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28th Aug 2019

Eamon Ryan calls on Taoiseach to end Dáil summer break early over Brexit emergency

Rudi Kinsella

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Eamon Ryan has urged Leo Varadkar to call an emergency return to the Dáil, following recent news from the UK.

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan has called upon Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to initiate an early return of the Dáil, following recent developments in the UK.

This comes following Boris Johnson’s decision to ask the Queen to suspend parliament days after MPs return to work next month, only weeks before the Brexit deadline.

This means that MPs are less likely to have time to pass any laws that could stop Britain’s prime minster taking the UK out of the European Union without a deal.

As a result, Ryan has called on the Taoiseach to use his powers under standing order 26 to initiate an early return of the Dáil.

The Dáil is not due to return until 17 September.

Ryan’s statement in full read:

“I am asking the Taoiseach to use his powers under standing order 26 to initiate an early recall of Dáil Éireann to discuss the evolving Brexit Crisis.

“As it stands the Dáil is due to return on the 17th of September, by which time the House of Commons will already have been prorogued with an increasing likelihood of a ‘No deal Brexit’ .

“We cannot control the increasingly fraught developments in Westminster but we should have the Dáil in session to make sure that our response is debated in full.

“We will be advancing our own proposals on what needs to be done, in consultation with our UK and European Green Colleagues.

“I believe the Irish Government’s position has been strengthened by the solidarity that has been shown across the Oireachtas. Returning earlier in September would be an important recognition of the scale of the crisis we all face.”

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