Seanad debates

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


10:30 am

Photo of Mark DalyMark Daly (Fianna Fail)

That is why I made the clarification. The issue is if you make somebody or a case identifiable. When Members bring out the detail of a case, for example, an 83-year-old lady, that would stray into the area where it would make the individual case identifiable. However, for the benefit of the House I will circulate the ruling from previous Cathaoirligh and from the Chair in the Dáil. I want debate in this House. I want Members to be able to raise the issues of the day that people are talking about on the street. If we cannot talk about them here when everybody else is talking about them, it does not make this House as relevant as it should and needs to be. Yes, by all means every debate and issue should be brought to this House, but I am conscious of the separation of the Judiciary, the rulings of previous Cathaoirligh and making particular instances identifiable, which could bring us into a situation. Bear in mind that we have introduced new Standing Orders on foot of the Kerins case which define further what Members have a right to talk about in the House, to protect Senators from spurious accusations.


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