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Arrangements for Business
Tuesday to Thursday, 2 - 4 May 2017


Deputy Clare Daly (Rapporteur):

Announcement of Business for the Week:

Tuesday’s business shall be Item 5, Motion re. Change to Standing Order 21 (without debate); Item 6, Motion re. PQ Rota Change (Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation) (without debate); Item 13, Post-European Council Statements (to conclude within 1 hour 45 minutes if not previously concluded); and Item 7, Motion re. Change to Standing Order 27.  Private Members’ Business shall be Item 28, Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017 selected by Fianna Fáil.

Wednesday’s business shall be Item 14, Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 Second Stage (resumed); Item 15, Courts (No. 2) Bill 2016 Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and Item 16, Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad] Second Stage (resumed). Private Members’ Business shall be Item 108, Motion re. Maternity Services, selected by the Sinn Féin.

Thursday’s business shall be Item 14, Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded); Item 15, Courts (No. 2) Bill 2016 Report and Final Stages (resumed); Item 16, Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad] Second Stage (resumed); and Item 4, Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 Order for Second Stage and Second Stage.  There shall be two Private Members Bills taken. At 10 am, Second Stage of Item 29, Prohibition of Micro-Plastics Bill 2016 will be debated, and, in the evening slot, Second Stage of Item 30, Rural Equality Bill 2017 will be debated.

Announcement of Proposed Arrangements for this week’s business:

In relation to Tuesday’s business, it is proposed that -
(1)    Dáil shall sit later than 10.00 p.m. and adjourn on the conclusion of the Motion re. Change to Standing Order 27;
(2)    Motion re. Change to Standing Order 21 and Motion re. PQ Rota Change shall be taken without debate and any division demanded thereon shall be taken immediately;
(3)    Post-European Council Statements shall commence immediately after Taoiseach’s Questions, and will be followed by Questions to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, and shall be brought to a conclusion after 1 hour and 45 minutes, if not previously concluded.  Statements of 10 minutes each shall be confined to a single round from a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a member nominated in their stead.  A Minister or Minister of State shall take questions for a period not exceeding 20 minutes, followed by a 5 minute response from the Minister or Minister of State.  All members may share time;
(4)    Second Stage of the Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017 shall take place on the conclusion of Topical Issues but not earlier than 8.00 p.m. and shall conclude within 2 hours;
(5)    Motion re. Change to Standing Order 27 shall be brought to a conclusion after 40 minutes, if not previously concluded.  Speeches shall be confined to a single round from a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a member nominated in their stead, of 5 minutes each, and all members may share time.

In relation to Wednesday’s business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit at 2.00 p.m. and Leaders’ Questions shall be taken at 2.00 p.m.  There shall be no suspension of sitting under Standing Order 25(1). Private Members’ Time shall be taken on the conclusion of Topical Issues.

In relation to Thursday’s business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit at 10.00 a.m. to take Second Stage of the Prohibition of Micro-Plastics Bill 2016 in accordance with Standing Order 140A.  If the proceedings on Second Stage conclude before 12.00 p.m., the House shall suspend until 12.00 p.m. and Leaders’ Questions shall commence at 12.00 p.m.  The sitting shall suspend after the Voting Block for 30 minutes and Questions to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine shall take place at 4.00 p.m.  The Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. and shall adjourn on the conclusion of proceedings on Second Stage of the Rural Equality Bill 2017.

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