Order of Business.
I have to dissociate myself from any attacks on the National Union of Journalists, of which I am, after all, a member. It is unfortunate that these attacks were made when the person specified was not ...
Yes, I have two. First, I would like her to arrange a debate today on Iraq. I wish again to formally propose that we take the item – it was No. 13, motion 23, on yesterday's Order Paper – on the quest...
I am moving an amendment that we take item 11, motion 22, first and I am providing the reasons for doing so.
It is particularly important that we have this debate. I am giving the reasons I want to have to be held today. The academic to whom I refer went unchallenged in questioning Irish neutrality—
—and saying that the Government has effectively lied about the state of neutrality in this country.
I beg the Cathaoirleach's pardon, I did not make myself clear. I proceeded to give the reasons the matter should be debated.
The Cathaoirleach may not want the reasons, but I want to supply them.
The second matter is that I want to support colleagues who have spoken about the necessity for a major debate on crime. The question of drunkenness, misbehaviour and violent death arising from alcohol...
A Chathaoirligh, I understood it was inappropriate to refer continually to somebody not in the House. That was done by Senator Ryan and now by the Leader of the House.
So it is not appropriate to refer to him.
Yes. The Leader said, with the best of goodwill, that she hoped to have a debate on Iraq next week—
This international situation is very urgent and I am afraid I have to press the amendment. Amendment put: “That No. 11, motion No. 22, be taken before No. 2.” Tá
Request to Move Adjournment of the Seanad under Standing Order 29.
I ask that the House be adjourned to take an immediate debate on the subject of war with Iraq, which I believe to be imminent and a matter of grave urgency for this country.
If the growing threat of illegal war against Iraq—
—in which this country is implicated through the use of Shannon Airport is not contemplated by the Standing Order, it shows that the entire matter is nothing but a parliamentary farce.
The current position is a ludicrous farce.