Order of Business

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 714 No. 4

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The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  It is proposed to take No. 16, Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 [Seanad] — Committee and Remaining Stages, and No. 1, Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010 [Seanad] — Second and Remaining Stages.

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m. tonight and business shall be interrupted not later than 10 p.m.; the proceedings on the Committee and Remaining Stages of No. 16 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7 p.m. tonight by one question, which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in regard to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform; Private Members’ business, which shall be No. 75, motion re economic issues, shall be taken at 7 p.m. tonight, or on the conclusion of No. 16, whichever is the later, and shall be adjourned after 90 minutes; and the Second and Remaining Stages of No. 1 shall be taken tonight and the following arrangements shall apply: the proceedings on the Second Stage shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after one hour; the opening speeches of a Minister or Minister of State and of the main spokespersons for Fine Gael and the Labour Party, who shall be called upon in that order, shall not exceed 15 minutes in each case, the speech of each other Member called upon shall not exceed ten minutes in each case, Members may share time and a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to make a speech in reply which shall not exceed five minutes and the proceedings on the Committee and Remaining Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 10 p.m. tonight by one question which shall be put from the Chair and which shall, in regard to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  There are four proposals to put to the House. Is the proposal for the late sitting agreed to?

Deputy Finian McGrath: Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  Bring it on next week.

[751]Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  No. Before agreeing to this proposition, I appeal to the Taoiseach to consider that tomorrow, on the eve of our rising for the summer recess, we will see back on the streets of our capital city under the aegis of Inclusion Ireland people with physical and intellectual disabilities, their carers and families in protest——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  With all due respect, that is not related to this proposal.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  It is. I am making a proposal to amend the Order of Business. Will the Taoiseach, in the presence of the Minister of State with responsibility for this sector, Deputy John Moloney, consider allowing additional time tonight to address this serious issue? Deputy McCormack and I raised this matter under Standing Order 32 and I have no doubt Deputies across the floor of the House want to address this serious matter and the Minster of State is willing to address it. We are finishing at 10 p.m. and there will be late sittings before the Dáil rises on Thursday, for example, tomorrow night. Can we not afford the same opportunity this evening to address the issue of the further curtailment of essential services for people with disabilities, in particular, children with severe intellectual disability, before the protest arrives on the streets of Dublin and at the gates of the House tomorrow? We should do this business tonight. I propose that we extend the sitting by an hour to accommodate that opportunity and I appeal to the Government to accommodate it.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  I support this call. The cuts taking place in Limerick, Dublin and the Brothers of Charity in Galway——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Order of Business does not contemplate this. We simply cannot accommodate a debate on the Order of Business on the matter.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Will the Ceann Comhairle give the Taoiseach an opportunity to reply to the request?

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  This is not the place. There should be brief questions on the Order of Business

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  The Taoiseach has control over the business of the House. People looking after adult children and saving the State considerable money are being put at risk because they will have no respite or break from the care they give 24-7. They will break down. I met many of these parents in Galway yesterday and they are at the end of their tether. They are getting on in years. We will end up losing money in this regard as a State as these adult children will end up in long-term care because their parents will no longer be able to cope.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Deputy has made his point.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  I appeal to the Ceann Comhairle to ask the Taoiseach to allow the House to discuss this issue tonight. These people will be in Dublin tomorrow and they will on the streets on Galway and Limerick as well. This is a national issue that requires a national response.

Deputy Olwyn Enright: Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Hear, hear.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Of the €15 billion spent by the Department of Health and Children and the HSE, we have to find the money to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Hear, hear.

[752]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  An amendment to the Order of Business, when it introduces a new matter, is not in order. It is the Taoiseach’s prerogative to list the business to be taken.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Will he make this his prerogative?

Deputy David Stanton: Information on David Stanton  Zoom on David Stanton  He can show he cares.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  On a point of order——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Deputy should resume his seat. He has spoken once.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  On a point of order, if Standing Orders will not allow the proposition, I make a direct appeal to the Taoiseach to accommodate this request, which I have no doubt will have the support of Members on all sides of this Chamber. I ask him to respond accordingly.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  These matters are being worked on by the Minister of State, Deputy Moloney, over the course of this week anyway.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  To what end?

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  That is not an answer.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  The Minister of State is not doing the business.

Question put.

The Dáil divided: Tá, 71; Níl, 69.

