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 Header Item Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)
 Header Item Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil
 Header Item An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 972 No. 7

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[Deputy Catherine Murphy: Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy] Care has to be taken that there is public confidence in how the process works. If the process is faulty, then the outcome is likely to be faulty as well.

The Taoiseach: Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I am confident that the process has been robust. The Deputy is correct to draw attention to this. It is important we get this right because it is an enormous investment that will run for 25 to 30 years. There is the expression, act in haste and repent at leisure. We need to ensure this process is robust. We are confident it is. It is new and unprecedented. That is what makes it different from other contracts. It has not been done before, even by other countries. That in itself brings about an inherent risk. That is not a good enough reason, however, not to do it.

The remaining bidder in the national broadband plan put in its final tender to the Department on Tuesday, 19 September. Over the coming weeks, the Department’s procurement team will evaluate the submission. The Minister looks forward to receiving the output from that particular evaluation. As I mentioned, it is unique in terms of its level of ambition and vision. The focus is to ensure that a future-proofed technical solution will allow this and future generations to participate fully in digital society.

Deputy Micheál Martin: Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin Is that the same group?

Gnó na Dála - Business of Dáil

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl For the information of the House, I wish to advise Members that the motion regarding the ministerial rota for parliamentary questions is incorrectly shown as No. 22 on the first page of today’s Order Paper when it should read No. 21.

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I call Deputy Brendan Ryan to announce the Order of Business for this week.

Deputy Brendan Ryan: Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan Today's business shall be No. 20, motion re referral to joint committee of proposed approval by Dáil Éireann of Regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No. 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001 and Regulation (EC) No. 1393/2007; No. 21, motion re parliamentary questions rota swap; No. 22, motion re sittings and business of the Dáil in budget week; No. 1, Mental Health (Renewal Orders) Bill 2018 [Seanad] - All Stages; No. 41, Home Building Finance Ireland Bill 2018 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 42, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage (resumed). Private Members’ business shall be No. 62, Civil Liability and Courts (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage, selected by Fianna Fáil.

  Wednesday’s business shall be No. 43, Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 - Report Stage (resumed) and Final Stage; No. 23, motion re Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures Order 2018, back from committee; No. 24, motion re Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income and Capital Gains) (Republic of Ghana) Order 2018, back from committee; and No. 42, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2018 - Second Stage (resumed). Private Members’ business shall be No. 214, motion re housing, selected by Solidarity-People Before Profit.

  Thursday’s business shall be: No. 24a motion re ministerial order relating to the Competition Act 2002, referral to committee; and No. 10, Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage. No. 63, Second Stage of Deputy Jim O'Callaghan’s Civil Liability (Amendment) (Prevention of Benefits from Homicide) Bill 2017, shall be taken in the evening slot.

  I refer to the first revised report of the Business Committee dated 27 September 2018. In relation to today’s business, it is proposed that:

(1) Nos. 20, 21 and 22 shall be taken without debate and that any division demanded shall be taken immediately.

(2) The proceedings on No. 1, shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 85 minutes and any division demanded on the conclusion of Second Stage shall be taken immediately. Speeches shall be confined to a single round for a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for parties or groups, or a Member nominated in their stead, which shall not exceed ten minutes each with a five-minute response from the Minister or Minister of State and all Members may share time. Proceedings on Committee and Remaining Stages shall, if not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion after 15 minutes by one question, which shall, in relation to amendments, include only those set down or accepted by the Minister for Health.

(3) No. 62, shall commence on the conclusion of the Mental Health (Renewal Orders) Bill 2018 or at 8 p.m., whichever is the later, and shall conclude within two hours and the Dáil shall adjourn on the conclusion of Private Members’ business.


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