Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Seanad Eireann Debate
Senator Eugene Regan: On a point of order, four motions are being referred to committee without debate. Perhaps the Leader will consider this. They concern EU legislation in the area of criminal law. On Thursday, the motion on terrorism is to return to the House, again to be taken without debate. We are often criticised for not scrutinising and debating EU legislation and it is suggested that it is introduced by stealth. It is, therefore, unsatisfactory procedurally that none of these issues is subject to debate in the House.
Senator David Norris: I actually went to the trouble of obtaining the statutory instrument referred to in this regard. It is quite significant because, as with other matters raised, we are putting this through without debate.
Senator Donie Cassidy: On a point of clarification, Thursday morning’s business will be put to the House and it will make a decision thereon. There was a typing error in the Order of Business for the three days this week in that there should not have been a reference to “without debate” in respect of Thursday morning’s business. I am sorry for the inconvenience.
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