Thursday, 10 May 2012
Business of Seanad
I thank the Minister. Before I call on Senator Denis O'Donovan, I wish to explain to the House that the Committee on Procedure and Privileges, at a meeting held on 27 April 2012, made the following decision:
The Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges, at its meetings today, agreed that the time allocation to a spokesperson in the Second Stage debate on a Bill should not be shared.
I call on Senator O'Donovan.
On a point of order, I protest in the strongest possible terms about that decision. It is a completely fraudulent exercise by the Government and goes against the principles of democracy. To show how utterly hollow and disgraceful it is, that very Government over there allowed the sharing of time and it used, as a pathetic skeleton of an excuse, the fact there were two Ministers in the Chair.