Order of Business.

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 628 No. 4

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The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is proposed to take No. 15, motion re leave to introduce Supplementary Estimates [Votes 1, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 30, 32, 35 and 37]; No. 16, motion re referral of Supplementary Estimates [Votes 1, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 30, 32, 35 and 37] to select committee; No. 25, [1231]Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2006 — Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage; No. 26, Health (Nursing Homes) (Amendment) Bill 2006 — Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage; No. 27, National Oil Reserves Agency Bill 2006 — Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage; and No. 28, statements on the implications for governance, accountability, discipline and training within the Garda Síochána arising from the findings and conclusions of a number of reports and the actions taken by the Government in response to these matters of serious public concern, to be taken at 3.45 p.m., and the order shall not resume thereafter.

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that No. 15, and subject to the agreement of No. 15, No. 16, referral to select committee, shall be decided without debate and any divisions demanded on Nos. 15 and 16 shall be taken forthwith; the proceedings on the resumed Report and Final Stages of No. 25 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 60 minutes today by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government; the following arrangements shall apply in relation to No. 28 — the statements of 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 30 minutes in each case; the statements of each other Member called upon shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case; Members may share time; and a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to make a statement in reply which shall not exceed 15 minutes.

Private Members’ business shall be No. 40, Noise Bill 2006 — Second Stage, resumed, to conclude at 8.30 p.m.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  There are three proposals to be put to the House on the Order of Business. The first is the proposal to deal with Nos. 15 and 16 without debate. Is that agreed?

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Nothing threatens our economic progress more than the dysfunctional transport system that has been devised by the Ministers opposite. The Supplementary Estimates which are to be decided on by the House provide for the transfer of over €100 million, which we have been unable to spend this year, from the public transport budget to the roads programme. One of the elements of the public transport programme is the extension of the Luas light rail link to Cherrywood in south Dublin. The plans for that project gathered dust on the Minister for Transport’s desk for several months.

[1232]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot go into detail on it.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  I will not go into detail.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  It is in order.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The proposal before the House is merely that——

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  I want to make a brief point about why I want to call a division on this issue. Although the project in question will not proceed next year, it has been included in the 2007 Estimates. Therefore, the Estimates can only be described as fraudulently over-optimistic. We will not spend that money on public transport. The Estimates have the authority of a letter from the Tánaiste to Santa, put over a roaring fire to go up to the ether. We are unable to spend money on public transport because of the incompetence of the Ministers opposite.

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

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  The House should vote to show its disdain for the incompetence of the Government, which has ignored public transport and ignored the people of this city and other cities throughout this country by investing in nothing but roads.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  You have made your point.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  This Supplementary Estimate shows the Government should not be allowed to run a parking lot, let alone a national transport system.

Deputies:  Hear, hear.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is not usual for motions of this nature to be the subject of a division or a debate in this House. They are usually referred to a committee. I remind Deputy Eamon Ryan that the deputy leader of his party said, in respect of the N9 road to Waterford——

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  No, she did not.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  That is rubbish.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  She did not say that.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  She did not say that.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste should be allowed to speak without interruption.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The Deputies are trying to shout me down.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  The Tánaiste is incorrect.

[1233]Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  She did not say that.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  He is talking nonsense.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputies are not in a crèche.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  They are in a national Parliament. They should allow a speaker who has been called by the Chair to be heard.

Mr. Parlon: Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Can the Tánaiste remind us of what she said?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  She said she hopes the economy will crumble before the road can be built.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Those were not her words.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I will ask the next Member who opens his mouth to interrupt when I call a speaker to leave the House.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Fair enough.

Mr. Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  The Chair is very serious.

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  You are biting today, a Cheann Comhairle.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Members have a choice.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  On a point of order——

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  This is the party that has proposed the Noise Bill.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  On a point of order, I have a letter in front of me in relation to Standing Order 58 of the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  That does not arise at this stage.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  It relates to the conduct of the Tánaiste in this House.

