Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Requests to move Adjournment of Seanad under Standing Order 30
I have received notice from Senator Jillian van Turnhout of a motion she wishes to raise under Standing Order 30. I call on her to state the motion of which she has given notice before I give my ruling.
The issue I am raising which we debated on the Order of Business is contemplated under Standing Order 30 because it is an important matter of public interest which has arisen suddenly. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs should come before the House to address the concerns raised by many Members about the child protection issues that arise as a result of-----
I have given very careful consideration to the motion the Senator has put before me. However, the restrictive nature of Standing Order 30 means that it is confined to a matter of public interest that has arisen suddenly. I cannot deem this issue to have arisen suddenly as it has been in the public domain for a number of weeks. It was flagged by RTE, has been the subject of parliamentary questions and raised in this House on numerous occasions.
This issue can be raised effectively in numerous other ways. An all-party motion could be tabled, for example, or an amendment to the Order of Business could be proposed. Therefore, I am ruling the motion out of order under Standing Order 30.