Dáil debates

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

12:00 pm

Photo of Paul KehoePaul Kehoe (Minister of State and Government Chief Whip, Department of An Taoiseach; Wexford, Fine Gael)
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I move:

"That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, until further notice in the 31st Dáil, the Standing Orders of Dáil Éireann relative to Public Business are hereby

amended as follows—

(a)

With effect from 5th April, 2011, 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:

FIRST WEEK

Day/Group/Question No.

Day/Group/Question No.

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Sinn Féin 5

Sinn Féin 5

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Technical Group 5

Technical Group 5

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Sinn Féin 5

SECOND WEEK

Day/Group/Question No.

Day/Group/Question No.

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Technical Group 5

Technical Group 5

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Sinn Féin 5

Sinn Féin 5

Fianna Fáil 1

Sinn Féin 2

Technical Group 3

Fianna Fáil 4

Technical Group 5

Provided that a party which is a group under Standing Order 120(1)(a) shall have precedence over a group recognised under paragraph (1)(b) of that Standing Order.',

(b)

With effect from 12th April, 2011, in Standing Order 120, 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: Fianna Fáil

Next available occasion: Sinn Féin

Next available occasion: Technical Group

Next available occasion: Fianna Fáil

Next available occasion: Sinn Féin

Next available occasion: Fianna Fáil

Next available occasion: Technical Group

Next available occasion: Fianna Fáil

Next available occasion: Sinn Féin

Next available occasion: Technical Group

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).',

and

(c)

With effect from 5th April, 2011, in Standing Order 121, by the insertion of the following Provisos to paragraph (4):

Provided that the following time limits and sequence of speakers shall apply on the debate on a motion proposed by a private member which is limited to three hours:

Proposer 40 minutes

Government 30 minutes

Opposition 1* 15 minutes

Opposition 2* 15 minutes

Government 30 minutes

Proposer 30 minutes

Government 5 minutes

Proposer (to reply) 15 minutes

Provided further that a party which is a group under Standing Order 120(1)(a) shall have precedence over a group recognised under paragraph (1)(b) of that Standing Order.'."

[Opposition 1 and 2 are- (i) Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, respectively, when the proposer is Fianna Fáil;

(ii) Fianna Fáil and the Technical Group,respectively, when the proposer is Sinn Féin; and

(iii) Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, respectively, whenthe proposer is the Technical Group.]

Question put and agreed to.