Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad
As the time by which the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2016 was ordered to adjourn has now been reached, or just about, the debate on that Bill will not now proceed and we will move directly to the Second Stage of the Free Education (Prohibition of Fees and Charges) Bill 2018.
As I outlined on the Order of Business, the Minister for Education and Skills is in the Dáil answering parliamentary questions and will not be available until at least 7 p.m. I am open to clarification on the time. That has implications for the Seanad's Private Members' business because there is no Minister of Minister of State available to take it.
I received an email on my mobile phone as I was speaking. As I outlined earlier, the Minister for Education and Skills is not available. There is no Minister of State in the Department available now to take the Private Members' business.The Minister of State, Deputy Canney, is available to take the Private Members' business. When I was making my point earlier, he had not indicated his availability but he is available now.