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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Tuesday, 6 Apr 2004

Vol. 583 No. 3

Order of Business.

The Order of Business today shall be as follows: No. 8, Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Bill 2003 — Financial Resolution; No. 13, Air Navigation and Transport (International Conventions) Bill 2004 [Seanad] — Order for Report, Report and Final Stages, to adjourn at 7 p.m., if not previously concluded; No. 14, Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2004 — Second Stage (resumed).

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the Dáil shall sit later than 8.30 p.m. tonight and business shall be interrupted not later than 10 p.m.; No. 8 shall be decided without debate; and Private Members' business shall be No. 35, Motion re Paramilitary Activities.

There are two proposals before the House. Is the proposal for the late sitting agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with No. 8 without debate agreed to?

The financial resolution in question will, for the first time, vest in the Minister for Finance and the new recruitment process the power to charge fees to people who apply for public service jobs. This provision was not made known in the course of debate to date on the Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Bill. The resolution provides for the introduction of another form of stealth tax.

As Committee Stage of the Bill will not be debated until tomorrow in the Committee on Finance and the Public Service, there has not been an opportunity to discuss this proposal or obtain information about the level and range of fees the Government clearly intends to introduce. The introduction of this measure without debate is, therefore, inappropriate.

Charging fees to make public service job applications is a major change. What will be the effect on poorer people or young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who apply for Civil Service jobs? We do not know the range of the proposed fees, which amount to another stealth tax, and the House will not have an opportunity to debate the matter.

I understand the proposal is in the Bill.

Will the Taoiseach defer the financial resolution until the Committee on Finance and the Public Service has had an opportunity to hear the Government's proposals from the Minister?

This is a technical motion to approve the charges already provided for in the Bill.

They are not provided for in the Bill.

They have not been enacted yet.

We are only beginning Committee Stage tomorrow. We have a serious objection to this stealth tax which will mitigate against disadvantaged people.

It is a socially-divisive tax which will affect thousands of people.

Allow the Taoiseach to speak without interruption.

I would like to answer Deputy Burton's question. She asked that we allow a debate on the issue. It is a requirement that the resolution before the House is passed so it can be discussed tomorrow. That is what we are asking the House to do.

That is anticipating a decision on Committee Stage.

Question put: "That the proposal for dealing with No. 8 be agreed."
The Dáil divided: Tá, 66; Níl, 49.

  • Ahern, Bertie.
  • Ahern, Dermot.
  • Ahern, Michael.
  • Ahern, Noel.
  • Andrews, Barry.
  • Aylward, Liam.
  • Blaney, Niall.
  • Brady, Johnny.
  • Brady, Martin.
  • Browne, John.
  • Callanan, Joe.
  • Callely, Ivor.
  • Carey, Pat.
  • Cassidy, Donie.
  • Cooper-Flynn, Beverley.
  • Coughlan, Mary.
  • Cregan, John.
  • Curran, John.
  • Davern, Noel.
  • de Valera, Síle.
  • Dempsey, Tony.
  • Dennehy, John.
  • Devins, Jimmy.
  • Ellis, John.
  • Fahey, Frank.
  • Finneran, Michael.
  • Fitzpatrick, Dermot.
  • Fleming, Seán.
  • Fox, Mildred.
  • Glennon, Jim.
  • Grealish, Noel.
  • Hanafin, Mary.
  • Haughey, Seán.
  • Healy-Rae, Jackie.
  • Keaveney, Cecilia.
  • Kelleher, Billy.
  • Kelly, Peter.
  • Kirk, Seamus.
  • Lenihan, Brian.
  • Lenihan, Conor.
  • McCreevy, Charlie.
  • McDowell, Michael.
  • McEllistrim, Thomas.
  • McGuinness, John.
  • Martin, Micheál.
  • Moynihan, Donal.
  • Moynihan, Michael.
  • Mulcahy, Michael.
  • Ó Cuív, Éamon.
  • Ó Fearghaíl, Seán.
  • O’Connor, Charlie.
  • O’Donoghue, John.
  • O’Donovan, Denis.
  • O’Keeffe, Batt.
  • O’Malley, Tim.
  • Parlon, Tom.
  • Power, Peter.
  • Power, Seán.
  • Ryan, Eoin.
  • Sexton, Mae.
  • Smith, Brendan.
  • Wallace, Dan.
  • Walsh, Joe.
  • Wilkinson, Ollie.
  • Woods, Michael.
  • Wright, G.V.


