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Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: May I raise a point of order?

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We will hear Deputy Ó Ríordáin, without interruption.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: It is important that my position is not misrepresented.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Do we need-----

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I will be brief.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: This is quite unusual.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Hold on now, Deputies.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I simply want to clarify that I am not, in any way, tolerant of canvassing, in the event that it is being implied that is the case. I am simply suggesting an alternative means of sanction.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy Ó Laoghaire has made his point. The floor is Deputy Ó Ríordáin's.

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: It is quite unusual for a contribution to be interrupted in that manner but, obviously, ordinary rules do not apply in certain circumstances. I hope my time can be replenished. My point is that, regardless of the very unusual circumstances, we have to send out a message that strictly no canvassing can take place on any level whether the student is aware of such canvassing. If we dilute...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: We are debating this legislation primarily because of the campaigning voice of leaving certificate students. They have been through a difficult two years, having lost out on months of in-school learning, with profound uncertainty and stress about what was going to happen. It appeared until earlier this spring that they were facing a system telling them that a traditional leaving certificate...

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Education (Leaving Certificate 2021) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021: Second Stage (13 May 2021)

Norma Foley: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." Ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas a ghabháil as ucht an am agus an deis a thabhairt dom labhairt anseo inniu. I am honoured to be in the House to bring the Education (Leaving Certificate Examinations) (Accredited Grades) Bill 2021 forward on Second Stage and to open this debate. As Members will be aware, the Bill has already passed...

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Is the Bill being opposed?

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Leo Varadkar: No.

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Barry Cowen: I move: "That the Bill be taken in Private Members' time."

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Question put and agreed to.

Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2021: First Stage (13 May 2021)

Sitting suspended at 1.22 p.m. and resumed at 2.02 p.m.

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