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This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas  13 -  17 February 2017

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Last updated Wednesday 16 February 2017 at 14.30

The start times indicated in this schedule are based, in part, on the expected end time of preceding items of business. In the event items of business conclude earlier or later than expected, the start times for subsequent business may be affected.


Tuesday 14 February 2017


Dáil Éireann
 

2.00 p.m.  Leaders’ Questions (FF, SF, AAA-PBP, I4C) (32 mins)

2.32 p.m. Order of Business (30 mins)
Motion re. PQ Rota Change (Departments of Finance and Social Protection, and Departments of Foreign Affairs and Education) (without debate)
Motion re. Report of Services by the Defence Forces with the United Nations in 2015 (referral to Committee) (without debate) (Department of Defence)

3.02 p.m.  Taoiseach’s Questions (45 mins)

3.47 p.m.  P.Q.s: Oral – Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (90 mins)

6.00 p.m.  Statements of Clarification on Statements made by Taoiseach and Two Ministers (to conclude at 9.00 p.m.)

9.00 p.m.  Private Members Business (Fianna Fáil): Motion re. North/South Interconnector (120 mins)

11.00 p.m.  Dáil Adjourns


Seanad Éireann
 

2.30 p.m.  Commencement Matters

3.30 p.m.  Order of Business

4.45 p.m.  Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 – Report Stage (Amendments from Dáil Éireann) and Final Stage (Department of Justice and Equality)


Committee Meetings
 

Future Funding of Domestic Water Services (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 12 noon
AGENDA: Metering [Representatives from the Commission for Energy Regulation, and Irish Water]

Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 4 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

Budgetary Oversight CR3, LH 2000 4 p.m.
AGENDA: Competitiveness issues and economic growth [Professor Peter Clinch, Chairman, National Competitiveness Council]

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 4 p.m.
AGENDA: Hearings on the Banded Hours Contract Bill 2016 [PMB] (resumed)
Session A: 4.15 pm: [Representatives from the Irish Hotels Federation, Small Firms Association, and Restaurants Association of Ireland]
Session B: 5.00 pm: [Representatives from the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association, Retail Grocery Dairy & Allied Trades Association, and Retail Excellence Ireland]

Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: (i) Further Scrutiny of EU legislative proposals re The "Clean Energy for all Europeans" package.
Schedule A:  COM (2016) 759 (Energy Union); COM (2016) 761 (Energy Efficiency); COM (2016) 767 (Renewable Energy); COM (2016) 861 (Internal Electricity Market); COM(2016)862 (Risk-preparedness in Electricity sector); COM (2016) 863 (Cooperation of Energy Regulators) and COM (2016) 864 (Internal Electricity Market).
(ii) The effect of the proposed withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on the Irish energy market.
[Officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment]


Wednesday 15 February 2017


Dáil Éireann
 

9.30 a.m.  Statements on Recent US Executive Order on Immigration (150 mins)

12.00 p.m.  Leaders’ Questions (FF, SF, RIG, SD-GP)  (32 mins)

12.32 p.m.  Questions on Promised Legislation (30 mins)

1.02 p.m.  Taoiseach’s Questions (45 mins)

1.47 p.m.  P.Q.s: Oral – Minister for Defence (90 mins)

3.17 p.m.  Topical Issues (48 mins)
Private Notice Question (if any)

4.05 p.m.  SOS  (40 mins)

4.45 p.m.  Private Members Business (Sinn Fein): Motion re. Brexit and the need for a special designation for the North (120 mins)

6.45 p.m.  Government Business - Motion re. Confidence in the Government

10.15 p.m.  Dáil Adjourns


Seanad Éireann
 

10.30 a.m.  Commencement Matters

11.30 a.m.  Order of Business

12.45 p.m.  Statements on Transport and Tourism (Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport)

2.45 p.m.  Private Members Business

4.45 p.m.  Annual National Transition Statement on Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

6.00 p.m.  Statements of Clarification on Statements made by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs)

7.30 p.m. Seanad Adjourns


Committee Meetings 
 

Justice and Equality (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9 a.m.
AGENDA: Scrutiny of the Parole Bill 2016 [PMB] and the Prisons (Solitary Confinement) (Amendment) Bill 2016 [PMB]

Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Na saincheisteanna atá os comhair imircigh atá ag filleadh ar Éirinn [Ionadaithe ón mBrúghrúpa Éireannach le haghaidh Athchóiriú Inimirce]
The issues facing emigrants returning to rural Ireland [Representatives from the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and Safe Home Ireland]

Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Water Supply Project for the Eastern & Midlands Region  [Representatives from Irish Water]

Dáil Procedure R160 5-Storey Block 10.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

European Union Affairs (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
AGENDA: Briefing on the work of the General Affairs Council (GAC) and key developments on the European Agenda. [Minister of State for European Affairs]

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (Select) CR2, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Revised Estimates for Public Services
Session A: 1.30 pm - Vote 13 (Office of Public Works) [Minister of State for Office of Public Works and Flood Relief]
Session B: 3.15 pm - Vote 7 (Office of the Minister for Finance), Vote 8 (Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General), Vote 9 (Office of the Revenue Commissioner), Vote 10 (Office of the Appeal Commissioners) [Minister for Finance]

Future Funding of Domestic Water Services (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
AGENDA: Role of Regulators and Compliance with European Law [Representatives from the European Commission; Environmental Protection Agency; Commission for Energy Regulation; Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government; Mr Conleth Bradley and Mr Matthias Kelly].

