Thursday, 10 September 2020
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Mark Daly (Fianna Fail)
To be of assistance to Members, all of us in this House work in a collaborative way. Arrangements for a two-day sitting did not work out, which will be explained in detail at the CPP. I understand that there are conventions and rules in this House that have developed but are not in writing. I understand that. It would be better if they were in written format. I have had colleagues raise with me the possibility of raising issues during statements or debates. I am speaking about people who, like me, have been Members of this House for up to 15 years. I have read the Standing Orders and I have told them that under Standing Orders they can intervene during a debate or on statements by asking a colleague to give way. That is set out in the rule book. There are many issues covered in the rule book, which has been circulated.I accept what Senators Mullen and Norris stated regarding conventions having developed over time. I wish for those conventions to be codified and put down in writing in order that people can understand the rule book.