[1234]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It will be dealt with by the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  I would like to place it on the record.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  That is not a point of order.

Mr. Boyle: Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  If the Tánaiste persists with putting libellous comments on the record of this House, we will interact with that in the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  If the Deputy does not resume his seat, I will have no choice but to ask him to leave the House.

Mr. Eamon Ryan: Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  People with babies in the back of their cars had to spend seven hours in traffic because of the incompetence——

Mr. O’Dea: Information on Willie O'Dea  Zoom on Willie O'Dea  I thought the Deputy was anti-noise.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Eamon Ryan will leave the House if he interrupts once more.

Mr. Stagg: Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Now we are not allowed to talk.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot allow this to continue. A great deal of business is before the House today. Speakers who are called in the national Parliament are entitled to be heard.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Even if they are talking rubbish.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is not customary to have a division. If the Members opposite want to have a division, we can waste another 20 minutes on sending the Supplementary Estimates to the committee.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  The Government is wasting money.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  If they want to do that, they are welcome to do so.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with Nos. 15 and 16 be agreed to.”

[1233]The Dáil divided: Tá, 64; Níl, 58.

Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Ahern, Dermot. Information on Michael Ahern  Zoom on Michael Ahern  Ahern, Michael.
Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern  Ahern, Noel. Information on Barry Andrews  Zoom on Barry Andrews  Andrews, Barry.
Information on Seán Ardagh  Zoom on Seán Ardagh  Ardagh, Seán. Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall.
Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny. Information on Martin Brady  Zoom on Martin Brady  Brady, Martin.
Information on Seamus Brennan  Zoom on Seamus Brennan  Brennan, Seamus. Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John.
Information on Joe Callanan  Zoom on Joe Callanan  Callanan, Joe. Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat.
Information on John Carty  Zoom on John Carty  Carty, John. Information on Donie Cassidy  Zoom on Donie Cassidy  Cassidy, Donie.
Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Cooper-Flynn, Beverley. Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  Coughlan, Mary.
Information on John Cregan  Zoom on John Cregan  Cregan, John. Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John.
Information on Noel Davern  Zoom on Noel Davern  Davern, Noel. Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera  de Valera, Síle.
Information on John Dennehy  Zoom on John Dennehy  Dennehy, John. Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy.
Information on John Ellis  Zoom on John Ellis  Ellis, John. Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael.
Information on Dermot Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Dermot Fitzpatrick  [1235]Fitzpatrick, Dermot. Information on Mildred Fox  Zoom on Mildred Fox  Fox, Mildred.
Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher  Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher  Gallagher, Pat The Cope. Information on Jim Glennon  Zoom on Jim Glennon  Glennon, Jim.
Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel. Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  Hanafin, Mary.
Information on Seán Haughey  Zoom on Seán Haughey  Haughey, Seán. Information on Jackie Healy-Rae  Zoom on Jackie Healy-Rae  Healy-Rae, Jackie.
Information on Máire Hoctor  Zoom on Máire Hoctor  Hoctor, Máire. Information on Joe Jacob  Zoom on Joe Jacob  Jacob, Joe.
Information on Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy. Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter.
Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Kirk, Seamus. Information on Tom Kitt  Zoom on Tom Kitt  Kitt, Tom.
Information on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Zoom on Brian Joseph Lenihan  Lenihan, Brian. Information on Conor Lenihan  Zoom on Conor Lenihan  Lenihan, Conor.
Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  McDowell, Michael. Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness  McGuinness, John.
Information on Donal Moynihan  Zoom on Donal Moynihan  Moynihan, Donal. Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael.
Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael. Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie. Information on Liz O'Donnell  Zoom on Liz O'Donnell  O’Donnell, Liz.
Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel. Information on Batt O'Keeffe  Zoom on Batt O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Batt.
Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Ned. Information on Fiona O'Malley  Zoom on Fiona O'Malley  O’Malley, Fiona.
Information on Tim O'Malley  Zoom on Tim O'Malley  O’Malley, Tim. Information on Tom Parlon  Zoom on Tom Parlon  Parlon, Tom.
Information on Peter Power  Zoom on Peter Power  Power, Peter. Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán.
Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  Roche, Dick. Information on Mae Sexton  Zoom on Mae Sexton  Sexton, Mae.
Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan. Information on Michael Smith  Zoom on Michael Smith  Smith, Michael.
Information on Noel Treacy  Zoom on Noel Treacy  Treacy, Noel. Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary.
Information on Joe Walsh  Zoom on Joe Walsh  Walsh, Joe. Information on Ollie Wilkinson  Zoom on Ollie Wilkinson  Wilkinson, Ollie.



