Order of Business.

Tuesday, 5 December 1989

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 394 No. 1

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The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is proposed to take Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, 9, 12, 13 and 15.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  With smog besetting this city, is it in order that it be ruled that this is not a matter of public concern——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy should desist.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Surely, a Cheann Comhairle, this is an urgent matter?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is not, Deputy, it has been ongoing for some considerable time.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Rabbitte, resume your seat or leave the House.

Mr. Currie: Information on Austin Currie  Zoom on Austin Currie  It is too unsafe to leave the House.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  The Government have so much smoke in their eyes that they cannot see where they are going.

[172](Interruptions.)

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It is proposed to take Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, 9, 12, 13 and 15. 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 to 5, inclusive, and No. 9 shall be taken without debate. It is further proposed that the Report and Final Stage of No. 12 if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 5 p.m. 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 Agriculture and Food. It is further proposed that the Supplementary Estimate to which No. 9 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 of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food opening the debate, and any other Member called on shall not exceed 15 minutes; (2) the Minister of State shall be called on not later than 10.20 p.m. to conclude the debate and (3) if a division is challenged it shall be taken forthwith and the order shall not resume. Private Members' Business shall be No. 26, motion 43.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am now asking that the proposal for the late sitting be agreed.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On the question of whether we should set aside Standing Orders——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Sorry, Deputy, on the late sitting.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On the question of whether we should set aside Standing Orders in order to facilitate a late sitting, will the Taoiseach agree that in the scale of urgency, the introduction of legislation today to deal with the problems of the ineffectiveness of the Air Pollution Act, 1987, is quantitatively and qualitatively more urgent than the Horse Breeding [173] Bill which has been on the Order Paper since 1985? Would the Taoiseach not agree that in the past when an urgent matter has arisen as in the case of the Child Care Bill, the Government, laudably, were able to act within 24 hours to introduce the necessary legislation? Would the Taoiseach not further agree that in view of the serious problem that now exists in many parts of Dublin city arising from smog——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy——

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  —— that it is essential——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Bruton I ruled that matter out of order earlier. The Deputy is seeking to circumvent the House.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy is seeking to circumvent my proposal that Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. today——

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is a simple proposition that the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. today and that business shall be interrupted at 10.30 p.m.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  If I might make a respectful submission to you——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy will not make a speech.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  No, indeed. I have already made my speech.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  We have rights in this House, even though you wish to curtail them.

[174]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am very conscious of the way in which the Deputy treats the Chair.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Could I ask the Ceann Comhairle if he would agree——

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  I beg your pardon?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I said I know full well how the Deputy treats the Chair. I am very conscious of it.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  It is a great pity that you do not treat the Members of this House——

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Chair treats this House with the utmost respect.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Could we pass over this for a second, a Cheann Comhairle——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  You had better talk to some of your Members, Deputy, also.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I am sure there are many ways in which that may be done. Does the Chair agree that in view of the fact that the House is being asked to agree to an Order of Business that does not contain provision to up-date the Air Pollution Act, it is perfectly legitimate for the main Opposition party to request the Government to include discussion on an amendment to the Air Pollution Act——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  If we wish to discuss the Air Pollution Act we should put down a motion or a Bill or some such matter.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  ——and failing that, to withhold its agreement to the Order of Business?

(Interruptions.)

Mr. Connaughton: Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  We will debate it next June.

[175]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I shall put the question again: “That it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 9 p.m. today and business shall be interrupted at 10.30 p.m.”

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  May I speak on that motion?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is not a motion, it is a suggestion.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  It is a motion to extend sitting time.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Sorry, Deputy, You will not get a debate now. This has not happened on the Order of Business.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am putting the question.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  On a point of order, may I ask whether I am entitled to speak on the question before the House, before the question is put?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will allow the Deputy a brief remark on it — a very brief remark.

[176](Interruptions.)

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  He is either entitled to speak or he is not.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  This side of the House is perfectly prepared to facilitate the extension of sitting time if the Government are prepared to allow time to discuss an amendment to the Air Pollution Act. We want to ask the Taoiseach if he would agree to that.

Mr. Currie: Information on Austin Currie  Zoom on Austin Currie  On a further point of order, a Cheann Comhairle ——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputies, I am putting the question.

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please Deputy, let the Chair proceed with the business.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  On a point of order——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is it agreed that the House shall sit later than 9 p.m. today and business be interrupted at 10.30 p.m.?

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  On a point of order——

Question put.

