Dáil debates

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

6:00 pm

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I move: "That Deputy Ring be suspended from the service of the Dáil."

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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When you quote the Standing Order, I will then leave the House.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is the motion opposed?

Deputies:

Yes.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I am obliged to put the question.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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This is outrageous carry-on.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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It is not outrageous carry-on. It is in accordance with the rules of the House.

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Wexford, Fine Gael)
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It is scandalous how you are carrying on.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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On a point of order, I wish to make the point——

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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The division in accordance with Standing Orders may not be taken now. However, in accordance with all precedents of this House Deputy Ring must now leave.

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I will not leave the House now.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I will suspend the House for ten minutes.

Sitting suspended at 5.50 p.m. and resumed at 6 p.m.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I note Deputy Ring has still not left the House. I will ask him one more time to leave the House.

Photo of Enda KennyEnda Kenny (Leader of the Opposition; Opposition Spokesperson on Northern Ireland; Mayo, Fine Gael)
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A Cheann Comhairle, on a point of order——

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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If Deputy Ring is not prepared to leave the House, I propose to adjourn the proceedings for a further ten minutes.

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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That is fine, a Cheann Comhairle.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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The sitting is suspended for a further ten minutes.

Sitting suspended at 6.01 p.m. and resumed at 6.10 p.m.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I will explain to Members the reason for my decision to name Deputy Ring. It was because Deputy Ring imputed unfairness to the Chair. No such allegation can be made in the House against the Chair. It is my function to be fair to every Member of the House, irrespective of his or her political persuasion or none, and I have sought to do this. The difficulty is that Deputy Ring persisted in saying I was making the rules up as I was going along. Nothing could be further from the truth. The position is set out very clearly in Standing Order 9. I could not take the amendment proposed by Deputy Kenny. I again reassure Members that it is not possible for the Chair to accept an imputation like that. It is not possible to have the integrity of the Chair undermined in that way because if that were to happen, the integrity of the House itself would be undermined and I could not stand for that. I must again ask Deputy Ring to leave the House.

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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I will leave the House. The Ceann Comhairle already named a Member of this House today three times and did not ask that Member to leave the House. He did not quote to me the Standing Order he used in respect of the imposition of the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. I will leave this House under protest on the basis that if the Ceann Comhairle continues in the way in which he has been continuing, there will be a vote of no confidence in him quicker than he knows. I am leaving the House under protest. I did nothing wrong and was treated unfairly in this House today.

Photo of Emmet StaggEmmet Stagg (Kildare North, Labour)
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On a point of order, it would seem that in the excitement the Ceann Comhairle inadvertently forgot No. 5. It has not been dealt with.

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I have not yet finished with No. 4.