Legislation: Bills, Heads of Bills,

Statutory Instruments

Updated 2 October 2017


Bills and Heads of Bills referred to the Committee


  1. General Scheme of the Broadcasting (Amendment Bill) 2017 and Retransmission Fees
  2. Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016
  3. Energy Bill 2016
  4. Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017
  5. Minerals Development Bill 2015 [ Seanad ]
  6. Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016
    changed from
    Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016
  7. Draft Heads of the Telecommunications Services (Galway Mayo) Bill 2017
  8. Waste Reduction Bill 2017 [PMB]

Statutory Instruments
within the remit of the committee

  1. Affirmative Resolution
    1. Draft Broadcasting Act 2009 (Designation of Major Events) Order 2017 (Referrral by the Dáil)
  2. Negative Resolution
    1. S.I No. 332 of 2017 – European Communities (Nuclear Safety) Regulations 2017
    2. SI no. 396 of 2017 Waste Management (Farm Plastics) (Amendment) Regulations 2017
    3. SI No. 400 of 2017 Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017

Bills Sponsored by a member of the Government


Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016

Sponsored by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Joint Committee discussion with stakeholders 17 January 2017

Status: Passed without amendment on 7 February 2017

Enacted as: Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Act  2017 on 15/03/2017, No. 3/17   


Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017

Bill Number 51 of 2017

Sponsored by Minister for Communications Climate Action and Environment

Referred by the Dáil: 3 May 2017

Status: Passed without amendment Tuesday 16 May 2017

Enacted as: Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2017 on 06/07/2017, No. 16/17


Energy Bill 2016

Sponsored by Senator Maurice Cummins on behalf of Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resoirces.

Referral by the Dáil 30 June 2016

Status: Passed with amendments 14 July 2016

Enacted as: Energy Act  2016 on 30/07/2016, No. 12/16


Minerals Development Bill 2015 [ Seanad ]

Bill Number 69 of 2015

Sponsored by Senator Maurice Cummins on behalf of Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Referred by the Dáil 22 February 2017

Status: Passed with amendments 17 May 2017

Enacted as: Minerals Development Act 2017 on 26/07/2017, No. 23/17


Bills Sponsored by a private member


Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016

changed from

Prohibition of the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016

Bill Number: 37/16

Sponsored by: Deputy Tony McLoughlin

Referral by the Dáil: 27 October 2016

Committee meeting: 31 January 2017 [The committee held hearings on Tuesday 31 January 2017: Policy Issues arising from the Exploration and Extraction of Onshore Petroleum Bill 2016 and the EPA report on Hydraulic Fracturing: Discussion]

More Information: For more information including opening statements and presentations see the Hydraulic Fracturing [Public Consultation on  UGEE (Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction)] page.

Status: Passed with amendments Tuesday 9 May 2017

Enacted as: Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Act 2017 on 06/07/2017, No. 15/17


Waste Reduction Bill 2017 [PMB]

Bill Number: 80 of 2017

Sponsored by: Deputy Eamon Ryan, Deputy Catherine Martin

First Stage: 20 June 2017

Second Stage: 11 July 2017

Referral by the Dáil to the committee: 11 July 2017

The committee decided to publish this letter from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mr. Denis Naughten T.D.:

Status: The committee decided at its meeting on 19 July 2017 to carry out a detailed scrutiny of this bill.


Statutory Instruments (Secondary Legislation) - Affirmative Resolution


 Draft Broadcasting (Designation of Major Events) Order 2017

Referred by the Dáil on 20 September 2017 and also by the Seanad.

See also press release: Naughten adds Camogie and Football Finals to the ‘free-to-air television’ list

Status: Affirmative motion: Committee must report to the Dáil and Seanad by 12 October 2017.


Statutory Instruments (Secondary Legislation) - Negative Resolution


S.I No. 332 of 2017 – European Communities (Nuclear Safety) Regulations 2017

Laid before both Houses 26 July 2017.

Status: Negative resolution - SI remains in force unless a motion annulling the SI is passed by both Houses within one year after the SI is laid before the Houses - see section 4 (1) (b) of the European Communities Act 1972 (Restated)


2017-396 Waste Management (Farm Plastics) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

Laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 8 September 2017

Status: Negative motion: SI remains in force unless a motion annulling the SI is passed by either House within 21 sitting days after the SI is laid before that House - Section 7.—(3) Waste Management Act 1996


2017-400 Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2017

Laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 15 September, 2017

See also press release:

Status: Negative motion: SI remains in force unless a motion annulling the SI is passed by either House within 21 sitting days after the SI is laid before that House - Section 7.—(3) Waste Management Act 1996


Pre Legislative Scrutiny - Heads of Bills or Draft Bills


General Scheme of the Broadcasting (Amendment Bill) 2017 and Retransmission Fees

Received by the committee: 7 June 2017.

Published by the Joint Comittee 30 June 2017

  1. General Scheme Broadcasting -Amendment- Bill 2017 - Minister - Chairman-Scanned
  2. General Scheme Broadcasting -Amendment- Bill 2017 - Minister - Chairman
  3. General Scheme Broadcasting -Amendment- Bill 2017
  4. General Scheme Broadcasting -Amendment- Bill 2017 - Briefing Note
  5. Retransmission Fees - Briefing Note

For related documents, please see the Public Service Broadcasting page


Draft Heads of the Telecommunications Services (Galway Mayo) Bill 2017

Recieved by the committee 30 May 2017


 

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