Sitting and Business of Dáil: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, and unless the Dáil shall otherwise order, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to the sittings of the Dáil on 26th, 27th and 28th February, 2019:

(a) on Tuesday--

(i) topical issues under Standing Order 29A, and private members’ business under Standing Order 140, shall not be taken; and

(ii) the Dáil shall sit later than 10 p.m., and shall adjourn on the conclusion of the first and second speaking rounds on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019;

(b) on Wednesday--

(i) the Dáil shall sit at 9.30 a.m. to take Questions to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade under Standing Order 38;

(ii) topical issues under Standing Order 29A shall be taken immediately following Leaders’ Questions under Standing Order 29, and the deadline for such topical issues shall be 6 p.m. the previous day;

(iii) questions on promised legislation under Standing Order 28 shall not be taken;

(iv) Questions to the Taoiseach under Standing Order 38 shall not be taken;

(v) the suspension of sitting under Standing Order 25 shall take place at 3 p.m. for 60 minutes;

(vi) private members’ business under Standing Order 140 shall not be taken; and

(vii) the Dáil shall sit later than 10.15 p.m., and shall adjourn not later than 11.30 p.m., but in any case, if there are no further speakers offering on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019, the debate shall be adjourned;

(c) on Thursday--

(i) the Dáil shall sit at 9.30 a.m., to take Fianna Fáil’s private members’ business which would have been taken on Wednesday, for two hours;

(ii) Questions to the Minister for Finance under Standing Order 38 shall be taken at 11.30 a.m.;

(iii) Leaders’ Questions under Standing Order 29 shall be taken at 1 p.m.;

(iv) questions on promised legislation under Standing Order 28 shall not be taken;

(v) the motion re the Special Committee on Climate Action shall be taken without debate following Leaders’ Questions, and the weekly division time under Standing Order 70(2) shall be taken on the conclusion of proceedings on the motion;

(vi) no Committee report or private member’s Bill under Standing Orders 91 or 140A respectively shall be taken;

(vii) topical issues under Standing Order 29A shall be taken as the last item of business; and

(viii) the Dáil shall sit later than 8.03 p.m., and shall adjourn not later than 11 .30 p.m.;

(d) the Order of the Dáil of 6th February, 2019, referring the European Parliament Elections (Amendment) Bill 2019 to the Select Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government is hereby discharged, and Committee Stage of the Bill shall be taken in Committee of the whole Dáil;

(e) after Thursday, I4C’s private members’ business, which would have been taken on Tuesday, shall be taken on the next available occasion under Standing Order 140, with the private members’ business rota resuming after that on the slot which would have next occurred under Standing Order 143F if the rota had not been temporarily adjusted; and

(f) the following arrangements shall apply in relation to the second reading of the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2019:

(i) the first speaking round shall consist of speeches by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the main spokespersons for each party or group, or a member nominated in their stead;

(ii) the second speaking round shall consist of speeches by the Taoiseach and the leaders of each party or group, or a member nominated in their stead;

(iii) all members may share time; and

(iv) any division demanded on the proceedings relating to the second reading shall be taken immediately.

Question put and agreed to.