Thursday, 18 June 2015
Business of Seanad
I propose a suspension of approximately 15 minutes. The decision not to adopt the Order of Business has a bearing on next Tuesday's business. No. 1 on the agenda was to bring the Commissioner into the House on Tuesday. Perhaps I could return in 15 minutes with a suggestion for the House to deal with the matter.
I have no difficulty with a 15-minute suspension. I am certain that everyone wants the European Commissioner to attend the House next week. No one wants to block that. However, we will propose an amendment today, on foot of a further proposal from the Leader, to the effect that the Minister attend the House after the suspension-----
I do not see why something cannot be agreed to deal with next Tuesday's invitation. The Leader might move such a proposal immediately by way of an amendment. It could be: "We agree to have Commissioner Hogan here next week."
Also, my office is trying to ascertain whether the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys, will be available today. I cannot propose an amendment until we have that information from her office. That is what I will be doing in the 15 minutes.
I propose that No. 1, motion re arrangements for the address to Seanad Éireann by Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, on 23 June, be taken now without debate; and that No. 1bon a Supplementary Order Paper, statements on the Beit collection, as requested by the House, be taken at 4.30 p.m., to conclude no later than 5.30 p.m., with all Senators' contributions not to exceed five minutes each and the Minister to be called on to reply to the debate no later than 5.20 p.m. Due to the Minister's schedule today, this is the earliest that she can attend.