Seanad debates

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Joint Sitting of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann: Motion


2:30 pm

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Fine Gael)
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I move:

(1) That Seanad Éireann:(a) notes that the Treaty on European Union recognises the active contribution of National Parliaments to the good functioning of the Union through being informed and having the ability to express their views on matters of particular interest to them;

(b) in view of the economic, political and social implications for Ireland of the decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union as notified under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union on 29th March, 2017, considers that members of the Houses of the Oireachtas should be enabled to express their views and be informed on this issue of significant national importance;

(c) resolves that a Joint Sitting of both Houses of the Oireachtas be held in the Dáil Chamber on Thursday, 21st June, 2018, at 11.45 a.m., for the purpose of an exchange of views with H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission.(2) The following arrangements shall apply:(a) the Ceann Comhairle shall be the Chairman and shall adjourn the proceedings immediately following the Cathaoirleach’s concluding statement;

(b) the proceedings shall be as follows:
(i) 11.45 a.m. - Ceann Comhairle’s opening statement;

(ii) 11.49 a.m. – statement by H.E. Mr. Juncker;

(iii) 12.09 p.m. – statements from members in the following order, and to which the following time limits shall apply:

- Government – 12 minutes,

- Fianna Fáil – 10 minutes,

- Sinn Féin – 8 minutes,

- the Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit (Sol-PBP), Independents 4 Change, the Rural Independent Group, the Social Democrats-Green Party Group, the Seanad Independent Group, and the Seanad Civil Engagement Group – 4 minutes each,

and members may share time; and

(iv) 1.07 p.m. – Cathaoirleach’s concluding statement.

Question put and agreed to.