Ahern, Bertie.
Ahern, Dermot.
Ahern, Michael.
Andrews, David.
Aylward, Liam.
Barrett, Michael.
Brady, Gerard.
Brady, Vincent.
Brennan, Mattie.
Briscoe, Ben.
Browne, John (Wexford).
Burke, Raphael P.
Calleary, Seán.
Callely, Ivor.
Clohessy, Peadar.
Collins, Gerard.
Connolly, Ger.
Coughlan, Mary Theresa. [177]Hilliard, Colm.
Hyland, Liam.
Jacob, Joe.
Kelly, Laurence.
Kenneally, Brendan.
Kirk, Séamus.
Kitt, Michael P.
Kitt, Tom.
Lenihan, Brian.
Leonard, Jimmy.
Leyden, Terry.
Lyons, Denis.
Martin, Micheál.
McDaid, Jim.
McEllistrim, Tom.
Molloy, Robert.
Morley, P.J.
Nolan, M.J.
Noonan, Michael J. (Limerick West).
Cowen, Brian.
Cullimore, Séamus.
Daly, Brendan.
Davern, Noel.
Dempsey, Noel.
Dennehy, John.
de Valera, Síle.
Ellis, John.
Fahey, Frank.
Fitzgerald, Liam Joseph.
Fitzpatrick, Dermot.
Flood, Chris.
Flynn, Pádraig.
Gallagher, Pat the Cope.
Geoghegan-Quinn, Máire.
Harney, Mary.
Haughey, Charles J.
Hillery, Brian. [178]O'Connell, John.
O'Dea, Willie.
O'Donoghue, John.
O'Hanlon, Rory.
O'Keeffe, Ned.
O'Leary, John.
O'Toole, Martin Joe.
Power, Seán.
Quill, Máirín.
Reynolds, Albert.
Roche, Dick.
Smith, Michael.
Stafford, John.
Treacy, Noel.
Tunney, Jim.
Wallace, Dan.
Wallace, Mary.
Wilson, John P.
Woods, Michael.
Wyse, Pearse.

Ahearn, Therese.
Allen, Bernard.
Barnes, Monica.
Barrett, Seán.
Belton, Louis J.
Boylan, Andrew.
Bradford, Paul.
Bruton, John.
Bruton, Richard.
Byrne, Eric.
Carey, Donal.
Connaughton, Paul.
Connor, John.
Cosgrave, Michael Joe.
Cotter, Bill.
Creed, Michael.
Crowley, Frank.
Currie, Austin.
D'Arcy, Michael.
Deasy, Austin.
Deenihan, Jimmy.
De Rossa, Proinsias.
Doyle, Joe.
Durkan, Bernard.
Farrelly, John V.
Fennell, Nuala.
Finnucane, Michael.
FitzGerald, Garret.
Flaherty, Mary.
Flanagan, Charles.
Garland, Roger.
Gilmore, Eamon.
Gregory, Tony.
Harte, Paddy.
Higgins, Jim.
Kenny, Enda.
Lee, Pat.
McCartan, Pat.
McCormack, Pádraig,
McGahon, Brendan.
McGinley, Dinny.
Mac Giolla, Tomás.
McGrath, Paul.
Mitchell, Jim.
Nealon, Ted.
Noonan, Michael. (Limerick East).
O'Brien, Fergus.
O'Keeffe, Jim.
Rabbitte, Pat.
Shatter, Alan.
Taylor-Quinn, Madeleine
Timmins, Godfrey.
Yates, Ivan.

Question declared carried.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On a point of order, may I ask the Ceann Comhairle if he would, after due reflection tomorrow, give a ruling on whether he was correct in refusing the opportunity to Members to discuss a motion made under Standing Order 21 which was for a late sitting, in view of the fact that there is no provision in Standing Order 21 which allows or empowers the Ceann Comhairle to prevent debate thereon.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I did allow a brief debate and comment on the matters to which the Deputy refers. If he thinks they should be subject to a debate in the proper sense of the term I suggest he refers the matter to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

[179]Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Without considering whether there is to be disputation about the matter, would the Ceann Comhairle agree that in matters of this kind, the Chair and Standing Orders are the judge and there should be no necessity for Members to refer to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges in order to vindicate their normal rights as conferred by Standing Orders?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Sir, let me draw your attention to the fact that the Order of Business, against which the Fine Gael party have now voted, was agreed with our Chief Whip.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The next question to put to the House is that Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, and No. 9 shall be taken without debate. Is that agreed?

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  In relation to Nos. 1 to 5, I made this point last week when these matters came before the House. Nos. 1 to 5 deal with the question of the establishment of joint committees. I want to put on record again my objection to the fact that The Workers' Party have been excluded from four of the five committees concerned.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is the motion that Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, and No. 9 be taken without debate agreed?

