For every sitting day, the Dáil and Seanad each publish an Order Paper setting out the business before each House. Each House may also publish a Supplementary Order Paper. The Dáil publishes a daily Questions Paper, which contains the texts of all oral, priority and written questions for the day.

Dáil business papers

Thu, 20 Feb

Dáil Order Paper (Thurs)

Dáil Order Paper (Thurs) (PDF)

Wed, 18 Dec

Dáil Order Paper (Wed)

Dáil Order Paper (Wed) (PDF)

Wed, 18 Dec

Dáil Question Paper (Wed)

Dáil Question Paper (Wed) (PDF)

Tue, 17 Dec

Dáil Supplementary Order Paper (Tue)

Dáil Supplementary Order Paper (Tue) (PDF)

Seanad business papers

Tue, 21 Jan

Seanad Order Paper (Tues)

Seanad Order Paper (Tues) (PDF)

Wed, 18 Dec

Seanad Supplementary Order Paper (Wed)

Seanad Supplementary Order Paper (Wed) (PDF)

Wed, 18 Dec

Seanad Order Paper (Wed)

Seanad Order Paper (Wed) (PDF)

Tue, 17 Dec

Seanad Order Paper (Tues)

Seanad Order Paper (Tues) (PDF)

Dáil Éireann: Topical Issues

Topical issues provide TDs with the opportunity to raise issues of concern to them. To do this, they must give notice to the Ceann Comhairle of the issues they want to raise. The Ceann Comhairle then selects four issues for debate on a single day. In each case the TD concerned makes a four-minute initial statement and the Minister has a right to make a four-minute statement in reply. The TD then has two minutes for a supplementary statement and the Minister has two minutes for a concluding statement.

Wednesday 18 December

Deputy Frank O'Rourke
Housing development in vacant lands at Hazelhatch, Celbridge, County Kildare

Deputies Sean Sherlock, Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins
The Childcare Sector accessing Insurance

Deputies John Curran, Eoin Ó Broin, Gino Kenny and Mark Ward
The imminent withdrawal of Jigsaw mental health services from premises in Clondalkin

Deputies Malcolm Byrne and John Brady
Overcrowding on trains on the Dublin-Rosslare rail line


 Seanad Éireann: Commencement Matters

Senators can raise issues of concern to them at the start of each sitting day. These are known as Commencement Matters. To do this, they must give notice to the Cathaoirleach of the issues they want to raise. The Cathaoirleach then selects four matters and the Senator concerned may make a four-minute speech. In each case, the Minister has the right to make a four-minute speech in reply.

 Wednesday 18 December

Senator Jerry Buttimer
Full implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 and the introduction of minimum unit pricing

Senator Tim Lombard
Effectiveness of farm safety initiatives

Senator Alice-Mary Higgins
Regulation and licensing of heavy good vehicles, including a review of the toll road system

 

Glossary

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