De Rossa, Prionsias

Wednesday, 16 October 1991

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 411 No. 1

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Order of Business.

In relation to item No. 4, a Cheann Comhairle, during the course of the week Deputy McCartan, our party Whip, wrote to you requesting an early meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges to ...More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I am dealing with item No. 4 on the Order of Business which talks about the arrangements with regard to taking the no confidence motion. I am raising a question in relation to tha...More Button

It is pertinent to item No. 4 on the Order of Business, a Cheann Comhairle, in regard to the arrangements for debate. What I am asking——More Button

I am putting it to you, a Cheann Comhairle, that the reply you may give to my question in regard to the sub judice ruling will determine whether I agree to item No. 4 on the Order of Business.More Button

I am seeking clarification of the position now, a Cheann Comhairle, so that I can decide whether to agree to the arrangements for this debate. Surely that is a reasonable request?More Button

You have not dealt with my point, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, that is not satisfactory, I am asking——More Button

I am not making a speech, I am raising a point with regard to the question of the sub judice ruling.More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I must protest that you are denying me the right to raise a legitimate question——More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, I have no option but—— (Interruptions.)More Button

I tried to raise with you, before that vote, the question of your attitude to the matter of sub judice in relation to this debate of no confidence. As I explained I had, through our party Whip, Deputy...More Button

I think I am entitled to explain my position.More Button

I would have preferred if you had replied to me before you forced the vote on the issue of the arrangements for this debate.More Button

You are very good, a Cheann Comhairle, at reading my mind.More Button

Can I suggest, a Cheann Comhairle, that you are less than gracious when you are dealing with questions that I raise with you here in this House. Let me conclude my point that it would be totally inapp...More Button

I reject that completely. I am entitled to raise any matter I choose to raise in this House. You are entitled to adjudicate on it but you are not entitled to deny a Deputy the right to raise any matt...More Button

For three years.More Button

May I——More Button

It is only proper that we should be allowed——More Button

I ask the Cheann Comhairle if he will immediately convene a meeting of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges to discuss the ruling he has just made in view of the fact that he is not prepared——More Button

A Cheann Comhairle, you are the chairperson——More Button

I want to ask you a question.More Button

Like any other Deputy in this House I am entitled to ask questions.More Button

I am putting a specific request to you as chairman——More Button

——of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges to convene a meeting to discuss the ruling you have made.More Button

I do not propose to let this matter rest, a Cheann Comhairle.More Button

On a point of order——More Button

You allow me very little latitude and I think the record of this House will show that.More Button

In response to my earlier question may I ask the Ceann Comhairle, as chairperson of the Committee on Procedure and Privileges, if he will call an urgent meeting of that committee?More Button

You have already refused a request by us to do so.More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Meeting with Social Partners.

Asked the minister: if he will outline the matters discussed at his meeting with the social partners on 8 October, 1991; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if, in regard to the interview he gave on RTE radio on 22 September 1991, he will clarify his comments that the Government could not afford the next phase of the pay increases provided for under the P...More Button

In relation to Questions Nos. 8 to 11, inclusive, may I ask the Taoiseach if the task force subgroups are expected to report soon, specifically the one in relation to import substitution or the provis...More Button

I am simply asking these questions so that I will not have to come back again.More Button

The Taoiseach, in his reply, in regard to Programme for Economic and Social Progress indicated that all sectors would have to make a contribution to the resolution of the Government's financial proble...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Review of Programme for Government.

Asked the minister: the progress which has been made to date in regard to the review of the Programme for Government; the changes, if any, which have been agreed; if it is intended to bring an amended programme before Dá...More Button

Perhaps the Taoiseach would take the opportunity today to indicate what has been agreed between his part of the Government and the Progressive Democrats part of the Government. The Taoiseach says ther...More Button

It has been suggested that one of the areas which has been agreed relates to an alteration in the electoral system. This has created some controversy. Is that a fact?More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Examination of Estimates and Bills.

Is it proposed to deal with the matter on the Floor of the House or to deal with it through some form of special committee system? Is this one of the proposals which has been agreed between Fianna Fá...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Talks.

Asked the minister: if, in the light of the collapse of the Brooke talks, he has had any contact with the British Prime Minister or plans any contacts with a view to encouraging the re-opening of political dialogue in No...More Button

It is appropriate to join with other Deputies who have declared that they are appalled by the assassinations being carried out by various sectarian gangs, both Nationalist and Loyalist. May I ask the...More Button

I have two questions, a Cheann Comhairle. Would the Taoiseach indicate if devolution would be his preferred objective as an outcome of the talks?More Button

Will the Taoiseach indicate whether he is satisfied that the British Government are anxious for an immediate restart to the talks because there have been strong indications that they would not be unha...More Button

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Establishment of Serious Fraud Office.

Asked the minister: if he will clarify his comments made in an RTE radio interview on 22 September 1991 regarding the possible establishment of a serious fraud squad within the Office of the Attorney General; if his atte...More Button

May I ask a short supplementary question?More Button

Confidence in Government: Motion (Resumed).

For the second year in succession the opening of the Dáil year is dominated by a confidence motion in the Government. Last year the issue was the standards people could expect from those in Governmen...More Button

Will Deputy Haughey do?More Button

How much time do I have left?More Button

It is clear that the Taoiseach and his colleagues have totally abdicated their responsibilities and see renewed emigration as the only hope of reducing unemployment. He said as much in his recent RTE...More Button

Written Answers. - Self-Employed Incomes.

Asked the minister: if he will outline, in respect of the latest year for which information is available to the Revenue Commissioners, the number of self-employed persons who declared an income of more than £25,000, brok...More Button

Written Answers. - Income Tax Revenue.

Asked the minister: if he will outline in respect of each of the past five years, the average amount of income tax paid by (a) PAYE workers, (b) farmers and (c) the self-employed.More Button

Written Answers. - Regulations Governing Export of Greyhounds.

Asked the minister: if he will outline (1) the regulations which govern the treatment of greyhounds for export to Spain and (2) the provisions which are made to ensure that these regulations, particularly those concernin...More Button


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