Transport, Tourism and Sport (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
AGENDA: The current situation at Bus Éireann  [Mr. Willie Quigley, Unite the Union; Mr. Greg Ennis, Service Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU); Mr. Dermot O’Leary, National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU); Mr Patrick McClusker, Transport Salaried staffs’ Association, (TSSA) and Mr. Sean Heading, Technical Electricaland Engineering Union(TEEU)]

Public Accounts CR3, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting


Thursday 16 February 2017


Dáil Éireann
 

12.00 p.m.  Leaders’ Questions (FF, SF, LAB, RIG) (32 mins)

12.32 p.m.  Questions on Promised Legislation (15 mins)

12.47 p.m.  Weekly divisions (43 mins)

1.30 p.m.   Government Business (120 mins)
Motion re. Tribunal of Inquiry (working title)
National Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017-  Second Stage (to conclude after 90 minutes) (Deputy Colm Brophy) (Departments of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs)

3.30 p.m.  P.Q.s: Oral – Minister for Justice and Equality (90 mins)

5.00 p.m.  Topical Issues (48 mins)
Private Notice Question (if any)

5.48 p.m.  Committee Report/PMB: (120 mins)
Report on the Rising Costs of Motor Insurance – Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, and the Cost of Insurance Working Group – Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance, January 2017 – Department of Finance

7.48 p.m. Dáil Adjourns


Seanad Éireann 
 

10.30 a.m.   Commencement Matters

11.30 a.m.   Order of Business

1.30 p.m.    Private Members Business - Civil Law (Missing Persons) Bill 2016 – Second Stage (Senators Colm Burke, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Lynn Ruane)

5.00 p.m.   Motion regarding establishment of a Tribunal of Inquiry (Department of Justice and Equality)


Committee Meetings 
 

Health (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 9 a.m.
AGENDA: National Maternity Strategy 2016 - 2026 (resumed) [Representatives from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland (AIMS Ireland)]

Public Accounts CR3, LH 2000 9 a.m.
AGENDA: (i) Business of the Committee; and
(ii) Appropriation Accounts 2015
Vote 30 : Agriculture, Food and the Marine 
C&AG Report 2015
Chapter 7 : EU Refunds and Levies in the Agriculture Sector
[Representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine]

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance [ Minister of State with special responsibility for Financial Services, eGovernment and Public Procurement]

Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence (Select) CR1, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Revised Estimates for Public Services - Vote 27 (International Co-operation); and Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) [Mr. Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Mr. Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Aid]

Dáil Business R160 5-Storey Block 10.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (Select) CR2, LH 2000 11.15 a.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Revised Estimates for Public Services (Taoiseach's Vote Group) Vote 1 (President's Establishment), Vote 2 (Department of the Taoiseach), Vote 3 (Office of the Attorney General), Vote 4 (Central Statistics Office), Vote 5 (Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions), Vote 6 (Office of the Chief State Solicitor) [An Taoiseach and Ms Regina Doherty TD, Government Chief Whip]


Bills Scheduled for Consideration this Week

Dáil

Dáil Tuesday

Dáil Wednesday

Dáil Thursday
National Famine Commemoration Day Bill 2017


Seanad

Seanad Tuesday
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015

Seanad Wednesday

Seanad Thursday
 

Committees

Committees Tuesday

Committees Wednesday

Committees Thursday


Indicative Business for Week Commencing 20 February 2017

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS
Minerals Development Bill 2015 [Seanad] – Second Stage
Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 – Order for Second Stage and Second Stage

PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS
Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Fianna Fáil – Public Services and Procurement (Social Value) Bill 2017 – Second Stage
Wednesday 22 February 2017 - Sinn Féin – Industrial Relations (Right to Access) (Amendment) Bill 2016 — Second Stage

THURSDAY BUSINESS FOR PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS / COMMITTEE REPORTS ON 23 FEBRUARY 2017
Employment Equality (Abolition of the Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2016 – Second Stage – Deputy John Brady


Provisional Listing of Bills for Dáil Select Committee Consideration

** Week commencing 20 February 2017
Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) Bill 2016 [Seanad] Select Committee on Justice and Equality on Wednesday 22nd February  2017 at  9 a.m. in Committee Room 2
Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Bill 2016 Select Committee on Justice and Equality on Wednesday 22nd February  2017 at 11 a.m. in Committee Room 2

** Week commencing 27 February 2017
No Bills Scheduled

 


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