Dáil debates

Thursday, 5 July 2018

9:40 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Before proceeding with the Bill, I understand the Chief Whip has a business proposal to put to us in respect of tomorrow.

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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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.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Is that agreed?

Deputies:

No.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I must put the question.

Question put: "That the proposal be agreed to."

9:50 pm

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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On a point of order-----

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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No. I am calling the vote at this stage. I have already called it.

Photo of John LahartJohn Lahart (Dublin South West, Fianna Fail)
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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.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I make it clear that it is not at all uncommon for a proposal of this nature to be put to the House.

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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At such a late hour. At 10.50 p.m. on a Thursday.

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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Whose fault is that? That is the Business Committee.

Photo of Dara CallearyDara Calleary (Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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Deputy Shane Ross.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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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.

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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Reverse engines, lads, quick.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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As a member of the Business Committee, I think it is very strange also. We are normally consulted.

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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That explains it.

(Interruptions).

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Deputy Mattie McGrath is entitled to make his point.

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary, Labour)
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Will the Member up there get off the phone?

(Interruptions).

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I know it is late but I ask people to try to contain themselves.

Photo of Mattie McGrathMattie McGrath (Tipperary, Independent)
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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.

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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There is a vote. How is that a dictatorship?

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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The Minister, Deputy Ross, had no hand, act or part in this particular matter.

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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He was with the Chief Whip.

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I have called the matter. The proposal on the Order of Business is for an additional hour to be provided tomorrow and on that matter a division has been challenged.

Question put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 62; Níl, 5; Staon, 0.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Joe McHugh and Tony McLoughlin; Níl, Deputies Danny Healy-Rae and Michael Collins.

Question declared carried.

The Dáil adjourned at at 10.55 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 6 July 2018.