Dáil debates

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

5:00 pm

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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I move: That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, with effect from September 2007, and until further notice in the 30th Dáil, the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann relative to Public Business are hereby amended as follows—

(a) STANDING ORDER 39 — QUESTIONS NOMINATED FOR PRIORITY

In Standing Order 39, by the substitution of the following paragraph for paragraph (1)(iv):

(iv) The sequence in which Questions nominated for priority are placed on the Order Paper each day shall be as follows:

Day Group Question No.
TuesdayFine Gael 1
Labour Party2
Fine Gael3
Fine Gael4
Fine Gael5
WednesdayFine Gael1
Labour Party2
Fine Gael3
Labour Party4
Fine Gael5
ThursdayFine Gael1
Labour Party2
Fine Gael3
Fine Gael4
Fine Gael5

Provided that a party which is a group under Standing Order 116(1)(a) shall have precedence over a group recognized under paragraph (1)(b) of that Standing Order.

(b) STANDING ORDER 116 — GROUPS

In Standing Order 116, by the substitution of the following paragraph for paragraph (5):

(5) (i) Each group shall have the right to nominate a private member of the group either to move a motion standing in his or her name or to proceed with a Stage of a Bill in the Dáil.

(ii) The frequency with which each group may exercise this right shall be determined on the basis of the number of members in the groups;

(iii) The sequence in which the groups may exercise this right shall be as follows—

First Occasion on which private members' business is to be taken: Fine Gael

Next available occasion: Fine Gael

Next available occasion: Labour Party

Next available occasion: Fine Gael

Next available occasion: Fine Gael

Next available occasion: Labour Party

Next available occasion: Fine Gael

Next available occasion: Sequence to recommence.

(iv) The sequence set out above shall recommence on the resumption of Dáil Éireann following any adjournment for a summer recess.

Provided that a party which is a group under paragraph (1)(a) shall have precedence over a group recognised under paragraph (1)(b).'."

Question put and agreed to.