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, 19 Sep

Provisional Dáil Calendar of Sittings

Provisional Dáil Calendar of Sittings (PDF)

Thu, 19 Sep

Dáil Question Paper (Thurs)

Dáil Question Paper (Thurs) (PDF)

Thu, 19 Sep

Dáil Order Paper (Thurs)

Dáil Order Paper (Thurs) (PDF)

Wed, 18 Sep

Dáil Order Paper (Wed)

Dáil Order Paper (Wed) (PDF)

Seanad business papers

Fri, 12 Jul

Seanad Order Paper (Fri)

Seanad Order Paper (Fri) (PDF)

Thu, 11 Jul

Seanad Supplementary Order Paper (Thurs)

Seanad Supplementary Order Paper (Thurs) (PDF)

Thu, 11 Jul

Seanad Order Paper (Thurs)

Seanad Order Paper (Thurs) (PDF)

Wed, 10 Jul

Seanad Order Paper (Wed)

Seanad Order Paper (Wed) (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.

Thursday 19 September

Deputy Brendan Smith
The recent abduction of a businessman

Deputy Fergus O'Dowd
Construction of the Ardee bypass




 

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.

Thursday 11 July 2019

Senator Mark Daly
The reason the issue of a potential referendum on a United Ireland is not included in the Risk Register of his Department

Senator Máire Devine
The publication of the heads of the Bill to update the Mental Health Act 2001

Senator Catherine Noone
The free provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives in any new programme to widen access to contraception


Glossary

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