Order of Business.
Is the proposal that Nos. 6 and 7 shall be decided without debate agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal that the Dáil shall sit tomorrow at 10.30 a.m. and adjourned not later than 4 p.m. agreed?
I would prefer if this question was dealt with in a more appropriate manner. It does not arise on the Order of Business.
This has nothing to do with the proposal regarding items Nos. 6 and 7.
I must ask the Deputy to follow the appropriate procedure for that purpose.
I take it the Deputy is opposing the proposal?
I cannot allow extraneous matter to enter into this debate.
Deputy Bruton, please desist. The question before the House is——
Deputy Bruton, please desist.
The question is that the Dáil shall sit tomorrow at 10.30 a.m. and adjourn not later than 4 p.m.
Please, Deputy Bruton.
Deputy Bruton, the Chair has been on his feet for some time——
——and is being treated with disdain by the Deputy in possession.
This is not the time for speech making.
Deputy Bruton, the position on the Order of Business is becoming impossible.
Please listen to the Taoiseach.
This cannot go on.
Please, Deputy, we may not go further in the matter now.
May I ask again if the proposal that the Dáil shall sit tomorow at 10.30 a.m. and adjourn not later than 4 p.m. is satisfactory? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with the proceedings on the Secon...
Deputy Mary Harney is offering.
The Deputies are aware of the manner in which I call speakers
That is unfair. The Chair calls the Opposition Leaders in the order of seniority and numerical strength. I meant no disrespect or discourtesy to the Deputy, and he must know that.
The Deputy may ask when this matter will be brought forward but he may not proceed to make a speech; it is quite disorderly.
The Deputy is about to make a speech as well.
I am sorry, Deputy Harney——
Clearly these are matters which should be discussed with the Whips.
Is the Bill promised?
Thank you, Deputy.
Deputy Harte, that is not a point of order, it is a serious allegation against the Chair.
Deputy Harte, I will not be lectured by you; it is most audacious of you, who aspires to the Chair, to reflect on the Chair in that manner.
I must ask you, Deputy, to resume your seat now or leave the House.
It is not a point of order.
Deputy, your help in this House is not welcome; invariably it reflects on the Chair.
Deputy Harte, you compound the reflection on the Chair. I must now ask you to desist or leave the House.
Deputy Harte, you will desist or leave the House.
I have heard enough.
Deputy Harte, I must now ask you finally to leave the House.
No. I refuse to stand here and be lectured, abused and reflected on by a member of your party who aspires to this Chair.
Deputy Harte, you have a very strange way of co-operating with the Chair. (Interruptions.)
We do; I know you very well now, Deputy.
When I want your help I will ask for it.
I cannot, the procedures at this time do not allow me.
If my office can assist you, in bringing that matter forward, we shall, but you are not in order in pursuing it now.
Deputy O'Donnell, there is a tradition in this House that when the Chair stands a Deputy resumes his or her seat. I must now ask you to obey that rule.
My rulings on these matters may not be challenged here. I must now ask the Deputy to resume her seat.
I am now proceeding to item No. 6.
Business of Dáil.
Is that satisfactory and agreed? Agreed.
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers.
The questions we are about to embark upon, being priority questions, are confined to 20 minutes. Let us strive earnestly to dispose of those five questions within the time laid down in our Standing O...
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Hepatitis C Virus.
I am sorry to intervene, but half the time available for dealing with Priority Questions is now exhausted and there are four questions remaining.
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Eating Disorders.
I can call Question No. 5 in accordance with the resolution of the House of this day concerning priority questions.
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Drug Abuse.
I want to assist the Deputy, but we must proceed by way of supplementary question, not a speech or statement.
Deputy Gregory will appreciate in retrospect that he accused the Minister of State of deliberately misleading the House which is not in order.
Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Nursing Profession.
Let us hear the Minister's reply.
Let us not personalise matters.
Irish Beef Exports: Statements.
Is that agreed? Agreed.