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 Chris Andrews  Zoom on Chris Andrews  Andrews, Chris.
Information on Bobby Aylward  Zoom on Bobby Aylward  Aylward, Bobby. Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall.
Information on Aine Brady  Zoom on Aine Brady  Brady, Áine. Information on Cyprian Brady  Zoom on Cyprian Brady  Brady, Cyprian.
Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny. Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John.
Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas. Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara.
Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat. Information on Sean Connick  Zoom on Sean Connick  Connick, Seán.
Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Cowen, Brian. Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán.
Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John. Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Dempsey, Noel.
Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy. Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Dooley, Timmy.
Information on Frank Fahey  Zoom on Frank Fahey  Fahey, Frank. Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael.
Information on Michael Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Michael Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Michael. Information on Seán Fleming  Zoom on Seán Fleming  Fleming, Seán.
Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Flynn, Beverley. Information on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Zoom on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Gogarty, Paul.
Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John. Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel.
Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Harney, 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 Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy. Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter.
Information on Brendan Kenneally  Zoom on Brendan Kenneally  Kenneally, Brendan. Information on Michael Kennedy  Zoom on Michael Kennedy  Kennedy, Michael.
Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Killeen, Tony. Information on Michael Kitt  Zoom on Michael Kitt  Kitt, Michael P.
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 James McDaid  Zoom on James McDaid  McDaid, James.
Information on Tom McEllistrim  Zoom on Tom McEllistrim  McEllistrim, Thomas. Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie.
Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael. Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness  McGuinness, John.
Information on Dr Martin Mansergh  Zoom on Dr Martin Mansergh  Mansergh, Martin. Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Martin, Micheál.
Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  Moloney, John. Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael.
Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael. Information on M. J. Nolan  Zoom on M. J. Nolan  Nolan, M.J.
Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  Ó Cuív, Éamon. Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
Information on Darragh O'Brien  Zoom on Darragh O'Brien  O’Brien, Darragh. Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie.
Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  O’Donoghue, John. Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel.
Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  O’Hanlon, Rory. Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Edward.
Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  O’Rourke, Mary. Information on Christy O'Sullivan  Zoom on Christy O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Christy.
Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán. Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  Roche, Dick.
Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Ryan, Eamon. Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Sargent, Trevor.
Information on Eamon Scanlon  Zoom on Eamon Scanlon  Scanlon, Eamon. Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.
Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary. Information on Mary Alexandra White  Zoom on Mary Alexandra White  White, Mary Alexandra.
Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.  


Níl
Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon  Bannon, James.
Information on Joe Behan  Zoom on Joe Behan  Behan, Joe. 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 Ulick Burke  Zoom on Ulick Burke  Burke, Ulick. Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan.
Information on Catherine Byrne  Zoom on Catherine Byrne  Byrne, Catherine. Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe.
Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune  Clune, Deirdre. Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul.
Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe. Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon.
Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour. Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael.
Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton  Creighton, Lucinda. Information on Michael D'Arcy  Zoom on Michael D'Arcy  D’Arcy, Michael.
Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John. Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy.
Information on Andrew Doyle  Zoom on Andrew Doyle  Doyle, Andrew. Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J.
Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien. Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn.
Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan  Feighan, Frank. Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin.
Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles. Information on Terence Flanagan  Zoom on Terence Flanagan  Flanagan, Terence.
Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon. Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes  Hayes, Brian.
Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom. Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D.
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 Ciaran Lynch  Zoom on Ciaran Lynch  Lynch, Ciarán.
Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  Lynch, Kathleen. Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic.
Information on Shane McEntee  Zoom on Shane McEntee  McEntee, Shane. Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny.
Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe.
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 Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis.
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 John O'Mahony  Zoom on John O'Mahony  O’Mahony, John.
Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian. Information on Maureen O'Sullivan  Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Maureen.
Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose  Penrose, Willie. 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 Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Reilly, James. Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  Shatter, Alan.
Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  Sheahan, Tom. Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Sheehan, P.J.
Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock  Sherlock, Seán. 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 Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  Tuffy, Joanna.
Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary. Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Varadkar, Leo.
Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall  Wall, Jack.  

Tellers: Tá, Deputies John Curran and Niall Blaney; Níl, Deputies Emmet Stagg and Joe Carey.

Question declared carried.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Is the proposal for dealing with No. 16, Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 agreed to?

  5 o’clock

Deputy Enda Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  It is not agreed. The reason it is not agreed is that I understand there are approximately 80 amendments. One of these amendments is key to what the Government proposes, the method by which head shops can be closed down. I am informed by Deputy Shatter that the Government is using a very circuitous route indeed. A range of Deputies wish to speak on this Bill. It is not possible to deal with 80 amendments in the time allocated and for that reason, and because of the importance of finding a better way than the Government proposal to deal with this conclusively and swiftly, I object to the Bill being guillotined.

Deputy Eamon Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  The Labour Party is opposed to the use of the guillotine on this Bill. This is an example of the serial application of the guillotine by Government in the last [754]couple of weeks before the summer recess. It is not a good way to make law. As Deputy Kenny said, it does not give adequate time to deal with the amendments that have been tabled for this Bill. We are opposed to the use of the guillotine.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  With 80 amendments, even if it were to commence now, with 7 p.m. as the guillotine time, there would be approximately one minute and a half per amendment. This is just how absurd this proposition is; it is totally unacceptable. This is a hugely important issue and more time needs to be provided. We oppose the guillotine absolutely in this case.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  This is important legislation that needs to be enacted this week. There are a few substantive amendments which can be handled in the time available. The Bill was discussed on Second Stage on Friday last and this was an opportunity for Members to give their views. I think there is broad agreement in the House about the need for this legislation and we have to proceed with it in the circumstances.

Question put.

The Dáil divided: Tá, 73; Níl, 68.

