Order of Business.

Thursday, 20 May 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 586 No. 1

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The Tanáiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The Order of Business today shall be, No. 10a. motion re referral to Joint Committee of proposed approval by Dáil Éireann for a Council Framework Decision on the application of the principal of mutual recognition to confiscation orders; No. 20, Equality Bill 2004 [Seanad] — Second Stage (resumed); No. 4, International Criminal Court Bill 2003 — Second Stage (resumed) and No. 20a, statements on the current situation in Iraq, to be taken not later than 1 p.m. and the order shall not resume thereafter.

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders that No. 10a. shall be decided without debate; the proceedings on No. 20a shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 3.30 p.m. and the following arrangements shall apply: the statement by a Minister or Minister of State and of the main spokespersons for the Fine Gael Party, the Labour Party and the Technical Group, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 20 minutes in each case; the statements of each other Member called upon shall not exceed ten minutes in each case and Members may share time.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  There are two proposals to put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 10a agreed?

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  I presume the House will be given a report from the joint committee which will guide the Dáil in its decision.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is the proposal agreed? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 20a agreed?

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  I thank the Government Whip for removing the guillotine on No. 20. I hope the Opposition will co-operate with the Government in dealing with the Bill arising from the removal of that guillotine. The Government has also given the Opposition some concession on No. 20a, if that is the correct term, in changing the format of the debate. I am disappointed there is no concluding question and answer session, even for ten minutes, to allow the Government answer on its policy on this area.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I agree with Deputy Stagg that a question and answer session on No. 20a is important. I ask the Government to consider a resolution as part of this discussion and statements on Iraq. The use of Shannon Airport is becoming more controversial.

[5]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The House is discussing the proposal. The content of what the Deputy might say in the debate is not appropriate on the Order of Business.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  We are being dragged into an international controversy which is illegal in every sense——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy will have an opportunity to speak in the debate.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  ——in a humanitarian sense.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  That is the reason for requiring a resolution.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  In the same vein and even at this late stage I ask the Tánaiste to reconsider the opportunity for a question and answer session to follow the statements of Members. It is important that people have a clear understanding of Government policy and intent regarding this serious matter. It would be very welcome if the Tánaiste responded positively.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I thank Deputy Stagg and the Opposition for their support on the Equality Bill and for helping to bring it to a conclusion as quickly as possible. Questions were put yesterday to the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the situation in Iraq. He is not available to come to the House today. Government policy in this regard will be evident in the debate.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is the proposal agreed? Agreed.

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Will the Tánaiste inform the House if the Government has considered the implications of the recent judgment in the Chen case? Will there be a need for legislation to be introduced in respect of the 11,000 non-national parents of Irish-born children?

Will the Tánaiste comment on the progress of No. 88 on the list of Bills, the Gaming and Lotteries Bill. Is that the Bill under which the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform intends to banish the clowns from City Hall? Will the Fianna Fáil clowns always be so banished from this House under the same initiative?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The contents of the Bill cannot be discussed.

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  I notice the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is not in a position to indicate when it will be done.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Bring in the clowns.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Get rid of the clowns in Government first.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  In answer to Deputy Bruton’s first question, the Government has not had an [6]opportunity to consider the Chen case. It is under consideration at the moment. Legislation will be brought forward post the referendum.

Mr. J. O’Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  Is the Tánaiste putting up with the clowns beside her for the moment?

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  They are brightly coloured today.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  They have come dressed for the occasion.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  A delegation from the SDLP will meet the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform today to put forward a proposal to set up an all-Ireland agency to target the assets of criminal and paramilitary gangs on both sides of the Border. In view of that proposal and the recent court decision which defines the limit of the Criminal Assets Bureau regarding overseas crime, will the Tánaiste recognise the serious failure of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  That does not arise, Deputy.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  I beg your pardon, Sir, but it does.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy should speak on legislation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  May I finish my question about legislation?

