We have a gap until 2 p.m. and I have raised this issue previously. This is crippling the Seanad but there now seems to be a willingness on the part of the Chief Whip to provide a Minister of State or a Minister in future, unless there is an emergency. I ask the Acting Leader to talk to the Government and the Chief Whip to see if it can be resolved.
Business of Seanad
I understand it will take an agreement with the Business Committee. If the Chief Whip relieves herself of a Minister who has a vote at that time there will need to be co-operation with regard to pairings. I will speak to the Leader about it.
It is unfortunate that we have a gap of an hour and three quarters because of the new voting system in the Dáil.
No one would disagree with the Cathaoirleach on that point.