Tuesday, 20 October 1987
Dáil Eireann Debate
(2) the Dáil shall meet on Friday next at 10.30 a.m. and business shall be confined to the motion in the name of the Minister for Finance regarding the 1988 Estimates for the Public Services (Abridged Version) and the 1988 Summary Public Capital Programme;
(3) the proceedings on the Fourth and Fifth Stages of the Local Loans Fund (Amendment) Bill, 1987, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday next by one question, which shall be put from the Chair, and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only amendments set down by the Minister for Finance; and
(4) in the case of the motion in the name of the Minister for Finance regarding the 1988 Estimates for the Public Services (Abridged Version) and the 1988 Summary Public Capital Programme, the following shall apply:—
(d) the proceedings thereon shall be brought to a conclusion at 3.45 p.m. on Friday next by putting from the Chair forthwith and successively the question or questions necessary to bring them to a conclusion.
Tomás Mac Giolla: As I pointed out, The Workers' Party were not involved in the discussions on this motion or on the various arrangements that are proposed therein. The first point I would like to make is that this is likely to arise on another occasion. We only know what is decided when see it on the Order Paper on our arrival here. Unlike all the other parties, we are not involved in the discussions. Unless we are involved in these discussions we shall have to raise the matter there on each occasion. We would have to do what we were doing on the last occasion, probably in an even stronger manner, that is, call votes on various issues as they arise here on the Order of Business.
I am asking that the words, “each of the groups as defined in Standing Order 89 (1)” be deleted and replaced by what would normally be the practice, that is, “the speech of the main spokesperson of each of the parties in Opposition”. That was the position that used to operate here and I am asking that it be restored. We are opposing that section because it is a rather petty restriction deliberately imposed in order to stop The Workers'  Party from having the option of 45 minutes' time.
Tomás Mac Giolla: I am opposing the motion on the grounds that there are so few parties in Opposition and that The Workers' Party is one of them under the present structure. I am asking that the section be deleted and replaced as I have outlined.
An Ceann Comhairle: I am putting the question: “That item No. 9, as proposed by the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, be agreed.” Will the Deputies who are demanding a division please rise in their places?
An Ceann Comhairle: As fewer than ten Members have risen in their places, I declare the motion carried. The names of the Members dissenting will be recorded in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Dáil.
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