Wednesday, 2 April 2003
Order of Business.
Mary O'Rourke (Fianna Fail)
Senator Brian Hayes asked about the proposed delegation to Iraq. I made a cursory inquiry yesterday and was told unofficially that as Iraq is a war zone, the Department of Foreign Affairs advises people not to travel there. However, I will make a more official inquiry today.
Senators Brian and Maurice Hayes also raised the issue of the Northern Ireland talks blueprint, which is due to be published on 10 April, and requested a debate on the matter. On the basis of what the Senators said, it would be useful to have such a debate on Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week, which is the last week before the Easter recess. Senators would, at that stage, be informed by comment on the document which will be made over the preceding weekend. It is important we keep up to date with what is happening.
Senator Brian Hayes also asked when legislation governing specific rights for part-time workers will be brought before the House, following the adoption of the EU directive, and I will make inquiries about it. Senator Norris asked that the Minister for Foreign Affairs be requested to call the UK and US ambassadors before him. I will communicate that to the Minister.