Thursday, 20 December 2018
Business of Seanad
Given that we started late because the Order of Business went over, I ask the indulgence of the House to allow us to have the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 finished this afternoon. I propose, notwithstanding the order of the House today, that we conclude the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 this afternoon. I am sure the Clerk could give me the formula of words we would need to use to do that. It is important to ensure the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 concludes this evening. We set 3 p.m. as the end of the debate but I ask the House for its support in ensuring we can get the Bill finished.
As Leader, I am obliged to ensure we get legislation finished. I accept debate on the other Bill will not happen because of the vote on the Order of Business. We need to get the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018 finished this evening. We have started late.
It is correct to say the voting on the Order of Business required because of the objection to the amendment of the Order of Business caused a significant chunk of the delay that meant we did not finish the Order of Business by 12.45 p.m. We only started business at 1.15 p.m., meaning we were delayed by half an hour.