  • Allen, Bernard.
  • Boyle, Dan.
  • Broughan, Thomas P.
  • Bruton, John.
  • Bruton, Richard.
  • Burton, Joan.
  • Connaughton, Paul.
  • Connolly, Paudge.
  • Costello, Joe.
  • Cowley, Jerry.
  • Crawford, Seymour.
  • Cuffe, Ciarán.
  • Durkan, Bernard J.
  • English, Damien.
  • Enright, Olwyn.
  • Gilmore, Eamon.
  • Harkin, Marian.
  • Higgins, Joe.
  • Higgins, Michael D.
  • Hogan, Phil.
  • Howlin, Brendan.
  • Kehoe, Paul.
  • Kenny, Enda.
  • McCormack, Padraic.
  • McGinley, Dinny.
  • McGrath, Paul.
  • McManus, Liz.
  • Mitchell, Gay.
  • Morgan, Arthur.
  • Naughten, Denis.
  • Neville, Dan.
  • Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
  • Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
  • O’Dowd, Fergus.
  • O’Keeffe, Jim.
  • O’Sullivan, Jan.
  • Pattison, Seamus.
  • Penrose, Willie.
  • Rabbitte, Pat.
  • Ryan, Eamon.
  • Ryan, Seán.
  • Sargent, Trevor.
  • Sherlock, Joe.
  • Shortall, Róisín.
  • Stagg, Emmet.
  • Stanton, David.
  • Timmins, Billy.
  • Upton, Mary.
  • Wall, Jack.
Tellers: Tá, Deputies Hanafin and Kelleher; Níl, Deputies Durkan and Stagg.
Question declared carried.

When can we expect to see legislation before the House on the gun amnesty? When will we see legislation dealing with the successor to the health boards. It appears that health board staff are confused about who their employer will be on 1 July given that the Minister for Health and Children will assume responsibility for the acquisition and legal disposal of assets held by health boards. Will this be addressed before the changeover date?

As I said earlier, the criminal justice Bill will be published either during or just after the Easter recess. I do not know if it will contain the proposal referred to but the Minister will make the final decisions on it.

The health board legislation has been cleared by the Government and will be circulated within days, probably next week.

Does the Taoiseach agree with the Minister of State, Deputy O'Dea, or know if he was speaking for the Government when he said it was desirable that the referendum on citizenship be decoupled from an election environment? When will the relevant Bill be published and when is it likely to come before the House?

The Taoiseach should reply on legislation.

The legislation will be published within the next few days.

My party leader asked a specific question on when the legislation will come before the House.

That will have to be discussed with the Whips but the Government would like to see it before the House at an early date.

The Bill we are being asked about most frequently is the disability Bill, which is on the pink pages. Will it be rights-based? Will the Taoiseach indicate on what date it will be published?

I know the Taoiseach is asked about the prison services Bill regularly, but he might have news on it. Is this not a case of the cart coming before the horse in light of the announcements on prisons? Should we not have legislation before we have announcements on changes to our prison infrastructure? Likewise, will the critical infrastructure (Dublin metro) Bill will be preceded by an announcement on the metro?

It is not necessary to make any comments on the Bills.

I have three questions.

My point is on the same subject raised by Deputy Sargent. I want further clarification on whether the delay in taking Report Stage of the Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill is in some way an attempt to delay the disability Bill? At one stage the Minister for Education and Science said——

That does not arise at this stage. I suggest that the Deputy submit a question to the Minister.

——he would complete the Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill before taking the disability Bill. Will the Taoiseach clarify that he will not wait for one to be passed before he publishes the other?

The answer to that question is: "Definitely not". We are trying to pass the Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill as soon as we can.

On the prison services Bill, it is not possible to——

What about the disability Bill?

Allow the Taoiseach to answer the questions, please.

The Deputy asked me about the prison services Bill.

The Taoiseach should address the disability Bill first.