[1235]Níl
Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on Dan Boyle  Zoom on Dan Boyle  Boyle, Dan.
Information on Pat Breen  Zoom on Pat Breen  Breen, Pat. Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  Broughan, Thomas P.
Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  Bruton, Richard. Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan.
Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul. Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  Connolly, Paudge.
Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe. Information on Jerry Cowley  Zoom on Jerry Cowley  Cowley, Jerry.
Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour. Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán.
Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy. Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J.
Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien. Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin.
Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon. Information on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Zoom on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Gogarty, Paul.
Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John. Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom.
Information on Seamus Healy  Zoom on Seamus Healy  Healy, Seamus. Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D.
Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  Hogan, Phil. Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Howlin, Brendan.
Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  Kehoe, Paul. Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Kenny, Enda.
Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic. Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny.
Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Paul McGrath  Zoom on Paul McGrath  McGrath, Paul.
Information on Paddy McHugh  Zoom on Paddy McHugh  McHugh, Paddy. Information on Liz McManus  Zoom on Liz McManus  McManus, Liz.
Information on Olivia Mitchell  Zoom on Olivia Mitchell  Mitchell, Olivia. Information on Arthur Morgan  Zoom on Arthur Morgan  Morgan, Arthur.
Information on Breeda Moynihan-Cronin  Zoom on Breeda Moynihan-Cronin  Moynihan-Cronin, Breeda. Information on Catherine Murphy  Zoom on Catherine Murphy  Murphy, Catherine.
Information on Gerard Murphy  Zoom on Gerard Murphy  Murphy, Gerard. Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis.
Information on Dan Neville  Zoom on Dan Neville  Neville, Dan. Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
Information on Aengus O Snodaigh  Zoom on Aengus O Snodaigh  Ó Snodaigh, Aengus. Information on Fergus O'Dowd  Zoom on Fergus O'Dowd  O’Dowd, Fergus.
Information on Jim O'Keeffe  Zoom on Jim O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Jim. Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian.
Information on Jan O'Sullivan  Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Jan. Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry  Perry, John.
Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Quinn, Ruairí. Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Rabbitte, Pat.
Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael. Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Ryan, Eamon.
Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Sargent, Trevor. Information on Joe Sherlock  Zoom on Joe Sherlock  Sherlock, Joe.
Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Shortall, Róisín. Information on Emmet Stagg  Zoom on Emmet Stagg  Stagg, Emmet.
Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  Stanton, David. Information on Billy Timmins  Zoom on Billy Timmins  Timmins, Billy.
Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary. Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall  Wall, Jack.

[1235]Tellers: Tá, Deputies Kitt and Kelleher; Níl, Deputies Boyle and Stagg.

[1235]Question declared carried.

Question, “That the proposals for dealing with Nos. 25 and 28 be agreed to,” put and declared carried.

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  I suppose I will not get anywhere by telling the Ceann Comhairle that I consider the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to be in breach of Article 28 of the Constitution.

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

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Does it not arise?

[1236]Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  It states that the Government shall be responsible to Dáil Éireann.

Mr. English: Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  That is the job of the Ceann Comhairle.

Mr. Bruton: Information on Richard Bruton  Zoom on Richard Bruton  The Tánaiste is one to talk, given the way he shouted people down earlier.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The House will hear questions appropriate to the Order of Business.

