Business of Seanad.

Wednesday, 6 March 1985

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 107 No. 8

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  I have notice from Senator Rory Kiely, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The hardship caused to social welfare recipients due to the postal strike in Limerick.

I also received notice from Senator Mark Killilea of the following matter:

The decision by the Government not to participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade to be held in New York.

I also received notice from Senator John Ellis of the following matter:

The question of the acquisition of the Dixon estate, Tawley, County Leitrim, by the Land Commission.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Kiely and Killilea as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I regret that I have to rule the matter raised by Senator Ellis is not suitable for discussion on the Adjournment on the ground of lack of ministerial responsibility. I have selected Senator Kiely's motion for today's Adjournment and it will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senator Killilea [712] may give notice for another day of the matter he wishes to raise.

Mr. Ellis: Information on John Ellis  Zoom on John Ellis  I put down this question for the Adjournment because there does not appear to be anybody responsible for what outside interests are doing to the farming community. This is a case of an outsider coming in and acquiring a large farm in the heart of a congested area. Every farmer in that area has only 20 acres yet an outsider is allowed to come in and buy the only large farm in the area.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  The Senator will have to resume his seat.

Mr. Ellis: Information on John Ellis  Zoom on John Ellis  This land was acquired by the Land Commission previously and now they are backing out.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  The Senator will have to resume his seat.

Mr. Killilea: Information on Mark Killilea Jnr.  Zoom on Mark Killilea Jnr.  It is the truth. On a point of order, regarding the motion that the Cathaoirleach has ruled on — I want to thank the Chair for accepting my motion because it is a factual one — the Cathaoirleach may not have taken into account that St. Patrick's Day, 17 March, is close to us and I might not get an opportunity to raise the matter because of the time limit attached to my motion.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  I took everything into account.

Mr. Killilea: Information on Mark Killilea Jnr.  Zoom on Mark Killilea Jnr.  If the Seanad finishes its work tonight, St. Patrick's Day will be upon us and my motion will fall by the wayside.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  The Senator will get an opportunity——

Mr. Killilea: Information on Mark Killilea Jnr.  Zoom on Mark Killilea Jnr.  I always respect your ruling and I respect this one too, but I want to comment on it.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  The Senator will find it is fair.

Mr. Killilea: Information on Mark Killilea Jnr.  Zoom on Mark Killilea Jnr.  It is a terrible insult to [713] our exiles that on the allegation that the Grand Master of the St. Patrick's Day parade supports Noraid——

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  The Senator will have to resume his seat.

Mr. Killilea: Information on Mark Killilea Jnr.  Zoom on Mark Killilea Jnr.  The Government are insulting our exiles again on their great day in New York. It is a scandal. It is the lowest form of appreciation by them.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on Patrick J. Reynolds  Zoom on Patrick J. Reynolds  I will adjourn the House if the Senator does not resume his seat.


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