It does not matter what order they are taken in once the Deputy's questions are answered.

We are helping the Taoiseach with his recall.

It is very good, actually. It is hoped that we can complete the disability Bill as soon as possible. As I said previously, there has been a great deal of discussion on the Bill. Almost 50 officials from Departments and the Office of the Attorney General have been trying to deal with it. The comhairle (amendment) Bill and the sectoral proposals must also be considered. On the basis of many of the comments we received, there is still some work to be done on the disability Bill even though we have done considerable work on it. It has nothing to do with the Education for Persons with Disabilities Bill.

It is not possible at this stage to indicate the date on which the prison services Bill will be published.

In light of the need to build extra prisons, is any effort being made to introduce the fines Bill which will prevent people being put in jail who do not necessarily need to be put there?

Earlier today, we met the Immigrant Council of Ireland, which was established by this House and to be funded by the State, yet no funds are now being made available to it. In light of that, when will the immigration and residence Bill come before the House so we can have a full discussion on the funding of that organisation?

The draft scheme of the fines Bill to provide for updating legislation on fines and related matters was circulated to various Departments and views have been received and are being examined. Work on the heads of the immigration and residence Bill is ongoing but has been delayed by work on other immigration legislation matters and this includes consideration of submissions received as part of the public consultation process on immigration and the International Organisation for Migrant study of migrant legislation and practice.

Arising from the package of proposals from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and specifically, the gun amnesty, does the Taoiseach propose that General de Chastelain will oversee decommissioning there? In the context of the Grangegorman Development Agency Bill, given that the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has proposed another 2,000 gardaí, but Templemore does not have the capacity, will the Taoiseach consider locating a Garda academy on the Grangegorman site?

I suggest the Deputy submits a question to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on that matter.

The first matter relates to criminal justice legislation but one does not need a legislative measure for the amnesty. The Grangegorman Development Agency Bill is being drafted and will be published shortly.

Patient Focus, representing the victims of Michael Neary and others, has indicated that it is incensed at the narrowness of the terms of reference of——

Do you have a question appropriate to the Order of Business?

I am actually asking a question if you allow me to finish the sentence——

You are not asking a question; you are making a statement.

I am asking a question if you would allow me to finish. Will you allow me to finish, a Cheann Comhairle?

I will allow you to ask a question appropriate to the Order of Business——

Will the same ruling apply to this Deputy as all others?

You must obey the Standing Order like everybody else.

I am asking a question. How can you judge whether it is a question until I finish the sentence?

As I stated, Patient Focus has indicated that it is incensed at the narrowness of the terms of reference of the inquiry into gynaecological and obstetric abuses at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and the fact the inquiry will only refer to the period since 1986 and what I want to ask is——

You are making a statement. I call Deputy Howlin.

——will legislation be brought forward to establish an inquiry with wider terms of reference or will a motion be tabled in the House?

Is legislation promised?

I am not finished; I have a number of other questions on promised legislation.

I refer to the Government's list of promised Bills to be concluded before the end of the spring term. On 25 January, the Government published 25 Bills of which I can only see six that have been dealt with in the session. Where stands the Health (Amendment) Bill to allow for the removal of councillors from health boards in advance of the local elections? When will that be addressed given that we have a limited period of time——

That has been dealt with today in response to Deputy Kenny.

——in the lead up to the local elections on 11 June?

What is the position of the health Bill, number 76 on the list, to establish the executive itself? Given the continuing toll of avoidable, accidental deaths of workers, especially in the construction industry, when will we see the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Bill?

On Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and the Neary case, the Minister for Health and Children is in consultation with the families and representatives on the issue and discussions took place yesterday. There is continuing contact between them. The Minister has listened to the points made. There will not necessarily be legislation in that area but that matter is ongoing.

I already responded to Deputy Kenny in regard to the Health (Amendment) Bill and said it would be published in a matter of days. The health Bill is a large one and it is being drafted but, as I pointed out recently, it will take some time. The Safety, Heath and Welfare at Work Bill will be published before the beginning of the summer session.

My question was encompassed in that comprehensive trawl by Deputy Ó Caoláin. The Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Bill has been promised three times and the date has moved. Given the commitments made to large groups of workers concerned about the ongoing carnage on building sites outside this House, when will the Bill be enacted, or at least, be presented?