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 Chris Andrews  Zoom on Chris Andrews  Andrews, Chris.
Information on Bobby Aylward  Zoom on Bobby Aylward  Aylward, Bobby. Information on Joe Behan  Zoom on Joe Behan  Behan, Joe.
Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall. Information on Aine Brady  Zoom on Aine Brady  Brady, Áine.
Information on Cyprian Brady  Zoom on Cyprian Brady  Brady, Cyprian. Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny.
Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John. Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas.
Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara. Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat.
Information on Sean Connick  Zoom on Sean Connick  Connick, Seán. Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Cowen, Brian.
Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán. Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John.
Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Dempsey, Noel. Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy.
Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Dooley, Timmy. Information on Frank Fahey  Zoom on Frank Fahey  Fahey, Frank.
Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael. Information on Michael Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Michael Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Michael.
Information on Seán Fleming  Zoom on Seán Fleming  Fleming, Seán. Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Flynn, Beverley.
Information on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Zoom on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Gogarty, Paul. Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John.
Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel. Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Harney, 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 Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy.
Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter. Information on Brendan Kenneally  Zoom on Brendan Kenneally  Kenneally, Brendan.
Information on Michael Kennedy  Zoom on Michael Kennedy  Kennedy, Michael. Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Killeen, Tony.
Information on Michael Kitt  Zoom on Michael Kitt  Kitt, Michael P. 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 James McDaid  Zoom on James McDaid  McDaid, James. Information on Tom McEllistrim  Zoom on Tom McEllistrim  McEllistrim, Thomas.
Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie. Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael.
Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness  McGuinness, John. Information on Dr Martin Mansergh  Zoom on Dr Martin Mansergh  Mansergh, Martin.
Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Martin, Micheál. Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  Moloney, John.
Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael. Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael.
Information on M. J. Nolan  Zoom on M. J. Nolan  Nolan, M.J. Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  Ó Cuív, Éamon.
Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Information on Darragh O'Brien  Zoom on Darragh O'Brien  O’Brien, Darragh.
Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie. Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  O’Donoghue, John.
Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel. Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  O’Hanlon, Rory.
Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Edward. Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  O’Rourke, Mary.
Information on Christy O'Sullivan  Zoom on Christy O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Christy. Information on Maureen O'Sullivan  Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Maureen.
Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán. Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  Roche, Dick.
Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Ryan, Eamon. Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Sargent, Trevor.
Information on Eamon Scanlon  Zoom on Eamon Scanlon  Scanlon, Eamon. Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.
Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary. Information on Mary Alexandra White  Zoom on Mary Alexandra White  White, Mary Alexandra.
Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.  


Níl
Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon  Bannon, James.
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 Ulick Burke  Zoom on Ulick Burke  Burke, Ulick.
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Catherine Byrne  Zoom on Catherine Byrne  Byrne, Catherine.
Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe. Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune  Clune, Deirdre.
Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul. Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe.
Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon. Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour.
Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael. Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton  Creighton, Lucinda.
Information on Michael D'Arcy  Zoom on Michael D'Arcy  D’Arcy, Michael. Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John.
Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy. Information on Andrew Doyle  Zoom on Andrew Doyle  Doyle, Andrew.
Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.
Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn. Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan  Feighan, Frank.
Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin. Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles.
Information on Terence Flanagan  Zoom on Terence Flanagan  Flanagan, Terence. Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon.
Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes  Hayes, Brian. Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom.
Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D. 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 Ciaran Lynch  Zoom on Ciaran Lynch  Lynch, Ciarán. Information on Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  Lynch, Kathleen.
Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic. Information on Shane McEntee  Zoom on Shane McEntee  McEntee, Shane.
Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny. Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian.
Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe. 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 Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis. 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 John O'Mahony  Zoom on John O'Mahony  O’Mahony, John. Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian.
Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose  Penrose, Willie. 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 Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Reilly, James. Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael.
Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  Shatter, Alan. Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  Sheahan, Tom.
Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Sheehan, P.J. Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock  Sherlock, Seán.
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 Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  Tuffy, Joanna. Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary.
Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Varadkar, Leo. Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall  Wall, Jack.

Tellers: Tá, Deputies John Curran and Niall Blaney; Níl, Deputies Emmet Stagg and Joe Carey.

Question declared carried.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Is the proposal for dealing with Private Members’ business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 1, Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010, agreed to?

Deputy Enda Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Mar a dúirt mé cheana, tá sé molta ag an Rialtas an Bille seo a chur tríd an Teach, ionas nach mbeidh na toghcháin ar siúl i Mí Dheireadh Fómhair na bliana seo. Tá a fhios ag an Taoiseach go bhfuil toghcháin Údarás na Gaeltachta ag teastáil. Beimid ag vótáil in éadan an Bhille seo. Is miste liom go gcuirfear tríd an Dáil é sa chaoi seo. Dá bhrí sin, tá me i gcoinne an rúin atá molta ag an Rialtas.

Deputy Brian O’Shea: Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  Tá Pairtí an Lucht Oibre i gcoinne an mholta seo freisin. The Labour Party is essentially opposing the guillotine. With a Bill composed of two sections, the second of which concerns the Short Title of the Bill and the collective citation, and with one amendment tabled, applying the guillotine to this Bill is part of the Government’s addiction to guillotines. This Bill can be finished within the time and the Labour Party opposes the proposal.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Níl Teachtaí Dála Shinn Féin ag tacú leis an moladh seo. Sinn Féin Deputies oppose the proposal in respect of the Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) [756]Bill. I listened to Deputy O’Shea make the point about addiction to guillotines in his opposition to this proposal. In proposing this measure, the Government is certainly not addicted to facing the electorate. This Bill defers the opportunity for the electorate to pass judgment on the performance of the Government at any level across the State. The Government does not have the willingness to go before the electorate in any part of the country in any election situation and God forbid the Government must face the electorate in any of the constituencies where by-elections are pending.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Ó Caoláin has gone off on a tangent.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Then, it would make the whole thing impossible for the Government and it would have to marry both. The game plan is exposed and the Government is not to face the electorate in the current year. This is another facilitation of running away.

