Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil

It is proposed that, pursuant to the Order of Business of yesterday, the House shall sit at 9 a.m. tomorrow to resume Second Stage of No.12, Finance Bill 2019, if not previously concluded, and all Stages of the Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill 2019. If all Stages of the Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill 2019 conclude before 10.30 a.m., the sitting shall be suspended until 10.30 a.m. The Dáil shall sit later than 8.03 p.m. and shall adjourn on the conclusion of Topical Issues, which shall be taken on the conclusion of statements on the national children’s hospital. On No. a17, motions re financial resolutions of the Finance Bill 2019, the motions for the financial resolutions for the Finance Bill 2019 shall be moved together and decided without debate by one question. No. 40a, statements on matters relating to the report of the Committee on Procedure on Dáil divisions, shall be taken following the suspension of sitting for not more than 80 minutes. Statements shall be confined to a single round for a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, and shall not exceed ten minutes each. Any division demanded on the Second Stage motion of No. 12, Finance Bill 2019, after the weekly divisions, shall be taken immediately. No. 40b, statements on the national children's hospital, shall commence on the conclusion of all other Government business and shall be brought to a conclusion after 80 minutes. Statements of a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties and groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, shall not exceed five minutes each. Each party or group in opposition shall have five minutes for questions and answers, with a five-minute response from a Minister or Minister of State, and all Members may share time. No Private Members’ Bill shall be taken under Standing Order 140A and no committee report shall be taken under Standing Order 91(2); and, the Dáil on its rising, shall adjourn until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 5 November 2019.

Is the proposal agreed?

As I have not seen the proposal in written format, I seek clarification on whether Deputies Niall Collins, Dooley and Lisa Chambers will make personal statements to the House. I am not sure if Deputy Cowen is involved in this as well.

I understand that a facility was made available to the Fianna Fáil Deputies.

Is Deputy Adams involved too?

Can the Ceann Comhairle clarify whether statements will be made?

I can clarify the situation. Time has been made available for consideration of the report of the Committee on Procedure. The Deputies who have been party to this whole business will be afforded the opportunity, should they wish, to make a personal statement. We do not have the power to compel any Deputy to speak.

I appreciate that.

I also have not seen the proposal in written format. When is it expected that a report on the matter will be available and will it be circulated?

We expect the Committee on Procedure to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow to read the report and, hopefully, approve it, following which it will be immediately published.

Okay. When will the statements be taken?

It is proposed to hold them immediately after the sos.

They will take place at 2.25 p.m.

For 80 minutes.

When will statements on the national children's hospital be taken?

The Finance Bill 2019 and the Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill 2019, if not concluded, will be taken after the statements on the report of the Committee on Procedure, following which there will be statements on the national children's hospital for 80 minutes, inclusive of questions and answers.

The proposal seeks to embrace the concerns raised by Deputies on Tuesday. Is it agreed? Agreed.