Thursday, 1 April 2021
Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil
Jack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
I respect everyone's right to speak in this House, including backbench Government Deputies. The status quo before last July, unfortunately, was that backbench Government Deputies were being deprived of their speaking rights in this House. We have tried to address that, with balance. Deputy Boyd Barrett should note we have worked constructively across a number of proposal areas. For example, the Questions on Promised Legislation slot is being reformed, but reformed in a way that protects the smaller groups and parties and does not undermine their right to speak. We have tried to work with them on that.