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Capital punishment, fining criminals and how to stop wasting water

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

Prisoner facing death penalty.
Prisoner facing death penalty.

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

  • In what should prove to be an interesting debate, the Jobs Committee will be discussing EU regulation surrounding the trade of goods that could be used for “capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” in Room 2 at 1.30 pm.
  • Finance Minister Michael Noonan is first up to be questioned this week, he’ll be in the firing line at 2 pm today.
  • As always, Leaders’ Questions will be one to watch as Taoiseach Enda Kenny answers queries from the Opposition at 3.15 pm.

Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil

  • Enda Kenny will be answering questions related to his department for an hour from 3.36 pm.
  • The Order of Business will be read at 4.36 pm.
  • Topical Issues will be discussed from 5.06 pm. Afterwards, the Department of Defence will make statements on Ireland’s participation in the European Defence Agency Programme and service by the Defence Forces with the United Nations in 2013.
  • The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014 will then be debated. The Bill proposes the dissolution of the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority and the transfer of their functions to a new, amalgamated body.
  • During Private Members Business at 7.30 pm, Sinn Féin will table the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2014. The Bill proposes strict rules on the export of wind energy and the distance turbines should be located from houses.
  • The Dáil will adjourn at 9 pm.

Everything happening in the Seanad

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

  • After their debate on trade in goods that could be used for capital punishment in Room 2 at 1.30 pm, the Jobs Committee will discuss access to finance for SMEs with representatives from the National Pension Reserve Fund.
  • The Agriculture Committee will resume debate on maximising land usage and its potential with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and Teagasc in Room 3 at 2 pm.
  • Dr Seán Ó hÓgáin and Liam McCarton of the Dublin Institute of Technology will make statements to the Environment Committee on how to achieve a zero-waste approach to water in Room 4 at 2.15 pm.
  • Jim Brown, CEO of Ulster Bank, will contribute to a discussion on mortgage arrears with the Finance Committee in Room 1 at 3.30 pm.

Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:

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