Thursday, 10 September 2020
Report of the Committee of Standing Orders and Dáil Reform: Motion
Seán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
As I understand it, at the meeting of the Business Committee this morning, detailed consideration was given to three specific proposals from the Rural Independent Group, Sinn Féin and the Deputy Chief Whip, Deputy Brendan Griffin. All the matters were carefully considered. Implementing the proposals requires work to be done by the Houses of the Oireachtas Service. It is a matter of seeing how the implementation of the proposals could be reconciled with the full operation of An Seanad and how the more than 20 Oireachtas committees that Members have required to be established could also function. Arising from the debate this morning, the service has begun the work of examining how we might function but it is obviously a matter for the House to decide now on what to do with this motion. As the Chief Whip said, however, it is simply to facilitate the conduct of business next week. Am I correct on that?