raised a very relevant issue. It is the important matter of Verolme Cork Dockyard. It is an on-going situation and affects 600 workers.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy knows he is not in order. It was somewhat difficult to make him admit yesterday that he was out of order but eventually, with the help of someone else, I got him to realise that he was disorderly. Would he please not start that again today?

Mr. Wyse: Information on Pearse Wyse  Zoom on Pearse Wyse  The Tánaiste's answer is not satisfactory. We should have a debate on the matter.

[481]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  This does not arise on the Order of Business.

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  I also believe that time should be given for a debate on the Ethiopian situation, that more is required than the debate on the Adjournment last evening.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Thomas J. Fitzpatrick  The Deputy should approach the Whip of her party in that regard.


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