Wednesday, 12 March 2003
Order of Business.
Brendan Ryan (Labour)
I believe I have made my point.
I formally second Senator Hayes's proposal that No. 2 be removed from the Order of Business. I also fully support Senator O'Toole's proposal that the sane voice of the Information Commissioner, a former very senior civil servant, ought to be introduced into this debate by a dispassionate consideration of his report. That involves not calling him names or telling him he should not say certain things which upset the Government. If the Leader persists in imposing the Bill on the House, perhaps she would invite the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, who seems to have strong views on the matter, to take Committee Stage. That would solve many problems.
Since the Progressive Democrats are obviously committed to this Bill with great enthusiasm and considerable colour, let us get in a Progressive Democrats Minister, one who grabbed headlines for himself on the front of The Irish Times this morning. Let him come in and deal with the debate. He apparently knows more about it than anybody else. He knows more about the Information Commissioner than anybody else. Why is he running away too, just like Fianna Fáil did last week?