Order of Business.

Wednesday, 15 November 1989

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 393 No. 2

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The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is proposed to take Nos. 1, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

It is also proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. today and business shall be interrupted at 10.30 p.m. It is further proposed that Nos. 1 and 4 shall be taken without debate. It is further proposed that the Supplementary Estimate to which No. 4 refers shall be taken at 8.30 p.m. and notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, the following arrangements shall apply: (1) the speech of the Minister for Health moving the Supplementary Estimate, and of any other Member called on, shall not exceed 15 minutes; (2) the Minister shall be called on to conclude the debate not later than 10.20 p.m. and (3) if a division is challenged, it shall be taken forthwith and the Order shall not resume.

Private Members' Business shall be No. 24.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  On a point of order. Before you put the questions on today's Order of Business, while we agreed yesterday with regard to the business today on the Trustee Saving Banks Bill, is it not in order to expect that there should be a question on today's Order of Business, this being a separate day's sitting? We cannot be bound by yesterday's order [410] in relation to today and poor progress has been made on that item.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The order made yesterday stands.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  Is it not in order to expect that there should be a separate question——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please allow me to proceed with the Order of Business.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  The Workers' Party and, I anticipate, other parties in Opposition——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The matter to which you refer was decided yesterday by a decision of this House.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  In the light of the poor progress and the huge amount of business outstanding on that Bill, how can we voice our opposition to what was agreed by the House yesterday, in view of the developments since then?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Chair administers the rules and decisions of this House.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  May I ask——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This is going too far, Deputy McCartan.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  In order to assist and not to appear to be unduly obstructive in regard to the issues before the House, I would ask whether the Taoiseach or the Whip is prepared to consider allowing further time for debate on this Bill.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy is seeking to rehash yesterday's debate. That is not in order. The Taoiseach has announced the Order of Business. Deputy O'Shea gave me notice that he wishes to raise a matter under Standing Order 30.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  Are no questions being [411] put to us this morning on the Order of Business?

Mr. Davern: Information on Noel Davern  Zoom on Noel Davern  Obviously the scenes in East Germany have gone to the Deputy's head.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I served notice that I want to have the House adjourned in accordance with Standing Order 30 to deal with the matter of the bank charges which are being introduced for administering local authority accounts. This will put——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  There is no need to elaborate. I have considered the matter fully and I do not consider it one contemplated by the Standing Order. I cannot therefore grant leave.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I accept your ruling but at this stage of the year——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Sorry, Deputy, that is the position. There are many other ways of raising the matter in this House.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I would ask permission to raise this very important matter on the Adjournment.

[412]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy. Is the proposal for a late sitting today agreed?

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  In view of the fact that so little progress has been made on the Trustee Savings Banks Bill, it is our proposal that the House should sit later and that the Committee and Report Stage debates should be extended to a later hour so that we can adequately debate these matters. For that reason we oppose the Adjournment of the House at 10.30 p.m.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The only question I can put is that the House sit later than normal. Is that what the Deputy is objecting to?

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  Yes, on the basis that we seek to sit to a later hour.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Does the Deputy have an alternative time, by way of suitable amendment?

Mr. MacCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  At least until midnight. I would ask you to accept that as an amendment to the Order of Business.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am putting the question: “That the Taoiseach's proposal for a late sitting today be agreed.”

Question put.

