Sittings Arrangements: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to the sittings of the Seanad on Friday, 11th December, Monday, 14th December and Tuesday, 15th December, 2020:

(1) The Seanad shall meet in the Dáil Chamber at 10 a.m. on Friday, 11th December and 2 p.m. on Monday, 14th December, 2020 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

Friday, 11th December, 2020.

Finance Bill 2020 [Certified Money Bill] [Dáil] – Committee Stage.

Subject to the conclusion of Second Stage of the Finance Bill 2020 [Certified Money Bill] [Dáil], the proceedings on the Committee Stage shall commence at 10 a.m.

Monday, 14th December, 2020.

Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020 [Dáil] – All Stages.

Subject to the passage by the Dáil of the Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020 [Dáil], the proceedings on all Stages shall commence at 2 p.m. and shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 3 p.m. by one Question, which shall be put from the Chair, and which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Government; the time allocated to all Senators on the debate at Second Stage shall not exceed 5 minutes, and the Minister shall be given no less than 4 minutes to reply to the debate; Committee and Remaining Stages shall be taken immediately thereafter.

Suspension of Sitting.

On the conclusion of the proceedings on the Central Mental Hospital (Relocation) Bill 2020 [Dáil], the sitting shall be suspended for 15 minutes.

Social Welfare Bill 2020 [Dáil] –Second Stage.

Subject to the passage by the Dáil of the Social Welfare Bill 2020 [Dáil], the Second Stage shall be taken on the resumption of the sitting; the contribution of Group Spokespersons on 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.

(2) The Seanad on its rising on Monday, 14th December 2020, shall adjourn until 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 15th December, 2020 and the following arrangements shall apply:

(a) The Order of Business shall be proposed at 10.30 a.m. in the Dáil Chamber;

(b) Commencement matters shall be taken at 1.30 p.m. in the Seanad Chamber;

(c) Business ordered to be taken subsequent to Commencement matters, shall be taken in the Seanad Chamber.

Question put and agreed to.