Dáil voting is unlikely to return to Leinster House anytime soon after an offical report has concluded that proposals for TDs to vote safely were "unworkable in practice".

The report also said the proposals would have a significant negative impact on the efficiency of the House.

The analysis by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission said that the proposed one-metre physical distancing cannot be operated safely.

Since June, some Dáil sittings have taken place at the Convention Centre to facilitate social distancing when all 160 TDs are present, as for voting.

It costs around €25,000 per day with most of that relating to staffing and broadcasting.

The Dáil Business Committee decided earlier this month to discontinue the use of the convention centre and to instead use the Dáil Chamber for all business, including voting and to adopt a one-metre social distancing rule.

However, the report concludes that the decision to adopt a queuing system for votes would result in "very lengthy and inconvenient voting processes" for members and would disrupt normal circulation routes.

It said each vote would take 45 minutes under the queuing system or 27 minutes if there are two voting points.

On the one-metre physical distancing, the report said the Oireachtas Health and Safety Committee does not support the proposal although its opinion is advisory.

The Dáil Business Committee will consider the report at its meeting today when NPHET member Dr John Cuddihy will also attend to advise.