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Arrangements for Business
Tuesday to Thursday, 4 - 6 April 2017


Deputy Mattie McGrath (Rapporteur):

Announcement of Business for the Week:

Tuesday’s business shall be Item 5, Motion re. Establishment of a Special Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution; Item 11, Statements on Brexit, to include Item 6, Motion re. Report of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs entitled “Committee Travel to Brussels 7-8 February 2017” and Item 6a, Motion to instruct the Committee on the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016. Private Members’ Business shall be Item 91, Motion re. Defence Forces selected by Fianna Fáil.

Wednesday’s business shall be Item 11, Statements on Brexit, to include Item 6, Motion re. Report of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs entitled “Committee Travel to Brussels 7-8 February 2017” (resumed if not previously concluded). Private Members’ Business shall be Item 92, Motion re. extension of maternity leave and Maternity Benefit for mothers of premature babies, selected by the Social Democrats – Green Party Group.

Thursday’s business shall be Item 19, Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Divorce) Bill 2016 Second Stage, and Item 1, Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage and Second Stage. Second Stage of Item 20, Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2017, will be debated in the evening slot.

Announcement of Proposed Arrangements for this week’s business:

In relation to Tuesday’s business, it is proposed that:

(1) The Dáil shall sit later than 10.00 p.m.;

(2) Motion re. Establishment of a Special Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution will be taken without debate;

(3) Statements on Brexit, to include Motion re. Report of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs entitled “Committee Travel to Brussels 7-8 February 2017” – Statements of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed 10 minutes each. After the opening round, the Statements shall adjourn until Wednesday. Statements of all other members on Wednesday shall not exceed 10 minutes each and all members may share time. A Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to reply for a period not exceeding 10 minutes;

(4) Motion to instruct the Committee shall conclude within 60 minutes and the speeches of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons, or a member nominated in their stead shall not exceed 7.5 minutes each and any division demanded thereon will be taken immediately; and

(5) Private Members’ Business shall take place on the conclusion of the Motion to instruct the Committee for two hours.

In relation to Thursday’s business, it is proposed that the Order of the Dáil of 6th July, 2016, that Second Stage of the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Divorce) Bill 2016 be taken in Private Members’ time, be discharged and that Second Stage of the Bill be taken in Government time. Second Stage of the Bill shall conclude within 2 hours and the speech of a Government proposer, or a member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed 10 minutes. Speeches of all other members shall not exceed 10 minutes each and all members may share time. A Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to reply for a period not exceeding 10 minutes.

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