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  Not agreed.

Question, “That Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, and No. 9 be taken without debate” put.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Will the Deputies claiming a division please rise?

Deputies Byrne, De Rossa, Gilmore, McCartan, Mac Giolla and Rabbitte rose.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  As fewer than ten Members have risen I declare the question carried. In accordance with Standing Order 59 the names of the Deputies dissenting will be recorded in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Dáil.

[180] The next question is that the proposal for dealing with No. 12 be agreed.

Deputy De Rossa rose.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I must ask again, are the proposals for dealing with No. 12 agreed? Agreed.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On the Order of Business——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I have not disposed of the Order of Business yet, Deputy. I must ask if the proposals for dealing with No. 9 are agreed.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On No. 9, given that this is the business that is to be taken during the late sitting, it would have been more appropriate for the Government to have taken the urgent matter of the air pollution legislation in that time.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I want to point out again to Deputy Bruton that his party agreed to the Order of Business which you read out. If we are to have any respect for the procedures of this House this sort of behaviour is not acceptable.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  May I ask if the problem to which the air pollution legislation refers arose since that agreement has been given?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  There are other ways and means of dealing with this matter. Are the proposals for dealing with No. 9 agreed? Agreed.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  On the Order of Business, I seek to elicit some information from the Taoiseach in relation to the Control of Clinical Trials Act in regard to which, I understand, it has been said that an amendment will be introduced to this House before the Christmas recess? Can the Taoiseach indicate if this is true and, if so, when it will be done and what time will be given to deal with the issue concerned?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The procedure will be [181] that an amendment will be put forward in the Seanad.

Proinsias De Rossa: Information on Prionsias De Rossa  Zoom on Prionsias De Rossa  First.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  First, yes.

Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  I would like to draw your attention again, Sir, to the matter which I raised on Thursday morning, 30 November 1989, in relation to the manner in which you conducted the voting on the Criminal Justice Bill, 1989. Since then a meeting took place between your officials and the Chief Whip of the Labour Party and members of my staff. I received a letter from you for which I am grateful. However, my gratitude should not be taken as acceptance of the contents of that letter. I believe it is a most serious matter given that there is no precedent in the rules of the House or in the history of this House for the manner in which the question was put on Wednesday last and, second, given that you invoked your constitutional role in your casting vote on that evening. I would ask you to take the opportunity, perhaps on the Order of Business tomorrow, to clarify to the House exactly the reasoning for doing what you did last Wednesday night. I believe the implications are very serious particularly because the calling of a second vote on a Private Member's Bill is unprecedented in the history of this House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I want to say I am quite satisfied with the procedure adopted on the occasion. The officers of my Department were with your representatives. I have communicated with you at some length in the matter. I have nothing further to add. If the Deputy wishes to pursue the matter further he may do so. Especially if he is in doubt I would welcome that he would proceed with the matter so that there would be no taint of suspicion attached to the Chair.

Deputy J. O'Keeffe rose.

Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  I certainly appreciate the tenor of those remarks——

[182](Interruptions.)

Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  ——but I find it extraordinary that the tenor of those remarks was not present last week when it was argued on your behalf, by your officials, that the situation that arose last Wednesday night was unprecedented whereas, in fact, a very similar situation had arisen in this House in the conduct of the Private Members' Business legislation, the Oireachtas and Ministerial Pensions Bill, 1987. A similar situation occurred on that occasion yet it was argued on your behalf that this situation had never arisen before; two years hence, it should not have been forgotten; the precedent was there and it should have been conducted according to the Standing Orders of this House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am quite satisfied that this matter was dealt with correctly and that it was proper in all the circumstances and any investigation will prove so.

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  On that issue I share the concerns expressed by Deputy Spring. In your consideration of this matter I think it is proper to refer to the precedent which Deputy Spring touched on. On 28 October 1987, there was a vote on that Private Member's Bill to which he referred, and, in fact the manner in which that vote was taken — column 1762 of the Official Report of 28 October 1987 — was different from the manner in which it was taken last week. I am greatly concerned that the procedures of this House would be followed completely according to the letter and spirit of the Standing Orders. From that point of view I would support Deputy Spring in his suggestion that you would look at the matter again and make a further statement to the House so that we can be absolutely sure——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  If you wish to proceed on the matter you may do so. I have nothing further to add to my statement on the matter. I am calling Deputy John Bruton.

[183]Mr. Spring: Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  On this very matter and before you pass on to other matters I take it that you offered me an invitation to meet with you on this matter. I will certainly take up that invitation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Very well.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  May I ask the Taoiseach when it is intended to introduce the proposed amendments to the Air Pollution Act in order to render the action necessary to be taken against smog effective and speedy.

