The Order of Business is No. 1, motion re Planning and Development Act 2000 (Section 181) Regulations 2020, to be taken on the conclusion of the Order of Business without debate; No. 2, motion re Planning and Development Act 2000 (Exempted Development) (No. 2) Regulations 2020, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 1 without debate; No. 2a, Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020 – all Stages, to be taken on the conclusion of No. 2, with the proceedings at the debate on Second Stage to be brought to a conclusion after 90 minutes with the contribution of group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes, those of all other Senators not to exceed five minutes, time can be shared and the Minister to be given no less than eight minutes to reply to the debate, the proceedings on Committee and Remaining Stages shall be brought to a conclusion after three hours if not previously concluded, the proceedings on Committee Stage shall be brought to a conclusion within the following timetable by one question in each case which shall in relation to amendments include only those set down or accepted by the Government and the question shall dispose of all amendments addressed to the Part or Parts of the Bill to which they refer, or to the Preamble or Title, as appropriate, provided that if a Part concludes earlier than indicated the next Part shall immediately commence - Parts 1, 2 and 3, 55 minutes; Parts 4 and 5, 50 minutes; Parts 6, 7, 8 and 9, preamble and Title, 75 minutes; and No. 3, motion re earlier signature of the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020, to be taken on conclusion of No. 2a without debate.
With the Cathaoirleach's indulgence, I echo his remarks of last week that on the Order of Business we are discussing important legislation and I believe it is in all of our interests, in particular, those of the people who this Bill affects, that we get our business done on the Order of Business as efficiently as possible, and ask Members to respect that.
I ask at the beginning of the Order of Business that Members of the House, in tandem with the Dáil last night, would stand to applaud to our front line and health workers and those who are providing essential services in appreciation and thanks as Members of the Upper House.