Thursday, 21 May 2020
Covid-19 (Health): Statements
Alan Farrell (Dublin Fingal, Fine Gael)
Switch off his microphone. I ask the Deputy to take his seat. He is very fortuitous because the clock has not started on his time, which I do not think is appropriate. The matter has been dealt with already. The Deputy does not like the answer. He has to accept though that is the position that has been adopted by the Business Committee in interpreting health advice provided to the House. I am not going to interpret that for the Deputy, it is there in front of him to interpret for himself.
We have a two-hour session with the Minister for Health, ten minutes of which has been allocated to Deputy Carthy's party. Presumably, Deputy Ward wants to get in as well. The clock starts now and it is questions and answers. I ask that time be left for the Minister to respond, if the Deputy wants a response. I am sorry, the Minister for Health is starting with his opening statement.