Business of Dáil

I call on the Chief Whip to outline the proposals for the taking of the business of the House.

Before I do so, on behalf on the entire Membership of this House and Seanad, I wish to thank publicly the staff, the ushers, the officials and all of the people who work around these Houses to make sure that we can do what it is that we do on a daily basis. I thank them most sincerely and wish them a very happy Christmas. I wish to say how genuinely appreciative all of us are of what they do for us. We must make sure that we are cognisant in future not to have them here all night or on late sittings only to be back in at 7 a.m. the next morning. It is unfair to them and we genuinely appreciate what they do.

Deputies

Hear, hear.

I did not think it was that easy to get a round of applause.

It is the season of goodwill.

As agreed at the Business Committee meeting this morning, I ask the House's leave to withdraw the arrangements I proposed this morning.

Notwithstanding previous orders of the Dáil this week, I propose that the Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. this evening and shall adjourn not later than 10.00 p.m.; that the suspension of sitting, which was to take place following the weekly division time, will now not take place; that the proceedings of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages shall not adjourn at 3.30 p.m. today but shall continue until close of business today; that the Dáil shall sit tomorrow at 10 a.m. to take the parliamentary questions which were for answer today, today's Topical Issues, the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Second Stage and the resumed proceedings of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages, if not previously concluded; that the parliamentary questions, Topical Issues and the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Second Stage shall be taken for their normal duration tomorrow; that the Dáil shall adjourn on their conclusion or on the conclusion of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 - Report and Final Stages, whichever is the latter; and that the Dáil, on its rising at the end of tomorrow's sitting, shall adjourn until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 January 2017.

Is that agreed? Agreed. Ós rud é go mbím anseo minic go leor mar Leas-Cheann Comhairle, ba cheart dom mo bhuíochas a chur in iúl do na Teachtaí go léir as an gcomhoibriú - an chuid is mó den am. Guím Nollaig shona oraibh go léir agus ar bhur dteaghlaigh.