Election of Acting Chairman

Clerk of the Seanad

I have to inform the House pursuant to Standing Order 12 that both the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach are absent from this meeting of the Seanad. It will be necessary, therefore, to elect a Member to perform the duties devolving upon and exercise the authority conferred upon the Cathaoirleach by Standing Orders for the period of absence of both.

I will take proposals for Acting Chairman.

I propose that Senator Horkan act as Chair.

Clerk of the Seanad

Is it agreed that Senator Horkan take the Chair? Agreed. I call on Senator Horkan to take the Chair.

Senator Gerry Horkan took the Chair.