The next business on the Order Paper is the election of a Cathaoirleach for the coming term. Any Senator may move that Senator So-and-so, naming him, be elected and do take the Chair of the Seanad as Cathaoirleach. This motion must be seconded. Should only one Senator be proposed, I shall put the question forthwith. If two Senators be proposed, a division will be taken between them. If more than two Senators be proposed, the procedure laid down in the Standing Orders will be followed.
I should like to emphasise that no debate can be allowed, but, according to precedent, a short speech may be made by the proposer of the candidate or candidates if he sees fit. The seconding must be purely formal. I call upon Senator MacLoughlin.