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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006

Vol. 624 No. 1

Order of Business (Resumed).

On a point of order, I want an explanation as to why the Ceann Comhairle is depriving me of my right in this House to put something on the public record. It was made public in County Clare by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Dempsey.

The Deputy has made his point. If he has a problem with the Chair's rulings, he is welcome to come to my office. He should allow the House to proceed with its business.

The Minister intervened with An Post. It was a senior member of Government that did this. Did he intervene or not? That is all I want to know. Did the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources intervene with An Post.

The Chair is reluctant to ask the Deputy to leave but it appears that is what the Deputy wants.

All I want is an answer to my question.

The Deputy wants to be asked to leave and the Chair can facilitate him.

I should be provided with an answer to my question.

I will answer any questions in my office, not on the floor of the House.

No, that is in private. I want it on the public record.

We are moving on.

The Ceann Comhairle can move where he likes. I will not resume my seat.

Very well, the Deputy will leave the House.

On a point of order——

There is no point of order. The Chair is dealing with a point of disorder. Deputy James Breen will leave the House.

The Deputy should be allowed to read the letter, which is short.

The Deputy does not wish to leave the House. I move:

That Deputy James Breen be suspended from the service of the Dáil.

Question put and agreed to.

That is a sour note on which to start a new session.

Deputy J. Breen withdrew from the Chamber.