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Committee Schedule

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 3rd Revised Committee Schedule for Week Commencing 14 April 2014.

View list of Committees.

What's happening this week

Week commencing 14th April:

GAA President Liam O’Neill and Director General Páraic Duffy are before the Committee on Transport and Communications on Tuesday to outline the rationale for the Association’s new broadcasting contract with Sky Sports. On Wednesday, the Committee will hear from Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey on the difficulties securing speeding convictions due to flaws with GoSafe detection vehicles.
 
The Chief Executives of Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank and AIB will attend the meeting of the Committee on Jobs on Tuesday as part of its hearings on access to finance for small and medium sized enterprises.

Current housing demand issues will be on the agenda of the Environment Committee when it meets with representatives of Circle Voluntary Housing Association, Clúid Housing Association, and Respond Housing Association; Focus Ireland; Simon Communities of Ireland; and Community Action Network. On Wednesday, it will consider the priorities and challenges facing the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government for the next few years with the Department’s Secretary General. It will also consider the EU Scrutiny Report for July-December 2013.

Also on Tuesday the Agriculture Committee will consider the impact of recent storms on the fishing industry with the Federation of Irish Fishermen and various lobster and inland fishing groups, while the EU Affairs Committee continues its hearings on the voting rights of EU citizens.

On Tuesday evening, the Finance Committee will receive a Stability Programme update for 2014 from the Minister for Finance, while the Finance Sub Committee will consider the Central Bank Bill 2014 with the Minister on Wednesday.

Officials from the Department of the Environment will brief the Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions on the factors underlying the design of ballot papers in elections and referendums, while, also on Wednesday, the Foreign Affairs Committee will hear from Edinburgh University’s Dr Thomas Pierret on the current situation in Syria.

Over the course of hearings on Wednesday and Thursday, the Education and Social Protection Committee will hear from a wide range of perspectives as part of its pre-legislative scrutiny of Technological Universities Bill.

On Thursday, the Health Committee will receive an update on Children’s and Youth Issues from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Earlier in the week, on Tuesday, the Health Sub Committee will consider the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013 with the Minister for Health.