Twenty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Treaty of Lisbon) Bill 2009: Committee and Remaining Stages.
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: I wish to deal with a procedural matter. The substance of the debate on Committee Stage relates to the wording of the proposed constitutional amendment which is contained in the Schedule. In accordance with long-standing practice on Bills to amend the Constitution, consideration of the sections is postponed until consideration of the Schedule has been completed as the sections are merely technical and the main object of the legislation is contained in the Schedule. Is that agreed? Agreed.
I wish to make a general comment on the amendments for the benefit of the House. I outlined on Second Stage the drafting approach we took in respect of the Bill and I do not propose to trespass any further on the time of the House by repeating myself. In any case the explanatory memorandum which I have circulated gives a clear section by section overview of our approach. However, I seek the approval of the House for two housekeeping amendments recommended by the Attorney General and the Oireachtas translators. They amount to the deletion of two superfluous “by”s contained in subsection 6° of the Schedule and in the reference to Protocol No. 19 of the European Union Irish language consolidated version of the treaties as amended by the treaty of Lisbon. Apart from this I trust the House will agree to allow the Bill proceed to the next Stage. Two sets of technical amendments are proposed. The first on the advice of the Attorney General, is to eliminate a duplication of the word “by” and the second refers to the Irish language title of Protocol No. 19 of the Schengen acquis.
An Ceann Comhairle: As fewer than ten Members have risen I declare the question carried. In accordance with Standing Order 70, the names of the Deputies dissenting will be recorded in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Dáil.
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