Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 21 June 2000

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 521 No. 5

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Request to Move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.

In accordance with the terms of Standing Order 31, I wish to give notice of my intention to seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest r...More Button

Order of Business.

In light of the Taoiseach's comments on radio yesterday, does the Government intend to proceed with Mr. O'Flaherty's nomination to the position in the European Investment Bank, notwithstanding the lac...More Button

I am merely seeking the same latitude extended to the Leader of the Fine Gael Party.More Button

I am equally opposed to the proposal. The Labour Party is opposed to taking this legislation before clarity is provided on matters requiring the Taoiseach's explanation. On a more fundamental issue, d...More Button

Is another conclave taking place or are mediators going between the parties in Government? Has the Taoiseach had discussions this morning with the Tánaiste? Do we have a Government? Will the Taoiseach...More Button

May I ask the Taoiseach—More Button

We might avoid a division if you would allow some latitude, Sir.More Button

Will the Taoiseach require an explanation from Mr. O'Flaherty in advance of the decision to appoint him to the European Investment Bank or will he resile yet again from the position he enunciated on r...More Button

On other matters—More Button

The Progressive Democrats have already withdrawn.More Button

We will have our say. We will not be bullied.More Button

On a point of order, the normal procedure in this House is that the main parties in Opposition get an opportunity to raise issues on the Order of Business. That opportunity was not afforded to me this...More Button

No, sir, that is not acceptable. It is not possible to continue with normal business. Surely the Taoiseach can answer major questions, the most basic of which is whether we still have a Government.More Button

The members of the Progressive Democrats Party participated in a vote – they are in the precincts of the House – but they left immediately.More Button

Can the Taoiseach—More Button

It would be surreal, a Cheann Comhairle, to continue with normal business.More Button

I have attempted throughout this process to be orderly but you, Sir, would not allow me to participate on the Order of Business.More Button

That was wrong.More Button

Can I ask a question of the Taoiseach, Sir?More Button

Is it not unprecedented for the spokesperson for each of the parties not to be allowed to make a contribution on the Order of Business?More Button

I was not called this morning. It was not my fault. I offered.More Button

I am now asking for an opportunity to ask a question.More Button

Unfortunately, the Chair is now preventing the Opposition from doing its job.More Button

I do not want that.More Button

We do not have a Dáil if Members are not allowed to raise issues.More Button

On a point of order, has the Chair had an opportunity to consider the point I made before the suspension? I want to be orderly but a number of basic facts must be established, the most pertinent of wh...More Button

I appreciate the Ceann Comhairle's explanation. However, it is grossly unfair that my party was disenfranchised by disorderly behaviour by any other Member. It is most important that the Opposition pa...More Button

It is certainly a matter relevant to the House. My basic point is that it is surreal for the House to continue with normal business when we are not sure at this time if the Government is a cohesive un...More Button

This House, which elects the Government, is being denied an opportunity to reflect on it.More Button

I was not called at all on the Order of Business.More Button

The Minister for diplomacy.More Button

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for facilitating me. He has said repeatedly that there are other ways to address the crucial issues which arose last night and this morning. The Order of Business did not a...More Button

Do not do it.More Button

They then ran out.More Button

There is another vehicle available today. The Select Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights, which issued the original invitation to Mr. O'Flaherty, is meeting this afternoon. Will...More Button

Will you allow the Minister for Education and Science or the Government Chief Whip to give the Government's view on the issue? More Button

The Government has a majority on the committee.More Button

That was on legislation not on the Order of Business.More Button

Perhaps the Chair could indicate if Private Notice Questions will be allowed.More Button

Private Notice Questions. - EIB Appointment.

The Minister is supposed to be accountable. This is most unsatisfactory.More Button

That is appalling arrogance.More Button

The Minister should answer the questions he was asked.More Button

This is most unsatisfactory.More Button

That comment is contemptible.More Button

Will the Minister do the decent thing for once and withdraw the remark?More Button

Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2000: Second Stage.

Perhaps my colleague will forgive me. A wider audience is required for this very important contribution. I call for a quorum. Notice taken that 20 Members were not present; House counted and 20 Member...More Button

The purpose of the Bill is to extend the existing statute law relating to corruption. As such it is an important measure to be welcomed, which I did on its publication. This Bill is not and was never ...More Button

Courts (Supplemental Provisions) (Amendment) Bill, 2000: Second Stage.

Like other Members, I will contribute briefly to this debate. On behalf of the Labour Party, I welcome the Bill and indicate to the Minister and the House that we will support it. It is important that...More Button

On a point of clarification, what legal basis exists to pay that top-up income?More Button

That is the pension element; it is the balance about which I am curious.More Button

Perhaps this matter would be more appropriate to Committee Stage.More Button

The provisions outlined in this Bill relate exclusively to pensions and I am curious as to where the remaining portion of the remuneration is coming from.More Button

Courts (Supplemental Provisions) (Amendment) Bill, 2000: Committee and Remaining Stages.

As the Bill only deals with pensions, the legal position following the date on which the judge reaches his 72nd birthday is that he will simply be entitled to the pension of £45,715. I was somewhat co...More Button

We are clear on the pensions aspect.More Button

The Bill deals with pensions. When Mr. Justice Flood reaches his 72nd birthday next month his income will be halved. I accept the Minister's assurance that this will be addressed by an arrangement whe...More Button

It does not have to be a consultancy fee.More Button

Judges are independent even in retirement.More Button

I am sure Deputy Enright does not wish to be.More Button

Adjournment Debate. - Garda Investigations.

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this serious matter on the Adjournment of the Dáil. I am also grateful that the Minister, after a long, difficult and busy day, has made himself av...More Button

Written Answers. - Overseas Missions.

Asked the minister: the plans he has for further opportunities for overseas service by Defence Forces personnel, having regard to the fact that the UNIFIL mandate may be coming to an end; and if he will make a statement ...More Button


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