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Arising from his U-turn on the issue of home defence, which he derided when that matter was introduced by Fine Gael, will the Tánaiste say when he intends to introduce the [1237]legislation arising from the Law Reform Commission report? When does he expect to introduce legislation dealing with the issue of sentencing, which again he rubbished until the Director of Public Prosecutions came out with his comments? As regards a report on the front page of today’s Irish Examiner, in respect of the Mental Health Act 2001, Part 2, apparently there are serious gaps in this legislation that were known to the Government for the last four years, which will take months if not years to shore up.

Mr. S. Power: Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  It is a little bit like the Opposition.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Has the Deputy a question appropriate to the legislation?

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Does the Government intend to introduce amendments to Part 2 of the Mental Health Act 2001, which is clearly inadequate, according to this report?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  There is no promised legislation on that matter. On sentencing, the Deputy will be aware that the recently established balance in the criminal law committee is looking at that issue.

As regards the rights of home occupiers to defend themselves, the Deputy will, of course, be aware that there is no U-turn. My party colleague, Senator Morrissey, moved a Bill in the Seanad——

Mr. Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  The Tánaiste rubbished it.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  No, I did not rubbish it and I want to assure the House that issue will be dealt with in a responsible and sensible manner in the criminal law (miscellaneous provisions) Bill, which it is to be published in the first quarter of next year.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I wonder who helped Senator Morrissey with that Bill in the Seanad.

Will the Tánaiste say how the Government intends to proceed on the Colley report? If the Government has decided that we are to have legislation on this matter, will he say when it is expected to come before the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  Strictly speaking, legislation is not promised. That report is being considered by Government. It has been published and put into the public domain. On Friday the Government hopes to receive the report on cohabitation from the Law Reform Commission. When these two reports have been studied any legislation initiative on foot thereof will be decided on at that point by Government.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Do I take it the Government has decided to long-finger the issue of legislating on the question of civil union?

[1238]Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  No legislation is promised.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  No, the Deputy cannot take it that there is any long-fingering process. The Government is facing up to this issue and has requested one report, which it has put into the public domain. It is also awaiting the second report, which will be published on Friday. I suggest there is no question of long-fingering it and it will be interesting to see whether there is consensus on that side of the House on these issues.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I am sorry, but we cannot have a debate on this.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  On the legislation, will the Tánaiste say whether it is the Government’s intention to legislate on the question of civil partnership?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The Taoiseach has indicated that it is the Government’s policy to introduce legislation to bring fairness to people who are in a relationship of the type contemplated, but the exact form that takes must await consideration of the two reports.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot have a debate on it now.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I asked a simple question in one sentence. I was told there was no decision on legislation, in the first answer. I am now being told there is a decision on legislation.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  When?

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  My question is whether legislation is forthcoming on this issue, and in the event, when it will come before the House.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The Deputy seems not to understand ordinary English. I said——

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I have a reasonable grasp of it.

Mr. Hogan: Information on Philip Hogan  Zoom on Philip Hogan  What arrogance.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  There is no legislation.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  ——no legislation was promised. I indicated the Taoiseach had said it was Government policy to legislate in this area and there is no contradiction between those two statements.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Alice in Wonderland.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I want to know what the difference is between no legislation being promised and the Taoiseach saying there is a policy to legislate? Will there be legislation or not and, if so, when is it likely to come before the House? I understand English perfectly well.

[1239]The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  As the House well knows, promised legislation is not covered by the Leader of the Government saying it is intended that——

Deputies:  It is.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  The Tánaiste is wrong, whether it is promised inside or outside the House. He is wrong.

(Interruptions).

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The House will hear Deputy Rabbitte.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Does the Ceann Comhairle intend to leave a statement on the record of the House to the effect that a legislative promise, whether made inside or outside the House by the head of Government, namely, the Taoiseach, does not constitute promised legislation?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Chair does not intervene in the substance of Dáil debates.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  It was not true. What is the correct interpretation?

