Seanad debates

Thursday, 12 July 2012

12:00 pm

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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I propose an amendment to the Order of Business, that No. 3, the resolution to establish the constitutional convention, be taken without debate, as the Tánaiste has been waiting since 11.45 a.m. and was prepared to stay until 1.30 p.m.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Is the amendment to the Order of Business agreed to?

Photo of David NorrisDavid Norris (Independent)
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The Leader misled the House. He told us the Tánaiste was not able to be present.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Is the amendment agreed to?

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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It most certainly is not. The Tánaiste would not have had to sit out there for an hour if the Leader had played ball initially.

Amendment put.

The Seanad divided by electronic means.

Photo of David CullinaneDavid Cullinane (Sinn Fein)
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Under Standing Order 62(3)(b), I call for the division to be taken again other than by electronic means.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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As the Senator is not a Teller, will the Senators supporting his request, please, stand?

More than four Members rose.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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The vote will now proceed.

Amendment put:

The Seanad Divided:

For the motion: 28 (Ivana Bacik, Paul Bradford, Terry Brennan, Colm Burke, Deirdre Clune, Eamonn Coghlan, Paul Coghlan, Michael Comiskey, Martin Conway, Maurice Cummins, Jim D'Arcy, Michael D'Arcy, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Aideen Hayden, Imelda Henry, Lorraine Higgins, Caít Keane, Marie Maloney, Mary Moran, Tony Mulcahy, Michael Mullins, Catherine Noone, Marie Louise O'Donnell, Susan O'Keeffe, Pat O'Neill, Tom Shehan, John Whelan)

Against the motion: 19 (Sean Barrett, Thomas Byrne, David Cullinane, Mark Daly, Terry Leyden, Paschal Mooney, Marc MacSharry, Rónán Mullen, David Norris, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Darragh O'Brien, Ned O'Sullivan, Averil Power, Feargal Quinn, Kathryn Reilly, Jillian van Turnhout, Jim Walsh, Mary White, Katherine Zappone)

Tellers: Tá, Senators Paul Coghlan and Susan O'Keeffe; Níl, Senators Paschal Mooney and Ned O'Sullivan.

Amendment declared carried.