Dáil debates

Thursday, 1 April 2021

1:10 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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As we all know, for a considerable period of time that is probably not disassociated from issues of social media, the process of participation in Questions on Promised Legislation has been unsatisfactory. The Dáil reform committee has made many attempts to come up with a set of proposals that would be acceptable to everyone. In recent times, the Whips, led by the Government Chief Whip, have met and they yesterday put proposals to the Dáil reform committee, which will radically change how this particular topic is dealt with. I will be writing to everybody in the House, advising them of the decision of the Business Committee and we will hope to implement the new system when we return after Easter. I hope that will give a fair opportunity to all groups and will not necessitate the queuing and waiting that seems to have been a cause of considerable concern to people. Let us hope that we will have a better process in place in the future. For the information of the House, nearly 30 Deputies have not been reached today.