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Banning smoking in cars, Reillycare and tensions in Ukraine

It’s the last day before the Easter break in the Dáil. But what have they got planned?

The Seanad will debate banning smoking in cars.
The Seanad will debate banning smoking in cars.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?

Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, 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…

2 things we’ll be keeping an eye on

  • Health Minister James Reilly will take part in a debate on the Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012 in the Seanad at 11.45 am. The Bill proposes banning smoking in vehicles where children are present.
  • Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will be grilled by the Opposition during Leaders’ Questions at 12  pm.

Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil

  • Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan will be answering questions related to his department at 9.30 am.
  • Following this, the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014 will be debated. Statements on the White Paper on Universal Health Insurance will then be made. 
  • The Order of Business will be read at 12.21 pm.
  • Morning Business will resume from 12.41 pm.
  • Topical Issues will be discussed at 4.42 pm, where a range of subjects will come up.
  • The Dáil will adjourn at 5.30 pm.

Everything happening in the Seanad

  • The Order of Business will be read at 10.30 am.
  • European Affairs Minister Paschal Donohoe will update the Seanad on escalating tensions in Ukraine at 1 pm.
  • Afterwards, Matters on the Adjournment will be discussed.

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

  • Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald will present the Update on Children’s and Youth Issues to the Health Committee in Room 2 at 9.30 am.

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Órla Ryan

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