Committee Reports::Report No. 02 - Amendments to Standing Orders (Consequent on the establishment of Seanad Éireann)::04 May, 1938::Appendix


Amendment of Standing Orders relative to Public Business rendered necessary by the establishment of Seanad Eireann.

At a meeting on the 4th May, the Committee considered certain proposed amendments of the Standing Orders in connection with the certification of Money Bills, the transmission of Bills to the Seanad, and the consideration of Seanad amendments or recommendations. The Committee recommends that the Standing Orders be amended as set forth in the Schedule to this Report.




4th May, 1938.


Standing Order No. 110 to be deleted and the following Standing Orders to be substituted therefor:—

Money Bills.

Certificate as to Money Bills.

110. Immediately after a Bill, which in his opinion is a Money Bill, has passed the Dáil, and before it is sent to the Seanad, the Ceann Comhairle shall issue his certificate as required by Article 22 of the Constitution, and he shall announce that fact to the Dáil. He shall also cause a notification to be transmitted immediately to the Chairman of the Seanad, informing him of the certification of any such Bill.

Communication Between the Dail and the Seanad.


Messages to the Seanad

111. Messages from the Dáil to the Seanad shall be in writing, signed by the Clerk of the Dáil, and shall be addressed to the Clerk of the Seanad.

Messages from the Seanad.

112. (1) Messages from the Seanad shall be received by the Clerk. The Ceann Comhairle shall, at the first convenient opportunity, communicate any such Message to the Dáil: Provided that in case of special urgency, any business in progress on the receipt of such Message may be interrupted to hear the same.

(2) If a Message from the Seanad requires any action to be taken or thing to be done by the Dáil, it shall be set down on the Order Paper next thereafter prepared, and shall be considered accordingly: Provided that in case of special urgency, the Dáil may consider such Message at any earlier period.


Vouching of Bills Passed by the Dáil.

113. When a Bill has passed through all its stages in the Dáil, the Clerk shall make, or cause to be made, an exact copy thereof, and shall vouch such copy to be a true and correct copy by certifying the same at the head of the first page and by initialling and numbering each succeeding page. The signed certificate of the Clerk shall state the date of the passing of the Bill through its last stage in the Dáil, and the date of its transmission to the Seanad.

Transmission of Bills to the Seanad.

114. Such true copy of a Bill, passed as aforesaid, and duly certified in the manner hereinbefore provided, together with a Message referring to such Bill, and stating that the

Dáil desires the agreement of the Seanad to the passing of the same into law, shall be transmitted to the Seanad.

Bills initiated in the Seanad.

115. A Bill, which has been initiated in and passed by, the Seanad, shall be deemed to have passed its First Stage in the Dáil, and shall be set down for its Second Stage on the Order Paper next prepared, after its receipt from the Seanad.

Consideration of amendments or recommendations of the Seanad.

116. When a Bill, transmitted from the Dáil to the Seanad, shall have passed through all its stages in the Seanad, and shall have been sent back to the Dáil with amendments made in the Seanad, or in the case of Money Bills, with recommendations made by the Seanad, such amendments or recommendations, as the case may be, shall be published to the Dáil, and the Dáil shall, in Committee, consider and report on such amendments or recommendations, as the case may be.

Procedure on Seanad amendments

117. An amendment made by the Seanad to a Bill initiated in the Dáil may be accepted by the Dáil with or without amendment or be rejected. No amendment shall be moved to an amendment made by the Seanad, that is not strictly relevant thereto, nor can any other amendment be moved to the Bill unless it be consequential upon the acceptance, amendment or rejection of a Seanad amendment.