Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (64)

Brendan Howlin

Question:

64. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will report on the work of the Seanad reform implementation group and progress on implementing the recommendations. [43187/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The all-party Seanad Reform Implementation Group [SRIG] published a Report and draft Bill in December 2018. The Report which contains recommendations in relation to electoral reform, which is the responsibility of my Department, as well as non-statutory reforms to the way the Seanad conducts its business, was noted by Government at its meeting on 30th April 2019. Government also noted that the Report includes four statements from various groups outlining where their position was not in line with recommendations of the Report.

The Government will reflect on the views of the Houses of the Oireachtas in considering the next steps to be taken, following statements in both Houses of the Oireachtas. Statements on the Report of the SRIG were held in the Seanad on 24 September 2019 and are expected to be held in the Dáil on 7 November 2019.