Today in Leinster House: November 18, 2011

A light day of business today – as one committee meeting decides to piggyback on the Dail’s monthly Friday sitting.

10:30am – Private Members’ Bill – It’s now part of the Dáil regime that a special sitting be held on the first Friday of every month to discuss legislation being proposed by backbenchers and the opposition. Today the cue falls to Fianna Fáil, who – through Micheál Martin – are proposing a Constitutional Amendment, officially named the Twenty-Ninth Amendment the Constitution (No.2) Bill 2011. In theory it ought to be named the 31st, but the bill was tabled after the motion to cut judges’ pay but before the one on Oireachtas Inquiries.

The proposal is a simple one: it would limit the right to make political donations only to people who have a legal right to vote. The simple result is that it would outlaw political donations from corporate bodies.

10:30am – Health and Children – Meanwhile, in Room 2, TDs and Senators discuss the problem of Child Poverty with reps from Social Justice Ireland and the End Child Poverty Coalition.

If a vote is called, it’ll be taken next Tuesday after the Order of Business.

The day’s business can be viewed on our Dáil streams for web and Facebook.