Thursday, 10 September 2020
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
David Norris (Independent)
I would like to raise a point of order and seek clarification. The Cathaoirleach has said the long-standing tradition of the House, which I have seen over 33 years and more, and which has never been challenged, is that only the legislation or business proposed by the Government can be discussed and we cannot move to other matters. It seems to suggest that any time in future, regardless of whether there is a special sitting of the Seanad, the Cathaoirleach has the capacity to close debate on anything other than the specific items of legislation on the Order Paper. That is a very draconian power and is one I never thought resided with the Cathaoirleach.