Following the Government decision of today staff from various sections of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service along with contractors will be working throughout the weekend to prepare the Chamber for the Special sitting of the Dáil on Wednesday 7 September. The Special sitting will discuss the Government decision to appeal the European Commission decision that Ireland provided unlawful State aid to Apple.
Our contingency plan for a recall during the work on the installation of new technology in the Chamber will be initiated. The work on the new systems will be suspended until this sitting is complete.
While this suspension will allow the sitting to happen, a major body of work still remains to be completed on the new systems before Tuesday, 27th September when the Dáil reconvenes.
This remaining work includes further installation works and extensive testing of the new system, configuration of the electronic voting system and the full integration of all of the new systems.
Any divisions during the sitting will be taken by manual vote in the absence of the electronic voting system.
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Notes to Editors
The work to be completed after the sitting and before the House resumes on 27 September includes;
• The electronic voting system to be fully configured and tested;
• The large vote result display screens in the chamber to be fully installed or tested;
• Mini vote result display screens in the press gallery to be tested;
• Equipment in the lobby area for joint sittings to be tested;
• Equipment in the distinguished visitors’ gallery to be installed and tested;
• Installation of the back-up microphone switching equipment;
• Transmission of data from the new electronic voting system to the Journal Office, Debates Office and Translation section to be tested; and
• Staff training.