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  There is a ruling and a precedent.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  What is the Ceann Comhairle’s advice on this matter? It makes a complete farce of this process if I rise on a point——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Legislation promised either inside or outside the House is covered by Standing Order.

Mr. Allen: Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  The Tánaiste is wrong.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I ask the Tánaiste, as the acting head of Government this morning, whether legislation will be forthcoming on the issue of civil union and when is it likely to be before the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I have indicated that the Taoiseach has stated it is the policy of the Government to bring forward legislation on the subject of the predicament of people who are in unions that are not recognised by the law at present.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  When?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I have indicated clearly and unequivocally to the House that the Government is in possession of one report on the options available to it, which it intends to study. On foot of such a study a decision will be made as to whether any or all such options will be put forward before the House in the form of legislation.

As for the other paper, namely, the Law Reform Commission’s paper on the rights of cohabitants, the Government has not yet received [1240]it and it cannot possibly make a promise to implement that report until it has seen it.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Deputy Rabbitte did not ask that.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I did not ask the Tánaiste what the legislation contained, as the Ceann Comhairle would rule me out of order. I asked whether there will be legislation within the lifetime of the Government. Can the Tánaiste answer that question?

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Radical or redundant.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is the intention of the Government to legislate in this area. However, I wish to make it clear to Members that the scope of the legislation has not yet been decided.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  Deputy Rabbitte did not ask that.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  Hence it would be absurd of me to state in the House when so-called promised legislation would come in——

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  So-called.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  When the Government has not——

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  So-called.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste, without interruption.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  When the Government has not had an opportunity to even consider the basic components of such legislation. While Members may shout and roar about the matter, the Government intends to proceed carefully in this respect.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  So-called legislation.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The Taoiseach has indicated there will not be a constitutional referendum in this area and that it is his intention to deal with the matter legislatively without a referendum. However, the format, substance and thrust of the legislation has not yet been decided. It would be absurd for me to state it would be available within any particular timeframe when the Government has not yet had an opportunity to consider the issues because the second report is not available.

Mr. Quinn: Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  That did not stop it in respect of stamp duty.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  On a point of order, in the House last week, the Ceann Comhairle told me there were no legislative proposals in this regard. Now he is stating that there may be proposals——

[1241]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Ceann Comhairle certainly did not tell the Deputy anything like that.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  No, the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform said that last week. He stated here that there were no legislative proposals.

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

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  What is he saying today? Are there legislative proposals or not? Last week he stated there were none.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  There is so-called legislation.

Mr. Gormley: Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  He said it in the House.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  A proposal is a suggestion that there will be legislation of a particular kind.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Bertie speak is catching.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  When Fine Gael and Labour agree on this matter I will be back to discuss it.

(Interruptions).

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  The Taoiseach should appoint someone else to be acting leader.

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

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  Let us see them.

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  The Opposition should go back to Mullingar.

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

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  The Opposition Members should go back to Mullingar.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Chair intends to conclude the Order of Business quite soon. A number of Deputies are offering to speak and they cannot be facilitated if Members continue to interrupt.

Mr. D. Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  They appear to be talking about the Mullingar accord less and less.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I wish to ask about two pieces of promised legislation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  On promised legislation, Deputy Sargent, without interruption please.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I am unsure whether the Tánaiste regards what the Taoiseach said to be absurd or whatever. However, it would be interesting to get a straight answer in this regard.

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  The Deputy has some hope of that.

[1242]Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I refer to a straightforward matter related to the Ceann Comhairle’s decision, which I respect but regret, not to allow Deputy Cuffe’s request to adjourn the Dáil under Standing Order 31. Nevertheless, promised legislation that might allow Members to confront some of the challenges in respect of climate change are listed, namely, the carbon fund Bill, due in early 2007 and the forestry amendment Bill, which is also due in 2007. Could the forestry amendment Bill precede the carbon fund Bill, although it has had its Estimates funding slashed by 3% and Ireland will only reach half of the target?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste to reply on the two Bills.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Will the House get serious about the——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Other Members are offering to speak.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  I simply wish to know which will come first, the forestry amendment Bill or the carbon funding Bill?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  While it is most likely that the carbon legislation will precede the forestry legislation, both Bills are scheduled for introduction next year.

