Norris, David P.B.

Thursday, 30 January 2003

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 171 No. 2

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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 ...More Button

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...More Button

I am moving an amendment that we take item 11, motion 22, first and I am providing the reasons for doing so.More Button

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—More Button

—and saying that the Government has effectively lied about the state of neutrality in this country.More Button

I beg the Cathaoirleach's pardon, I did not make myself clear. I proceeded to give the reasons the matter should be debated.More Button

The Cathaoirleach may not want the reasons, but I want to supply them.More Button

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...More Button

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.More Button

So it is not appropriate to refer to him.More Button

Yes. The Leader said, with the best of goodwill, that she hoped to have a debate on Iraq next week—More Button

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 More Button

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.More Button

If the growing threat of illegal war against Iraq—More Button

—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.More Button

The current position is a ludicrous farce.More Button

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