I am told it will be presented at the end of April.

Am I to understand the Taoiseach will not be present in the House tomorrow? I know arrangements have been made for the Taoiseach to give his evidence at the tribunal. I understand that evidence is simple. Am I to understand he must meet the legal team in the morning? Does he intend to be present for the Order of Business tomorrow morning?

It depends on the arrangements. I was to discuss all these matters with the legal team at the weekend but we did not do that for other reasons. I assume I will have to do that in the morning but I will need to see what time I am scheduled to be on tomorrow.

If that is the case, it means the Taoiseach will not be back here until 27 April. If his memory is as sharp as it appears and the answer is "No, I was not there", why does he have to meet a legal team? Can he still not find time to be here for the Order of Business?

That does not arise on the Order of Business.

When will the building control Bill be published?

It is listed for the middle of this year, but it will not be brought forward before the summer.

On the proposed legislation on citizenship rights for children born in this State to parents who are not citizens, is it the intention of the Government to order the discussion on that Bill in order to——

That does not arise on the Order of Business.

Dáil sittings, arrangements for Dáil debates and promised legislation arise on the Order of Business.

That matter has already been dealt with.

I will be brief. In order to hold the referendum on 11 June to run with the local and European Parliament elections, which would be highly reckless and irresponsible, is it the Taoiseach's intention that the Dáil should return the week beginning 19 April to deal with this or other legislation?

That has already been dealt with.

I have already indicated that Bill will be circulated shortly. The Government wants to take it soon.

The answer is "Yes".

That is what I have said.

A Cheann Comhairle——

The question has already been dealt with. I call Deputy Rabbitte.

I asked a question that is absolutely in order.

That question was asked earlier and was answered by the Taoiseach. We have repetition.

No. I asked if it was the intention of the Government bring the Dáil back the week beginning 19 April to deal with this or other legislation? That is absolutely in order and I would like the Taoiseach to answer.

The Taoiseach answered that question.

I will repeat what I stated earlier. I said the Government will publish the Bill in the next few days and that it wants to take the Bill as soon as the Whips can arrange it. We will need to do so quickly, and probably the week after next.

Will the Dáil sit the week beginning 19 April?

I think the House will sit that week.

Is it the Taoiseach's intention to run the referendum on 11 June?

That is the Government's intention.

It is outrageous and irresponsible. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is sniggering away. One would wish that he would stay out of the House playing with his prisons to keep him away from——

Deputy Higgins, allow Deputy Rabbitte to speak.

A Cheann Comhairle, maybe this question is for you. Two weeks ago I suggested to the Taoiseach that the House was coming back early to take the citizenship Bill but he seemed to deny it. He has misled Deputy Kenny who thought we were coming back on 27 April. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform clearly thinks this is a matter for smug satisfaction that a party which espouses republicanism in Killarney is to utilise an election environment to stir up the type of antipathy we saw at the last election.

The Deputy must confine himself to a question appropriate to the Order of Business.

Do I take it, a Cheann Comhairle, that if the Taoiseach does not answer the question, you will answer it? Is the House being convened a week earlier than advised to the Whips at the beginning of the year? If the Taoiseach will not be here tomorrow, will he at least tell the House why it is being reconvened a week earlier and what the business will be? He must stop playing ducks and drakes with us on this side of the House. I am sick and tired of the prevarication, ducking and weaving and dishonesty from the Taoiseach and the Minister, Deputy McDowell, on the matter. Is the Taoiseach taking the bloody Bill a week early or is he not?

As regards the Chair, it is a matter for the House on Thursday when we adjourn for the Easter recess.

Has the Ceann Comhairle been approached?

I have already answered the question. There are procedures for dealing with the issue. I was asked if the Government will publish the Bill and I said it will do so in the next few days. I was asked if it will take the Bill early and I said it will. I also said we would discuss the matter with the Whip, which is the normal way to do business. As has already been said, if we wish to deal with the Bill properly on 11 June, we must provide time for a debate at an early stage. We will go through the normal procedures before doing so.

