Order of Business (Resumed).

Tuesday, 28 March 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 516 No. 6

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Mr. Finucane: Information on Michael Finucane  Zoom on Michael Finucane  Will the Taoiseach confirm whether there have been discussions on proposed [1337] legislation for the amalgamation of Foynes and Shannon Estuary ports? What is the timescale for the legislation?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is such legislation promised?

Mr. Sheehan: Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  It was announced last Sunday.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  I have no proposals in this regard. There is a Foynes fisheries Bill.

Mr. Finucane: Information on Michael Finucane  Zoom on Michael Finucane  The Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources announced legislation last Sunday.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  The Minister for the Marine and Natural Resources has announced that there will be consultations on that basis.

Mr. Finucane: Information on Michael Finucane  Zoom on Michael Finucane  He announced that there would be legislation.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  At the moment, there are consultations.

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  When will the Government introduce legislation on dormant accounts in banks?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is such legislation promised?

Mr. Noonan: Information on Michael Noonan  Zoom on Michael Noonan  Yes.

The Taoiseach: Information on Bertie Ahern  Zoom on Bertie Ahern  A memorandum has been circulated to Departments. I have no date yet.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Last Thursday on the Order of Business, the Tánaiste in reply to a question from my colleague, Deputy Rabbitte, indicated that the Attorney General would raise the intemperate remarks of the Taxing Master with the President of the High Court. Does the Taoiseach intend to make a statement in the House in response to whatever the Taxing Master may have said or what the President of the High Court said to the Attorney General?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  A parliamentary question would be more appropriate to deal with that issue.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  It was raised on the Order of Business.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It is not appropriate to the Order of Business.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  The precedent was that the matter was raised on the Order of Business. It was fulsomely responded to by the Tánaiste—

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It was pointed out to the Tánaiste that she was out of order.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  The matter is on the record. I think [1338] the Taoiseach would like to respond, Sir. I ask you to allow him to do so.


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