Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders or the Order of Business of yesterday, that (1) the following revised arrangements shall apply today in relation to the number of rounds and speaking arrangements on the statements on the post-European Council meeting of 17 and 18 July 2020: the item shall conclude within two hours 20 minutes and shall be confined to two rounds of statements, followed by a questions and answers session, and a five minute wrap-up by the Minister, the opening round of statements of the Taoiseach and the main spokespersons for Opposition parties and groups, or a member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed ten minutes each, the second round of statements, which shall be confined to Opposition parties and groups, shall not exceed five minutes each, and a Minister shall take questions for a period not exceeding 20 minutes; and (2) on Friday (a) the Dáil shall adjourn on the conclusion of proceedings on All Stages of the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2020, working title, and (b) the statement by the Minister for Health and questions and answers on Covid-19 shall be taken following the statements on the Apple case, and the following arrangements shall apply: the statement and questions and answers shall be brought to a conclusion within two hours and five minutes, the opening statement by a Minister or Minister of State shall not exceed ten minutes, and the statements and questions and answers by Sinn Féin shall not exceed 15 minutes, by all other Opposition parties and groups shall not exceed ten minutes each, by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael shall not exceed 15 minutes each, and by the Green Party shall not exceed ten minutes, and shall be taken in the above order.

These are the proposals arising from the concerns raised on the Order of Business yesterday. They have been agreed by the Business Committee. Do I take it they are acceptable to the House? Are they agreed? Agreed.