Recording of Ministers' Budget 2015 Statements now available
Seanad: 23 October 2014 European Stability Mechanism (Amendment) Bill 2014 – Committee, Report and Final Stages
A new dedicated parliamentary television channel, Oireachtas TV, is now available on UPC 207 and Sky 574.
On 26 September 2014 the Banking Inquiry Committee submitted its proposal to the Dáil and Seanad Committees on Procedure and Privileges.
The Committee is calling for sustainability and consistency of approach key to addressing mortgage arrears
Budget 2015: this bill gives legislative effect to taxation changes
The Jobs Committee is inviting submissions to shape the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2014 before it is introduced.
The PAC has published separate reports on penalty points, medical cards and other issues.
Detailed information is available on-line including: the full text of all bills as initiated (including explanatory memoranda), as amended, and as passed by each or both houses; amendments tabled; Acts of the Oireachtas and official translations; links to debates on bills are also provided.
Six-Monthly Listing of S.I.s - January to June 2014
The L&RS is pleased to offer a new service to Members and their staff, namely a biannual listing of all Statutory Instruments (SIs) laid before the Houses each year.
Statutory Instruments are a form of 'secondary legislation' which allow Government Ministers or agencies/bodies such as the Revenue Commissioners to legislate in respect of the minor or day to day details arising from the operation of a primary piece of legislation (i.e. an Act).
Statutory Instruments typically take the form of orders (i.e. Ministerial Orders) and regulations, and can be used to do a number of things, including transposing EU Directives.
On average over 600 SIs are laid before the Houses each year.
The first list covering January to June 2014 can be accessed here
Sanctions for Misconduct in Judicial Office
No. 7 of 2014 (Published in August 2014)
This Spotlight provides an overview of the process by which misconduct in judicial office is dealt with in Ireland and in a number of other jurisdictions. The Spotlight sets out the Constitutional position of the Irish judiciary who may only be removed from office for ‘stated misbehaviour’ or ‘incapacity’. In the vast majority of cases, there is currently no means to deal with misconduct in judicial office which does not amount to ‘stated misbehaviour’ in Ireland. For comparative purposes, this Spotlight describes the procedures for the removal and discipline of judges in other common law jurisdictions. A brief overview is also provided of the relevant procedures in Scotland and South Africa, both of which have mixed legal systems.
Issues and Context – Government Reform of Planning Legislation
No.6 of 2014 (Published July 2014)
This Spotlight provides a summary of the Mahon Tribunal’s recommendations and explores other issues which are anticipated in forthcoming legislation on planning (Planning Bill 2014 Spring/summer Legislative Programme C List). These issues include, the introduction of a Planning Regulator, further transparency and efficiencies within the planning system, changes to Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (social and affordable housing) and the significance of Irish Water in planning matters. This Spotlight has been authored by Downey Planning.
The L&RS online catalogue enables you to search for and find digital items from our Documents Laid and Historical Collections.
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The Oireachtas Public Petitions System presents an important new avenue for individuals to participate in the democratic process. Through submitting petitions online and by post, members of the public will be able to take their policy concerns directly to the heart of the Oireachtas.
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