Deputy Michael Ahern: Information on Michael Ahern  Zoom on Michael Ahern  Sinn Féin stayed away from the electorate for many years.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I always admire a convert, too much to prove. Ba mhaith liom a rá go bhfuil sé ar intinn ag an Aire ath-eagrú a dhéanamh ar Údarás na Gaeltachta, mar eagraíocht. Tá cinneadh déanta ag an Aire——

Deputy Enda Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Tá faitíos orthu.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  ——maidir leis an méid sin agus go mbeadh sé níos fearr na toghcháin a bheith againn sa bhliain 2012.

Question put: “That the proposal for dealing with No. 1, Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2010, be agreed to.”

The Dáil divided: Tá, 73; Níl, 67.

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 Chris Andrews  Zoom on Chris Andrews  Andrews, Chris.
Information on Bobby Aylward  Zoom on Bobby Aylward  Aylward, Bobby. Information on Joe Behan  Zoom on Joe Behan  Behan, Joe.
Information on Niall Blaney  Zoom on Niall Blaney  Blaney, Niall. Information on Aine Brady  Zoom on Aine Brady  Brady, Áine.
Information on Cyprian Brady  Zoom on Cyprian Brady  Brady, Cyprian. Information on Johnny Brady  Zoom on Johnny Brady  Brady, Johnny.
Information on John Browne  Zoom on John Browne  Browne, John. Information on Thomas Byrne  Zoom on Thomas Byrne  Byrne, Thomas.
Information on Dara Calleary  Zoom on Dara Calleary  Calleary, Dara. Information on Pat Carey  Zoom on Pat Carey  Carey, Pat.
Information on Sean Connick  Zoom on Sean Connick  Connick, Seán. Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Cowen, Brian.
Information on Ciaran Cuffe  Zoom on Ciaran Cuffe  Cuffe, Ciarán. Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  Curran, John.
Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Dempsey, Noel. Information on Jimmy Devins  Zoom on Jimmy Devins  Devins, Jimmy.
Information on Tim Dooley  Zoom on Tim Dooley  Dooley, Timmy. Information on Frank Fahey  Zoom on Frank Fahey  Fahey, Frank.
Information on Michael Finneran  Zoom on Michael Finneran  Finneran, Michael. Information on Michael Fitzpatrick  Zoom on Michael Fitzpatrick  Fitzpatrick, Michael.
Information on Seán Fleming  Zoom on Seán Fleming  Fleming, Seán. Information on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Zoom on Beverley Cooper-Flynn  Flynn, Beverley.
Information on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Zoom on Paul Nicholas Gogarty  Gogarty, Paul. Information on John Gormley  Zoom on John Gormley  Gormley, John.
Information on Noel Grealish  Zoom on Noel Grealish  Grealish, Noel. Information on Mary Harney  Zoom on Mary Harney  Harney, 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 Billy Kelleher  Zoom on Billy Kelleher  Kelleher, Billy.
Information on Peter Kelly  Zoom on Peter Kelly  Kelly, Peter. Information on Brendan Kenneally  Zoom on Brendan Kenneally  Kenneally, Brendan.
Information on Michael Kennedy  Zoom on Michael Kennedy  Kennedy, Michael. Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  Killeen, Tony.
Information on Michael Kitt  Zoom on Michael Kitt  Kitt, Michael P. 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 James McDaid  Zoom on James McDaid  McDaid, James. Information on Tom McEllistrim  Zoom on Tom McEllistrim  McEllistrim, Thomas.
Information on Mattie McGrath  Zoom on Mattie McGrath  McGrath, Mattie. Information on Michael McGrath  Zoom on Michael McGrath  McGrath, Michael.
Information on John McGuinness  Zoom on John McGuinness  McGuinness, John. Information on Dr Martin Mansergh  Zoom on Dr Martin Mansergh  Mansergh, Martin.
Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin  Martin, Micheál. Information on John Moloney  Zoom on John Moloney  Moloney, John.
Information on Michael Moynihan  Zoom on Michael Moynihan  Moynihan, Michael. Information on Michael Mulcahy  Zoom on Michael Mulcahy  Mulcahy, Michael.
Information on M. J. Nolan  Zoom on M. J. Nolan  Nolan, M.J. Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív  Ó Cuív, Éamon.
Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl  Ó Fearghaíl, Seán. Information on Darragh O'Brien  Zoom on Darragh O'Brien  O’Brien, Darragh.
Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor  O’Connor, Charlie. Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  O’Donoghue, John.
Information on Noel O'Flynn  Zoom on Noel O'Flynn  O’Flynn, Noel. Information on Rory O'Hanlon  Zoom on Rory O'Hanlon  O’Hanlon, Rory.
Information on Ned O'Keeffe  Zoom on Ned O'Keeffe  O’Keeffe, Edward. Information on Mary O'Rourke  Zoom on Mary O'Rourke  O’Rourke, Mary.
Information on Christy O'Sullivan  Zoom on Christy O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Christy. Information on Maureen O'Sullivan  Zoom on Maureen O'Sullivan  O’Sullivan, Maureen.
Information on Seán Power  Zoom on Seán Power  Power, Seán. Information on Dick Roche  Zoom on Dick Roche  Roche, Dick.
Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  Ryan, Eamon. Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent  Sargent, Trevor.
Information on Eamon Scanlon  Zoom on Eamon Scanlon  Scanlon, Eamon. Information on Brendan Smith  Zoom on Brendan Smith  Smith, Brendan.
Information on Mary Wallace  Zoom on Mary Wallace  Wallace, Mary. Information on Mary Alexandra White  Zoom on Mary Alexandra White  White, Mary Alexandra.
Information on Michael J. Woods  Zoom on Michael J. Woods  Woods, Michael.  


