Consumer Information (Consumer Credit) (Revocation) Order, 1996: Motion.

Wednesday, 22 May 1996

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 465 No. 7

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Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Employment (Mr. Rabbitte): Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I move:

That Dáil Éireann approves the following Order in draft:

Consumer Information (Consumer Credit) (Revocation) Order, 1996,

a copy of which Order in draft was laid before Dáil Éireann on 1 May, 1996.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Is the motion agreed?

Deputies:  No.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I will put the question.

Mr. E. O'Keeffe: Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  It is obvious that the Taoiseach wants more time to cover up.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  The question is: “That the motion be agreed to”.

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  On a point of order——

[1859]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am on my feet putting a question to the House and the Deputy has the audacity to put a point of order.

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Sorry.

A Deputy:  It is in giving that you receive, a Cheann Comhairle.

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

Question, “That the motion be agreed to” put and declared carried.

Dr. Woods: Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Given what has transpired will you, a Cheann Comhairle, consider letting Deputy O'Dea back into the House? It is clear that he was put out of the House in error.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Members on this side of the House have endeavoured to be reasonable, my party leader has put forward a proposal that there be a debate and the Ceann Comhairle has acquiesced to that proposal.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Perhaps the Whips might consider the matter.

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Yet the Government has clearly refused to provide time for a debate on this matter. As we know from previous experience, the Taoiseach will transfer questions to another Minister and this is not acceptable in a democracy.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I call on the Minister of State, Deputy Doyle, to resume the debate on the Civil Service Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 1996.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  On a point of order——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Not now, Deputy Burke.

[1860]Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  ——it is unreal to proceed with the business ordered given what has happened.

Deputies:  Hear, hear.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  I am on my feet Deputy Burke.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  It is unreal to think that the Minister of State, Deputy Doyle, will read a prepared script when similar circumstances brought down a previous Government.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  This also relates to a document in the Attorney General's office. What is happening is unreal and we demand a debate on the issue. The Ceann Comhairle acquiesced to a debate and the Government should let it take place now. It is unreal, unfair and unreasonable to proceed with the business ordered for today.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  That would be a breach of procedure.

Mr. R. Burke: Information on Ray Burke  Zoom on Ray Burke  What Members on the other side of the House are doing is a breach of procedure. Deputy O'Malley asked a reasonable question which could not be answered by the Taoiseach.

(Interruptions.)

Mr. O'Malley: Information on Desmond J. O'Malley  Zoom on Desmond J. O'Malley  If the Taoiseach knew the truth about the matter yesterday why did he not inform the House then?

A Deputy:  He threw the baby out with the bath water.

Mr. O'Malley: Information on Desmond J. O'Malley  Zoom on Desmond J. O'Malley  Can I have an answer to my question?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  This is gross disorder.

Mr. Martin: Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Will the Taoiseach give straight answers to the questions asked?

[1861]Mr. O'Malley: Information on Desmond J. O'Malley  Zoom on Desmond J. O'Malley  Why will the Taoiseach not give us answers?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Treacy  Zoom on Seán Treacy  Please, Deputy O'Malley. I am asking that the Minister of State, Deputy Doyle, be allowed to proceed.


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