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Cathaoirleach Sheanad Éireann
Senator Paddy Burke

The Cathaoirleach is the sole judge of order in the Seanad and has a range of powers and functions namely:

  • Calls on members to speak and all speeches must be addressed to the Chair.
  • Puts such questions to the House as are required, supervises Divisions and declares the results.
  • Has authority to suppress disorder, to enforce prompt obedience to Rulings and may order Members to withdraw from the House or name them for suspension by the House itself for a period.
  • In the case of great disorder can suspend or adjourn the House.