Níl
Information on Bernard Allen  Zoom on Bernard Allen  Allen, Bernard. Information on James Bannon  Zoom on James Bannon  Bannon, James.
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 Ulick Burke  Zoom on Ulick Burke  Burke, Ulick.
Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Burton, Joan. Information on Catherine Byrne  Zoom on Catherine Byrne  Byrne, Catherine.
Information on Joe Carey  Zoom on Joe Carey  Carey, Joe. Information on Deirdre Clune  Zoom on Deirdre Clune  Clune, Deirdre.
Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton  Connaughton, Paul. Information on Joe Costello  Zoom on Joe Costello  Costello, Joe.
Information on Simon Coveney  Zoom on Simon Coveney  Coveney, Simon. Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Crawford, Seymour.
Information on Michael Creed  Zoom on Michael Creed  Creed, Michael. Information on Lucinda Creighton  Zoom on Lucinda Creighton  Creighton, Lucinda.
Information on Michael D'Arcy  Zoom on Michael D'Arcy  D’Arcy, Michael. Information on John Deasy  Zoom on John Deasy  Deasy, John.
Information on Jimmy Deenihan  Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan  Deenihan, Jimmy. Information on Andrew Doyle  Zoom on Andrew Doyle  Doyle, Andrew.
Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Durkan, Bernard J. Information on Damien English  Zoom on Damien English  English, Damien.
Information on Olwyn Enright  Zoom on Olwyn Enright  Enright, Olwyn. Information on Frank Feighan  Zoom on Frank Feighan  Feighan, Frank.
Information on Martin Ferris  Zoom on Martin Ferris  Ferris, Martin. Information on Charles Flanagan  Zoom on Charles Flanagan  Flanagan, Charles.
Information on Terence Flanagan  Zoom on Terence Flanagan  Flanagan, Terence. Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  Gilmore, Eamon.
Information on Brian Hayes  Zoom on Brian Hayes  Hayes, Brian. Information on Tom Hayes  Zoom on Tom Hayes  Hayes, Tom.
Information on Michael D. Higgins  Zoom on Michael D. Higgins  Higgins, Michael D. 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 Kathleen Lynch  Zoom on Kathleen Lynch  Lynch, Kathleen. Information on Pádraic McCormack  Zoom on Pádraic McCormack  McCormack, Pádraic.
Information on Shane McEntee  Zoom on Shane McEntee  McEntee, Shane. Information on Dinny McGinley  Zoom on Dinny McGinley  McGinley, Dinny.
Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath  McGrath, Finian. Information on Joe McHugh  Zoom on Joe McHugh  McHugh, Joe.
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 Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  Naughten, Denis.
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 John O'Mahony  Zoom on John O'Mahony  O’Mahony, John.
Information on Brian O'Shea  Zoom on Brian O'Shea  O’Shea, Brian. Information on Willie Penrose  Zoom on Willie Penrose  Penrose, Willie.
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 Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  Reilly, James.
Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring  Ring, Michael. Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  Shatter, Alan.
Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  Sheahan, Tom. Information on P. J. Sheehan  Zoom on P. J. Sheehan  Sheehan, P.J.
Information on Sean Sherlock  Zoom on Sean Sherlock  Sherlock, Seán. 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 Joanna Tuffy  Zoom on Joanna Tuffy  Tuffy, Joanna.
Information on Mary Upton  Zoom on Mary Upton  Upton, Mary. Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar  Varadkar, Leo.
Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall  Wall, Jack.  

Tellers: Tá, Deputies John Curran and Niall Blaney; Níl, Deputies Emmet Stagg and Joe Carey.

Question declared carried.

Deputy Enda Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Can the Taoiseach indicate what Bills are likely to be published during the forthcoming recess? A number of Bills have been referred to that were to have been published during the course of this Dáil session but obviously will not be. However, I understand a number of Bills will be published during the summer recess and the Taoiseach should give an indication in this regard. I refer to the commitment in the programme for Government to transfer foreshore licensing to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and to integrate it with the planning process. In view of the energy requirements and indications of serious investment, what is the status of that commitment and will such a transfer and integration require legislation?

