Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015: Report and Final Stages

Before we commence, I remind Senators that they may speak only once on Report Stage, with the exception of the proposer of an amendment who may reply to the discussion on the amendment. Senators should also note that each Report Stage amendment must be seconded. Amendment No. 1 is in the names of Senators Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn. Amendments Nos. 1 and 4 form a composite proposal and may be discussed together, by agreement. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Tairgim leasú a 1:

I leathanach 5, líne 12, “an t-alt a bhfuil an téacs de” a scriosadh agus “na hailt a bhfuil an téacs díobh” a chur ina ionad.

I move amendment No. 1:

In page 4, line 12, to delete “the section” and substitute “the sections”.

I do not yet have a copy of the amendments.

They are being circulated.

This amendment involves deleting the term "the section" and replacing it with "the sections", which term would be necessary in the event that one of my proposed additions to the wording of the constitutional amendment is accepted.

Is there a seconder?

Senator Feargal Quinn is due to second the amendment.

It must be formally seconded. If Senator Feargal Quinn is not present-----

Is it necessary for it to be formally seconded at this point?

Yes. I have pointed out that each amendment on Report Stage must be seconded. If there is no seconder present-----

I do not believe Senator Feargal Quinn has left the House permanently.

Must the amendment be seconded before the debate on it can proceed?

Yes. As there is no seconder, the amendment lapses.

Chuaigh leasú a 1 i léig.
Amendment No. 1 lapsed.
Níor tairgeadh leasuithe Uimh. 2 agus 3.
Amendments Nos. 2 and 3 not moved.

Amendment No. 4 is in the names of Senators Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn.

Tairgim leasú a 4:

I leathanach 7, idir línte 3 agus 4, an méid seo a leanas a chur isteach:

“5 Ní cead alt 4 den Airteagal seo a agairt chun oibriú Airteagail 42 nó 44 nó na saoirsí agus na cearta a admhaítear sna hAirteagail sin a thoirmeasc nó a rialú nó a bhac.”.

I leathanach 7, i ndiaidh líne 6, an méid seo a leanas a chur isteach:

“5 Section 4 of this Article shall not be invoked to prohibit, control, or interfere with the operation of Articles 42 or 44 or the freedoms and rights recognised in those Articles.”.

I move amendment No. 4:

In page 6, between lines 3 and 4, to insert the following:

“5 Ní cead alt 4 den Airteagal seo a agairt chun oibriú Airteagail 42 nó 44 nó na saoirsí agus na cearta a admhaítear sna hAirteagail sin a thoirmeasc nó a rialú nó a bhac.”.

In page 6, after line 6, to insert the following:

“5 Section 4 of this Article shall not be invoked to prohibit, control, or interfere with the operation of Articles 42 or 44 or the freedoms and rights recognised in those Articles.”.

I move the amendment, but, unfortunately, I do not have a seconder.

As there is no seconder, the amendment lapses.

Chuaigh leasú a 4 i léig.
Amendment No. 4 lapsed.

Is it agreed that the Bill be received for final consideration?

Cuireadh an cheist: "Go nglacfar an Bille chun an breithniú deiridh a dhéanamh air."
Question put: "That the Bill be received for final consideration."
The Seanad divided: Tá, 28; Níl, 3.

  • Bacik, Ivana.
  • Barrett, Sean D.
  • Brennan, Terry.
  • Burke, Colm.
  • Byrne, Thomas.
  • Coghlan, Eamonn.
  • Coghlan, Paul.
  • Conway, Martin.
  • Craughwell, Gerard P.
  • Cummins, Maurice.
  • Hayden, Aideen.
  • Henry, Imelda.
  • Mac Conghail, Fiach.
  • Moloney, Marie.
  • Mooney, Paschal.
  • Moran, Mary.
  • Mulcahy, Tony.
  • Naughton, Hildegarde.
  • Noone, Catherine.
  • Norris, David.
  • Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor.
  • O'Donnell, Marie-Louise.
  • O'Keeffe, Susan.
  • Power, Averil.
  • van Turnhout, Jillian.
  • White, Mary M.
  • Wilson, Diarmuid.
  • Zappone, Katherine.

Níl

  • Mullen, Rónán.
  • Quinn, Feargal.
  • Walsh, Jim.
Tellers: Tá, Senators Paul Coghlan and Aideen Hayden; Níl, Senators Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn.
Question declared carried.
Faisnéiseadh go rabhthas tar éis glacadh leis an gceist.
Cuireadh an cheist: "Go righfear an Bille anois."
Question put: "That the Bill do now pass."
The Seanad divided: Tá, 29; Níl, 3.

  • Bacik, Ivana.
  • Barrett, Sean D.
  • Brennan, Terry.
  • Burke, Colm.
  • Byrne, Thomas.
  • Coghlan, Eamonn.
  • Coghlan, Paul.
  • Conway, Martin.
  • Craughwell, Gerard P.
  • Cummins, Maurice.
  • D'Arcy, Jim.
  • Hayden, Aideen.
  • Henry, Imelda.
  • Mac Conghail, Fiach.
  • Moloney, Marie.
  • Mooney, Paschal.
  • Moran, Mary.
  • Mulcahy, Tony.
  • Naughton, Hildegarde.
  • Noone, Catherine.
  • Norris, David.
  • Ó Clochartaigh, Trevor.
  • O'Brien, Mary Ann.
  • O'Keeffe, Susan.
  • Power, Averil.
  • van Turnhout, Jillian.
  • White, Mary M.
  • Wilson, Diarmuid.
  • Zappone, Katherine.

Níl

  • Mullen, Rónán.
  • Quinn, Feargal.
  • Walsh, Jim.
Tellers: Tá, Senators Paul Coghlan and Aideen Hayden; Níl, Senators Rónán Mullen and Feargal Quinn.
Question declared carried.
Faisnéiseadh go rabhthas tar éis glacadh leis an gceist.