Thursday, 5 July 2018
Business of Dáil
In light of the very good progress that has been made with the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill this evening, and in light of the allocated time we have available for this Bill tomorrow, I propose that we give an extra hour to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill tomorrow, which will bring it to two hours.
Allow me some leeway. I do not always ask for it. This is unusual. There are well established protocols of the House such that the business of the House is organised through the Business Committee where everybody is represented equally. We are not particularly satisfied on this side of the House. In fact, we are not satisfied at all that the information brought to us by the Government Chief Whip was brought forward in this manner and without a meeting of the Business Committee to order the business before the House tomorrow. It is a point we want to make from this side of the House.
What is proposed is to provide additional time for the House to consider a matter. It would be extraordinary in my view were the House to object to additional time to consider a particular proposal.
I am a member of the Business Committee where we have had cordial working relations. If there are changes to be made, phone calls are usually made or consultations will take place. This is being done at a late hour. I do not object to more time as we need lots more time on the Bill. However, the manner in which it is being done is unfair and shoddy. It smacks of dictatorship by the Minister, Deputy Ross, who is bullying the Government.
Bobby Aylward, John Brady, Declan Breathnach, Pat Breen, Colm Brophy, Richard Bruton, Pat Buckley, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Pat Casey, Jack Chambers, Catherine Connolly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Regina Doherty, Bernard Durkan, Dessie Ellis, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Martin Ferris, Charles Flanagan, Brendan Griffin, Simon Harris, Martin Heydon, Heather Humphreys, Paul Kehoe, Martin Kenny, Seán Kyne, John Lahart, Josepha Madigan, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Denise Mitchell, Kevin Moran, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Imelda Munster, Catherine Murphy, Eoghan Murphy, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Carol Nolan, Darragh O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Kate O'Connell, Patrick O'Donovan, Fergus O'Dowd, Kevin O'Keeffe, Louise O'Reilly, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, John Paul Phelan, Maurice Quinlivan, Shane Ross, Niamh Smyth, Brian Stanley, David Stanton, Peadar Tóibín, Robert Troy.