Business of Dáil

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders or the Orders of the Dáil of today, that the Dáil shall sit later than 10 p.m. tonight and the sitting shall suspend on the conclusion of Oral Questions until 6 p.m., whereupon statements of clarification on statements by the Taoiseach and Ministers shall be taken and the following arrangements shall apply: the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Health and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs shall each make a statement of ten minutes; following the Ministers' statements, each group has eight minutes in total for questions and answers, with each question and response thereto lasting for one minute; following the groups' questions, the questions shall be opened to the floor, with each question and response thereto lasting one minute, to be brought to a conclusion at 8.30 p.m. tonight, followed by Private Members' business for two hours; and in relation to tomorrow's business the Taoiseach shall make a statement for 15 minutes after the sos to be followed immediately by Private Members' business; Private Members' business shall be followed by a motion re confidence in the Government, to be brought to a conclusion at 10.15 p.m., and the following arrangements shall apply: the opening speech of a Minister or Minister of State and a representative of each group shall not exceed ten minutes in each case; the opening speeches shall be followed by 30 minutes to be divided between the Government, the Fianna Fáil Party and Sinn Féin on a 40-40-20 basis; the speech of each other Member called upon shall not exceed five minutes in each case; Members may share time; and a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon to make a speech in reply which shall not exceed five minutes.

Is the Government's revised proposal agreed? Agreed.

Sitting suspended at 5.35 p.m. and resumed at 6 p.m.