Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Preserving Ireland's Natural Heritage: Discussion
Deputy Danny Healy-Rae was not here at the beginning but I say it at the start of every meeting that if a person is not here, members are not entitled to use his or her name. It is the same as if a fellow was in a meeting in Kerry today, and was saying something negative about the Deputy's name, it would not be fair because he has a right to be able to defend himself. When we name people who are not here, we take away their right to defend themselves. This meeting is broadcast and recorded. We cannot be anybody's judge and jury so I ask the Deputy not to use people's names who are not here.
The Deputy's five minutes are gone so I will ask Deputy Collins to speak.