WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?
Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…
3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on
- The chief medical officer at the HSE Dr. Tony Holohan will take questions from the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children today about his report into the death of five babies at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise. That’s in Committee Room 2 at 9.45 am.
- For the third day in a row, the Government is to set out its Priorities for the Year Ahead. They’ll be doing this in two sessions, one starting at 10.45 am and then again at 12.41 pm.
- It’s Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s turn to face the wrath of the opposition today, or more formally, answer queries put forward in Leaders Questions at 12 noon.
Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil
- Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan speaks to the house from 9.30 am. It’s currently Seachtain Na Gaeilge and there is significant debate about the place of the Irish language in today’s society, that’s all likely to feature.
- There’s just over 45 minutes allotted for Topical Issues from 4.42 pm.
Everything happening in the Seanad:
- The bill to dissolve the County Enterprise Boards is in its final stages and the Seanad will debate amendments from the Dail with a representative from the Department of Jobs from 12 pm.
- Before that the Order of Business will run for about 9o minutes with the issues yet to be finalised.
Everything else that’s happening in the Committees
- Yesterday, we learnt that 1 per cent all the trees in Ireland’s forests were blown down during the recent storms. Today, the Minister of State at Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Tom Hayes talks about the Forestry Bill 2013 in Room 3 at 9.30 am.
- The Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement will be discussed at 10.15 am in Room 4 with a particular focus on an Amnesty International Report ‘Northern Ireland: Time to deal with the past.
- The Public Accounts Committee will be in attendance in Room 1 at 10 am to talk about the 2012 Appropriation Accounts and Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General.
- Seachtain Na Gaeilge continues and the Sub-Committee on the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language and Related Matters meets today with the relevant Minister of State Dinny McGinley in Room 4 at 2.15 pm. The resignation of Coimisinéir Teanga Seán Ó Curreáin will likely dominate proceedings.
Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:
- Dáil Éireann
- Seanad Éireann
- Committee Room 1
- Committee Room 2
- Committee Room 3
- Committee Room 4
- To access streams on iOS, click here
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