Molloy, Robert

Wednesday, 27 April 1994

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 442 No. 1

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Order of Business.

Is it in order to ask a question on Item 46 on the Order Paper?More Button

Will the Tánaiste say why the Government is not prepared to give more time to debate the Local Government Bill? Following yesterday's debate we reached amendment No. 3 of the 129 amendments and one da...More Button

I am objecting to the time element.More Button

The House has not agreed to this. The Tánaiste is using the guillotine.More Button

Supplementary Estimates, 1994. - Local Government Bill, 1994; Committee Stage (Resumed).

I could not get the Minister to effect the changes I wanted in local government.More Button

Members hold different views on the dual mandate. The Progressive Democrats position relates to the necessity to establish the credibility of local government. I am pleased that the Minister agrees wi...More Button

Local Government Bill, 1994: Committee Stage (Resumed) and Final Stages.

Did the Minister indicate when the next electoral Bill will be brought forward?More Button

I am pleased to hear that. The Minister has given a fairly satisfactory response to the points we have made about filling vacancies. I hope the electoral Bill will extend voting rights to Irish citize...More Button

The Minister should let others judge his record on the basis of results.More Button

Why are you grouping amendments Nos. 14, 26 and 129 together, yet for debating purposes you are grouping amendments Nos. 14-17, inclusive, together?More Button

I did not.More Button

You mentioned two groupings, amendments Nos. 14, 26 and 129 and amendments Nos. 14-17, inclusive.More Button

I understand. I move amendment No. 14: In page 14, lines 40 and 41, and in page 15, lines 1 and 2, to delete subsection (3) and substitute the following:More Button

We will deal with that when we reach it.More Button

The Minister made an extraordinary assertion, claiming that he was not aware there was any public demand to extend the life of any of these local authorities to six years.More Button

He mentioned six years.More Button

If the Minister would care to explain himself somewhat better we might then understand him.More Button

I heard the Minister correctly. There was no public pressure to extend the term of those local authorities elected in 1985 from 1990 to 1991, from 1991 to 1992, from 1992 to 1993 or from 1993 to 1994,...More Button

I gave the reason.More Button

I do not know why the Minister refers to the fact that I was in Government when the local elections were postponed in 1991 unless it is intended to illustrate that the arguments I make are a contradic...More Button

I move amendment No. 19: In page 16, between lines 11 and 12, to insert the following subsection: “(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), two or more local authorities may by agreement ...More Button

I move amendment No. 21: In page 19, before section 21, to insert the following new section: “21. —(1) The Minister, shall, following the publication of each census of population, appoint a Local Boun...More Button

I moved the amendment merely to hear the Minister's argument with which I agree. I do not support the amendment. Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.More Button

I move amendment No. 28: In page 20, subsection (2), between lines 37 and 38, to insert the following: “(h) the number of polling stations,”. I understand there is quite a divergence between the numbe...More Button

I am aware there are complaints about the excessive number of polling stations in some areas. If the Minister is saying that decisions about the number of polling stations fall within the remit of loc...More Button

Under what authority?More Button

I move amendment No. 29: In page 20, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following subsection: “Notwithstanding the provisons of subsection (1) or of the Electoral Act, 1992, any person who reaches t...More Button

Anyone omitted from the register — except an 18 year old — can exercise the right to be included on the supplementary register up to 12 days before the election. However, the determining date for an ...More Button

The Minister did not respond to my point. Does he see any validity in the argument that a person who is 18 years of age at the time of election is precluded from voting because he is excluded from the...More Button

On the basis that the electoral Bill will be introduced soon and the Minister's commitment to give further consideration to this matter, I will withdraw my amendment.More Button

I move amendment No. 32: In page 23, subsection (1) (a), line 6, to delete “or urban district”. This amendment proposes that urban district council areas should be maintained as one electoral area and...More Button

That is not what section 26 says; it gives the Minister very wide powers to divide these electoral areas in whatever way he wishes. For example, the nine seat urban district councils could be divided ...More Button

No, but he has the power to do it; the section seems to give the Minister the power to decide the number of members who will be elected and the size of the electoral areas.More Button

I cannot see anything in the section which provides that the Minister shall only exercise this power to implement the recommendations of a boundary commission. The position of Sligo Borough Council do...More Button

Does the Minister intend to increase from nine the number of members to be elected to urban district councils? Is that his intention or is that matter to be decided solely by the Boundaries Commission...More Button

I move amendment No. 42: In page 23, subsection (1), line 48, to delete “Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach” and substitute “Méara and Leas Mhéara”. My intention in these amendments is to give the ...More Button

We have a former member of that council in the House who may have something to say on that matter. I do not wish to delay the House unduly on this amendment. It may appear to be a small matter but it ...More Button

Everything is relative. The issue raised in this amendment is an important one. If we establish the titles cathaoirleach and leas-chathaoirleach in this legislation they will not be changed later. In ...More Button

It has been stated that the Commission will have the power to make recommendations. In what section is this power given?More Button

In view of that, does the Minister consider it appropriate to proceed with designating the title of cathaoirleach and leas-chathaoirleach instead of leaving the matter in abeyance? If the section prov...More Button

Section 61 (2) states: Regulations under this subsection may make provision for — (a) the constitution of specified classes of local authority, their titles, corporate status and finances; It refers t...More Button

In view of what the Minister has just said and because the matter will come before the Commission — to which every local authority will have the right to make submission and which I am sure it will a...More Button

Has the Government acceded to the request that the time available for this debate be extended? Will this debate be guillotined at 6.45 p.m. or will we be given more time to complete it, given that we ...More Button

Is the Government refusing to make more time available?More Button

Will the Minister agree to extend the time available to enable us continue the discussion following Private Members' time?More Button

This is disgraceful.More Button

The Minister has ignored Barrington.More Button

On a point of order, we cannot hear the Chair.More Button

Suspension of Member.

That is jackboot tactics. Question put and agreed to. Deputy Sargent withdrew from the Chamber.More Button

Written Answers. - Salthill (Galway) Garda Station.

Asked the minister: the proposals, if any, she has to change the status of the Garda Barracks in Oughterard, County Galway; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button


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