Dáil debates

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

12:55 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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This is a perennial issue, but I understand that we are now taking 16 questions in the first tranche, varying from dealing with the undocumented to a meeting with the governor of Texas. In the third tranche we are taking one question. It seems that we have to do things better than to give 15 minutes to 16 questions and then 15 minutes to one question.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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Except that one question is mine.

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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I am happy for the Deputy to ask it.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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I am joking.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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There are nine questioners. It seems to me that it is impossible to deal with nine people posing questions in 15 minutes. Would Members be agreeable to allocating two blocks of questions?

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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The last questions are mine.

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Leader of the Opposition; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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We will go with the three minutes.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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How much time is the Ceann Comhairle allocating for each block?

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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There is 15 minutes for each block.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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I would be happy to cut my very specific question about correspondence to six or seven minutes-----

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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It is important.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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-----and then give extra time to the other two.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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In that case we will give an extra nine minutes to the first 16.

1:05 pm

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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I am so helpful.

Photo of Mary Lou McDonaldMary Lou McDonald (Dublin Central, Sinn Fein)
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The Deputy is.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I ask Members to be succinct.