12 Jun 2018, 16.10

The Joint Committee on Public Petitions will meet on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 at 1.30pm in Committee Room 1, Leinster House.

The Committee will consider the following petitions:

•    Petition No. P00023/2017 – Open an ASD Unit in all Primary and Secondary Schools;
•    Petition No. P00025/18 – Abolish abortion on a healthy baby up to 12 weeks;
•    Petition No. P00010/18 – Consolidation of Statutory Instruments in preference to Amendment

Committee Chairperson, Seán Sherlock TD, said today: “The petitions up for consideration tomorrow cover a wide variety of issues. We will discuss a petition seeking the opening of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Unit in all primary and secondary schools. The Petitioner states that parents often have to bring their children to school in another county, town or miles away from their home to access a school with an ASD class. We will also look at a petition which objects to ‘Abortion on demand’ and would like to see abortion on demand up to 12 weeks of pregnancy abolished. Finally, we will discuss a petition which concerns the consolidation of statutory amendments instead of amending them, which is the current practice.  The petitioner proposes that consolidating statutory instruments would be publically beneficial as it would make laws more accessible and transparent to all and could result in the reduction of legal fees.”

All petitions will be examined for their compliance with Standing Orders and decisions will be given in public session.

Watch proceedings live here.

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