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Transport Committee

Transport Committee

Joint Committee on Transport and Communications CR4 12 noon 25 November 2014: Engagement with Mr. John Fitzgerald, Chairman Designate, National Transport Authority

Budget 2015

Budget 2015

Finance Bill 2014: Dáil 5.54PM 25 November 20 p.m. Report and Final Stages

Budget Statements

Budget Statements

Recording of Ministers' Budget 2015 Statements now available



Seanad 4.30 p.m. 25 November 2014: Motion re Water Sector Reforms

Oireachtas TV

Oireachtas TV

Our new parliamentary TV channel is now available on UPC 207 and Sky 574

Banking Crisis

Banking Crisis

Dail 25 November 2014 9.00 p.m. Motion re Relevant Report of Dáil Committee on Procedure and Privileges on Relevant Proposals of Joint Committee of Inquiry into Banking Crisis

Land Use Report

Land Use Report

The Agriculture Committee is calling for policy to optimise Ireland’s land use in coming decades.

EU Affairs Committee

EU Affairs Committee

New report calls for voting rights of Irish abroad

Legislative Observatory 1992 - 2014

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New Bills

The Oireachtas Library & Research Service manages the Irish parliamentary library and provides an impartial research service to Members of the Oireachtas in support of their parliamentary business.

Research Publications

Latest Publications

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

eDocuments Laid Weekly Title List 2014

CAP Reform 2014-20 (updated)

The Library & Research Service is pleased to publish an updated version of the paper entitled CAP reform 2014-20: EU agreement and implementation in the UK and in Ireland. This is a collaborative research paper produced jointly by the research services of the Houses of the Oireachtas, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the National Assembly for Wales, the Scottish Parliament and the House of Commons (in respect of the CAP in England).

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform package for 2014-2020 has been finalised and Member States are using 2014 as a transitional year as they prepare to introduce new Basic Payment Schemes and new Rural Development Programmes.

This paper updates the November 2013 version which was prepared whilst many issues were still the subject of consultation. It sets out the main implementation decisions of Ireland and the four constituent parts of the UK. The new agreement allows Member States and their devolved administrations a great deal of flexibility regarding how they implement the provisions. This allows them to tailor a CAP package to suit their particular farming systems and rural development priorities. As a result, the packages agreed in Ireland and across the UK administrations differ considerably with few common themes.

This paper seeks to highlight where the approaches have diverged and where they are consistent and provides an overview of stakeholder reactions to CAP reform 2014-2020. It also considers the possible trajectory of future CAP reform and briefly describes past reforms to put the new agreement in context.

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.

Previous Research publications


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