Mr. Sargent: Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Back to front again.

Mr. Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  As one who had the benefit of neurosurgery in Beaumont Hospital after four months of waiting, I wish to pay tribute to all the staff concerned——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy, I will move on to Deputy Deenihan.

Mr. Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  When will the proposed health Bill be introduced to the House, in order that Members can have a full debate on the situation?

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

Mr. Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  When will the proposed coroners Bill be introduced to the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is intended to introduce the health Bill early in the next session and to give it priority.

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  I refer to the proposed broadcasting authority of Ireland Bill, which is listed for 2006. When will this Bill be brought before the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The heads of the Bill were approved by the Government in July 2006. While it is at drafting stage at present, I am not in a [1243]position to indicate exactly when it will be published. However, an on-line consultation process is under way in conjunction with the drafting of the Bill along the approved lines.

Mr. M. Higgins: Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Will it be within the Government’s lifetime?

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Human trafficking is a serious and growing problem within the EU, causing misery in the lives of tens of thousands of people. There is an EU directive designed to combat this very serious problem to which this State has yet to sign up. What is the position with the proposed criminal law, trafficking and sexual offences Bill? When will it be published? There are concerns it will not go far enough in terms of providing sufficient protection.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy cannot discuss the content of legislation. The Tánaiste, on the legislation.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  The only reason I mention that is to ask whether there will be a further Bill to cover the protection——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy should allow the Tánaiste to answer his question.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Yes, but my question is will there be further legislation, apart from the Bill I have already mentioned——

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

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  ——that will address the issue of the protection of victims? When will the promised legislation come before the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am informed that the legislation in question will be published early in the new year. Moreover, it will deal with the issue of the protection of victims and will deal with issues such as grooming of potential victims.

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Six months have elapsed since the publication of the Dalton report on the doping scandals in Bord na gCon. Will the report be discussed in the House? Although it was extensively leaked to the media before its publication, it was never discussed in the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Was a debate promised in the House?

Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Legislation is promised. I introduced a Private Members’ Bill that was rejected by the Government, which then promised to bring forward its own legislation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy has made his point and should allow the Tánaiste to answer.

[1244]Mr. Deenihan: Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  When will the legislation be introduced? Will the report be discussed in the House?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  Deputy Deenihan is correct. Legislation has been promised to give effect to the recommendations of the Dalton report and it is scheduled for publication in 2007.

Mr. Costello: Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Does the Tánaiste propose to introduce legislation to regulate the adult entertainment industry?

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

(Interruptions).

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is appropriate to have a Noise Bill before the House today. However, entertainment is provided without legislation in this House.

A Deputy:  We will wait until after May.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  In respect of the Teamwork report and the authors’ complete disagreement with the method of implementation——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy, it does not arise. I call Deputy Kehoe.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  It does arise. I simply want the Tánaiste to catch my drift. The authors completely disagree with the method of implementation.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Does the Deputy have a question——

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  I refer to the withdrawal of services. The difficulty is——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  ——appropriate to Standing Order 26?

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  It is appropriate.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  What is the Deputy’s question?

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  The withdrawal of services prior to alternative, safer services being put in place——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It does not arise. I call Deputy Kehoe.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  It does arise——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I am sorry to be obliged to rule the Deputy out of order. I call Deputy Kehoe.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  ——under the health Bill.

[1245]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It does not arise.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  I believe this is a pilot project for the nation. It is most important to get this right in the north east.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  It does not arise. The Deputy should raise the matter in other ways.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  The Tánaiste is here to answer this question.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Chair did facilitate Deputy Connolly on the Adjournment on the same issue.

