Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I ask the Deputy Leader to move the suspension of the House.

For the information of the House, as I had said earlier there were genuine attempts to try to get the Minister for Justice and Equality here. I am pleased to announce that she has made an hour available. Unfortunately, that information did not come through before the vote. We were genuinely working to get that space. I thank the Minister, Deputy McEntee, for making that hour available today.

Notwithstanding the order of the House today, I propose that the House will now suspend for 30 minutes to allow for cleaning of the Chamber. I will bring a proposal once we come back to the House after the suspension.

Sitting suspended at 12.30 p.m. and resumed at 1.05 p.m.

I call on the Deputy Leader to propose an amendment to the Order of Business.

I propose that notwithstanding the order of the House today, proceedings on No. a1 shall be interrupted at 3.15 p.m., whereupon the sitting shall suspend for 30 minutes; statements on the Skellig Star direct provision centre and the future of direct provision, No. a2 on the Supplementary Order Paper, shall be taken at 3.45 p.m., and shall be brought to a conclusion after 60 minutes, with the opening speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality not to exceed ten minutes, the speeches for the spokespersons for each group not to exceed six minutes and the Minister to be given no less than eight minutes to reply to the debate; the sitting shall suspend for 30 minutes on the conclusion of the statements; and the proceedings on No. a1 shall be resumed at 5.15 p.m., if not previously concluded.