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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, 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

  • 12 pm, Dáil: Enda Kenny will be in the chamber for Leaders Questions.
  • 2 pm, Committee Room 4: With the EU Commission likely to announce a formal investigation into Ireland’s corporate tax structure, the Global Taxation Committee will put the controversial issue under the spotlight.
  • 7.30 pm, Dáil: Day two of discussion on Sinn Féin’s motion on the death and burial of children in Mother and Baby homes will resume.

Everything else happening in the Dáil

  • 9.30 am: Jimmy Deenihan will be answering questions related to the department of arts, heritage and the Gaeltacht.
  • Following this, the lower house will debate three Bills. The first looks at revising how housing authorities can recover possession of a house if the occupants have seriously breached the tenancy agreement. The much-discussed Whistleblowers’ Bill will then be debated, before the focus turns to the Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013.
  • 12.21 pm: The Order of Business will be read.
  • 1.51 pm: After lunch, four Topical Issues will be discussed. Morning business will then be concluded.
  • 9 pm: The Dáil will adjourn.

Everything happening in the Seanad

  • 10.30 am: The Order of Business.
  • 11.45 am: Debate on a Bill that will ban the use of sunbeds for people under the age of 18 will resume.
  • 1 pm: A Bill on the establishment of a DNA database system for criminals will then be discussed.
  • 3 pm: Senators will then turn their attention to a Bill that looks to extend what type of activity can be carried out at Johnstown Castle Agricultural College.
  • 4.30 pm: A number of senators will propose a Bill that would end the practice of a person who serves on the board of a public body being paid for their membership.
  • 6.30 pm: Matters on the Adjournment will round out the day in the Seanad.

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

Jobs Committee

1 pm, Room 2: How is the EU supporting Irish SMEs?

Social Protection Committee

1 pm, Room 3: Joan Burton will come before the committee to discuss the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014, which looks at several issues including introducing a tougher residency test for foreign nationals applying for social welfare and extending social protection to cover spouses or civil partners of self-employed workers.

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Foreign Affairs Committee

2.30 pm, Room 1: Representatives from Concern, GOAL and Oxfam will discuss the current situation in South Sudan.

Public Oversight Committee

4.30 pm, Room 3: Public petitions will be debated.

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