Mr. Costello: Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  It is very relevant, a Cheann Comhairle.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  It shows the extent of the failure of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, to deal——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy, that does not arise. The House cannot debate matters relating to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on the Order of Business.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  ——with the issue of crime which is his brief. He seems to be able to do everything else except deal with crime.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste, on legislation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  The Tánaiste has not heard my question yet. I ask her to bear with me a moment.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I was called to reply by the Ceann Comhairle.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  I think the Ceann Comhairle is being hasty.

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  It is another old trick of his.

[7]Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  Order for Second Stage of the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill was before the House in 1999. Second Stage was taken in 2000 and the Bill was referred to the Select Committee on Justice, Equality and Women’s Rights, but that committee is still waiting for ministerial amendments to the Bill. In view of the commitment given by the Government Whip following the Flood tribunal interim report, it was stated that a new bureau would be established to deal with the proceeds of corruption——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste, on the legislation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  ——but that has not happened. This Bill has not been processed for years. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is spending his time with capers outside this House——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy has made her point. I call the Tánaiste to reply to the question on legislation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  ——instead of introducing legislation in the House to deal with paramilitary crimes and crimes committed overseas and over the Border.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I ask the Deputy to resume her seat and allow the Tánaiste to answer.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  In answer to the Deputy’s first question about the establishment of an all-island body, the Government, particularly the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, will give the suggestion from the SDLP every consideration.

On the second matter raised by the Deputy, legislation is being drafted to deal with the deficiencies highlighted in the recent Supreme Court case.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  Is there an answer to my question on the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill?

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  It has been languishing since 2000.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The Minister is drafting legislation in this area.

Mr. J. O’Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  It is a long gestation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  That is not an adequate answer. What has happened to the Bill? It is a very simple question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy made her point. If the Deputy had not made a Second Stage speech when asking her question, the Minister might have known exactly what she was talking about.

[8]Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  We have a clown here who is spinning yarns and will not tell the House about legislation for which he is responsible.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy has made her point.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  The Minister is thinking about climbing up telegraph poles again.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  An answer is still awaited-——

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  I am entitled to an answer.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I ask Deputy McManus to resume her seat.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  I ask for an answer to my question. Will I bring over a red nose for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I understand the Minister is proceeding with new legislation in this area.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  What legislation is it? The Government is all over the place.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  That is not an adequate answer.

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Is the Bill withdrawn?

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  The House is told that new legislation is promised.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Chair has no responsibility for the answers given in the House.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  What is happening to the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill? Where has it gone and what is its status?

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Is it withdrawn?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  It is awaiting Committee Stage. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is drafting entirely new legislation.

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  Is the Bill withdrawn?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  This is becoming repetitive.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Is it withdrawn?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  It may be dealt with by way of amendment to that Bill.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Is it withdrawn or does the Tánaiste not know?

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Is that what the Minister says?

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  Bring on the clowns.

[9]Mr. M. Ahern: Information on Michael Ahern  Zoom on Michael Ahern  Deputy Howlin has got his voice back.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I understand it is in order to ask about the date of publication of legislation. The Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill was the subject of the question but a publication date has not been given. Is there an opportunity for the House to be given a publication date for that legislation? I am also interested in that information.

On promised legislation, will the State Airports Bill be published before the local elections? If it is to do with civil airports, will there be some resolution of the status of the military involvement in Shannon Airport before the legislation is published? It is important to clarify the situation.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  That legislation will be published this session. It is the Government’s intention to have the Bill passed this session. As regards Deputy McManus’s final question, which was not out of order, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform does not know whether the Bill in question has been withdrawn.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  Finally, we have something the Minister does not know.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  When will we be told?

Ms McManus: Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  If the Minister returned to his desk, he might gain some knowledge.

