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    This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas
    16 - 20 November 2015


    Last updated Tuesday 17th November 2015 at 12:01
    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 17 November 2015


    Dáil Éireann



    2.00 p.m.

    Whip to read out revised Order for day followed by

    Questions (Minister for Social Protection)

    3.15 p.m.

    One Minute Silence

    Statements on Terrorist Attack, Paris
    (to conclude at 7.30pm)

    7.30 p.m.

    Private Members Business - Technical Group

    9.00 p.m.

    Dáil Adjourns


    Seanad Éireann



    2.30 p.m.
    Commencement Matters

    3.30 p.m.

    Minute Silence to remember the victims of Paris Terror Attack

    Order of Business

    4.45 p.m.

    Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 - Committee Stage
    (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government)

    Seanad Adjourns


    Committee Meetings


    Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 1.30 p.m.
    AGENDA: Private Meeting

    Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 2 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: (i) The Beef Data Genomics Program [Representatives from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF)]; and
    (ii) Organic Farming Scheme [Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine]

    Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 2 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Policy issues arising from the Cemetery Management Bill 2013 and related matters [ Mr. David Pierce, Pierce Monuments; Mr. John Sweeney, Craft Monuments; Mr. Jerry Brennan, Headstones Ireland; Mr. John Green, Chairman, Mr. George McCullough, Chief Executive, The Dublin Cemeteries Committee; Ms. Mary Hurley, Assistant Secretary, Community Division and Mr. David Dalton, Principal, Community Division at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government; Ms. Isolde Goggin, Chairperson, Mr. John Shine, Director of Advocacy and Market Intelligence and Ms. Haiyan Wang, Head of Unit, Consumer Enforcement Division, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission]

    Finance (Select sub) CR4, LH 2000 4 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Finance Bill 2015 [Minister for Finance]

    Human Rights relative to Justice and Equality Matters (Joint sub) CR2, LH 2000 4.30 p.m.
    AGENDA: Private Meeting

    Wednesday 18 November 2015


    Dáil Éireann


    9.30 a.m.

    Questions (Minister for Finance)

    10.45 a.m.

    Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2015 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages
    (Department of Social Protection)

    Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages
    (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

    Electoral (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2015 - Report Stage (Resumed if not previously concluded)
    (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government)

    Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 (Seanad) - Second Stage
    (Department of Justice and Equality)

    12.00 noon

    Leaders Questions

    12.21 p.m.

    Order of Business

    Motion re PQ Rota Change (Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht) (without debate)

    12.51 p.m.

    SOS (1 hour)

    1.51 p.m.

    Topical Issues

    2.39 p.m.

    Morning Business Continued

    7.30 p.m.

    Private Members Business - Technical Group

    9.00 p.m.

    Afternoon business continued

    10.00 p.m.

    Dáil Adjourns


    Seanad Éireann



    10.30 a.m.
    Commencement Matters

    11.30 a.m.

    Order of Business

    Planning and Development (Urgent Social Housing Supply) Policy Directive 2015 - Referral to Committee without Debate
    (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government)

    12.45 p.m.

    Childcare (Amendment) Bill 2015 – Report and Final Stages
    (Department of Children and Youth Affairs)

    2.00 p.m.

    Tributes to former Senator Jack Fitzsimons

    2.45 p.m.

    Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015
    – Committee and Remaining Stages

    Motion for the early Signature of the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015 – without debate
    (Department of Finance)

    4.30 p.m.

    Private Members Business

    6.30 p.m.

    Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012 - Committee Stage (Resumed)
    (Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government)

    Seanad Adjourns


    Committee Meetings


    Foreign Affairs and Trade (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 9.30 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Climate change in relation to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, Paris [Stop Climate Chaos]

    Justice, Defence and Equality (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9.30 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Session A: 9.30 a.m.
    (i) Rural Crime [Mr. Eddie Downey, President, Irish Farmers' Association]
    (ii) Engagement with Mr. Anthony H. Ensor, Chairperson Designate, Property Services Appeals Board; and
    Session B: 2.30 p.m.
    Public hearings on Employment Equality (Abolition of Mandatory Retirement Age) Bill 2015 [Age Action Ireland; The Law Society of Ireland; Irish Senior Citizens Parliament; and members of the public]

    Transport and Communications (Joint) CR4, LH 2000 9.30 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: (i) Engagement with Ms. Ellvena Graham, Chairperson Designate, ESB; and
    (ii) Prospects for electric powered vehicles in Ireland [Representatives from the Irish Electric Vehicles Owners Association]

    Finance (Select sub) CR3, LH 2000 11 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Finance Bill 2015 (resumed)
    Session A: 11 a.m. in Committee Room 3
    Session B: 2 p.m. in Committee Room 4
    [Minister for Finance]

    Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 11.30 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Motion re: Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2015 [Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine]


    Education and Social Protection (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 1.30 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Provision for children with special needs at second level school [Special Needs Parents Association (SNPA); National Council for Special Education (NCSE); and National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD)]

    Foreign Affairs and Trade (Select) CR1, LH 2000 2 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: (i) Economic Partnership Agreement between the West African States, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and the European Union and its Member States; and
    (ii) Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Community and its Member States [Minister of State with Special Responsibility for ODA, Trade Promotion and North South co-operation Development]

    Public Service Oversight and Petitions (Joint) CR3, LH 2000 4 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Report of the Joint Committee on the extension of the remit of the Ombudsman to include the Direct Provision System[Officials from the Department of Social Protection]

    Thursday 19 November 2015


    Dáil Éireann



    9.30 a.m.
    Questions (Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform)

    10.45 a.m.

    Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2015 - Report Stage (Resumed if not previously concluded)
    (Department of Social Protection)

    Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 - Report Stage Resumed if not previously concluded)
    (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

    Choice of Court (Hague Convention) 2015 (Seanad)
    - (Order for Report, Report and Final Stages)
    (Department of Justice and Equality)

    Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Seanad) - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages
    (Department of Justice and Equality)

    Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2015 - Order for Second Stage and Second Stage
    (Department of Health)

    Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 (Seanad) - Second Stage (Resumed if not previously concluded)
    (Department of Justice and Equality)

    12.00 noon

    Leaders Questions

    12.21 p.m.

    Order of Business

    Supplementary Estimates (Referral to Committee without Debate)

    Morning Business Continued

    3.00 p.m.

    Statements on Developments in Mental Health Services under this Government
    (Department of Health)

    4.42 p.m.

    Topical Issues

    5.30 p.m.

    Dáil Adjourns


    Seanad Éireann



    10.30 a.m.

    Commencement Matters

    11.30 a.m.

    Order of Business

    12.45 p.m.

    National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2015 – Committee Stage (resumed)
    (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

    1.30 p.m.

    Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 – Committee Stage
    (Department of Justice and Equality)

    Seanad Adjourns


    Committee Meetings


    Health and Children (Joint) CR2, LH 2000 9.30 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Session A: 9.30 a.m.
    Update on disability issues [Minister of State for Mental Health, Primary Care and Social Care (Disabilities and Older People)]; and
    Session B: 11.15 a.m.
    Assistance dogs in Ireland [Dr. Louise Burgoyne, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCC; Ms. Jennifer Dowler, CEO, and Mr. Andrew Geary, Irish Dogs for the Disabled]

    Finance (Select sub) CR4, LH 2000 10 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Finance Bill 2015 (resumed) [Minister for Finance]

    Public Accounts CR3, LH 2000 10 a.m. (T)
    AGENDA: (i) Business of the Committee; and
    (ii) 2014 Annual Report and Appropriation Accounts of the Comptroller and Auditor General:
    a. Vote 11: Office of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
    b. Vote 12: Superannuation and Retired Allowances
    c. Vote 18: Shared Services
    d. Vote 41: Office of Government Procurement
    e. Chapter 4: Vote Accounting and Budget Management
    f. Chapter 5: Management of Government Grants
    g. Chapter 6: Payroll Accrual for National Accounts
    h. Chapter 7: The National Lottery Fund
    [Officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and from the Office of Government Procurement]

    Inquiry into the Banking Crisis (Joint) CR1, LH 2000 10.30 a.m.
    AGENDA: Private Meeting

    Transport, Tourism and Sport (Select sub) CR2, LH 2000 2 p.m. (T)
    AGENDA: Harbours Bill 2015 (resumed) [Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport]

    Bills Scheduled for Consideration this Week

    Dáil

    Dáil Tuesday


    Dáil Wednesday
    Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2015
    Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015
    Electoral (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2015
    Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 (Seanad)

    Dáil Thursday
    Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2015
    Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015
    Choice of Court (Hague Convention) 2015 (Seanad)
    Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Seanad)
    Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2015
    Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 (Seanad)



    Seanad


    Seanad Tuesday
    Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012

    Seanad Wednesday
    Childcare (Amendment) Bill 2015
    Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015
    Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012

    Seanad Thursday
    National Cultural Institutions (National Concert Hall) Bill 2015
    Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011


    Committees

    Committees Tuesday
    Finance Bill 2015

    Committees Wednesday
    Finance Bill 2015

    Committees Thursday
    Finance Bill 2015
    Harbours Bill 2015


    Report Stage Business planned for Scheduling in Dáil Éireann

    ** Week beginning 23 November 2015

    No Bills Scheduled

    ** Week beginning 30 November 2015

    No Bills Scheduled


    Provisional Listing of Bills for Dáil Select Committee Consideration

    ** Week commencing 23 November 2015
    Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2015 (Select sub-Committee on Health on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 5.30 p.m. in Committee Room 2 - subject to referral)
    Harbours Bill 2015 (resumed) (Select sub-Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport on Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 2 p.m. in Committee Room 2)


    ** Week commencing 30 November 2015
    Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 (Changed from Employment Equality (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2013 (Select Justice, Defence and Equality on Wednesday, 2 December 2015 at 5 p.m. in Committee Room 2 - subject to referral)
    Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 (Select sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs Thursday, 3 December 2015 at 9.30 a.m. in Committee Room 2 - subject to referral)


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    Default Re: This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas 16 - 20 November 2015

    Cabinet, presumably having discussed France's Lisbon Treaty call for Defence backing from all EU States, has not discussed the IBRC or Health Insurance policy this morning.

