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Banning smoking in cars and how Ireland can attract the Rugby World Cup

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

The Seanad will debate what Ireland could do to attract the Rugby World Cup.
The Seanad will debate what Ireland could do to attract the Rugby World Cup.
Image: Dan Sheridan via INPHO

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

  • Transport Minister Leo Varadkar will be up for questioning at 9.30 am.
  • Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be answering queries from the Opposition during Leaders’ Questions at 12 pm. With many facts still unclear, GardaGate is likely to feature heavily on the agenda once again.
  • The motion of no confidence in Justice Minister Alan Shatter will be  voted on today, following further debate on the issue at 7.30 pm.

Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil

Everything happening in the Seanad

Everything else that’s happening in the Committees

  • Members of the Irish Road Haulage Association and the Freight Transport Association will discuss the implications of a proposed road user levy on heavy goods vehicles driving in Northern Ireland with the Transport Committee in Room 4 at 11 am.
  • Representatives from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Medical Council and the National University of Ireland will make statements to the Education Committee on the accreditation of the RCSI in Bahrain in Room 3 at 1 pm.
  • The mortgage arrears crisis will be discussed by the Finance Committee in Room 4 at 2 pm. Representatives from the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation and MABS will be among those in attendance.
  • Transition Year students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara in Cork will present their report on human trafficking, Life Leeches – Trafficking Changes Lives, to the Justice Committee in Room 2 at 2 pm.
  • Ireland’s participation in an EDA project on the neutralisation of counter improvised explosive devices will be examined by the Justice Committee in Room 2 at 3.15 pm. Afterwards, Justice Minister Alan Shatter will brief the committee on the service of the Defence Forces with the United Nations in 2013.
  • The Public Oversight Committee will discuss the introduction of equality budgeting in Ireland in Room 3 at 4 pm.

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

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