Seanad debates

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

11:00 am

Rory Kiely (Fianna Fail)
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I have notice from Senator Ryan that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

An gÉar gá atá ann go gcintíonn an tAire Oideachais agus Eolaíochta go gcuirfear tús le tógáil Gaelscoil Chloich na Coillte, Contae Chorcaí, chomh luath agus is féidir, ós rud é go bhfuil an Gaelscoil ar siúl ó 1994 ar aghaidh agus go bhfuil 240 dalta ann atá lonnaithe i seomraí réamhdhéanta atáthar ag íoc €330,000 cíos orthu.

I have also received notice from Senator Wilson of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Science to provide additional permanent accommodation at St. Mary's national school, Virginia, County Cavan.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business.

With regard to raising matters on the Adjournment, it is important to point out that the onus is on Senators to be present in the Seanad on the Adjournment to raise the matters they wish to raise. There have been occasions, especially last night, when Senators did not turn up when their matters were selected for discussion. They did not notify my office and the Minister arrived for the debate. This causes terrible inconvenience for Ministers and is disrepectful to the House and to the Chair. It cannot be tolerated.

Photo of James BannonJames Bannon (Fine Gael)
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On a point of order, I wish to apologise. I was not informed that the Adjournment motion was to be debated.

Rory Kiely (Fianna Fail)
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It would be more appropriate, Senator, if you would let the House and my office know beforehand. It is not a laughing matter. Apologising when smiling does not make it appear sincere. I call the Leader of the House.