The Committee Schedule outlines the committees which are meeting in any particular week. Its details the time, location, agenda for the meeting and also names witnesses who will be appearing before each committee.
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Week commencing Monday 20 May:
On Monday the Health Committee will continue its hearings on the Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 when it will meet with experts from the Psychiatry & other Medical Specialties. The hearings will conclude on Tuesday when the Committee will hear from legal experts.
The Committee on Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht will start its hearings on the Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill on Tuesday when it will meet with officials from the Department of the Environment, the National Economic and Social Council and the Environmental Protection Agency. On Wednesday, Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan will come before the sub-committee on the Environment, Community and Local Government for the Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013
Tuesday will see the Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee consider the effects of the black economy on the construction industry when it meets with representatives from the Construction Industry Federation. The Committee will also consider proposed solutions to protect small business with representatives of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents and examine a report illicit Trade in Ireland with representatives of Grant Thornton.
Also on Tuesday, the Agriculture Committee continues its discussions on the relationship between supermarkets and primary and secondary food producers when it meets with a range of milk producers.
Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach will attend the Finance Committee meeting on Wednesday when the Department of the Taoiseach Strategy Statement 2011-2014 and IFSC Clearing House Group will be up for discussion. Also on Wednesday, Finance Minister Michael Noonan will come before the Finance Sub Committee for the 2013 revised estimates for public services.
It’s another busy week for the EU Affairs Committee who meet with the European Movement Ireland to discuss their recent accountability report, which measures Ireland’s engagement with the European institutions. On Thursday it will receive a delegation from the European Committee of the influential Bavarian Parliament to discuss a range of issues, including bolstering stability in the Eurozone and the responding to the pan-European youth unemployment crisis.
Wednesday will see the Committee on Transport and Communications meet with the Director General of RTÉ Noel Curran, to discuss the current budgetary position and planned cuts to contracted and staff broadcasters’ remuneration. The Committee will also receive an update on the implementation of revised editorial policies in light of recent controversies at the station. On Thursday, the Committee will continue scrutiny of EU legislation in relation to the rights of air passengers.
On Wednesday, the Committee on Education and Social Protection meets with the End Child Poverty Coalition and the National Women’s Council of Ireland to discuss the Mangan Report on Child benefit. The report recommended the introduction of a two-tier child benefit system.
The Justice Committee will hold two meetings next week, starting with an engagement with nominees for Members Designate of the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission on Wednesday morning as well as scrutiny of EU legislative proposals. In the afternoon, Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter will be before the Committee for the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013.
Chairman of the Office of Public Works, Clare McGrath, will appear before the PAC on Thursday.