Ahern, Bertie.
Ahern, Dermot.
Ahern, Michael.
Aylward, Liam.
Barrett, Michael.
Brady, Gerard.
Brady, Vincent.
Brennan, Mattie.
Brennan, Séamus.
Briscoe, Ben.
Browne, John (Wexford).
Calleary, Seán.
Callely, Ivor.
Clohessy, Peadar.
Collins, Gerard.
Connolly, Ger. [413]Hyland, Liam.
Jacob, Joe.
Kelly, Laurence.
Kenneally, Brendan.
Kitt, Michael P.
Kitt, Tom.
Lawlor, Liam.
Leonard, Jimmy.
Leyden, Terry.
Lyons, Denis.
Martin, Micheál.
McCreevy, Charlie.
McDaid, Jim.
McEllistrim, Tom.
Molloy, Robert.
Morley, P.J.
Nolan, M.J.
Noonan, Michael J.
(Limerick West).
O'Connell, John.
Coughlan, Mary Theresa.
Cowen, Brian.
Cullimore, Séamus.
Daly, Brendan.
Davern, Noel.
Dempsey, Noel.
Dennehy, John.
de Valera, Síle.
Ellis, John.
Fahey, Frank.
Fitzgerald, Liam Joseph.
Flood, Chris.
Gallagher, Pat the Cope.
Haughey, Charles J.
Hillery, Brian.
Hilliard, Colm. [414]O'Dea, Willie.
O'Donoghue, John.
O'Hanlon, Rory.
O'Keeffe, Ned.
O'Kennedy, Michael.
O'Leary, John.
O'Malley, Desmond J.
O'Rourke, Mary.
O'Toole, Martin Joe.
Quill, Máirín.
Reynolds, Albert.
Roche, Dick.
Smith, Michael.
Stafford, John.
Treacy, Noel.
Tunney, Jim.
Wallace, Dan.
Wallace, Mary.
Walsh, Joe.
Wilson, John P.
Woods, Michael.

Níl
Byrne, Eric.
Ferris, Michael.
Gilmore, Eamon.
Gregory, Tony.
Howlin, Brendan.
Kavanagh, Liam.
McCartan, Pat.
Mac Giolla, Tomás.
Moynihan, Michael.
O'Shea, Brian.
O'Sullivan, Gerry.
O'Sullivan, Toddy.
Pattison, Séamus.
Quinn, Ruairí.
Rabbitte, Pat.
Ryan, Seán.
Sherlock, Joe.
Spring, Dick.
Taylor, Mervyn.

Tellers: Tá, Deputies V. Brady and Clohessy; Níl, Deputies McCartan and Gilmore.

Question declared carried.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is the proposal that Items Nos. 1 and 4 be taken without debate agreed? Agreed.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  Can the Taoiseach tell us today what stage his consideration has reached in relation to the proposal to set up a foreign affairs committee, a committee on health, education and welfare, a committee on public expenditure and another on non-commercial State bodies? May I remind the Taoiseach that he has had the matter of a foreign affairs committee under consideration since April 1987. It is about time he came to a conclusion on this matter.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It seems to me that these are matters which should be dealt with in another way.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  They are matters with which the Taoiseach does not appear to want to deal in any other way, so I am inviting him to say in the House——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This is not Question Time.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  A Cheann Comhairle, the Taoiseach has, with your agreement, answered questions like that in the House before. It is in the House here that we heard from him that these matters are under consideration. Therefore I would ask, Sir, that you follow your own precedent——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Taoiseach has certain prerogatives in this House.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  The Taoiseach has certain prerogatives but none relates specifically to this House. He is a Member of this [415] House like anybody else and you, Sir, have allowed him before to react to such questions. Has he any wisdom to offer us this morning on these pearls he has been gestating for two and a half years?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  If my recollection is correct, at the request of the Opposition, the Taoiseach did intervene yesterday morning.

Mr. Sherlock: Information on Joe Sherlock  Zoom on Joe Sherlock  In view of the decision taken by Cork County Council on Monday last, because of promised legislation, that no discussion would take place on the Estimate and as this is legislation promised as far back as 1985 to repeal the 1983 Act in respect of service charges, is it intended to introduce the necessary legislation to repeal the 1983 Act?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is this legislation promised?

Deputies:  Yes.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Sheehan: Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Another rosy promise that was dangled before the electorate.

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  May I ask the Taoiseach, on the Order of Business——

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Would the Deputy give his constituency colleague a chance?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Jim O'Keeffe has been called.

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  May I ask the Taoiseach, on the Order of Business, whether it is intended to introduce legislation or what measures have been taken to stop people breaking into Garda stations following the break in at the Fitzgibbon Street Garda station yesterday?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy O'Keeffe.

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  Is the Taoiseach [416] taking this matter seriously or is there any place in the country secure any longer?

