An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

I call Deputy Ó Snodaigh to announce the business for today.

This is the announcement of the proposed arrangements for this week's business - an gnó atá leagtha síos i dtuairisc an Choiste Gnó dar dáta an 24 Márta 2020 os ár gcomhair.

In relation to today's business, it is proposed that the Dáil shall sit later than 8.03 p.m. and shall adjourn on the conclusion of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020. Notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, the only business to be taken shall be the business as set out in the report of the Business Committee dated 24 March 2020, with no Questions on Promised Legislation. Notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, if a division is demanded, the bells shall be rung for a period of not less than three minutes, and the doors locked after a further five minutes have elapsed: provided that after the three minutes of ringing the bells, the doors may be locked as soon as 50 members apart from the Chair are present in the Chamber. No. a2, motion re election of Leas-Cheann Comhairle, and No. 2, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (section 181) Regulations 2020, and No. 3, motion re proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, shall be taken without debate and any divisions demanded shall be taken immediately.

On the conclusion of Second Stage of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, the sitting shall be suspended for one hour.

Regarding the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020 - All Stages, the proceedings on Second Stage, shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after five hours and ten minutes and any division demanded on the conclusion of Second Stage shall be taken immediately. Speeches on Second Stage shall be in the following order and shall not exceed the following times: the Taoiseach and other leaders - ten minutes each; the Minister for Health – five minutes followed by five minutes for each party or group; the Minister for Finance – five minutes followed by five minutes for each party or group; the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government – five minutes followed by five minutes for each party or group; and the Minister of State at the Department of Defence – five minutes followed by five minutes for each party or group. There will be a ten-minute response by a Minister or Minister of State.

Proceedings on Committee and Remaining Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after five hours. Proceedings on the various parts of the Bill on Committee Stage shall be brought to a conclusion in accordance with the following timetable, by one question in each case, which shall include only those amendments set down or accepted by the Minister and that shall dispose of all amendments addressed to the Part or Parts of the Bill to which they refer, or to the Preamble or Title, as appropriate: Part 1 - 25 minutes; Parts 2 and 3 - 75 minutes; Parts 4 and 5 - 75 minutes; Part 6, 45 minutes; and Parts 7, 8 and 9, Preamble and Title - 75 minutes. The first contribution by a mover of an amendment shall not exceed two minutes and any other contributions shall not exceed one minute. Where no amendments are tabled to a section and a Member wishes to make a contribution on a section, such contributions shall not exceed one minute.

The Dáil on its rising shall adjourn until 2.00 p.m. on Thursday, 2 April 2020.

Is the business as proposed by Deputy Ó Snodaigh agreed to? Agreed.

I would like to make a proposal to the House. I understand that the HSE has called for applause for front-line workers at 8 p.m. tonight so I propose that regardless of whatever is happening, whatever amendment is being taken or whatever speeches are being made, we stop at 8 p.m. to applaud all the front-line workers such as health and shop workers - all those who are making such a significant sacrifice.

Can we agree that unanimously? Agreed.