Business of Seanad.

Thursday, 2 August 1973

Seanad Eireann Debate
Vol. 75 No. 9

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An Cathaoirleach: Information on James CI Dooge  Zoom on James CI Dooge  I am sorry to have to interrupt the Senator but it is now a few minutes past the customary time for adjournment. I should like the House to determine what it wishes to do.

Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  I think we will sit until 11 o'clock anyhow.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on James CI Dooge  Zoom on James CI Dooge  Are we agreeable to sit until 11 o'clock, if necessary, to finish the Second Stage?

Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  At least until 11 o'clock.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on James CI Dooge  Zoom on James CI Dooge  I do not know if that is what the Opposition agreed to.

Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  It might be worth having another look at the situation at 11 o'clock to see if the end is in sight.

Mr. Yeats: Information on Michael B Yeats  Zoom on Michael B Yeats  I take it that the Seanad is not even beginning to think of finishing tonight.

Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  We will agree to sit until 11 o'clock but if the situation should arise that there is a concluding speaker—I am not talking about the Taoiseach, but a Senator concluding—we might possibly sit a little longer to let him finish.

Mr. Yeats: Information on Michael B Yeats  Zoom on Michael B Yeats  I do not think that is very satisfactory but I know there are at least some Senators who are thinking in terms of speaking in the morning.

[975]Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Let us take it that 11 o'clock is definite. If, say, Senator Yeats is speaking at 11 o'clock and requires a few minutes in which to conclude, we will not prevent him from concluding.

Mr. Yeats: Information on Michael B Yeats  Zoom on Michael B Yeats  Then continue the Second Reading in the morning.

Mr. M.J. O'Higgins: Information on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Zoom on Michael Joseph O'Higgins  Yes.

An Cathaoirleach: Information on James CI Dooge  Zoom on James CI Dooge  We are clear now that the debate will continue to 11 p.m. Since the Senator has been interrupted, perhaps, I could take the opportunity now if the Seanad is willing to receive the report from the Committee of Selection which met this afternoon.


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