Dáil debates

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

 

12:30 pm

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)

Ba mhaith liom cur leis an méid a dúirt an Ceann Comhairle. Tá súil agam go mbeidh saol fada sásta ag Brian agus é ag éirí as an phost.

The Ceann Comhairle might clarify to the House the position in respect of the switching of ministerial questions and the appropriateness of doing that without consultation with Members of the Opposition. We are hearing that the Minister for Justice has now pushed back her questions to December. Again, this is another way in which the Government is trying to refuse and deny the Opposition from raising questions on this matter. Maybe that can be clarified.

I want to ask the Tánaiste about a big election issue, one that was dominant during the election in February, which is the absolute runaway train that is the national children's hospital. We know this was a major issue that dominated a lot of conversation in terms of out-of-control costs and delays relating to the building of the hospital. We know it was the most expensive hospital in the world. Now the position has deteriorated since and it will cost more. The most expensive hospital is getting more expensive. We have no idea when it will be built.

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