Mr. Sheehan: Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Inishvickillane is the only place that will be secure henceforth.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Yesterday I asked the Taoiseach if he was in a position to give the House an indication when the regulations giving effect to the EC Directive on Environmental Impact Assessment would be laid before the House. Is the Taoiseach any better informed today?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The Deputy has been informed by my office about the position in regard to that on a number of occasions. The position is that these regulations have to be made by 12 December and will be so made.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  On a point of order, I do not recall getting any information from the Taoiseach's office in relation to that matter, lest I misled you, Sir, or the House.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Communications are very difficult in modern society.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  A Cheann Comhairle, you ruled the Leader of the Opposition out on asking the Taoiseach whether he had made up his mind about committees of the House. You drew his attention to the fact that this was not Question Time.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy Mitchell, I thought the Deputy had some legitimate question to pose. I am calling Deputy Yates.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  This is a point of order, Sir.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy Mitchell, desist.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  This is a point of order, Sir.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This is not a [417] point of order, Deputy, you are challenging my ruling on this matter.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  My question is this——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy Mitchell. I facilitated the Deputy in rising to put a pertinent question.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Sir, does that mean that questions to the Taoiseach regarding committees of this House will be allowed at Question Time?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy Mitchell, I am not going to get involved in an argument on this matter. I am calling Deputy Yates.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  Sir, that was the basis on which you ruled the Leader of the Opposition out in his questions to the Taoiseach about committees of this House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy, I call on the Deputy now to resume his seat.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  I will resume my seat, Sir, but does this mean we have to table questions?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Would the Deputy please resume his seat?

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  I will resume my seat but we will table questions to ascertain whether you will be consistent in your rulings.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy is reflecting on the Chair.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  May I ask the Taoiseach again when it is proposed to take the Clinical Trials (Amendment) Bill? He promised to communicate with me a fortnight ago and I have no communication on this matter. Will the Taoiseach say whether this Bill, promised by the Minister for Health, will be taken this session because all hospital research has ceased [418] on account of the defects in the present Act?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The intention is that it should go to the Seanad first.

Mr. Yates: Information on Ivan Yates  Zoom on Ivan Yates  Will it be taken during this session?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Hopefully.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  May I ask the Taoiseach the present position regarding the regulations to be made by the Minister for Justice under the Judicial Separations Act which has been in force for over a month but which cannot operate until those regulations are brought in? What is the position in that regard?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Perhaps that is worthy of a question, Deputy.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  It deals with an Act of the House which was passed and has been in full operation since the middle of last month but which cannot operate in the absence of the regulations. It is not like the previous case.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I will communicate with the Deputy today.

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  May I ask the Taoiseach if it is the Government's intention to introduce amending legislation to repeal the Farm Tax Act, 1985, in view of the reserved judgement by Mr. Justice Barron in the High Court yesterday when he stated that having decided to abolish the legislation the Government should have passed an amending Act and having failed to do so the whole legislation was tainted with illegality? May I ask the Taoiseach if he has any plans to introduce this legislation?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy should put down a question on the matter.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is a Dáil question.

[419]Mr. Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  I should like to raise on the Adjournment the problems faced by over 10,000 people on social employment schemes who are denied the Christmas bonus, free meat scheme, free fuel scheme and so on.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will be in touch with the Deputy concerning that matter.

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  Yesterday the Taoiseach informed me that the Government were considering a Bill regulating the occupational pensions area. I should like to know if they are including provisions for equal treatment in that Bill as required by the EC, or do they intend to introduce a separate Bill covering that area.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Does this refer to legislation promised in this House?

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  Are the Government covering the two directives in one or will there be two separate pieces of legislation?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Wait until you see the legislation.

Mr. Ferris: Information on Michael Ferris  Zoom on Michael Ferris  I seek your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, to raise on the Adjournment of the House this evening the negative response of the Minister for Social Welfare to the report from the major religious superiors.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mrs. Fennell: Information on Nuala Fennell  Zoom on Nuala Fennell  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the future structure of the family mediation scheme now that they have completed their three year pilot programme.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  May I ask the Taoiseach on the Order of Business if it is his intention to make time available next week to give a report to the House on the outcome [420] of the special EC summit which will take place this weekend in Paris?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I dealt with that matter yesterday.

Mr. Dukes: Information on Alan M. Dukes  Zoom on Alan M. Dukes  The Taoiseach just said we would not have a debate.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I said I would probably report to the House after the meeting.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  I do not think you said that yesterday, Sir.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Will the Taoiseach let us know——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This should not lead to argument.

Mr. Ryan: Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan  I should like to raise on the Adjournment the plight of asthmatics, in particular those in Dublin, in view of the smog and fog problems. They should be given some sort of long-term illness card so that they can overcome their difficulties especially as this Government are not going to deal with this problem of smog during the current year or for the foreseeable future.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy concerning the matter. Deputy Boylan has been offering for some time.

