Seanad debates

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


1:00 pm

Photo of Gerard CraughwellGerard Craughwell (Independent)

I too wish to be associated with John O'Mahony. He was a very decent man, a towering man. When you met him, you knew you were standing in the presence of greatness. I believe his last interview was given from his hospital bed. That would be the nature of the man. I extend my sympathy to John's family.

I propose to amend the Order of Business to increase the time for the Defence (Amendment) Bill 2024. Providing an hour and a half for this most significant legislation is outrageous. It will change so much about the Defence Forces that it simply cannot be completed in an hour and a half. We were dismissed here last week by the Tánaiste when we tried to table amendments. There are a significant number of important amendments today. I ask that the Cathaoirleach consider giving at least an extra hour for the Bill, meaning we would debate it from 3.15 p.m. until 5.45 p.m. I ask the Cathaoirleach to do that. This is very important.


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