[758]The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Arrangements have been made in practical terms for the foreshore licensing issue to be dealt with by that Department as matters stand. While I do not know what further legislative arrangements are needed for it, the practical issue has been dealt with. Six Bills have been published and one Bill, namely, the criminal justice (defence and the dwelling) Bill, has been approved by the Cabinet and awaits publication. A further eight Bills that were not on the A list have also been published during this session.

In respect of Bills that have not been published to date, the education patronage Bill has been submitted to the Cabinet for approval very soon. The local government (Dublin mayor and regional authority) Bill also is an issue that is being worked on at present. As for the environmental liability Bill, among other things, the Government awaits advice from the Attorney General on an issue in that regard. The biological weapons Bill is in the final stages of being agreed between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Parliamentary Counsel. There have been delays to the progress of the civil law (miscellaneous provisions) Bill due to drafting difficulties pertaining to the enforcement of court orders relating to maintenance debtors. The provisions of the criminal justice (legal aid) Bill require development by the Department in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General. As for the mental capacity Bill, drafting is ongoing but has been delayed. Work continues on this issue and much effort will be required to have it published during the summer recess.

Deputy Eamon Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  I wish to raise two matters. First, the motion passed in the Dáil on 20 January 2010 concerning an inquiry into banking provided that an independent statutory commission of investigation would be established by 30 June 2010. I understand the Joint Committee on Finance and the Public Service has been considering the Government’s proposals regarding such a commission. When will these proposals be brought before the House? I presume this will take place either tomorrow or on Thursday, before the Dáil breaks up for its summer recess.

Second, media reports over the weekend stated that Mr. Colm McCarthy has been given another interesting task by the Government. This time, it is to have a look around to see if there is anything worth selling. The Taoiseach should indicate whether the Government intends to publish the terms of reference that have been given to Mr. McCarthy and whether they will be brought before the House.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The review that is taking place relates to examining all semi-State companies to ascertain what is the position. There is no predetermined outcome in respect of any of that. Given the resources available to it and the challenges it faces, any prudent Government would be obliged to consider all areas but not on a predetermined basis.

As for the proposals regarding the commission of inquiry to which the Deputy referred, it is more than likely that this will take place on Thursday.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  I wish to raise two matters. First, I refer to the cutbacks affecting people with disability, intellectual disability included, to which Members have already referred. A Disability Act was adopted a number of years ago and much of what now is unfolding runs entirely counter to the spirit if not the letter of that legislation, imperfect though it was. Given that the Disability Act was not rights-based, which is the great tragedy of the passage of that Act, do all the cutbacks that now are taking place require legislation? Is a disability (amendment) Bill pending? How does the Taoiseach reconcile what the Government stated on the record at the time of the passage of the Disability Act with everything that now is unfolding? Many unfortunate people——

[759]An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We will inquire whether legislation is promised. We cannot have a debate at this stage.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  —— from across this State will be protesting outside Leinster House tomorrow, which should never have had to happen again.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy, we are on the Order of Business.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Second, Members have heard reference to cutbacks and sell-offs with regard to Mr. McCarthy. However, another area could be examined that I raised with the Tánaiste only last Thursday. While I have yet to be able to secure the full information regarding the State’s total commitment to ground rent, I believe it to be substantial, given the portfolio of properties that were advised to me in a reply to a recent parliamentary question. Would it not be appropriate to revisit the entire proposition behind the proposed to ground rent Bill, which rested for many years on the list of promised legislation but which has disappeared entirely off the Richter scale recently? Would this not be a worthwhile area to address now and to have the matter done and dusted once and for all in the interests of the State coffers and of individual private citizens——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy, we cannot have a debate. We will make inquiries as to whether legislation is promised.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  ——who are scundered by these underground landlord demands?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I must revert to the Deputy on the issue of ground rents and what legislation is in hand or whether it is under active consideration at present.

As for the other matter that was raised, much investment quite rightly has been made in that area, with €1.5 billion being spent this year and more than 25,000 people on the data register indicating they are receiving services. The issue that is arising, as I mentioned on Leaders’ Questions last week, is that as we seek to try to protect front line services we must consider how we rearrange the non-front line service part of the sector. There is a significant number of section 38 and section 39 organisations, which have done an excellent job and which are very committed, but in the context of sustainable levels of service and developing services for the future we must be prepared to consider whether we can reorganise how that is delivered. The efforts that are being made by the Minister of State, Deputy Moloney, and the Department of Health and Children, not just this week but in recent times is to try to achieve that. I assure Deputy Ó Caoláin that everything we can do in that respect is being investigated.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Will the Taoiseach go out to the gates of Leinster House tomorrow and explain that to the families concerned?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  My record in this area as Minister for Finance and Minister for Health and Children has been one of which I am proud.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  I invite the Taoiseach once again to go to the gates of Leinster House and explain that to people.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We cannot have a debate at this stage.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Deputy Ó Caoláin is always available, in his party and everywhere I go, to confront issues in terms of what the problems are but no solutions are provided. I have listened to much of what Deputy Ó Caoláin had to say but the activity and actions I have been able to [760]pursue on the basis of policies and decisions made by Government have greatly improved that area. I accept there are difficulties in the area. There is no doubt about that. There will be difficulties in many areas but the Deputy’s approach will be as predictable as usual.

Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: Information on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  Zoom on Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin  My approach was very singular. It was to ring fence and protect the most vulnerable.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We will not have a debate now.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  I always believed there was an automatic eligibility to a medical card for persons suffering from cancer. A lady came to me this week who last——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Sheahan.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  I have a question on promised legislation. Please, a Cheann Comhairle.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Deputy should elicit it.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  It is No. 63, the Eligibility for Health and Personal Social Services Bill. A lady came to see me who qualified for a medical card last year after being diagnosed with cancer.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We cannot have a debate on the matter.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  She has since——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  It is not contemplated by Standing Orders.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  She has since had a mammogram. She is the mother of two children.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Deputy should submit a parliamentary question to the Minister.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  She is under enough stress and pressure fighting cancer, yet this week she received a letter asking her for the registration number of her car——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  ——how many miles she drives to work and what her mortgage is.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Please, Deputy.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  They have all that information from less than 12 months ago.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  As a new Member of the House, Deputy Sheahan knows at this stage that it is not possible to have a debate such as this on the Order of Business.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  This is penny pinching. A total of €22 billion is being invested in Anglo Irish Bank——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We cannot accommodate it.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  ——and we are taking medical cards from cancer sufferers.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Hear, hear.

[761]Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  It is despicable.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Sheahan.

Deputy Tom Sheahan: Information on Tom Sheahan  Zoom on Tom Sheahan  It is despicable to do that to a vulnerable woman, a mother.

Deputy Denis Naughten: Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  It is a shame.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  It is disgraceful.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Sheahan should take up the matter directly with the line Minister.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  The Taoiseach wants to answer the question.

Deputy Seymour Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  I appreciate the fact that, a Cheann Comhairle, you are allowing the matter to be raised on the Adjournment tonight, in light of the fact that EirGrid withdrew its application for planning.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Crawford should not anticipate the Adjournment on which he is listed to speak.

Deputy Seymour Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  This is to do with the Bill. When will the Electricity (Transmission on Assets) Bill be brought before the House? While I appreciate being able to raise the matter on the Adjournment, we need a full debate on the despicable action of this group.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Crawford should not anticipate the Minister’s response.

Deputy Seymour Crawford: Information on Seymour Crawford  Zoom on Seymour Crawford  Like many of my colleagues I was in the Mansion House today where the first Dáil met. We were meeting members of farming organisations about the nitrates directives. Those people are in desperation about the future. When can we have a full debate in the House on issues surrounding the nitrates directive and other farm income problems? It is the single biggest industry in this country yet it does not seem to have any relevance in this House.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  The Deputy should raise the matter with his party Whip and allow the Whips to discuss it.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The Electricity (Transmission on Assets) Bill will come to the House next year. There are plenty of opportunities for agricultural matters to be discussed in committee.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Some time ago on your advice, a Cheann Comhairle, I tabled a parliamentary question asking the Minister to indicate the likely costs to the State from the various tribunals. It is a sizeable sum, somewhere in the region of €500 million. I asked last week whether the Legal Costs Bill might be brought to the House with at least a view to stopping that train coming down the track before it reached its destination. Would it be possible for the Taoiseach——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  I will intervene on the Deputy’s behalf. I will make inquiries.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  There is no need. I was just about to intervene on my own behalf, a Cheann Comhairle. I was going to ask the Taoiseach whether, given the seriousness of the situation and the likely impact on the Exchequer, he would consider it useful to bring [762]the Bill to the House at the earliest opportunity. It has been promised for approximately five years.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  We expect the Bill to come to the House either at the end of this year or early next year.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  In the interests of the finances of the State, I urge the Taoiseach to ensure the Bill is introduced nearer to the beginning of the next session.

You will be glad to know I will resume my seat after this next point, a Cheann Comhairle. On numerous occasions in the past year I raised the issue of mortgage holders, as did other Members on this side of the House. I refer to those who are in negative equity and in arrears. Deputies Kenny and Gilmore raised the matter today as well. Given the severity of the situation, will the Taoiseach indicate whether it is intended to do as the Government promised during the debate on NAMA, namely, to introduce legislation to address the issues faced by the considerable number of people with mortgage arrears?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I explained to the Deputy that an interim report has been produced by the group which was not predicated on the need to introduce legislation. Codes of conduct are involved, as is the Financial Regulator, who is acting on the recommendations that have been issued. It is a work in progress. Further recommendations will be made in the autumn which we will consider as well.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I have one proviso, a Cheann Comhairle, if this is delayed much longer——

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We cannot have a debate.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I know we cannot but neither can the people who are in arrears.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We just cannot accommodate it on the Order of Business.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  Neither can the people who are in arrears with their mortgages. An immediate problem will arise when the moratorium is lifted.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy Durkan has been advised on the up-to-date position.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I know, but I am trying to impress upon the Taoiseach the need to act sooner rather than later. A year has gone by.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Deputy, I am——

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan  I hope you are not just acting, a Cheann Comhairle.