Mr. Connolly: Information on Paudge Connolly  Zoom on Paudge Connolly  Will it come under the health complaints Bill?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Sorry, Deputy. I call Deputy Kehoe.

Mr. Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  The Tánaiste referred this morning to Government policy regarding civil union. While he is on Government policy, is it Government policy to reduce stamp duty?

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

Mr. Kehoe: Information on Paul Kehoe  Zoom on Paul Kehoe  He would like to answer, a Cheann Comhairle.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Kehoe, you are being totally disorderly.

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Mr. Broughan: Information on Thomas P. Broughan  Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan  When will the Indecon report on Ireland’s natural resources be published and will legislation follow? On the electronic communications miscellaneous provisions Bill, I understand the Minister, Deputy Noel Dempsey, is in Hanoi studying the broadband system. I wonder if the Government intends to bring forward the communications Bill before the end of this Dáil.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  By rickshaw.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  The Tánaiste could call him on the Tannoy.

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

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  Deputy Broughan must put down a question on the Indecon report to the relevant Minister. I am not in a position to reply to that. The electronic communications miscellaneous provisions Bill will be published this session. I remind the Deputy that Hanoi is not that far from Pyonyang where some of his colleagues used to visit regularly.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  It could be reached by Tannoy.

[1246]Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  I have two questions for the Tánaiste. First, as a member of the Joint Committee on Child Protection, he will be aware that it is proposed to publish an important Oireachtas joint committee report on child protection tomorrow. Under the provisions of the Official Languages Act 2003, will it be required to have that report translated into Irish? Would it be lawful to publish it without a tuairisc Gaeilge available?

Second, on the matter raised by Deputy Rabbitte, I remind the Tánaiste that on 14 June last the Taoiseach told the House he would certainly not rule out the possibility that we could at least start, if not complete, a legislative process over the winter.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  What is the question appropriate to the Order of Business?

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  We already discussed the matter. I am clarifying it. I am asking the Tánaiste if he is aware the commitment to start the legislative process on civil unions was given to the House by the Taoiseach on 14 June last.

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

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Can we get the answers?

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The normal way is that the person answers, as well as ducks, questions.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  We are not here for the fun, as the Ceann Comhairle will be aware.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I presume a committee of this House is master of its own affairs and that it can issue what it wishes.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The Tánaiste is a member of the committee.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I am not here to state what the Oireachtas Commission can do with the report or whatever, or whether it must publish it bilingually.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  It is not the Oireachtas Commission.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  That is not my function. That is the committee’s issue, not mine.

On the second matter, as Deputy Howlin will be well aware, the legislative process involves, first, under Cabinet handbook provisions, that a scheme must be prepared based on a policy consideration of the issues involved and when that scheme is prepared it is brought to Government for liberty to draft a Bill. When the Bill is then drafted——

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The election will be over.

[1247]The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  ——it comes to Government in its draft form and then a decision is made to publish it.

Mr. Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Senator Morrissey’s was drafted fairly fast.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Will the Tánaiste see that this is a priority?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  The Deputy will appreciate that this is momentous stuff and that I have not heard anybody in this House state he or she has an instant answer to all of these issues. It is a matter on which we must proceed carefully, but I point out that this Government is the first in the history of the State to say it proposes to legislate in this area.

Mr. Howlin: Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  Not the first parties.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I want to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform about the promised review of security at private airports and the question of drugs being smuggled. We were promised that the review would be available this week. Is it the intention of the Government to publish it and will there be provisions in the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to which he referred earlier to deal with this issue? As Minister, he is probably aware the west side of Dublin is awash with drugs——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  That does not arise. Is legislation promised?

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I want to know if the review will be published.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot debate it. If the Deputy wants to raise other issues, there are many ways the Chair will facilitate her.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I have been promised twice that the review would be issued this week.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  When a report is published, unless it is promised in the House, it does not arise.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Has the Minister seen the review on private airport security?

