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It's politicians' last day in Leinster House before the summer holidays, here's what they're up to

They’ll be off on holidays – sorry, doing constituency work – until September.

New Children's Minister James Reilly will speak on the mother and baby homes inquiry today.
New Children's Minister James Reilly will speak on the mother and baby homes inquiry today.
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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 with the curtain coming down on this political session, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…

4 things we’ll be keeping an eye on

  • 9.30am, Dáil: Alex White will step out for the first time as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. 
  • 9.30am, CommitteesJames Reilly will also be facing his first batch of questions as Children’s Minister from the Heath Committee.
  • 12pm, Dáil: Tánaiste Joan Burton will face her last batch of Leaders’ Questions for this session.
  • 4 pm, Dáil: There will be statements on the mother-and-baby homes inquiry in the wake of yesterday’s announcements.

Everything else happening in the Dáil

  • 10.45am: TDS debate the final stages of a new Bill proposing tighter regulation of online gambling. 
  • After that there are two other Bills going before the Dáil with amendments from the Seanad. One is designed to amend laws relating to media mergers and the other relating to free GP care for the under sixes.
  • 12.21pm: The Order of Business will be read out as normal before TDs get to ask about promised legislation and no doubt a few other matters.
  • 12.21pm: A motion into the proposed commission of investigation into the shooting of Real IRA man Ronan MacLochlainn will be read out.
  • 6.00pm: Ministers will be asked an array of Topical Questions by TDs
  • 7.00pm: The Dáil adjourns for the summer.

Everything else happening in the Seanad

  • 10.30am: The day shall start off with the Order of Business where Senators get a chance to chat about anything and everything.
  • A motion on the investigation into the shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn shall be read out as part of its fast-tracking through the Oireachtas.
  • Four other  Bills are up for discussion today including:
  1. Electoral (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2014
  2. Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland Bill 2014
  3. National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2014
  4. Court of Appeal Bill 2014 
  • Matters of adjournment will be dealt with at the end of the day, before senators head off for the summer recess 

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

Agriculture, Food and the Marine

  • 9.30am, Room 3: The committee will meet with the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) on the Agri-Taxation Review before further scrutiny of the Horse Racing Ireland Amendment Bill.

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

  • 10.00am, Room 4: The committee will hold its final round of pre-Budget 2015 hearings with the Royal College of Physicians, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Cancer Society, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Mental Health Reform and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Reps from the IFA and the Irish Haulage Associate are among those due in later in the day.

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