Monday, 30 April 2012
Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012: Motion for Earlier Signature
That pursuant to subsection 2° of section 2 of Article 25 of the Constitution, Seanad Éireann concurs with the Government in a request to the President to sign the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012 on a date which is earlier than the fifth day after the date on which the Bill shall have been presented to him.
The Cathaoirleach has a lack of experience with the Council of State and we wish him all the best in his functions. It is important to note that the Constitution provides that the President may decide to sign the Bill earlier. Should the vote be carried, the Cathaoirleach can exercise his discretion this evening.
The Seanad Divided:
For the motion: 25 (Ivana Bacik, Colm Burke, Deirdre Clune, Eamonn Coghlan, Paul Coghlan, Michael Comiskey, Martin Conway, Maurice Cummins, Michael D'Arcy, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Aideen Hayden, Fidelma Healy Eames, James Heffernan, Lorraine Higgins, Caít Keane, John Kelly, Denis Landy, Marie Maloney, Mary Moran, Tony Mulcahy, Catherine Noone, Susan O'Keeffe, Pat O'Neill, Tom Shehan)
Against the motion: 16 (Thomas Byrne, Mark Daly, Terry Leyden, Fiach MacConghail, Paschal Mooney, David Norris, Darragh O'Brien, Denis O'Donovan, Ned O'Sullivan, Averil Power, Kathryn Reilly, Jillian van Turnhout, Jim Walsh, Mary White, Diarmuid Wilson, Katherine Zappone)
Tellers: Tá, Senators Paul Coghlan and Susan O'Keeffe; Níl, Senators Ned O'Sullivan and Diarmuid Wilson.
Question declared carried.