Sittings and Business of the Dáil: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, unless the Dáil shall otherwise order, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to the sittings of the Dáil on 6, 7 and 8 December, 2011:

(i) oral questions shall not be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday;

(ii) matters may not be raised under the provisions of Standing Order 32 on Tuesday and Wednesday;

(iii) Topical Issues may not be raised under the provisions of Standing Order 27A on Tuesday and Wednesday;

(iv) Private Members' business shall not be taken on Tuesday and Wednesday but shall be taken on Thursday;

(v) Leaders' Questions shall be taken at 2 p.m. on Tuesday; and

(vi) the Order of Business shall be taken at the conclusion of Leaders' Questions on Tuesday.

Is the motion agreed?

Which motion is this?

It is the motion re the sittings. Is that agreed? Agreed. We move on to the next motion.

A Cheann Comhairle—

What is your problem?

My problem is that yesterday, on the record of the House, the Taoiseach said the following: "The Bill is required by the troika—"

Sorry, you are out of order. Please, Deputy, resume your seat.

Deputy, will you please resume your seat? You are totally out of order. It is now 11.45 a.m.

That is not his fault.

I am in the middle of putting business.

When you are finished. You can call me next. Thank you.

Sit down. Thank you.

I now call on the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan.

A Deputy

Our man is installed.

Your man is gone. He has no cover now.

Withdraw that. You might have to withdraw that, I can tell you.

It was an off the record comment. I will make you withdraw every one that you make from now on, if you want.

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle—

Sorry, Deputy, we have finished the Order of Business.

A Leas-Cheann Comhairle, yesterday, on the Order of Business, the Taoiseach said that the Water Services (Amendment) Bill was required by the troika memorandum.

That is out of order.

He went on further to say that it had to be "implemented before the end of the year".

He is totally out of order.

I am sorry. The Deputy will have to resume his seat. We have finished the Order of Business.

The Taoiseach was wrong, factually. I ask him to come to the House and correct the record of the Dáil, which is incorrect. Furthermore—

Deputy Ó Cuív, you have just heard the Ceann Comhairle say that when the Chair is on his feet, the Deputy will resume his seat.

I am giving the Tánaiste, Deputy Gilmore, an opportunity to make an honest man of the Taoiseach, as the Taoiseach wanted to make of him last week.

Deputy Ó Cuív, you were told that the Deputies should resume their seats when the Chair is standing. I call on the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, to move the next motion.

Question put and agreed to.