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Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 13°C
Shutterstock The Dáil will debate banning sunbeds for under 18s.
# Oireachtas agenda
Children using sunbeds, the new broadcasting charge and HSE grants
It’s the first day back in the Dáil after the Easter break, so what’s happening?

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…

3 things we’ll be keeping an eye on

  • The Finance Committee will resume its discussions on mortgage arrears in Room 3 today. Lorcan O’Connor, Director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland, will address the committee at 10 amPatrick Honohan, Governor of the Central Bank, will be interviewed at 3 pm.
  • As the Garda Representative Association annual conference continues in Killarney, Justice Minister Alan Shatter will be answering questions related to his department at 2.30 pm.
  • Leaders’ Questions will be happening at 4.33 pm today. Following the Cabinet meeting on water charges this morning, there should be plenty to talk about.

Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil

  • Topical Issues will be discussed at 3.45 pm, where everything and anything will come up.
  • The Order of Business will be read at 4.54 pm.
  • Following this, the Public Health (Sunbeds)  Bill 2013 and the Children First Bill 2014 will be discussed from 5.24 pm. The former looks at banning sunbeds for people under the age of 18 and the latter proposes better provision for the care and protection of children.
  • During Private Members Business at 7.30 pm, the Technical Group will put forward a motion on the “current housing and homelessness emergency in the country” whereby a shortage in housing has led to it becoming increasingly unaffordable.
  • The Dáil will adjourn at 9 pm.

Everything happening in the Seanad


The Seanad is adjourned until 7 May. (Pic: Tumbleweed via

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

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