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Kelly rang Taoiseach to challenge Dáil adjournment

15 September 2020

Statement by Alan Kelly TD
Party Leader and Spokesperson on Health and Disability Services

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly contacted the Taoiseach following the adjournment of the Dáil to challenge the sudden suspension, as it was his view business could be taken by Ministers of State, saying it was important that people see that our national parliament continues to work during the pandemic.

Deputy Kelly said:

“When the Ceann Comhairle adjourned the Dáil this evening after it was announced that the Cabinet would be self-isolating, I contacted the Taoiseach to find out the reasons for the full adjournment.

“It was my view that most of the business of the Dáil could be able to continue, even if members of the Cabinet were in self isolation. Ministerial questions, legislation and statements could all be taken.

“The Taoiseach did confirm in a further call to me, that the Dáil would return later this evening, with Junior Ministers standing in for questions. The government is accountable to the Dáil, but we are separate to the cabinet, and it is important that parliamentary work continue where possible.

“My thoughts are with the Minister for Health at a difficult time while he waits the outcome of a Covid-19 test. This is a reminder of how quickly this virus can spread.”