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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:
- After a tough day yesterday, the weekly agenda makes it Minster for Justice Alan Shatter‘s turn to answer questions about his department at 9.30 am. Timing eh?
- Angel Kerins’s €240,ooo salary at Rehab has been much criticised. She and her colleagues will face the by now familiar faces of the Public Accounts Committee in Room 1 at 10am.
- Scottish parliamentarians will hold a video conference with members of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs. They’ll talk about Ireland’s experiences in the EU as Scottish MPs investigate proposals for an independent Scotland and its EU membership.
Everything else happening in the Dáil:
- Eamon Gilmore fulfill’s his Táinaisterial (not a word) duties at Leaders’ Questions at 12 noon.
- How’s our relationship with Europe? Deputies get chance to add their tuppence worth as they make statements on Ireland’s Engagement with Europe. That starts at 10.45 am with a representative from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade taking the lead.
- TDs debated the the Health Identifiers Bill on Tuesday. They’re at it again today in Morning Business.
- The bill to dissolve the County Enterprise Boards is in its final stages and a representative from the Department of Jobs will begin debate on it this morning.
- A new framework to provide a new statutory framework to govern the HSE’s expenditure, the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013, is due for second stage debate under the Department of Health.
- TDs will also resume Tuesday’s debate on the Health Identifiers Bill which aims to give the Minister more information on health professionals.
- Topical Issues kicks-off at 4.42 pm with the agenda to be finalised later.
Rehab’s Brian Kerr and Angela Kerins could face a grilling today. (Pic: Mark Stedman/Photocall)
Everything else that’s happening in the Seanad
- The European Police College is temporarily moving to Budapest in Hungary. The college brings together senior police officers from around Europe and Senators will debate its regulation.
- The ESB may be bringing broadband to rural areas using pylons with the ESB (Electronic Communications) Bill. A number of amendments have been proposed, the Seanad will debate them today.
Everything else that’s happening in the Committees
- Tomorrow is Rare Diseases Day. The Committee on Health and Children will talk to the Genetic and Rare Disorders Organisation, the Special Needs Parents Association and others about their experiences and concerns from 9.30 am in Room 2.
- New legislation to cut state funding to political parties and reform allowances is to be debated at 10am. Members of the Public Expenditure and Reform (Sub-Committee) will go to Committee Room 3 to talk about the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Bill 2013.
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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