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  A couple of weeks ago I asked the Taoiseach if he would schedule the Multi-Unit Developments Bill given the urgency surrounding the matter. We are not scheduled to sit on Friday. The Minister is briefing the Taoiseach to the effect that Second Stage has started in the House and we could conclude it on Friday. Nobody on this side of the House is going to vote against the principle of the Bill. There will be many amendments with which we could deal for the remainder of July or early September. The Bill has been awaited for up to eight years. I suggest it be scheduled for debate until 1.30 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Friday. While I cannot speak for Fine Gael I suspect its position is the same. We will not vote against the [763]principle of the Bill. There is no need to retain the troops in the House. We could get the Bill ready for Committee Stage if the Taoiseach is agreeable.

Deputy Alan Shatter: Information on Alan Shatter  Zoom on Alan Shatter  I support Deputy Rabbitte in that regard. The difficulties being experienced by those living in apartments have been hugely exacerbated by the fire brigade sales of apartments, the involvement of receivers and liquidators in the sales and this will get worse in the context of NAMA’s involvement. There is an urgent need to address those issues. I support Deputy Rabbitte’s suggestion. The legislation is badly needed.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I have asked the Whips to consider the matter to see whether the Bill could be accommodated at some stage on Thursday. It is easy for me to say that but I am aware the Whips are under pressure.

Deputy Noel Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  We could sit later on Thursday.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  What Deputy Rabbitte wants is for Second Stage to conclude this session.

Deputy Eamon Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  The Minister is in Dún Laoghaire on Friday.

Deputy Dermot Ahern: Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  Only two of the Deputies opposite turned up last Friday.

Deputy Eamon Gilmore: Information on Eamon Gilmore  Zoom on Eamon Gilmore  We can pair.

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  May I ask the Taoiseach two questions? There was an extensive report in the media today about a revised national development programme, particularly in regard to roads and public transport such as the Luas and the metro. Can the Taoiseach confirm whether the Government is producing a revised national development programme? If so, when is it likely to be published?

During the consideration of the NAMA legislation, when the Minister for Finance very graciously accepted a number of Labour Party amendments, we were promised that when the revised NAMA business plan was available — it was submitted to the Government last week — it would be published and made available to Opposition spokespersons. Before we all go away on what I hope will be happy holidays, could the Opposition see the revised NAMA business plan?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The whole idea is to be transparent and to ensure everyone is up to date on the full facts of the situation.

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  I find it hard to hear the Taoiseach. Is he saving his energy for later this evening?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  No. I did not realise we had such senior Members in the House at this time.

Rising once again——

Deputy Enda Kenny: Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny  Good man, that is better.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  Deputy Kenny had a problem as well; he is also very senior.

The position is that the——

Deputy Pat Rabbitte: Information on Pat Rabbitte  Zoom on Pat Rabbitte  That rattled the Taoiseach.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  What are we talking about?

[764](Interruptions).

Deputy Noel Dempsey: Information on Noel Dempsey  Zoom on Noel Dempsey  Another senior moment.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The Deputy is such a distraction in the House. It is great to see the Deputy back on the front bench taking over Deputy Broughan’s role.

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Senior moments.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  I presume the Deputy has replaced Deputy Broughan and taken on his portfolio.

The plans will be published. The board must sign off on or approve them. It will be published this week, if not today.

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  Will it be before the recess?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  We will certainly have it——

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton  Zoom on Joan Burton  If there is to be another national development plan, when will it be published?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  We will publish those plans also. If the Deputy is away, we will find her forwarding address.

Deputy Denis Naughten: Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  On a number of occasions in this House, we have discussed the issue of alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour. On foot of our doing so, the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 was published in July 2008. One of its provisions was to ban below-cost selling of alcohol. Before the secondary legislation could be enacted, approval had to be obtained from the European Commission, which was forthcoming six or seven months subsequent to the passage of the primary legislation. That was over 18 months ago and it is two years since the primary legislation was passed. The Minister explained he was not going to bring forward the secondary legislation on the basis of his desire for a co-ordinated approach on both sides of the Border. He has had 18 months to achieve that. When will we see the secondary legislation and a ban on below-cost selling and advertising of alcohol? Advertisements are in our newspapers every day and alcohol is causing carnage in communities around the country.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  We will make some inquiries.

Deputy Denis Naughten: Information on Denis Naughten  Zoom on Denis Naughten  These Houses passed the legislation. When will it be enacted?

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  This is an issue we must watch in terms of cross-Border impacts, as the Deputy implied. I do not have the up-to-date position. I will have to ask the relevant Minister to inform the Deputy about it.

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  What is the status of the drugs reference pricing Bill? When I last questioned the Taoiseach on its relationship with the prescription charges Bill, he told me both Bills would be dealt with “on the same finger”, as he put it. It would appear that is not the case.

The Taoiseach: Information on Brian Cowen  Zoom on Brian Cowen  The long finger.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seamus Kirk  Zoom on Seamus Kirk  Later this year.

[765]Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr James Reilly  Zoom on Dr James Reilly  The long finger is the middle finger and that is the finger the Taoiseach is giving to the people.


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