Business of Dáil

Before we move on to the Topical Issue debate, I call the Minister of State, Deputy McHugh, who has an announcement to make.

Bhí cruinniú dhearfach ag an Choiste Gnó ag 4.04 p.m. agus fuaireamar comhaontú ag an deireadh. Gabhaim m'aitheantas le mo chuid chomhghleacaithe ar an choiste agus, go háirithe, na daoine a bhí ag fanacht leathuair anseo.

It is proposed, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that business shall be interrupted at 8 p.m. to take No. 33a, statement by An Tánaiste re justice issues. The statement by An Tánaiste shall not exceed ten minutes, following which each party or group in opposition shall have six minutes, which shall consist of alternating questions and answers, each of which shall not exceed one minute. An Tánaiste shall have five minutes for a statement on conclusion, and the opening statement, questions and answers and the concluding statement shall not exceed 57 minutes in total. Private Members' business shall take place following An Tánaiste's concluding reply for two hours and the Dáil shall adjourn on the conclusion of that business.

Is that agreed? Agreed. This is a recommendation from the Business Committee. I thank the committee and its Chair.