Mr. Boylan: Information on Andrew Boylan  Zoom on Andrew Boylan  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the subject matter of Question No. 203 on yesterday's Order Paper which deals with the county roads in Cavan.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will be in touch with the Deputy concerning that matter.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  We dealt with that yesterday as well.

Mr. Boylan: Information on Andrew Boylan  Zoom on Andrew Boylan  Not fully.

Mrs. Barnes: Information on Monica Barnes  Zoom on Monica Barnes  At the conclusion of the [421] debate on the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bill last Friday the Minister of State at the Department of the Marine informed the House that the authority and its membership would be announced by Wednesday of this week. I want to ask the Minister for the Marine or the Taoiseach if we will have that information before the day is past.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This matter hardly arises now, Deputy Barnes.

(Interruptions.)

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It will be a long day.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Tomás Mac Giolla.

Dr. Lee: Information on Pat Lee  Zoom on Pat Lee  May I ask your permission——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Sorry Deputy, I have called Deputy Mac Giolla.

Tomás Mac Giolla: Information on Tomás MacGiolla  Zoom on Tomás MacGiolla  Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle. May I ask your permission to raise on the Adjournment the continued shameful treatment of the employees of Irish Shipping and the refusal of three Governments to adequately compensate them for their loyal service to this country.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will be in touch with the Deputy.

Dr. Lee: Information on Pat Lee  Zoom on Pat Lee  With your permission I should like to raise a most serious and grave matter. In short, it is a matter of life and death for some people and I need your help with it. Last Wednesday on the Adjournment debate the Minister informed the House that there were paediatric neuro-surgeons with sufficient expertise and experience to carry out neuro-paediatric operations. I am in possession of sworn affidavits——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  If the Deputy is seeking permission to raise the matter with me I shall certainly seek to facilitate him but he may not make a speech now.

[422]Dr. Lee: Information on Pat Lee  Zoom on Pat Lee  I am in possession of legal documents——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is the Deputy seeking my permission to raise the matter on the Adjournment?

Dr. Lee: Information on Pat Lee  Zoom on Pat Lee  I need your help with it. It is a very serious matter——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I take it that he is and I will communicate with him.

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  May I raise on the Adjournment the changes in the administration of unemployment assistance as it affects single people living at home with their parents?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will be in touch with the Deputy concerning the matter.

Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  Given the constructive and informative debate which took place in this House last night on our voting position in the United Nations and what I believe is the overwhelming support of the Deputies on all sides of the House to get the Irish representative at the UN to change our position, may I ask the Taoiseach if the Government will reconsider the position they outlined in the House last night?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy Spring, the Chair cannot permit a rehash of last evening's debate on the matter.

Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  May I ask the Taoiseach to take some of his own backbenchers into account——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am calling Deputy Gerry O'Sullivan.

Mr. G. O'Sullivan: Information on Gerry O'Sullivan  Zoom on Gerry O'Sullivan  May I ask the Taoiseach if he intends to draft amending legislation in relation to the rod licence matter?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  A question might be appropriate.

Mr. Moynihan: Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  With your permission, [423] I wish to raise on the Adjournment the provision of an employment exchange in Killarney.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  (Limerick East): I wish for the fifth time to seek to raise on the Adjournment the provision of accommodation for post-primary students at Hospital in County Limerick.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am aware of the Deputy's interest in the matter and I will communicate with him.

Mr. Sheehan: Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  In view of the depressed state of beef cattle prices at present I should like to ask the Minister for Agriculture and Food if he has any intention of reopening the export of live cattle——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am proceeding now with the Order of Business proper.

Mr. Sheehan: Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Perhaps the Taoiseach will give him a helping hand and as much advice——

(Interruptions.)

Mr. McCormack: Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  I wish to ask the Minister for Education the immediate plans she has for the starting of the much needed primary school at Clonbur.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will communicate with the Deputy.

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  I should like to ask the Minister for Social Welfare if he is yet in a position to indicate when the regulations on the Social Welfare Act will be ready to allow unemployed people to participate more widely in educational opportunities.

Minister for Social Welfare (Dr. Woods): Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Shortly.

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  We have been hearing that for months.


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