Seanad debates

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

10:30 am

Photo of Catherine NooneCatherine Noone (Fine Gael)
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I am sorry. I do not mean to cut across the Minister. Could I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the House will suspend for a sos until 5.15 p.m., once the Minister concludes, and No. 3 will be taken then. Following that we will take No. 4, statements on childhood obesity, on the conclusion of No. 3 and No. 5, Private Members' business, will be taken on the conclusion of No. 4. The time allotted for the Private Members' business debate is two hours. Is that agreed?

Photo of Trevor Ó ClochartaighTrevor Ó Clochartaigh (Sinn Fein)
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On a point of order, the Leader came in previously and said this session would be extended until 4.30 p.m. If the Minister is available until then she might take more than eight minutes.

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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No, I am sorry but the order was for eight minutes. We are delaying matters.

Photo of Catherine NooneCatherine Noone (Fine Gael)
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The order was changed.

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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A change was proposed.

Photo of Trevor Ó ClochartaighTrevor Ó Clochartaigh (Sinn Fein)
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The Leader came in previously and extended the debate to 4.30 p.m.

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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That is wrong. We have changed it again, if that is agreed.

Photo of Maire DevineMaire Devine (Sinn Fein)
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We have not agreed it.

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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I am asking if the change is agreed before I call on the Minister and give her eight minutes to conclude?

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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This is a different time schedule.

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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I am sorry. The Minister can sit for a moment. Procedurally, I wish to get the change agreed. Is the amendment to the Order of Business agreed? Agreed.