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Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Brendan Howlin: I am sure it was inadvertent, but the Taoiseach's comments in the past week on the eighth amendment of the Constitution have produced a little confusion. Therefore, I ask him to clarify what he said. There are two issues at stake, one of which is the holding of a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment of the Constitution, while the second is the nature of any legislation that would flow...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: The Government and the Cabinet have not yet made a decision on the issue. I am keen to hear people's views. We had a good discussion at the Cabinet last week. I also attended a meeting yesterday of my parliamentary party which lasted for five hours to hear views across the parliamentary party on the issue. There will be a debate on it in the Dáil and the Seanad in the next couple of...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: On the same subject, the Taoiseach has stated his desire which we share that the referendum take place in May. A significant concern we have which is partially expressed by Deputy Bríd Smith's concerns about the time the various debates could take to complete relates to whether it will happen and that we will actually have the referendum in May. I do not see in anything the Taoiseach...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: With the greatest of respect to the Deputy, he is one of the champion filibusters in the House.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Mattie McGrath: Hear, hear.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I hope he will not filibuster on this or any other legislation in 2018.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: Rubbish.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: The process of having a Citizens' Assembly, referring matters to an Oireachtas committee and making decisions at the Cabinet and in this House was established by the Government. 3 o’clock Despite what other people may think, it was never about delaying tactics or long-fingering this issue. I do not want to long finger it either.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: It has been going for three decades. Is the Taoiseach kidding?

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I am committed to having a referendum in May or June if possible. However, I answered the Deputy's question in my previous reply. Before members of the public vote in a referendum, they will want to have some indication as to what legislation this House will enact if the eighth amendment is repealed. As the Deputy is aware, if the amendment was repealed tomorrow, it would not change the...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: We are aware of that.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: People would like to see, at the very least, a detailed, general scheme in order that they might have some understanding as to what might be the new law. We need to check the position. The Citizens' Assembly differed from the all-party committee as to whether there needs to be an enabling provision which makes it clear that only the Oireachtas can make the law on this issue because...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Richard Boyd Barrett: None of that prevents a referendum being held in May.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Mattie McGrath: The Taoiseach mentioned that he is shocked about the trolley crisis, about the numbers involved and about how slowly the matter is being dealt with. It is a pity the Minister for Health has left. Mary Street Medical Centre in Clonmel is a fine facility and has excellent diagnostic equipment. The Minister visited the centre and saw this with his own two eyes. After three years, the HSE...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: I do not have any information on that particular contact but I will ask the Minister for Health to respond to the Deputy.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Catherine Murphy: Additional responsibilities were given to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission regarding protected disclosures and a business case was sent to Government to ensure that resources were available to carry out the work in the context of protected disclosures. The chairperson of GSOC, Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring, was forthright in an RTÉ interview last Sunday about the...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Charles Flanagan: The Government is absolutely committed to ensuring that GSOC has sufficient resources to ensure that it does its most important task in society. I listened to the interview referred to by the Deputy and I have been in contact with GSOC. I am keen to ensure that any issues are resolved. As far as the proposed change to legislation is concerned, I remind her and, indeed, the House that we...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Eamon Ryan: I add my words of sympathy to the family of the late Dolores O'Riordan who was a great artist. As John F. Kennedy said, great artists are often solitary figures who have a lover's quarrel with the world, but we will miss her now that she is gone. We think of her family who must miss her the most. Ten days ago the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy,...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: As the Deputy knows, the local property tax is principally a tax matter. The Minister for Finance, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, brought a memo to the Cabinet today to ask for permission to commence the review. As that permission was granted, he will be making a statement in the next short while on the details.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Taoiseach. Who has the next question?

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