Seanad debates

Thursday, 10 September 2020

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


10:30 am

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Fine Gael)

There are issues that need to be ironed out and we must agree to iron them out at the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. We must agree on how to proceed with very important business such as Brexit, maternity issues and access to school buses. The list is long and varied for all of us. It would not be fair to say they are constituency-based issues. We all want to raise very important national issues in this House, but we must have a House in which we can conduct our business. We have to come to an agreement to proceed on pro ratarules, or if we cannot do so, we must work with our officials to find a mechanism that will allow all of us to access voting rights. I do not say this lightly because the points that have been raised are very important. We are going to go around in circles until a bell is rung in a few minutes. We will all be deeply dissatisfied with the outcome of this morning's sitting. I wonder if we can find some way to get back to common ground and find a proposal allowing us to proceed with today's business. We can discuss the very important issues that have been raised in the Committee on Procedure and Privileges. I am sure we can change the timing of that committee if it does not work for some Members.


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