Joint Sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas: Motion

I move:

That Seanad Éireann shall be enjoined with Dáil Éireann to constitute a Joint Sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas on Monday, 21st January 2019, in order to commemorate the centenary of the first meeting of the first Dáil Éireann, and the following arrangements shall apply:

(1) the Joint Sitting shall be held at 4.15 p.m. in the Round Room of the Mansion House;

(2) the Ceann Comhairle shall be the Chairman of the Joint Sitting, shall make opening remarks and shall adjourn the Sitting at the conclusion of the proceedings;

(3) the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad shall make closing remarks prior to the adjournment of the Joint Sitting;

(4) the proceedings at the Joint Sitting shall otherwise consist of:

(a) a Centenary Declaration which the Ceann Comhairle is hereby empowered to make on behalf of both Houses of the Oireachtas, and

(b) a statement by a representative from each party or group in the Dáil on the Centenary Declaration, in accordance with the following arrangements:

- Government – 10 minutes,

- Fianna Fáil – 8 minutes,

- Sinn Féin – 6 minutes,

- the Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit (Sol-PBP), Independents 4 Change, the Rural Independent Group and the Social Democrats-Green Party Group – 4 minutes each;


(5) the overall programme and protocols for the day shall be agreed by the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

Question put and agreed to.