Seanad debates

Thursday, 18 June 2015

10:30 am

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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I propose a suspension of approximately 15 minutes. The decision not to adopt the Order of Business has a bearing on next Tuesday's business. No. 1 on the agenda was to bring the Commissioner into the House on Tuesday. Perhaps I could return in 15 minutes with a suggestion for the House to deal with the matter.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I propose an amendment to the Leader's proposal to the effect that the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Heather Humphreys, be called to the House to-----

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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The proposal is not about the Minister, it is about the ordering of business.

Photo of David NorrisDavid Norris (Independent)
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It is on the-----

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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We are only dealing with a suspension.

(Interruptions).

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I just want to clarify the procedure.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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This is only a proposal for a suspension of 15 minutes.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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It is not proposing the full suspension of the House for the day?

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I can revert on this issue.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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This is just about a suspension of 15 minutes.

(Interruptions).

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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The House will resume in 15 minutes' time.

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Fianna Fail)
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May I have a moment to speak to my colleague, please?

A Senator:

This is not a council meeting.

Photo of Mark DalyMark Daly (Fianna Fail)
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We are getting legal advice.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Senator Darragh O'Brien without interruption.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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We just need to be clear on our procedure. The Leader's proposal is not about the formal suspension of the House for the day.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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No. It is a suspension of 15 minutes.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I have no difficulty with a 15-minute suspension. I am certain that everyone wants the European Commissioner to attend the House next week. No one wants to block that. However, we will propose an amendment today, on foot of a further proposal from the Leader, to the effect that the Minister attend the House after the suspension-----

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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I can only deal with the proposal for a suspension.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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-----for a one-hour debate on the serious issues that have been raised by a number of colleagues.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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The Leader's proposal is to suspend the House-----

Photo of Marie Louise O'DonnellMarie Louise O'Donnell (Independent)
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A number of colleagues across the House.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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Yes. I said that.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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-----for 15 minutes-----

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Fianna Fail)
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Will the Leader amend that?

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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-----until 1.30 p.m. Is that agreed?

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Fianna Fail)
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It is not agreed.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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No, we will have to do that.

Photo of Denis LandyDenis Landy (Labour)
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Get your ducks in a row, Darragh.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Senators, please.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I do not see why something cannot be agreed to deal with next Tuesday's invitation. The Leader might move such a proposal immediately by way of an amendment. It could be: "We agree to have Commissioner Hogan here next week."

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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We will certainly do that.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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That deals with the Leader's issue. We want to amend the business-----

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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That is the amendment that I will return with at 1.30 p.m.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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That is settled. We will all agree that.

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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Also, my office is trying to ascertain whether the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys, will be available today. I cannot propose an amendment until we have that information from her office. That is what I will be doing in the 15 minutes.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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Senator O'Donnell wants to speak.

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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I am proposing to suspend the House.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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The Leader has proposed a suspension until 1.30 p.m.

Photo of Mark DalyMark Daly (Fianna Fail)
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It is not all-----

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Fianna Fail)
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I propose an amendment to the Leader's proposal to the effect that the House will suspend until 1.30 p.m. and request that the Minister attend the House afterwards.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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This is only a proposal for a suspension.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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That is okay. It is for 15 minutes. That is agreed.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Is it agreed to suspend the House until 1.30 p.m.? Agreed.

Sitting suspended at 1.13 p.m. and resumed at 1.30 p.m.

Photo of Maurice CumminsMaurice Cummins (Fine Gael)
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I propose that No. 1, motion re arrangements for the address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on 23 June, be taken now without debate; and that No. 1bon a Supplementary Order Paper, statements on the Beit collection, as requested by the House, be taken at 4.30 p.m., to conclude no later than 5.30 p.m., with all Senators' contributions not to exceed five minutes each and the Minister to be called on to reply to the debate no later than 5.20 p.m. Due to the Minister's schedule today, this is the earliest that she can attend.

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Fianna Fail)
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I thank the Leader. I know that much of this was arranged on short notice. On behalf of my group, I am agreeable to the Leader's proposal for this amended ordering of business for today.

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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Is the proposal agreed? Agreed.