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 Header Item Donegal Tragedy and Brussels Attacks: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)
 Header Item Resignation of Taoiseach (Resumed)
 Header Item Business of Dáil

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 906 No. 2

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(Speaker Continuing)

[The Taoiseach: Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar] I am sure the House will join me in expressing our deepest sympathy and sadness at what has happened to this Derry family.

Members will be aware of an ongoing situation in Brussels where two bombs have been detonated, one in Brussels airport and one at Maelbeek railway station. The numbers killed are substantial, although as yet unconfirmed. I understand from the Irish ambassador in Brussels that, as far as we are aware, no Irish citizen has been involved in the tragedy. However, we cannot yet be certain as to the full impact of the incident. At the end of my brief contribution, I would like the House to mark a minute's silence in respect of the members of the McGrotty family in Buncrana who lost their lives and those who have lost, or may lose, their lives as a consequence of what appear to be terrorist activities at Brussels airport and the railway station in Brussels.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call on Members to stand for one minute's silence.

  Members rose.

Resignation of Taoiseach (Resumed)

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny Following the sitting of the Dáil on 10 March, I went to Áras an Úachtaráin to tender my resignation as Taoiseach to the President, who accepted it. In accordance with the Constitution, my Government colleagues and I are continuing to carry out our duties and will do so until a new Government is appointed. The issues of the nomination of a Taoiseach and the formation of a Government will be addressed at the next sitting of the House on 6 April.

Business of Dáil

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny On 10 March, the House ordered the business for today's sitting. At the request of many Deputies, I propose a minor amendment to the Order of Business to provide more time for the statements on homelessness and housing and to enable non-aligned Members to participate in these debates. I, therefore, propose, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, that the order of the Dáil of 10 March be amended to provide as follows: a non-party Deputy may be included in the opening speeches on all statements today; the statements on European Council meetings, pursuant to Standing Order 111(2)(b), will be brought to a conclusion after one hour and 55 minutes; and the statements on housing and homelessness shall be brought to a conclusion after four hours, the opening speeches on those statements not to exceed ten minutes and a Minister or Minister of State to be called on to make a statement in reply which shall not exceed ten minutes.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Regarding the second item to which the Taoiseach alluded, which is an important matter of constitutional business, and following the Taoiseach's announcement of his resignation, I invite the leaders or representatives of the other parties or groups to make brief comments in response.


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