Dáil Éireann - Volume 553 - 06 June, 2002

Business of Dáil: Motion.

  An Ceann Comhairle: The next business is the arrangements for the nomination of Taoiseach. I call the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Deputy Brennan.

  Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Mr. Brennan): I move:

    That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, the proceedings on the nomination of Taoiseach shall be brought to a conclusion not later than 12.30 p.m., and that all divisions demanded in the House today shall be taken manually.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Is that agreed? I call Deputy Joe Higgins.

  Mr. J. Higgins: That allows 90 minutes for the procedures. Is there a guarantee that the various groupings, including the new Independent Deputies, will have an opportunity to make interventions in the debate?

  The Taoiseach: I speak for my party on this matter. I understand the proposer and seconder will each speak for approximately 30 seconds. That should not take too much of the 90 minutes.

  Mr. J. Higgins: Some of us have things to say that will take more than 30 seconds.

  Mr. Cowen: That is true.

  Mr. J. Higgins: The Government should allow a degree of latitude for the debate to ensure those who wish to have a view expressed should be able to do so.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Is the motion opposed?

[31]   Mr. J. Higgins: No. The Taoiseach has agreed to the amendment I propose.

  Question put and agreed to.