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I stated in the House that it was my intention to have the area of private airports reviewed. I did not promise in this House that I would publish something in the next week or two.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  On a point of order, it is the Minister for Finance, who initiated the review, who told me in the House the review would be available this week.

[1248]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I suggest Deputy Burton submit a question to the Minister for Finance.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  If Deputy Burton asks the Minister for Finance about it, he will deal with it.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Does the Tánaiste not talk to the Minister for Finance? I presume this was a Government decision.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I call Deputy Durkan. Sorry, Deputy Burton, we want to move on.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  I am entitled to an answer.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  There is a colleague of yours waiting patiently and we would like to facilitate her.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  This is a matter of life and death——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Yes, Deputy, and that is the reason the Deputy should raise it in a proper way in this House.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  ——for communities in Dublin under a plague of drugs. Can we have the courtesy of an answer?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Chair would facilitate the Deputy raising it.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Can we have the courtesy of an answer from the man who knows everything and does not know anything about drugs coming into private airports?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Burton, I would ask you to resume your seat. I call Deputy Durkan.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Could we have the courtesy of an answer?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  If the question is appropriate to the Order of Business, the Deputy will be heard. If it is not, I suggest she raises another way.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  A Cheann Comhairle, I asked the Tánaiste is there a proposal to legislate in the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which he stated earlier was coming up after Christmas.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Is legislation promised? I ask Deputy Bruton to resume her seat and——

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Could we have the courtesy?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  ——and not interrupt.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  If the Deputy had been listening earlier, I stated that the Criminal Justice [1249](Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill would be introduced early next year.

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

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Yes. Will that legislation relate to it?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Allow Deputy Durkan without interruption, please.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I ask the Tánaiste this time, in his role replacing the Taoiseach,——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I ask the Deputy to come straight to the legislation.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I am coming straight to it but I must clear my throat, which the Tánaiste is wont to do as well from time to time. Could I ask him if the postal services miscellaneous provisions Bill, which was promised——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  That was asked by Deputy Durkan and answered yesterday.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I am asking again today.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Deputy is taking up valuable time in the House.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  The Tánaiste has been known to change his mind——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste, on the postal services miscellaneous provisions Bill.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  ——and I am asking if the Bill will be reintroduced to the Order Paper to allow a much needed debate on the post office system and services.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Allow the Tánaiste answer the question.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  As the Deputy has been told on a number of occasions, that Bill has been withdrawn. It is not promised legislation.

Mr. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Could the Tánaiste promise it again?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Deputy Shortall has been waiting patiently.

Ms Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Last week the NRA pointed out that land acquisition costs amount to 23% of the total roads budget. In this House, on several occasions over the past couple of years, the Taoiseach has promised to introduce legislation to allow the State to purchase land by CPO at use value. Is it still the Government’s intention to do that and if so, when can we expect to see the legislation published?

[1250]The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I do not think there is promised legislation of that kind.

Ms Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  The Taoiseach has promised to deal with it, particularly in the context of the spiralling house prices. He has promised to legislate, on foot of a Bill brought forward three years ago by Deputy Gilmore and on foot of the recommendation of the All-Party Committee on the Constitution.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  The Tánaiste is horrified.

The Tánaiste: Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I do not believe there is a promise to legislate.

Ms Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  There was.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  We cannot have a debate on it now.

Ms Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  Maybe the Tánaiste could clarify if the Government has any proposals to tackle this issue of the escalating cost of land acquisitions for public projects.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  The Tánaiste has answered the question, stating that he is not aware of any legislation promised.

Mr. Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  Was the Taoiseach just spoofing then?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  I would suggest Deputy Shortall to submit a question to the Minister concerned.

Ms Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall  Zoom on Róisín Shortall  The Taoiseach gave a promise on a number of occasions here in the House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  Moving on to the Private Members’ Bill, No. 10a, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2006 — First Stage, Deputy Sargent is not here.


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