Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32
Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32. I will call Deputies in the order in which they submitted notices to my office.
Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 32.
Order of Business
There is one proposal to put to the House. Is the proposal for dealing with Nos. a11 and b11 agreed to? Agreed.
Could we hear the Tánaiste without interruption, please?
The Deputy cannot engage in debate on the Order of Business.
The Deputy is now engaging in debate.
Will Deputy Kenny resume his seat, please?
Deputy Kenny, will you please resume your seat? I have allowed you latitude. Please resume your seat. You are engaging in disorder on the Order of Business.
I call Deputy Richard Bruton on a point of order.
The Tánaiste has replied to the question raised by Deputy Kenny. The Deputy is going to have to pursue this with the line Minister. I call Deputy Eamon Gilmore.
Deputy Gilmore, this is more appropriately addressed to the line Minister than raised on the Order of Business.
We are trying to get some order into the Order of Business because there is a serious breakdown of order.
The question being raised by the Deputy should, in my view, be posed directly to the line Minister by way of a parliamentary question.
I will have to stop the Deputy. He is seeking detailed information on the Order of Business, which is not appropriate.
The Deputy is asking for detailed information.
He is posing a question to the Tánaiste about a case in the High Court in 1994.
It is much more appropriately addressed to the line Minister.
We cannot have a debate on the Order of Business. It is inappropriate.
This is definitely a matter for the line Minister.
I cannot allow the Deputy to engage in debate on this matter on the Order of Business.
The Deputy must pursue this matter with the line Minister.
We must move on from this issue.
The Deputy will have to await a debate on the matter.
We cannot debate the letter at this stage.
The Deputy is engaging in argument at this point.
The Deputy cannot ask any questions. If he wishes to debate any aspect of the letter, I will be delighted to meet him to discuss it.
I must restore order to the Order of Business. Does Deputy Durkan have a further query on legislation?
That opportunity may well arise. Will the Deputy now continue with his query on legislation?
The Deputy clearly did not read my letter.
The Deputy is engaging in argument on the Order of Business.
There are other means, including the Adjournment and parliamentary questions.
We must have order. Deputy Durkan’s co-operation would be appreciated.
Yes, I know.
There are procedures. Any of these matters can be raised at the weekly Whips’ meetings. Does the Deputy have a question on legislation so that we can get on with the business of the House for today?
The Deputy will have to find another time and another forum to make these points.
I ask the Deputy to co-operate with the Chair. There is no provision to have a debate on this matter on the Order of Business. The Deputy indicated to me earlier that he had a further query on promi...
I will have to ask the Deputy to leave the House unless he asks a question on legislation or resumes his seat.
Deputy, you are engaging in debate on the Order of Business.
We cannot have a debate on the Order of Business.
A debate is inappropriate on the Order of Business.
Deputy Burton is engaging in debate on the Order of Business.
Take the matter up with the Minister.
I must advise Deputy Burton that we have a whip system in the House and this matter can be discussed among the Whips.
This matter should be taken up at the Whips’ meeting. Before I call the next speaker, I wish to refer to something which was raised earlier in the House by Deputy Durkan. The enclosure with the lette...
We will clarify it for the Deputy.
For both Deputies.
It is quite clear that promised business is what can be raised under Standing Order 26 on the Order of Business.
On changes to Standing Orders, Deputy Higgins will be aware that I am always willing——
I indicated in the letter I am quite willing to implement any changes which are agreed among the parties in the House.
I, personally, as Ceann Comhairle, cannot change the Standing Order. It is very much in the hands of the members of the CPP.
Yes. I am taking the matter up.
Deputy Costello will have to bring this matter up with the line Ministers——
——in the normal way, by way of a parliamentary question.
Deputy Costello cannot engage in debate on the Order of Business. That is not provided for under Standing Orders.
It is inappropriate to pursue this in detail on the Order of Business.
I accept the validity of the points being made but Deputy Costello will have to find a different occasion.
As Deputy Stagg will be well aware, there is a process to be gone through.
We cannot have a detailed submission.
This is repetition.
We cannot have Question Time on the Order of Business.
The Deputy is going into details.
This is inappropriate for the Order of Business, to have Question Time like this on the Order of Business.
This is entirely inappropriate for the Order of Business.
We cannot have a debate on promised legislation at this time. The Deputy is anticipating the debate.
Please, Deputy, we are not going to have a debate on it now.
Please, Deputy, we are on the Order of Business.
The Deputy should retain those points for the debate.
I will keep it in mind.
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