Mr. Roche: Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  It will keep you out of the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am calling Deputy Andrews.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I would ask that the Taoiseach answer the question in view of the fact that it is entirely his——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Chair has no authority over such matters.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  This is promised legislation. Under the Air Pollution Acts it is reasonable on the Order of Business to ask when that legislation will be brought into the House? I would ask the Taoiseach or Deputy Flynn to respond to that query.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Was this legislation promised in the House?

(Interruptions.)

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, let us hear an authoritative view.

Mr. Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  It was promised in the House when this was raised on an Adjournment Debate.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  If legislation is promised the matter can be pursued through the usual channels, namely through the Whips.

Deputy Andrews rose.

[184]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Deputy Andrews has been called. Deputy Shatter will resume his seat.

Mr. Andrews: Information on David Andrews  Zoom on David Andrews  I wish to raise the destruction of Talbot Lodge in the constituency of Dún Laoghaire by developers on Friday night without planning permission.

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

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  I wish to move a motion under Standing Order 143 (2) to provide for the suspension of Standing Orders to allow a debate on a proposition that the Order of Business for today be supplemented by a further late sitting to allow debate on the Government's legislation to amend the Air Pollution Act, 1987, to render it effective in combating the problem of smog which is now endemic and urgent and has become so since the Order of Business for today was agreed last Thursday.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This is Government time and the Deputy may not move such a motion now. He may do so in Private Members' Time only. I call on Deputy Quinn.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Will the Ceann Comhairle refer to Standing Orders?

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  Standing Order 143 (2) makes it clear that the House may be suspended upon a motion made without notice. It does not say that such a motion must be moved in Private Members' Time. It provides that an application can be made at any time, Sir.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Not in Government time, only in Private Members' Time.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On a point of order, please, is there a new Standing Order?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will not take any more of this from you, Deputy.

[185]Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  On a point of order, is it not the case that the House is now debating the Order of Business?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I have made the position quite clear: the Deputy may not make a claim in Government time, only in Private Members' Time. I called Deputy Quinn earlier.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Do I need the permission of the Fine Gael Party to speak?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  No, you do not.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the problem caused to the citizens of Dublin by the continuation of the smog, which is above EC levels, and the failure of the Government to take effective action to deal with it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  It is a legitimate request, I will communicate with the Deputy.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  On a point of order I want to quote Standing Order 143 (1) and (2) and, in the light of that, would you tell us whether we can proceed with Deputy Bruton's motion. It is as follows:

(1) Any Standing Order or Orders of the Dáil may be suspended or modified in effect for the day's sitting, and for a particular purpose, upon motion made after notice.

(2) Provided that in cases of urgent necessity, of which the Ceann Comhairle shall be the judge....

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I have already ruled on the matter.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  May I finish the quotation?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  No, I am aware of the point you are making and of the rule you are quoting. I have advised you how to proceed. You may only move this motion in Private Members' Time.

[186]Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  On a point of order, the basis for the order——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  You may not argue with me, I have made my ruling.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  I am entitled to raise this——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  No, Deputy, you are not entitled to argue with me and you will resume your seat.

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  On a point of order——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Resume your seat, Deputy. I have taken your point of order, I have ruled on it and I have nothing more to say on the matter.

Mr. T. O'Sullivan: Information on Toddy O'Sullivan  Zoom on Toddy O'Sullivan  I should like to ask the Minister for Finance on the Adjournment if he will encourage the Bank of Ireland to use the services of An Post to communicate with their customers in this country instead of using the Royal Mail to send several thousand items to people here. The items in question were posted in Southend-on-Sea.

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

Mr. Garland: Information on Roger T. Garland  Zoom on Roger T. Garland  In view of the smog, will the Taoiseach call for the immediate resignation of the Minister for the Environment, Deputy Flynn?

(Interruptions.)

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  I propose that previous Ministers for the Environment should resign retrospectively.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Perhaps the Taoiseach would consider resigning the last ten years and starting all over again.

A Deputy:  Now we know how wise Fine Gael were when they chose a leader.

Miss Flaherty: Information on Mary Flaherty  Zoom on Mary Flaherty  Is the Taoiseach aware [187] that last night Dublin City Council suspended Standing Orders at the request of Fianna Fáil to discuss this matter?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am sorry, that matter has been ruled upon.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  What about the Air Pollution Bill?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  Deputy Flaherty may take it that I am well aware of everything that happens in Dublin Corporation.

Mr. J. Bruton: Information on John Bruton  Zoom on John Bruton  Keep it in the family.

