Friday, 10 May 1985
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for the Public Service (Mr. Boland): It is proposed to take item No. 10, Vote 38, Agriculture, Revised and Supplementary Estimates. By agreement these items shall be taken together for the purposes of debate. Also by agreement the Minister for Agriculture shall be called on not later than 3.30 p.m. to conclude the debate and the proceedings thereon shall be brought to a conclusion not later than 4 p.m., provided that if a division is challenged on any Estimate today the taking of such division shall be postponed until 8.30 p.m. next Wednesday, 15 May.
Mr. Haughey: Let me ask the acting Taoiseach if his attention has been drawn to an extraordinary statement made in the US to the effect that the problem of Northern Ireland is not one concerning Britain and Ireland——
An Ceann Comhairle: Notwithstanding “hear, hear” let me explain a little — it will take only a second — what this sort of thing gives rise to. I allowed Deputy Haughey to do that one morning last week, then some time afterwards a Minister stood up and he was replying to some remarks made by the Taoiseach——
An Ceann Comhairle: The former Taoiseach — I had to allow the Minister to go on for a reasonable length of time until I knew what he was talking about and then I was attacked by Deputy Haughey for allowing a Minister speak. It is clear that what Deputy Haughey is now raising is out of order and I appeal to him not to embarrass the Chair and to accept my ruling.
Mr. Haughey: As always I am prepared to accept your ruling, but I submit to you that it would be just simple courtesy if you would let me conclude my statement. If then you rule it out of order I will gladly accept your ruling.
Mr. Haughey: It is not in order, Sir, for your good self to conduct the affairs of this House by not permitting people to conclude a sentence. The sentence itself may be out of order but at least it should be heard in its entirety.
Mr. Haughey: I promise you faithfully, cross my heart and hope to die, if you  permit me to finish my sentence I will willingly abide by your ruling. Let me then ask if this statement by the Taoiseach, which is totally in contradiction of the conclusions of the New Ireland Forum report, represents Government policy.
Mr. V. Brady: Let me ask the Minister if his attention has been drawn to the statement by the Garda Representative Body that the gardaí in Dublin are to quit the streets after 8 p.m. because the Minister for Justice has not adhered to certain undertakings.
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