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This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas  4 -  8 December 2017

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Last updated Wednesday 6 December  2017 at  17:24

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 5 December 2017


Dáil Éireann
 

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

2.32 p.m.  Order of Business  (30 mins)
Motion without debate: - Financial Resolution re. Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform) (without debate)

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

3.47 p.m.  Parliamentary Questions: Oral - Minister for Justice and Equality  (90 mins)

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

6.05 p.m.  Government Business:  (2 hrs 55 mins)
Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017 - Committee and Remaining Stages (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad] - Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) (Department of Health)
Financial Resolution re. Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 - (Department of Health) (without debate)
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Report Stage (resumed) (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)

9.00 p.m.  Private Members Business - Motion re. Syrian Sanctions (Independents4Change)  (120 mins)

11.00 p.m. Dáil Adjourns


Seanad Éireann

3.30 p.m.   Order of Business     
Motion regarding the Discharge of Order for Committee for the Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 - without debate.
"That the Order of the Seanad of 29th November, 2017, fixing the Committee Stage of the Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 for Thursday, 7th December, 2017, be discharged and that the Committee Stage be taken on Tuesday, 5th December, 2017.”
Motion regarding notification of a vacancy in Seanad Éireann arising from the resignation of Senator Denis Landy - without debate

4.45 p.m.   Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017 – Committee and Remaining Stages (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Statements on the new Department of Rural and Community Development (Minister for Rural and Community Development)


Committee Meetings

Seanad Public Consultation Seanad Chamber 10 a.m.
AGENDA: Public Consultation on the Status, Treatment and Use of the National Anthem

Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 11 a.m.
AGENDA: Session A: Statement  [Representatives from the Arts Council]
Session B: Examination of the Heritage Bill 2016 (Seanad) (resumed) [Representatives from Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association, Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland, Birdwatch Ireland, Inland Waterways Association of Ireland]

Members' Interests of Dáil Éireann CR1, LH 2000 1 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

Transport, Tourism and Sport (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 2 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

Housing, Planning and Local Government (Select) CR4, LH 2000 2.30 p.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Supplementary Estimates for Public Services - Vote 34 (Housing, Planning and Local Government)
[Mr. Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government]

Education and Skills (Select) CR2, LH 2000 4 p.m.
AGENDA: Department of Education and Skills - 2017 Supplementary Estimate for Public Services - Vote 26 [Minister for Education and Skills and  Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development ]

An Ghaeilge, an Ghaeltacht agus na hOileáin (Comh) CR4, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: Plean Forbartha don Ghaeltacht [Ionadaithe ó Údarás na Gaeltachta]

Members' Interests of Seanad Éireann CR1, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting


Wednesday 6 December 2017


Dáil Éireann

10.30 a.m.  Parliamentary Questions: Oral - Minister for Education and Skills (90 mins)

12.00 p.m.  Leaders’ Questions (FF, SF, I4C, SD-GP)  (32 mins)

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

Motions without debate:
Motion re. Instruction to Committee on the Technological Universities Bill 2015
Motion re. Referral to Committee of the Motion re. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)

1.02 p.m.    Parliamentary Questions - Oral Taoiseach  (45 mins)

1.47 p.m.    SOS  (60 mins)

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

3.35 p.m.    Private Members’ Business - Motion re. Neurological Services (Fianna Fáil): (120 mins)

5.35 p.m.    Government Business:  (4 hrs 40 mins)
Motion re. Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations (back from committee) (with debate) (8 x 5 minutes)
Social Welfare Bill 2017 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection)
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad] - Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) (Department of Health)
Financial Resolution re. Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 (Department of Health) (without debate)
Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017 - All Stages (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)
Technological Universities Bill 2015 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages (Department of Education and Skills)
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 - Report Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) (Department of Housing, Planning and Local 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.   Tributes to former Senator Mr. Des Hanafin

1.45 p.m.      Finance Bill 2017 – Committee Stage - (Department of Finance)

4.15 p.m.      Statements by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 (Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine)

5.30 p.m.    Statements by the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 (Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government)


Committee Meetings 

Health (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 9 a.m.
AGENDA: Detailed Scrutiny of the Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2017 [PMB]
Session A: [Mr. Billy Kelleher, T.D. (Sponsor)]
Session B: [Officials from the Department of Health]

Justice and Equality (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9 a.m.
AGENDA: (i)Matters relating to O’Higgins Commission and role of Department of Justice and Equality.
(ii) Proposal for the creation of an external enquiry into the functioning of the Department of Justice and Equality; and
(iii) Related matters.
[Ms. Oonagh McPhillips, Deputy Secretary General, Department of Justice and Equality]

Children and Youth Affairs (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Session 1: Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults (resumed) [Representatives from Facebook]
Session 2: Consideration of the Ombudsman for Children’s Annual Report 2016 [The Ombudsman for Children]

Health (Select) CR3, LH 2000 11.45 a.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Supplementary Estimate for Public Services – Vote 38 (Department of Health) [Minister for Health]

Public Petitions (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
AGENDA: Petitions Received

Budgetary Oversight CR2, LH 2000 2 p.m.
AGENDA: Fiscal Assessment Report [Representatives from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC)]

Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 2 p.m.
AGENDA: Session A: Private Meeting
Session B: Statements by Members of the Committee regarding the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly

Future of Mental Health Care (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 2 p.m.
AGENDA: Private Meeting

Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: (i) EU Scrutiny: Schedule A: COM(2017)637 (sales of goods)
Schedule B: COM(2015) 635
(ii) Direct threats to Irish Foreign Direct Investment and Jobs Growth [Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Martin Shanahan CEO and representatives from the IDA]

Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence (Select) CR1, LH 2000 5 p.m.
AGENDA: Motion regarding Ireland’s participation in in Permanent Structured Cooperation, pursuant to the provisions of section 3 of the Defence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 [Minister of State at the Departments of An Taoiseach and Defence with special responsibility for Defence]

Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Select) CR2, LH 2000 7 p.m.
AGENDA: 2017 Supplementary Estimate for Public Services - Vote 32 (Business, Enterprise and Innovation)
[Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development]


Thursday 7 December 2017


Dáil Éireann

10.30 a.m.  Parliamentary Questions: Oral – Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government  (90 mins)

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

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

Government Business:
Further Revised Estimates (back from committee) (without debate)
Supplementary Estimates (back from committee) (without debate)

12.47 p.m.  Motion re. Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)  (Department of Defence) (8 x 15 mins) (120 mins)

4.17 p.m.  Weekly divisions  (43 mins)

5.00 p.m.     SOS (40 mins)

5.40 p.m.     Government Business: (2 hrs)
Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017  - Committee and Remaining Stages (resumed) (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

7.40 p.m.    Statements re. Climate Change (8 x 15 minutes) (2 hrs)

9.40 p.m.    Topical Issues   (48 mins)

10.28 p.m.   Dáil Adjourns


Seanad Éireann 

10.30 a.m.  Commencement Matters

11.30 a.m.   Order of Business
Motion regarding the arrangements for the sitting of the House on Tuesday 12th December, 2017 – without debate
 

12.45 p.m.   Social Welfare Bill 2017 – Second Stage (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection)
 


Committee Meetings 

Public Accounts CR3, LH 2000
(a) 9 a.m.
(b) 2.30 p.m. Private Meeting
AGENDA:
9.00 am (i) Business of the Committee
(ii) C&AG Report 2016
Chapter 16: Regularity of Social Welfare Payments
Chapter 17: Management of Social Welfare Overpayments
Chapter 18: Department Reviews of welfare Schemes
Social Welfare appeals process
[Officials from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection]
2.30 pm Private Meeting

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9.30 a.m.
AGENDA: (i) Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals: Schedule A: (Priority Proposals) - COM(2017)569 [Business to Business Cross Border Trade on VAT], COM(2017)597 [Draft Amending EU Budget – Updated Forecast of Revenue and Expenditure], and COM(2017)615 [EU Budget 2018 Amending Letter – updating estimated needs]; and Schedule B: (Non-Priority Proposals) - COM(2017)609, 621, 624 and 639
(ii) Matters relating to the Tracker Mortgage Examination and the Consumer Protection Framework [Mr Ger Deering, Financial Services Ombudsman and Ms Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission]

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

Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 10.30 a.m.
AGENDA: Labour Activation (resumed)

Justice and Equality (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 10.30 a.m.
AGENDA: (i) Crowe Horwath report to Policing Authority on Garda breath testing and issuing of summonses.
(ii) Garda overtime.
(iii) Opening and closure of Garda Stations.
(iv) Relationship between the Office of the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice and Equality.
[Mr. John Twomey, Deputy Commissioner, An Garda Síochána]

Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Select) CR1, LH 2000 1.15 p.m.
AGENDA: National Archives (Amendment)  Bill 2017 [Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht]


Friday 8 December 2017


Dáil Éireann

10.30 p.m.  Government Business:  (4 hrs)
Statements re. Paradise Papers (8 x 15 minutes)
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad] - Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) (Department of Health)
Financial Resolution re. Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 (Department of Health) (without debate, if not previously taken)
Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Second Stage (resumed) (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport)
Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad] - Second Stage (resumed, if not previously concluded) (Department of Justice and Equality)

2.30 p.m.  Dáil Adjourns


Bills Scheduled for Consideration this Week

Dáil

Dáil Tuesday
Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016


Dáil Wednesday
Social Welfare Bill 2017
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]
Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad]
Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017
Technological Universities Bill 2015
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016


Dáil Thursday
Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016
Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]

Dáil Friday
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]
Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017
Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]

Seanad

Seanad Tuesday
Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017

Seanad Wednesday
Finance Bill 2017

Seanad Thursday
Social Welfare Bill 2017
Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017

Committees

Committees Tuesday

Committees Wednesday

Committees Thursday
National Archives (Amendment)  Bill 2017


Indicative Business for Week Commencing 11 December 2017

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS
Pre-European Council Statements
Statements on Northern Ireland
Appropriation Bill 2017
Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016 [Seanad] – Second Stage
Statements on the McCartan Report on the Stardust Disaster
Other business to be confirmed

PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS
Tuesday 12 December 2017 - Rural Independent Group — Motion re. Homecare packages
Wednesday 13 December 2017 - Fianna Fáil — Motion re. Insurance

THURSDAY BUSINESS FOR PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS / COMMITTEE REPORTS ON 2 FEBRUARY 2017
Statements on the McCartan Report on the Stardust Disaster


Bills due for Committee Consideration

Note: this list is provisional

** Week commencing 11 December 2017

No Bills Scheduled

** Week commencing 18 December 2017

No Bills Scheduled


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