Implementation of the Ryan Report: Statements
I call on the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Barry Andrews, to make his statement.
We agreed the Order of Business last Thursday. The arrangements for today were agreed by the House last Thursday and we are proceeding on that basis.
With all due respect——
There is no provision for that today.
I know that.
I have allowed the Deputy some latitude.
We must move on according to the arrangements agreed last Thursday.
Some co-operation with the Chair would not go amiss.
We need to move on with today’s business.
I wish to deal with two points the Deputy has raised.
The Deputy is holding up the statements.
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If Deputy Gilmore wishes to test the water on that matter, he will have to submit a substantive motion, which he is entitled to do. I call Deputy Ó Caoláin.
There is no provision to venture into these areas at this point in time.
I seek the Deputy’s co-operation with the Chair. Let us move on to the business as agreed last week.
The Deputy is doing a very good job of borrowing speaking time for himself contrary to the ruling of the Chair and contrary to any co-operation with the Chair.
I have asked the Deputy to co-operate. I have allowed considerable latitude on this matter to all party leaders, but it is being abused.
I ask the Deputy for his co-operation.
Will the Deputy co-operate?
I ask the Deputy to resume his seat to allow business to proceed.
The problem arises when the Deputy drifts into over-elaboration.
There has to be some order in the House.
We had an agreement as per Thursday last on how we were going to proceed today. Will Deputy Ó Caoláin resume his seat? I ask for the Deputy’s co-operation.
By the agreement of the Whips, yes.
I thank Deputy Ó Caoláin. Will he resume his seat?
I, as Cathaoirleach, do not have a discretion in this matter. It is a matter for the Whips. Will Deputy Ó Caoláin resume his seat, please?
I ask Deputy Ó Caoláin to resume his seat, please? Just resume your seat.
We have read them many times. We have made a decision on the matter. Please resume your seat.
Will Deputy Ó Caoláin resume his seat?
Briefly, Deputy Finian McGrath.
We have been over this ground.
The Chair is anxious to accommodate the Deputy provided we can get agreement among the Whips on the matter.
We are eating up time. This is time specific and we need to move on. Could we move on?
I am sure that request can be considered as we go along.
If Deputy McGrath resumes his seat, we will have the matter examined and considered. Could I have the Minister of State, Deputy Barry Andrews?
We cannot have a point of order at this point.
I must advise Deputy Ó Snodaigh that we have made a decision on this matter and we are proceeding.
I ask Deputy Ó Snodaigh for his co-operation and to resume his seat.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh, will you resume your seat, please?
Will Deputy Ó Snodaigh resume his seat? The Chair is on its feet.
Resume your seat when the Chair is on its feet, please.
Will Deputy Ó Snodaigh resume his seat?
Deputy, resume your seat when the Chair is on its feet or I will have to suspend the House for ten minutes.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh, resume your seat.
The House is suspended for ten minutes.
I call on the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Barry Andrews.
Will the Deputy resume his seat so that we can get on with the business of the House as agreed last Thursday?
If the Deputy were to come to my office later, we could discuss the matter there. I call on the Minister of State, Deputy Barry Andrews.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh, some co-operation would be much appreciated.
Yes, for the day.
Okay, but let us not get into semantics. He was out for one day and he is back in now.
He was not in the end.
He went and so the issue of voting to put him out did not arise.
I referred to the notification to the Member that he was being suspended and then to the naming of him but I did not get around to naming him. He had left the House.
I call the Minister of State.
A brief point of order from Deputy Gilmore.
I ask the Minister of State to refrain from interrupting.