Today in Leinster House: December 16, 2011

The last day of the week – and indeed of the parliamentary year – sees procedural Dáil and Seanad business before the Christmas break.

So, let’s not hold them up…

10:00am – Order of Business – The part-time house is the early riser this morning, getting up early so that it can polish off a series of procedural motions including the ratification – without debate – of the Appropriations Bill.

10:30am – Order of Business – Half an hour later, the Dáil signs off on its simple agenda for the day.

10:45am – Bretton Woods Agreement (Amendment) (No2) Bill 2011 (second stage resumed); Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 (second stage) – The Dáil’s sitting for today was originally intended to put the final touches to the Water Charges bill, but with this sorted out earlier this week the focus will be on sorting out the interest rate on Ireland’s IMF loans. If it gets that done early, it’ll discuss the bill to amend the regulation of the legal sector. Discussion wraps up at 1:30pm.

11:15am – Statements on recent developments in the Eurozone and the European Council Summit – With its procedural business sorted, Senators get a chance to have their say on the dealings in Brussels last week.

12:30pm – Matters on the Adjournment – Having agreed to a Friday sitting to sort out the Water Charges legislation – and with that now not being needed – Senators are rewarded with a final chance to raise some more issues of their choosing before all are wished a Merry Christmas and sent on their way until 2012.

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