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Oireachtas agenda: Companies, public pay and the HSE board

Bill O’Herlihy will attend the Environment committee this afternoon to discuss his new job at the Irish Film Board.

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WHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?

TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil and various Oireachtas committees today.

DÁIL

Richard Bruton kicks off the day with Questions to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at 2pm, setting the scene for Enda Kenny to step in with Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and then the more formulaic Questions to the Taoiseach at 3:36pm.

Four topical issues are discussed just after 5pm before the first debates on Bruton’s new landmark Companies Bill - which completely overhauls and consolidates the law on setting up new companies, and aims to streamline the process of setting up small companies. That’ll be discussed until about 8pm.

At 8pm Fianna Fáil gets the first of two 90-minute debates on a motion about public sector pay. Written after the collapse of Croke Park 2, it calls on the government to engage with the public unions instead of legislating for pay cuts – and, in fact, pledge NOT to introduce those pay cuts. Debate adjourns at 9:30pm.

The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.

SEANAD

It’s a relatively late start for the Seanad today – because the chamber is being used to welcome 45 Transition Year students giving their thoughts on various public matters. They’ll be in situ from 12:30pm to around 2:45pm.

This means the Seanad itself doesn’t start until 4pm, when it spends 75 minutes discussing its future agenda. When that’s taken care of, there’ll be the final discussion on the Education and Training Boards Bill 2012 which rationalises Ireland’s VECs.

COMMITTEES

There are five committee meetings holding public sittings today:

  • At 1pm, the sub-committee on Public Expenditure and Reform begins the process of tearing through the revised estimates for public expenditure published last week. Brendan Howlin and Brian Hayes will be explaining changes to funding for state pay, the Public Appointments Service and more. (Watch here.)
  • The Agriculture committee gets together at 2pm to continue its discussions of a proposed code of conduct for grocery retailers – with the IFA and the Food and Drink Industry Ireland offering their thoughts. (Watch here.)
  • The EU Affairs committee also meets at 2pm to hear from the NUI Galway pairing of Prof John McHale and Dr Alan Ahearne – a former advisor to Brian Lenihan – as they discuss the European Economic and Monetary Union. (Watch here.)
  • At 2:15pm, the Environment committee resumes its deliberation of insurance coverage for areas prone to flooding, hearing from the OPW, before hearing from Bill ‘Okey Doke’ O’Herlihy to discuss his forthcoming chairmanship of the Irish Film Board. (Watch here.)
  • The Health committee has a late enough sitting, getting together at 5pm to discuss possible amendments to the Health Service Executive Governance Bill 2012, which abolishes the board of the HSE and creates a new structure of governance ahead of the abolition of the board altogether. (Watch here.)

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