Thursday, 5 May 2011
Business of Dáil: Motion
"That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, and unless the Dáil shall otherwise order, to mark Europe Day in a signal manner —
(1) The Dáil shall sit on Monday, 9th May, 2011, at 11.30 a.m. and shall adjourn not later than 12.30 p.m., the following arrangements shall apply and no other business shall be taken:
(a) the Taoiseach shall be called upon to make a statement which shall not exceed 15 minutes;
(b) the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Ms. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, shall be called upon to deliver an address which shall not exceed 15 minutes;
(c) the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the Technical Group, or a person nominated in their stead, shall be called upon in that order to make a statement which shall not exceed 10 minutes in each case and they may share their time; and
(d) the Dáil shall adjourn at 12.30 p.m., or on the conclusion of the statements by the leaders, whichever is the earlier.
(2) A meeting of the Select Committee on Europe Day shall then be convened in the Chamber and the following arrangements shall apply:
(a) a statement shall be made by the Chairman of the Select Committee;
(b) statements shall then be made by Members of the European Parliament elected from constituencies in Ireland, including Northern Ireland;
(c) Members of the Select Committee and other Members who may attend and take part in proceedings in accordance with Standing Order 92(3) may ask brief questions of the Members of the European Parliament who may reply briefly: Provided that questions may be grouped at the discretion of the Chair;
(d) a Minister or Minister of State shall be called upon not later than 2 p.m. to make a statement in conclusion which shall not exceed 15 minutes;
(e) the meeting shall conclude not later than 2.15 p.m."