Today in Leinster House: October 6, 2011

Continuing the theme from earlier in the week, the houses are largely eaten up with legislation – but nonetheless some interesting items on the daily agenda.

Here’s what’s coming:

10:00am – Public Accounts Committee – John Corrigan from the NTMA, Paul Carthy from the National Pension Reserve Fund, and Brian Murphy from the National Development Finance Agency attend Room 1 to brief the committee on the national debt and what’s left in the NPRF.

10:30am – Leaders’ Questions – Eamon Gilmore is back to take the Thursday slot of LQs; as is becoming customary, he will probably face the attacks from Éamon O Cuív and Mary Lou McDonald.

10:30am – Order of Business – Upstairs in the Seanad, meanwhile, members will begin the daily discussion on whatever they deem worthy of parliamentary attention.

10:51am – Order of Business – TDs quickly agree to the day’s agenda, which – as with earlier this week – will be dominated by single pieces of legislation.

11:11am – Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2011 [Seanad] (second stage resumed); Patents (Amendment) Bill 2011 (second stage) - The Road Alcohol bill has already eaten up a lot of the Dáil’s week, but at some point TDs will call a halt and get around to a routine bill which signs Ireland up to new treaties regarding international copyright legislation.

11:30am – European Union Affairs – Lucinda Creighton briefs the committee on the forthcoming General Council meeting. Over in Room 2.

11:30am – Health and Children – In room 3, Minister James Reilly, Cathal Magee from the HSE, and the Medical Council brief TDs and Senators on the current situation regarding junior doctors.

11:45am – Statements on Finance – The main item of the day upstairs is the Private Members’ Time, which this week falls to the three Sinn Féin senators. They have tabled a particularly contemporary motion condemning the nominations process for the Presidential elections – and calling on the forthcoming constitutional convention to overhaul the process.

1:45pm – Matters on the Adjournment – Three items of importance get an airing before the Seanad wraps up for the week.

3:42pm – Topical Issues – Four issues, 12 minutes, and one minister for each.

4:30pm – Questions (Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) – Simon Coveney finishes the Dáil day by taking 75 minutes of ministerial questions on matters including a European milk quota, fisheries policies, REPS funding, and farmers’ fees to vets.

As always, all of the day’s business can be viewed on the streams: