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.
View list of Committees.
What's happening this week
(week commencing 3 March 2014)
Second-level students will get a chance to tell politicians what they think this week in Leinster House – and they’ll be doing it as Gaeilge as the Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht marks Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014. On Tuesday, young people from three secondary schools will address the Committee in Irish on finding a job in Ireland; Global Warming; and Same-Sex Marriage or Civil Partnership.
The Irish language will also be on the agenda of the Public Service Oversight and Petitions Committee on Wednesday when it discusses the Annual Report 2012 - An Coimisinéir Teanga with Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Minister McGinley will also appear before the sub-Committee on the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language on Wednesday to discuss the resignation of An Coimisinéir Teanga
The current beef crisis, specifically the crisis affecting bull beef producers, and barriers to the live cattle trade between Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland will be considered by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday. The committee will continue with its hearings on the beef crisis on Thursday and will also resume its consideration of the Forestry Bill 2013.
The meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council will be the focus of the Foreign Affairs Committee when it meets with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore TD on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, the forthcoming European Council meeting on Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO), the Action Plan for Jobs, Budget allocations and the effect of the moratorium on recruitment on Enterprise Ireland’s activities are all on a very packed Jobs Committee agenda.
Financial Services Ombudsman Bill Prasifka will come before the Finance Committeeto discuss the Financial Services Ombudsman Bi-Annual Review 2013
Reform of pensions and the implications of the EU White Paper on Pensions will be on the agenda of Education Committee when it meets with officials from the Department of Social Protection and representatives from Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Irish Brokers Association
Reviewing the provisions contained in the draft Statutory Instrument for the Small Public Service Vehicle (Consolidation and Reform) Regulations 2014 will be the focus of the Committee on Transport and Communications when it meets with representatives from the National Transport Authority.
Thursday will see the Health Committee discussing the Early Years Strategy with representatives from the Early Years Expert Advisory Group and the Centre for Effective Services. The PAC will focus on Foreign affairs and Trade, international co-operation and official development assistance.
There are two matters on the agenda of the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. Firstly, it will consider the Report ‘Northern Ireland: Time to deal with the past’ with representatives from Amnesty International and, secondly, representatives from Special Olympics Ireland; and Special Olympics Ulster will address the Committee on how the health and wellbeing of persons with an intellectual disability can be enhanced through cross border support for Special Olympics Ireland.