An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

Today's business shall be No. a18, motion re opt-in under protocol of a measure in the area of asylum, migration and integration funds, referral to committee; No. 18, excess Vote in relation to 2016 - Vote 35; No. 18a, motion re parliamentary question rota swap; No. 38, statements on the report on the procurement process audit of the national broadband plan; No. 19, instruction to committee re Local Government Bill 2018; and No. 39, Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 - Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage.

Wednesdays' business shall be No. 39, Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 - Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage; No. 13, Irish Film Board (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage; No. 1, European Investment Fund Agreement Bill 2018 - Second Stage; and No. 2, Health insurance (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage.

Thursday's Business will be No. 19a, motion re opt-in under protocol of a measure in the area of asylum, migration and integration funds, back from committee; No. 3, Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016 - amendments from the Seanad; No. 40, annual transitional statements on climate change; No. 41, Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) Bill 2018 - Order for Report Stage and Report and Final Stages; No. 13, Irish Film Board (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage (resumed); No. 1, European Investment Fund Agreement Bill 2018 - Second Stage (resumed); and No. 2, Health insurance (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage (resumed). Private Members' business shall be No. 4, International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Second Stage.

I refer Members to the fourth revised report of the Business Committee, dated 3 December 2018.

In relation to today's business, it is proposed that:

(1) the Dáil shall sit later than 10 p.m. and adjourn not later than 11.30 p.m. Private Members' Business under Standing Order 143F shall not be taken this week, provided that the rota shall continue on Tuesday, 11 December, as if it had;

(2) Nos. a18, 18 and 18a shall be taken without debate and any division demanded thereon shall be taken immediately;

(3) the opening statement of the Minister on No. 38 shall not exceed ten minutes. Following the Minister's statement, each party or group in opposition, shall have six minutes each which shall consist of alternating questions and answers. Following the questions and answers, Deputy Denis Naughten may make a statement which shall not exceed six minutes and a Minister or Minister of State may make a concluding statement which shall not exceed five minutes. The statement, the questions and answers, Deputy Naughten's statement and the concluding statement shall not exceed 63 minutes in total; and

(4) the proceedings on No. 19, if not previously concluded, shall be brought to a conclusion after one hour. The speeches of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokesperson for parties or groups, or a member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed 7.5 minutes each, all members may share time and any division demanded thereon shall be taken immediately.

In relation to Wednesday's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 10.15 p.m. and adjourn not later than 11 p.m.

In relation to Thursday's business, it is proposed that:

(1) the Dáil shall sit later than 7.48 p.m. and shall adjourn on the conclusion of the proceedings on Second Stage of the International Protection (Family Reunification) (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad];

(2) No. 19a shall be taken without debate;

(3) the amendment from the Seanad on No. 3 shall be taken immediately following No. 19a. Weekly divisions will take place on the conclusion of the proceedings on the amendment from the Seanad on No. 3;

(4) No. 40 shall conclude within 1 hour and 15 minutes. The opening round shall consist of the statements of seven Ministers or Ministers of State. The second round shall consist of statements by the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a Member nominated in their stead. Statements shall not exceed five minutes each, and all Members may share time. A Minister or Minister of State shall make a concluding statement, which shall not exceed five minutes.

(5) Topical Issues shall be taken on the conclusion of Government Business or at 7 p.m., whichever is the earlier; and

(6) notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, Second Stage of No. 4 shall be taken in the Thursday evening slot under Standing Order 140(2) and shall be brought to a conclusion after two hours. The provisions of Standing Order 140A shall apply.

On a point of clarification, is Fianna Fáil waiving its motion on recycling tonight to give way to the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018?

There are three proposals to put to the House today. Is the proposal for dealing with today's business agreed to?

I wanted to give notice of a matter. Given the experience of dealing with the abortion legislation last week and the urgency of the Bill, we should potentially factor in a Friday sitting. I raise this with Deputies now in order that they can mentally prepare themselves for that. We should also consider the Bill on Thursday because what we saw last week was a clear attempt to delay this legislation for as long as possible in order to allow a fictional crisis to emerge over the weekend at a doctors' conference. I am assured by doctors who have contacted me that this involved a minority of a minority of doctors who love publicity and want to give the impression that this service will not be provided in January.

It is outrageous to describe it as a fictional crisis. That is rubbish.

We cannot have a debate.

Who put Deputy Coppinger in charge of the doctors in Ireland?

There is something exceptional about this legislation. While all Deputies are entitled to speak for as long as they want, people have voted en masse.

Deputy Coppinger is talking more than anyone else. They held it up.

(Interruptions).

Please, Deputies. Deputy Coppinger has the floor.

Women who are now finding out they are pregnant and who are in crisis will potentially not get a service. The Minister must provide assurance today that all of the training will be provided for doctors and everything possible will be done to ensure this service that was promised to women will be provided.

We cannot get into a debate now. If there is a requirement for a sitting on Friday, it can be considered on Thursday by the Business Committee.

It looks like we will need it.

Is the proposal for dealing with today's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with tomorrow's business agreed to? Agreed. Is the proposal for dealing with Thursday's business agreed to? Agreed.