Sitting Arrangements: Motion

I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business:

(1) The Seanad shall meet at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 18th April, 2019 and the following arrangements shall apply:

(a) Standing Orders 29 and 30 shall stand suspended;

(b) there shall be no Order of Business;

(c) the business to be taken shall be confined to the items set out in the Schedule to this paragraph and, accordingly, no other business shall be taken unless the Seanad shall otherwise order on motion made by the Leader of the House or such other Senator as he may authorise in that behalf.


Statement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D.

The proceedings in respect of the Statement by An Taoiseach shall commence at 10.30 a.m. and shall conclude no later than 12 noon, and shall consist of:

(a) an opening Statement not exceeding 12 minutes by An Taoiseach,

(b) a contribution not exceeding 7 minutes from Group Spokespersons (time may be shared),

(c) a contribution not exceeding 4 minutes from other Senators (time may be shared),

(d) a concluding response of not less than 8 minutes by An Taoiseach.

Civil Registration Bill 2019 [Dáil] – Second Stage.

The proceedings on the Second Stage of the Civil Registration Bill 2019 [Dáil] shall commence at 12.15 p.m.

(2) The Seanad on its rising on Thursday, 18th April, 2019, shall adjourn until 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 8th May, 2019, and the Order of Business shall be proposed at 3.30 p.m.

Question put and agreed to.

I would like to welcome a former Senator and a good colleague of mine and others, Michael Comiskey, to the House. I am very glad he turned up for the very important event today.