Sittings Arrangements: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business:

(1) the Seanad shall meet in the Seanad Chamber at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 8th October, 2020, and the following arrangements shall apply:

(a) Commencement matters shall be taken in accordance with Standing Order 29;

(b) Standing Order 30 shall stand suspended;

(c) There shall be no Order of Business;

(d) The business to be taken shall be confined to the items set out in the Schedule to this paragraph and, accordingly, no other business shall be taken unless the Seanad shall otherwise order on motion made by the Leader of the House or such other Senator as she may authorise in that behalf.

Schedule

Suspension of Sitting.

On the conclusion of Commencement Matters, the sitting shall be suspended until 12.15 p.m.;

Statements on Leaving Certificate 2020.

Statements on Leaving Certificate 2020 shall be taken at 12.15 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 1.45 p.m., with the contribution of all Senators not to exceed 6 minutes and the Minister to be given no less than 8 minutes to reply to the debate;

Suspension of Sitting.

On the conclusion of Statements on Leaving Certificate 2020, the sitting shall be suspended until 2 p.m.;

Motion regarding human rights violations against the Uyghur Muslim population and other minority groups.

The proceedings on the Motion regarding the human rights violations against the Uyghur Muslim population and other minority groups shall commence at 2 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after two hours and any division demanded thereon shall be postponed until immediately after the Order of Business on Friday, 16th October, 2020.

(2) The Seanad on its rising on Thursday, 8th October, 2020, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 14th October, 2020, in the Seanad Chamber, and the following arrangements shall apply:

(a) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended;

(b) There shall be no Order of Business;

(c) The business to be taken shall be confined to the items set out in the Schedule to this paragraph and, accordingly, no other business shall be taken unless the Seanad shall otherwise order on motion made by the Leader of the House or such other Senator as she may authorise in that behalf.

Schedule

Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020 – Order for Second Stage and Second Stage.

Subject to the publication of the Bill, the Order for Second Stage and Second Stage of the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020, shall be taken at 10.30 a.m., and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 12.30 p.m. The contribution of Group Spokespersons at the debate on Second Stage shall not exceed 8 minutes and all other Senators shall not exceed 5 minutes, and the Minister shall be given no less than 8 minutes to reply to the debate; and any divisions demanded thereon shall be postponed until immediately after the Order of Business on Friday, 16th October, 2020;

Suspension of Sitting.

On the conclusion of the Commission of Investigation (Mother and Baby Homes and certain related Matters) Records, and another Matter, Bill 2020, the sitting shall be suspended until 1 p.m;

Statements on Budget 2021 (Department of Finance).

Statements on the Budget 2021 (Department of Finance) shall commence at 1 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 2.30 p.m., with the contribution of all Senators not to exceed 6 minutes and the Minister to be given no less than 8 minutes to reply to the debate;

Suspension of sitting.

On the conclusion of Statements on Budget 2021 (Department of Finance) the sitting shall be suspended until 2.45 p.m.;

Statements on Budget 2021 (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform).

Statements on the Budget 2021 (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform) shall commence at 2.45 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 4.15 p.m., with the contribution of all Senators not to exceed 6 minutes and the Minister to be given no less than 8 minutes to reply to the debate.

Suspension of Sitting.

On the conclusion of Statements on Budget 2021 (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform) the sitting shall be suspended until 4.30 p.m.;

Motion regarding the Shannon Group.

The proceedings of the Motion regarding the Shannon Group shall commence at 4.30 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 2 hours and any division demanded thereon shall be postponed until immediately after the Order of Business on Friday, 16th October, 2020.

(3) The Seanad on its rising on Wednesday, 14th October, 2020, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 16th October, 2020, in the Dáil Chamber; Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended; and the Order of Business shall be taken at 10.30 a.m.”

Question put and agreed to.