Re: Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill 2016: First Stage
An Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Since this is a Private Members' Bill, Second Stage must, under Standing Orders, be taken in Private Members' time.
Deputy John Deasy: On a point of order, while we are discussing Private Members' Bills, may I raise the issue of Private Members' motions-----
An Ceann Comhairle: No... This is not in order.
Deputy John Deasy: ----- or, more specifically, the futility of voting on such motions, as was demonstrated last night, that succeed but are not worth the paper on which they are written?
An Ceann Comhairle: That is absolutely not in order at this stage. Will the Deputy, please, resume his seat?
Deputy John Deasy: There is no point in voting on them.
An Ceann Comhairle: Fair enough.
An Ceann Comhairle: Will Deputy John Deasy, please, resume his seat? ---- I am quite happy to have a conversation with Deputy John Deasy about that matter.
Deputy John Deasy: I am not talking about the substance of the-----
Deputy Brendan Howlin: He is being irrelevant.
Deputy John Deasy: It should have some relevance to legislating in Parliament.