    RTE don't seem to think being called to military support a State that considers itself at war was a matter of any great importance.
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    Default Re: This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas 16 - 20 November 2015

    There will be a vote today on the Criminal Justice Bill, with radical change proposed including allowing use of EU Special Forces against Terrorists in Ireland.

    I will see if I can find the Bill.
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    Default Re: This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas 16 - 20 November 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    There will be a vote today on the Criminal Justice Bill, with radical change proposed including allowing use of EU Special Forces against Terrorists in Ireland.

    I will see if I can find the Bill.
    This is it. It relate to the -

    Council Decision 2008/617/JHA of 23 June 2008 on the improvement of cooperation between special intervention units of the Member States of the European Union in crisis situations, These forces would report to the Garda Chief Commissioner. Ireland would establish a unit that could be called on by other states.

    As well as this, there are many important legal changes relating to seizure of property and money transnationally in the EU, and other matters of joint or transjurisdiction.

    http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp.../document1.htm

    Section 31: Special Intervention Units
    This section gives effect to the Council Decision 2008/617/11 on enhancing the operation of special intervention units in crisis situations. The section inserts a new Chapter 8A in the 2008 Act setting out the procedures which will apply in regard to requests and operation of special intervention units. The following are the provisions of that new Chapter 8A:New section 94A Interpretation This section defines terms such as ‘‘competent authority’’,‘‘Council Decision’’, ‘‘crisis situation’’ or ‘‘special intervention unit’’.New section 94B Special Intervention Unit This section provides that the Garda Commissioner may establish a special intervention unit for the purpose of providing assistance in the control of a crisis situation under section 94E. New section 94C Request to other member state for assistance of a special intervention unit in dealing with crisis situation This section provides for the issuing of a request to another member state for the assistance of a crisis intervention unit.Subsection (1) provides that the competent authority may issue such a request, with the agreement of Government, if as a result of the commission of a criminal offence a crisis situation exists and it is in the public interest to seek the assistance of a special intervention unit from another state. Subsection (2) sets out the requirement for any request to include information regarding the nature of the crisis and the type of assistance required.Subsection (3) provides that such other information as wouldreasonably be required by another state in deciding a requestwill also be provided. Subsection (4) provides that the Competent Authority may agree the type of equipment,expertise and assistance to be provided by the special intervention unit.New section 94D Request to State for assistance of a special intervention unit in dealing with crisis situation This section provides for other member states to issue a request for the assistance of a crisis intervention unit from this State. Subsection (1) provides that the competent authority shall consider such a request from another member state. Subsection(2) sets out the requirement for any request to include information regarding the nature of the crisis and the type of assistance required. Subsection (3) provides that such other information as would reasonably be required in deciding a request may be sought. Subsection (4) provides that the competent authority may, subject to Government agreement,agree the form of assistance, including the equipment and expertise to be provided by a special intervention unit to that member state. New section 94E Operation of special intervention unit This section provides for the operation of a special intervention unit. Subsection (1) provides that it will be established for a specific purpose and limited time period as agreed by the competent authorities. Subsection (2) provides the special intervention unit may operate in this State or in the other member state for so long as is necessary, subject to subsection (1). Subsection (3) provides for the competent authority to terminate assistance once the intended purpose of the crisis intervention unit has been served. Subsection (4)provides that a crisis intervention unit operating in this State shall do so under the direction and control of the Garda Commissioner, in accordance with the laws of the State and within the limits of powers conferred by its own state.
    Only one amendment proposed from Committee Stage.

    http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/b...8414s-dscn.pdf

    This has I assume gone through at this stage - Dail now discussing the Health Insurance Bill.
    Last edited by C. Flower; 19-11-2015 at 10:15 AM.
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    Default Re: This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas 16 - 20 November 2015

    Unfortunately, this is probably necessary.. .
    "The floggings will continue until morale improves "

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    There will be a vote today on the Criminal Justice Bill, with radical change proposed including allowing use of EU Special Forces against Terrorists in Ireland.

    I will see if I can find the Bill.
    It's worth noting that 1) Any external unit could only be used on foot of a specific request from this State, and 2) that there's no mention of "EU Special Forces" in the Bill, most likely because such forces don't actually exist. The Bill provides for a request to another EU member state, as your quoted passage makes clear.

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    Default Re: This Week in the Houses of the Oireachtas 16 - 20 November 2015

    While I tend to agree with the spirit of this legislation, I am not a fan of legal changes introduced in haste, for the types of reasons mentioned by CF in the other thread.

    Is there any judicial oversight of this?
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