Standing Orders 30, 100, 118A, 119, 120, 173, 178 and 219, and membership of the Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform: Motion

I move:

That–

(1) the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann relative to Public Business are amended with immediate effect—

(a) by the adoption of the following new Standing Order:

'118A. (1) There shall stand established, following the reassembly of the Dáil subsequent to a General Election, a Committee, which shall be called the Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform (hereinafter referred to in this Standing Order as "the Committee").

(2) The functions of the Committee shall be to—

(a) consider matters of procedure generally, including procedure in Standing, Select or Special Committees, and make such recommendations on amendments to Standing Orders as it considers necessary and appropriate, and

(b) consider and make recommendations on the establishment of new Standing,Select or Special Committees.

(3) The Committee shall have the following powers:

(a) power to appoint sub- Committees as defined in Standing Order 96(4);

(b) power to engage consultants as defined in Standing Order 96(14);

(c) power to travel as defined in Standing Order 96(15) (other than as defined in subparagraph (a) thereof);

(d) power to print and publish reports and to authorise sub-Committees to report directly to the Dáil as defined in Standing Order 100(1).

(4) The Committee shall consist of the Ceann Comhairle, who ex officio shall be Chairman, and who shall have only one vote, and seventeen other members; and eight shall constitute a quorum. In the unavoidable absence of the Ceann Comhairle, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle may act as Chairman. The Committee shall be constituted so as to be impartially representative of the Dáil.

(5) In the absence of a member nominated to serve on the Committee, a substitute may be nominated to take part in the proceedings and shall be entitled to vote in the absent member's stead and to move motions and amendments in his or her own name.

(6) The Committee is a continuation in being of the sub-Committee which, under the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann relative to Public Business, was previously titled the sub-Committee on Dáil Reform.';

and

(b) by the following consequential amendments:

(i) in Standing Order 30, in paragraph (1), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'sub-Committee on Dáil Reform';

(ii) in Standing Order 100, in paragraphs (3) and (6), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'Committee on Procedure';

(iii) in Standing Order 120, in paragraph (7), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'sub-Committee on Dáil Reform';

(iv) in Standing Order 173, in paragraph (1), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'sub-Committee on Dáil Reform';

(v) in Standing Order 178, in paragraph (1), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'sub-Committee on Dáil Reform'; and

(vi) in Standing Order 219, in paragraph (3), by the substitution of 'Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform' for 'sub-Committee on Dáil Reform' wherever it occurs;

and

(2) notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders and until further notice in the 33rd Dáil—

(a) the parties and groups shall appoint sixteen members to the Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform standing established under Standing Order 118A ('the Committee'), as follows:

(i) three members each appointed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and Sinn Féin, and

(ii) one member each appointed by the Green Party, the Labour Party, Social Democrats, Solidarity-People Before Profit, the Regional Group, the Rural Independent Group, and the Independent Group,

(b) the Ceann Comhairle shall announce the names of the members appointed under paragraph (a) for the information of the Dáil on the first sitting day of the Dáil following their appointment; and seven members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum; and

(c) Standing Order 119 is hereby amended by the deletion of paragraph (3).

Question put and agreed to.