Saturday, 29 January 2011
Business of Seanad
I have discussed this with Senator Fitzgerald, the leader of the main Opposition party, and if some sections require more time than others, within the time indicated and agreed yesterday, in an effort to facilitate those who wish to make their views known on this important section, I propose to extend the time as required by the Opposition.
I must chair the sitting in accordance with the ordered business and that I intend to do unless the order is changed. What is the exact position at 11.30 a.m.? I said that points could be made briefly on the recommendation without Second Stage speeches. That accommodates everyone.
I suggest the Leader propose a change to the Order of Business whereby the business that was supposed to be concluded at 11.30 a.m. be allowed to continue through the next section in order that all discussion is encompassed at 12.30 p.m. The only change would be that we do not finish this part of the Bill at 11.30 but we will still finish at 12.30 p.m. as intended.