Today in Leinster House: December 9, 2011

The second five-day week in succession (God love those parliamentarians) comes to an end today with a busy Seanad day, important Dáil business, and a single committee meeting.

So, without further ado…

10:00am – Health (sub-committee) – James Reilly attends his second committee meeting in as many days, guiding a selection of TDs and senators through legislation which would increase the number of GPs who can treat medical card holders.

10:30am – Order of Business – The Dáil’s procedure really ought not to take very long, given that there is only one item on the agenda.

10:30am – Jurisdiction of Courts and Enforcement of Judgements (Amendment) Bill 2011 [Seanad] (second stage) – This is the first outing for housekeeping legislation which brings Ireland into line with the updated Lugano convention. It basically ensures that civil court rulings from pretty much every country in Europe can be enforced in Ireland’s courts, and vice-versa. Alan Shatter will be on hand to oversee proceedings – as he will be all day.

10:50am – Social Welfare Bill 2011 (to conclude) – Having cleared second stage yesterday, TDs will vote on amendments to the Budget’s social welfare measures until 3:30pm.

12:00pm – Property Services (Regulation) Bill 2009 [Seanad] (Dáil amendments) – Another piece of legislation being wrapped up this week is a piece which creates a new agency to oversee and regulate property management companies. The Dáil’s amendments are largely procedural so there won’t be any fireworks.

2:00pm – Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Bill 2010 [to conclude] – Finally, the last item of the week – with Alan Shatter again on hand to oversee the Seanad’s final discussions on legislation which outlines the legal extent to which a resident can defend their home from an attacker or intruder. Discussion continues until 4:30pm, when a line is drawn under a long and fractious week.

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