In reply to Deputies Higgins and Rabbitte, I do not accept that reasonable and practical constitutional and legislative proposals designed to bring the immigration and citizenship laws into line with our European partners can be termed difficult or racist — it is not.


Hear, hear.

What about the North of Ireland?

I do not believe that a mature debate on immigration, which is a very simple issue——

It is rushed.

——will fundamentally change the significant issues we have been managing fairly well across all parties in recent years, and which are creating huge problems in other countries. We have managed to deal with the issues in this country. I do not believe that an extremely reasonable proposal will be transformed into any kind of racist proposal purely by dealing with the matter on the same day as an election. It is not a complex, difficult or divisive issue. This will only be the case if people purport to try to do that. I certainly will not do so, and I urge others not do so.


I call Deputy Naughten.

The Taoiseach should talk to a few——

Were the text of the Bill and the amendment approved by Cabinet today?

The work on the Bill is almost complete. There are still relatively minor matters to be dealt with. Most of the work is completed.

How can the Taoiseach say——

We cannot have a debate on the issue now. We must move on to other business.

I want to know what I am entitled to ask about promised legislation. Was the Bill approved by Cabinet this morning?

I have already stated that the Bill will be published in the next few days.

One cannot be a little bit pregnant. Was it approved or not?

Deputy Rabbitte must allow the Taoiseach to answer the question.

What does the Taoiseach mean when he says it is almost complete?


The matter was discussed today and matters outstanding will be dealt with.

Deputy Rabbitte must allow the Taoiseach to speak without interruption. I call Deputy Naughten.

What is the answer to the question?

I call Deputy Naughten.

A Cheann Comhairle, relax.

I am quite relaxed. Perhaps the Deputy will take a bit of his own advice.

I am entitled to ask about legislation. I am pleased the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform thinks it is a matter of hilarity.

If the Deputy has a question, I will hear it, otherwise I will move on to the next business.

No, a Cheann Comhairle, you will not, or you will move on without my party. Is the Bill and the text of the amendment approved by Cabinet? The Taoiseach promised Deputy Kenny and me that he would involve us in consultation. When will that consultation take place? When will the Bill be published and has it been approved?

Will there be consultations with the other parties?

Allow the Taoiseach to reply.

In reply to Deputy Rabbitte, there will be consultation, which I hope will take place tomorrow. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform will——


In reply to Deputy Rabbitte's other question, the Bill was approved today. There are a few outstanding issues which the Minister and the Attorney General are completing. These should be completed tomorrow, if not tonight.

How can it be well considered when it is being rushed?


When will we see Report Stage of the Rail Safety Bill? The Minister promised the legislation would be enacted by spring, but spring of what year?

The summer session.

In the context of the cuts in social welfare benefits to widows, widowers and lone-parent families, and the commitment given by the Taoiseach and the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, when will the necessary amending legislation be brought forward to enable payments to be restored to the rates which existed prior to the reductions?

There is no legislation needed.

Secondary legislation is needed. We spent three or four weeks debating it. How will the cuts, which should not have been introduced, be reversed?

I suggest that the Deputy submit a question to the Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

There must be amending legislation.

It was probably discussed in Cabinet this morning.


The matter is not appropriate to the Order of Business. I call Deputy Ó Snodaigh.

Will the Taoiseach find out——


It is a valid question.

Legislation is not required.

The question is a valid one. One of the things that has been happening in this House in the last few weeks is that changes are being sprung——

I ask the Deputy to resume his seat.

A Cheann Comhairle, you can ask me to resume my seat——

I ask the Deputy to resume his seat until he is called.

When will I be called?

The Deputy will be called when it is his turn.

On a point of order, am I correct in assuming that when a Member asks a question concerning either primary or secondary legislation, he is entitled to an answer or, if the answer is not available, he is entitled to a deferred answer? Deputy Penrose asked a question whether secondary or primary legislation is required——

The legislation is promised.

It has been promised but we want to know when.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste said——

Legislation on this matter is neither promised nor required.

A Deputy


The Government recently published a Government action programme


Deputy Ó Snodaigh without interruption.