A Deputy:  Listen to the lady from the big house.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  At the launch of the EPA annual report on 13 May, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Cullen, stated that the creeping criminality involved in illegal waste disposal must be faced down. It is more than two years since major illegal dumps were discovered in County Wicklow. At the time, one of the site owners submitted——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy should ask a question on legislation.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  It is coming.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  He must come to it immediately as he is giving a bad example.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  I do not generally waste the Ceann Comhairle’s time and would appreciate a little leniency.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy should confine his remarks to legislation.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  At the time, one of the site owners submitted an application to the local authority for €1 million in costs, claiming he had [10]been coerced by a third party. To date, I have discovered that not one ounce of waste has been removed——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  To what legislation is the Deputy referring?

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  ——and no investigation into the claim has been carried out by the Garda Síochána. This is what we are doing to deal with illegal dumping.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy is out of order. I suggest he submits a question to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  When will the building control Bill, which would give us an opportunity to discuss this issue, come before the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The building control Bill, which has nothing to do with waste, will be introduced later this year.

Mr. Timmins: Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  The Government is not doing anything about waste.

Ms O’Sullivan: Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  The Ceann Comhairle will be relieved to know that my question does not have a preamble. Will the disability Bill be on the Cabinet agenda next Tuesday?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Yes, it has been on the agenda for the past couple of weeks.

Ms O’Sullivan: Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  Will a decision on publication be taken next week?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I do not know. I do not want to be disrespectful to the Deputy but I cannot give her a commitment that the Bill will be published next week. It will be published as quickly as possible.

Ms O’Sullivan: Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  The Tánaiste stated in January that it would be published shortly.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I am aware of that, but we want to ensure we get it right.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  The Minister for Health and Children recently announced he was seeking a Cabinet discussion on the proposed terms of reference on the inquiry into malpractice in gynaecology and obstetrics at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. Has the matter been addressed at Cabinet and is legislation being prepared to provide wider terms of reference in order that this matter can be addressed substantively?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  At this stage, legislation is not planned in the area in question.

[11]Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Since the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has been missing for some days now, and given that his last major act was to spend €62 million of taxpayers’ money without anything to show for it except redundant ballot boxes, which he is now trading——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  To what legislation is the Deputy referring?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  We are concerned about the Minister’s safety. When it is intended to introduce legislation on health and safety at work? I am concerned to ensure the Minister is safe in future.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The Bill in question will go before the Cabinet within weeks and will be published before the summer.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  That is good news because we are concerned about the Minister’s safety.

Mr. J. O’Keeffe: Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  We are more concerned about his sanity.

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Mindful of the Tánaiste’s public resolve to resign from her position if her right-wing ideological demand for the privatisation of Bus Éireann was not fulfilled, is she aware of a report on Bus Éireann produced by independent consultants and presented to the Minister for Transport which shows that privatising the company would cost an additional €25 million? Will she now withdraw the so-called transport reform Bill?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Is the Deputy inferring that we would have to pay somebody to take the company?

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  I hope the Tánaiste will resign.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I did not discuss privatisation. What I am interested in is competition and more services for consumers.

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  It will cost her an extra €25 million.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Allow the Tánaiste to continue without interruption, please.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Government proposals in this area will be published soon.

Mr. J. Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Given his responsibility for the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, will the Tánaiste justify the invitation to President Bush to come to Ireland?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The matter does not arise on the Order of Business. I suggest the Deputy submits a question to the appropriate Minister.

[12]Mr. J. Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Nos. 86 and 87 relate to criminal justice and international co-operation, which are pertinent to this issue. When will the legislation come before the House and does the Tánaiste consider it necessary to implement it?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The heads of the Bill are expected in the middle of the year. The forthcoming summit in Ireland is an EU-US summit.

Mr. J. Higgins: Information on Joe Higgins  Zoom on Joe Higgins  Will the Tánaiste feel comfortable shaking President Bush’s hand?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I call Deputy Deenihan.

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  I will give the Tánaiste an opportunity to respond to my fellow Kerryman’s question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  If the Deputy does not have a question, we will move on to No. 10a.

