Thursday, 10 September 2020
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Róisín Garvey (Green Party)
We have spent 50 minutes debating the need for more time to debate the Bill, which is a joke. We need to focus on the Bill. If we have to remain here and work overtime - God forbid, we are paid enough to do that - we might get through it in one day. Let us not waste any more time asking for two days to debate it when we have not even started the debate on it. The Bill is very clear. I would be optimistic about getting it through in one day if Senators would stop arguing about it.
With regard to the Order of Business, we should show respect to the Clerk and the Cathaoirleach who know better than anybody else, especially the Clerk. I say that with no offence to the Cathaoirleach as he has not been in his position very long. If the Clerk directs the Cathaoirleach on how to proceed, that is how it is. We are lucky in that we get to raise other points outside of the Bill before us during the Order of Business.