Seanad Bill 2016: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to implement reforms proposed in the Report of the Working Group on Seanad Reform and for that purpose to effect a range of reforms to the Seanad, to provide for the establishment of a Seanad Electoral Commission and to provide for related matters.

I suggest Second Stage be taken on Wednesday, 22 June.

I second the proposal.

Senator Michael McDowell has suggested Second Stage be taken on Wednesday, 22 June. Is that agreed?

Is it necessary to tie ourselves to a date today?

It is just an indicative date.

It is the earliest date the Bill can be taken. I am sure the Leader will come back and confirm the date.

I can assure Senator Michael McDowell that I will not hold him up in any way.

Question put and agreed to.
Second Stage ordered for Wednesday, 22 June 2016.