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Arrangements for Business
Tuesday to Thursday, 16 - 18 January 2018


 Deputy Joe McHugh (Rapporteur)

Announcement of Business for the Week:

Tuesday’s business shall be Item 30, Post European Council Statements and Item 31, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, Second Stage resumed.  Private Members Business shall be Item 168, Motion re. Trolley Crisis selected by Sinn Féin.

Wednesday’s business shall be Item 32, Statements re. Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution and Item 31, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 Second Stage (resumed). Private Members Business shall be Item 169, Motion re. reimbursing staff of Section 39 agencies, selected by Fianna Fáil.    

Thursday’s business shall be Item 31, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) and Item 32, Statements re. Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (resumed, if not previously concluded).
                                                    
Announcement of Proposed Arrangements for this week’s business:

In relation to Tuesday’s business, it is proposed that:
1.    Post European Council Statements shall commence immediately after Taoiseach’s Questions and will be followed by Questions to the Minister for Rural and Community Development. The Statements will be brought to a conclusion after 1 hour and 45 minutes if not previously concluded and shall be confined to a single round for An Taoiseach and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a member nominated in their stead, for a period not exceeding 10 minutes each. A Minister or Minster of State shall take questions and answers for a period not exceeding 20 minutes with a 5 minute response from the Minister or Minister of State and all members may share time;
2.    Notwithstanding anything in Standing Order 143F, the rota for Private Members’ Business on 16 to 23 January, shall be in the following temporary sequence: Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Social Democrats-Green Party Group, whereupon the sequence in the Standing Order shall continue; and
3.    Private Members’ Business shall be taken at 8.00 p.m., or on conclusion of Topical Issues, whichever is the later, for two hours and the Dáil shall adjourn on the conclusion of Private Members’ Business.    

In relation to Wednesday’s business, it is proposed that:
1.     There shall be no Taoiseach’s Questions and the Sos in accordance with Standing Order 25(1) shall take place on the conclusion of Questions on Promised Legislation; and
2.    The opening round of Statements re. Report of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution shall be confined to a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a member nominated in their stead, for a period not exceeding 20 minutes each. In the following round, Statements shall be confined to members of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution for a period not exceeding 20 minutes each. All other members shall have 20 minutes each with a 10 minute response from the Minister or Minister of State and all members may share time.  The Statements shall adjourn at 8.15 p.m., if not previously concluded, to take Second Stage resumed of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017, unless previously concluded. If the proceedings on Second Stage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 conclude before 10.15 p.m., the Statements shall resume.

In relation to Thursday’s business, it is proposed that:
1.    The proceedings on Second Stage of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 4.30 p.m. and any division demanded on the conclusion of Second Stage on Thursday shall be taken on Tuesday 23 January 2017 after the Order of Business;
2.    Topical Issues shall take place not later than 7.00 p.m.; and
3.    No Private Members’ Bill shall be taken under Standing Order 140A and no Committee Report shall be taken under Standing Order 91(2).