——on better regulation in which it pointed out that best practice would be to issue a White Paper, followed by the heads of a Bill. I asked last week about the judicial conduct and ethics Bill. When will the heads of the Bill be published so that we can prepare to debate the matter? Will a White Paper on judicial conduct be issued prior to the Bill?

The Department is considering the provisions that might be included in the Bill, taking account of work done by the constitutional review group, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution and the Chief Justice's committee on judicial ethics.

As a result of the regulations on rent allowances, a growing number of tenants now face eviction because their rents have been increased. These tenants would be able to appeal the rents if the Residential Tenancies Bill were enacted. As the Government has not scheduled Report Stage of the Residential Tenancies Bill——

We must move on. Two of the Deputy's colleagues wish to contribute.

As the Residential Tenancies Bill will not be enacted for several months, will the Taoiseach withdraw or suspend the regulations for rent allowance until it has been enacted?

The Government wants to take that Bill as soon as possible.

If the Government wants to take it as soon as possible, why does it not take it the week we come back?

It has been on the Order Paper since July 2003.

The question I wished to ask has been answered.

Then we will move on to Deputy Broughan.

It has recently been the practice of the Government to announce legislation giving the shortest possible period for the Opposition to study it, table amendments or respond in any other way. This has become common practice and it will not be tolerated by the Opposition. If the Government expects the co-operation of the Opposition it must change its tune.

That means an end to pairing.

The coastal zone management Bill was part of the Government's legislative programme for five or six years but it disappeared from the legislative programme for the spring. What has happened to it?

I asked the Taoiseach's brother, the Minister of State, Deputy Noel Ahern, about a north side matter — the city manager's attempt to turn St. Anne's Park, Raheny, into an industrial estate.

That was dealt with on the Adjournment last week.

The Taoiseach knows the park well. Like me, he played football and hurling there. What are his views on what is happening to it?

That does not arise on the Order of Business.

The coastal zone management Bill is being incorporated into the marine services Bill.

I would like to ask the Taoiseach about four Bills promised in the past week by the Minister for Transport. I cannot find any of them on the Government's legislative programme so perhaps the Taoiseach might tell us the titles of the Bills and when we can expect to see them.

The first Bill will provide for random breath testing, while the second will provide for the inclusion of the use of mobile telephones in the penalty points system. The third Bill will allow for the establishment of a dedicated traffic corps. The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has stated that his advice is that new legislation is needed for that and the Minister for Transport has said he will go ahead with it before the summer. Finally, when will we see the legislation that has been promised to deal with court challenges to notices sent out under the penalty points system? It seems that prosecutions in regard to a large number of offences are in jeopardy.

Extending the penalty points system can be handled by regulation.

The Minister for Transport told me in reply to a parliamentary question last week that extending penalty points to the use of mobile phones requires primary legislation which he promised.

The first can be achieved by regulation but if the Minister said legislation is needed for the second, it is not yet listed. On the third issue, no legislation is promised on a traffic corps.

The corps was promised and the Government said legislation is necessary.

Yes, but to the best of my knowledge the Minister is not going ahead in the short term with the corps so he will not be introducing legislation.

The Minister for Transport announced this morning that he is going ahead with the establishment of a traffic corps so presumably legislation will be required.

I suggest the Deputy submit a question to the Minister.

The Minister has not sought approval for legislation to establish a traffic corps.

What about the court cases arising from challenges to penalty points?

No legislation is promised and the Minister said he will examine the legal matters involved before bringing forward any proposals. He has not brought forward any proposals.

I wish to confirm what was said earlier about the immigration Bill, namely, that consultation will take place before publication of the Bill that will include all parties in the House and that consultation will take place tomorrow. Is that correct?

It is expected that the Taoiseach will attend Leaders' Questions tomorrow and it is reprehensible that he would be absent on the basis that he is taking advice from his legal team. That is totally unsatisfactory.

That does not arise on the Order of Business.

If the Deputy is asking for a briefing from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, I will bring that to his attention.

We expect the same courtesy in this House as we show to the Taoiseach.

Is that what the Deputy is asking?

Will the Taoiseach be absent for Leaders' Questions tomorrow?

That does not arise on the Order of Business.

I have already stated that at some stage tomorrow I will be appearing before the Mahon tribunal. That was decided today and I must prepare for that.