Wednesday, 14 March 1990
Dáil Éireann Debate
The Taoiseach: It is proposed to take Nos. 2, 7 and 8. It is also proposed that business shall be interrupted at 11 p.m. today. It is further proposed that all  Stages of No. 2, if not prevously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion at 7 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 Tourism and Transport. It is further proposed that No. 8 shall be taken not later than 8.30 p.m. and the Order shall not resume. Private Members' Business shall be No. 20.
Mr. Dukes: May I ask the Taoiseach if the Government intends to arrange an early special meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference to discuss the implications of yesterday's decision for the extradition process?
Mr. Spring: Given the inaction of the banking regulatory authorities, the lack of resources of the fraud squad and the inaction of the Director of Public Prosecutions, may I seek your permission, Sir, to raise on the Adjournment the collapse of Merchant Banking Limited; they are in liquidation?
Proinsias De Rossa: I wished to raise the matter of yesterday's decision in relation to extradition, but as the Taoiseach has indicated he is prepared to consider providing time for debate in this House, I will leave the matter until then.
Proinsias De Rossa: With your permission, Sir, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the questions that arise on the extradition issue because of yesterday's decision and its effects on Anglo-Irish relations.
Mr. Byrne: I would like to ask the Minister for Social Welfare the reason for the extraordinary delay in the publication of the Social Welfare Bill, 1990. Members might recall that we started to discuss the 1989 Bill on 8 March 1989 and we started to discuss the 1988 Bill on 10 March 1988. It is now 14  March 1990 and we have not begun to discuss this Bill.
Mr. Howlin: For the third time I seek permission to raise on the Adjournment the issue of a report of a medical team from this country into the conditions at a psychiatric institution on the island of Lesos and the responsibility of the Minister for Health as chairman of the Council of Ministers to publish the report?
Mr. Rabbitte: With your permission, Sir, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the answer given to this House on 15 February 1990 by the Minister for Industry and Commerce concerning the fact that a total consideration of £107 million was to be received by the administrator for the Irish business of ICI, the implications of the sale being conducted in secrecy——
Mr. Rabbitte: I am not making a speech. I want to raise on the Adjournment the implications of the case being conducted in camera and the implications of this for our democracy and the fact that the Minister for Finance's £107 million is not going to be retrieved?
Mr. Deenihan: With your permission, Sir, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the subject matter of a question I raised in this House last week on the indiscriminate shooting of migratory and song birds by tourists.
Mrs. T. Ahearn: With your permission, Sir, I wish to raise on the Adjournment the fact that almost 50 per cent of the nursing staff in St. Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel are employed in a temporary or part time capacity. This problem becomes more serious when I realise now that a similar situation exists in Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel.
An Ceann Comhairle: I am well aware of the Deputy's interest in the matter and I am sure she appreciates the Chair's difficulty in such matters in dealing with the large number of requests such as we have each morning.
Mr. Spring: In relation to the matter which I sought to raise under Standing Order 30, which was raised by the leaders of the other parties in the House, may I ask the Taoiseach, as he has agreed to communicate with the Leader of the Fine  Gael Party, if he would extend his largesse and communicate with others as well?
Mr. Garland: I seek permission once again to raise on the Adjournment the totally unsatisfactory response from Aer Rianta to the legitimate representations made by St. Margaret's Community Council regarding the serious noise pollution resulting from the opening of the new runway at Dublin Airport.
Mr. Connor: I seek leave to raise on the Adjournment with the Minister for Agriculture and Food the underspending of £3.1 billion under the Community agricultural budget in the current year. Would he seek to have these funds redistributed——
Mr. Moynihan: I seek permission once again to raise on the Adjournment the concern being expressed by the Kenmare, Sneem and Waterville communities about the development of fish farming in Kenmare River.
Mr. Gilmore: I would like to raise on the Adjournment the problems facing a five year old child who, due to the closure of the children's ward at St. Michael's Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, has had 19 courses of antibiotics while awaiting for two years a tonsils operation.
Mr. Taylor: We are entitled to have a debate on that matter. This is clearly necessary as that matter cannot be adequately dealt with by way of questions. As you know, there are limitations on what questions may be raised.
Mr. Taylor: It is a matter relating to the ordering of business in the House. The Taoiseach indicated yesterday that some discussions were taking place. Is an attempt being made to hide this matter and sweep it under the carpet? Why can we not have a debate on this matter in the House? Should the Minister for Finance make announcements on the matter to the press or here in this House? Is the House not the place where we should be talking about it?
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