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Before Christmas, the Taoiseach assured me that the health and social care professionals Bill would be published early in the new year having given me a similar assurance during the previous year. The Bill has not yet appeared. Will the Tánaiste assure the House that it will be published before the end of the session?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  It will be published in this session.

Mr. Costello: Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  In view of the deteriorating situation in the prisons, in which there is gross overcrowding and a revolving door system is being operated again, and given that the Minister has closed down three prisons, is threatening to close down another one, prison officers have taken industrial action and prison medical doctors are on strike, will the prison service Bill come before the House before the system collapses?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I understood the Labour Party’s policy used to be to close down all prisons. The legislation will be ready in this session.

Mr. Costello: Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  What did the Tánaiste say? For the past five years, legislation has been promised to establish an independent——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste answered the Deputy’s question.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  A Bill will be taken this session. I am not in a position to state when the prison service Bill will come before the House.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Is the Progressive Democrats Party still adamant that the strategic national infrastructure Bill will not include incineration, as the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has indicated?

[13]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot discuss the content of legislation on the Order of Business.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  I want the Tánaiste to be clear about the position of her party.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The matter does not arise on the Order of Business.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  What about Ringsend?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The legislation is before the Government.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  What is the position of the Progressive Democrats Party on incineration?

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  What is the Green Party’s position on the caring coalition? Did the Deputy hear the comments of the Fine Gael Party on the matter last night?

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  We have a clear position on incineration; we oppose it. What is the Tánaiste’s position on it?

Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  Yesterday evening, at approximately 5.30 p.m. a delegation of people in wheelchairs stopped traffic on Shandon Street in Cork which has just been redeveloped to the tune of €15 million.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  To what legislation is the Deputy referring?

Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  I refer to the disability Bill. The street has been completely redeveloped, yet people in wheelchairs and with physical disabilities cannot access it.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy will have to find another way to raise the matter.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  I have already answered a question on the disability Bill. The matter to which the Deputy refers should be raised with Cork City Council, with which, I understand, she was involved.

Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  I wish to respond to that remark.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste has answered the question.

Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  As regards my involvement on Cork City Council——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I ask the Deputy to resume her seat.

Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  As an elected Member of the House, I do not accept the slipshod, smart remarks of the Tánaiste.

Mr. M. Smith: Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  She can give it but she will not take it.

[14]Ms Lynch: Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  The Minister should blow his horn.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  There should be no hooting from the Government benches.

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Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  There are reports on an almost daily basis that financial institutions are not complying with their legal obligations. Yesterday the Minister for Finance stated outside the House that the Central Bank financial regulatory Bill would be delayed because of Dáil procedures. There has been no delay in the House and Report Stage was taken yesterday. The delay has resulted from the incompetence of the Government to bring forward amendments in a timely fashion, which adequately deal with the problems. I would like an assurance from the Tánaiste that the legislation will not be delayed, as the Minister for Finance has been reported as saying in today’s newspapers, and that he will act on this, as he has insisted he will in the House.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  The legislation is a priority for the Government and we hope to get it through as quickly as possible. With the co-operation of the Opposition, we can achieve our objective.

Mr. R. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  The Tánaiste should convey that to the Minister who is blaming the Dáil for his own tardiness.

Mr. McCormack: Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  Will the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government introduce legislation following his statement on rural housing or is that only an election gimmick to get over 11 June?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is legislation promised?

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Yes.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  No, there are regulations.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  When will they be introduced?

Mr. M. Smith: Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  They are being implemented. The Deputy should keep in touch with his local authority.

Mr. McCormack: Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government promised legislation.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  When will it be published?

Mr. M. Smith: Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  Within days.

The Tánaiste: Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  No legislation is promised.

Mr. McCormack: Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  The Minister promised legislation, but he did not mean it as usual, just like electronic voting.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  On secondary legislation, it is in order under Standing Order 26 [15]for the Tánaiste to delay a reply until another day on regulations.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  She does not know. Does anybody know?


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