Mr. Cotter: Information on William Cotter  Zoom on William Cotter  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the extreme difficulties which are being experienced by retail traders in Clones, County Monaghan. A number of factors have led to these difficulties, geographic and the position of the punt.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will be in touch with the Deputy concerning that matter. I want to call Deputy O'Shea.

Mr. O'Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  I am seeking your permission to raise on the Adjournment the problem of the 10,000 students who annually fail to pass mathematics in the leaving certificate examination and the need for three levels of certification in leaving certificate mathematics.

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

Mr. J. O'Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  I want to raise on the Adjournment the inadequate facilities of Cork Regional Technical College, particularly in relation to the library, where there is only one place for every 17 students.

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

Mr. Connor: Information on John Connor  Zoom on John Connor  I wish to ask the Minister for Energy on the Adjournment if he has been informed by the Electricity Supply [188] Board of their intention to close the coal burning power station at Arigna——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  There are ways and means of raising such matters.

Mr. Connor: Information on John Connor  Zoom on John Connor  I wish to raise it on the Adjournment.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The Deputy might have mentioned that fact.

Mr. Connor: Information on John Connor  Zoom on John Connor  I did.

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

Mr. Byrne: Information on Eric J. Byrne  Zoom on Eric J. Byrne  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the question of extending the Christmas bonus to those on FÁS or social employment schemes and other categories on social welfare who are eligible at present.

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

Tomás Mac Giolla: Information on Tomás MacGiolla  Zoom on Tomás MacGiolla  In view of your rejection of my Private Notice Question on the matter, I ask your permission to raise on the Adjournment the widespread breaches of the EC levels in regard to smog in certain areas of Dublin. I also want to ask the Minister why he refuses to encourage the greater use of smokeless fuels, which is open to him under the Air Pollution Act and for which no amendment is necessary.

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

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  May I ask the Taoiseach if it is intended to set up the debt management office by legislation and, if so, when will it be introduced?

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  The legislation is in course of preparation at the moment and it will be introduced as soon as possible.

Professor Hillery: Information on Brian J. Hillery  Zoom on Brian J. Hillery  I should like to raise on the Adjournment the question of the demolition of Talbot Lodge, a building [189] of architectural and historic merit, in the constituency of Dún Laoghaire.

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

Mr. J. Higgins: Information on Jim Higgins  Zoom on Jim Higgins  In view of the precedent of paying compensation of £185,000 in the case of the Dodder flooding and the payment of £1.3 million in the case of the Dargle River flooding, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the need for the Minister for the Environment to make financial provision for paying compensation for flood damage to non-insured properties in County Mayo.

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

Mr. Doyle: Information on Joseph Doyle  Zoom on Joseph Doyle  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the failure of the EC to honour the decision of the Labour Court to pay part time teachers pro rata with their full time colleagues.

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

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I again seek to raise on the Adjournment the question of the non-provision in the Book of Estimates for a second level school at Castleview, Tallaght, because children have to be bussed long distances to school in smoggy conditions.

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

Mr. J. Mitchell: Information on Jim Mitchell  Zoom on Jim Mitchell  In view of the fact that all other efforts to raise the issue of smog levels have failed, I too wish to raise this matter on the Adjournment.

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

Mr. Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  With your permission, Sir, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the recent practice by many developers, of which Talbot Lodge is the most recent example and the Drogheda grammar school and the house on Bachelor's Walk [190] were other examples, of destroying buildings without planning permission. What legislative measures does the Minister for the Environment intend to take?

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

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  I seek to raise on the Adjournment the total inadequacy of the speech therapy service in the Eastern Health Board area.

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  On the Order of Business, I wish to ask the Minister for Social Welfare when he will have legislation published or before this House on the appeals office which was announced in his Estimates speech last week. He gave us details of it but gave us no indication of what stage of preparation it had reached.

The Taoiseach: Information on Charles J. Haughey  Zoom on Charles J. Haughey  It will not be before the House this session.

Mr. McCartan: Information on Patrick McCartan  Zoom on Patrick McCartan  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the need for adequate road access to and from Baldoyle industrial estate, Dublin.

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

Mr. Garland: Information on Roger T. Garland  Zoom on Roger T. Garland  I would remind you, Sir, that I asked for an Adjournment debate on the smog levels and with your permission, Sir, I wish to raise it on the Adjournment tonight.

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

Mr. Ryan: Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan  I wish to raise on the Adjournment the massive difference in the mark up price on toys here compared with similar goods in Northern Ireland and I wish to know what the Minister for Industry and Commerce will do about this before Christmas.

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


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