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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 5 Apr 2022

Vol. 1020 No. 5

Protocol and Arrangements for President Zelenskyy's Address to Joint Sitting of both Houses of the Oireachtas: Motion

I move:

That Dáil Éireann resolves—

(1) (a) a joint sitting of both Houses of the Oireachtas shall be held in the Dáil Chamber on Wednesday 6th April, 2022, at 9.50 a.m., and His Excellency Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, shall be invited to address such joint sitting via video conference;

(b) the Ceann Comhairle shall be Chairperson of the joint sitting and shall adjourn the sitting immediately following the concluding statement by the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann;

(c) the arrangements shall be as follows:

(i) the Ceann Comhairle shall open the joint sitting by inviting the President to address the Houses;

(ii) following the address, statements in response may be made in the following order and not to exceed the times indicated:

(I) an Ceann Comhairle – 2 minutes;

(II) the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the leaders of the Green Party and Sinn Féin – 6 minutes each;

(III) the leaders or a representative of the Labour Party, Social Democrats, People Before Profit-Solidarity, the Regional Group, the Rural Independent Group and the Dáil Independent Group – 3 minutes each; and

(IV) the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann – 6 minutes; and members may share time;

(2) in the event that President Zelenskyy is unable to participate, the Ceann Comhairle shall be empowered to cancel or postpone, or to suspend, the joint sitting;

(3) the protocol and seating plan for the joint sitting shall be as agreed by the Dáil Business Committee and the Seanad Committee on Parliamentary Privileges and Oversight; and

(4) following the adjournment of the joint sitting, the Dáil shall meet at 12 noon on the same day.

Question put and agreed to.