Today in Leinster House: March 27, 2012

After a Mahon-saturated weekend, a Mahon-saturated week – but today’s Dáil proceedings may also include news on the date for the fiscal compact referendum, while the finance committee will meet the man to whom we owe €30.6 billion.

2:00pm – Questions (Minister for Health) – James Reilly kicks the week off with a batch of parliamentary questions, dealing with matters including the national primary care strategy, the impact of retirements, the progress on universal health insurance and individual units in Wicklow and Monaghan.

2:00pm – Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture – Back in Room 3 after a promotion to 1 last week, members are joined by Paddy Rogan, the chief veterinary officer at the Department of Agriculture, to discuss disease control and other animal health issues.

2:15pm – Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht – In Room 4, members discuss EU plans to designate 2013 the ‘European Year of Citizens’ and for reorganisation of the European air traffic area, before resuming discussion of how arts can combat social disadvantage with figures from the Axis Arts Centre, Artlands, Common Ground and Dublin City Council.

2:30pm – Order of Business – The Seanad kicks off its day with its usual 75-minute discussion of the matters of the day.

2:30pm – Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform – In what will probably one of the day’s most substantive events, Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan visits Room 1 to brief members on the issue of the Anglo promissory notes and the general emergency liquidity given to banks at the height of the banking crisis. The first €3.06bn repayment on the promissory notes is due in four days.

3:15pm – Leaders’ Questions – Enda Kenny is away in China, so it’ll be Eamon Gilmore who takes the usual barbs from the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the technical group. Discussions may well centre on the timing of the fiscal compact referendum, which is to be discussed at cabinet this morning.

3:30pm – Justice, Equality and Defence – In a miscellaneous meeting, members pop into room 2 to meet the chairmen-designate of the Private Security Appeal Board, Gerard Hanlon, and Geraldine Clarke of the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

3:36pm – Questions (Taoiseach) – Oddly enough there are only two questions submitted on Enda Kenny’s ministerial brief – probably likely to be taken today by chief whip Paul Kehoe. They deal with general unemployment, and reform of Dáil procedures – which is precisely the area Kehoe is responsible for.

3:45pm – Motor Vehicles (Duties and Licences) Bill 2012 (all stages) – The Seanad will get 135 minutes to discuss the last outstanding part of the Budget’s various legislation – legislation giving legal effect to the reform of motor tax systems.

4:36pm – Order of Business – TDs agree to the day’s agenda and discuss the progress of other legislation in the pipeline.

5:06pm – Topical Issues – Four of the day’s burning issues are discussed by backbenchers, independents and ministers.

5:54pm – Statements re Final Report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments – What will be considered the most prominent event of the day: TDs discuss the final report of the Mahon Tribunal, with discussions led by Phil Hogan.

6:00pm – Matters on the Adjournment – Senators get to raise matters of political importance before bowing out for the evening.

7:30pm – Private Members’ Business [Fianna Fáil] – Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Bill 2011 – With the technical group apparently being skipped in the rota, Michael McGrath gets to put forward legislation which would see the Financial Services Ombudsman publish public reports on his findings, in the same way that the Broadcasting Authority can publish its outcomes. FF’s idea is that institutions could be named and shamed into improving services. The matter could be opposed by the government, however, who may fear some staffing implications in what is already an overworked office. Debate pauses at 9pm and completes tomorrow.

All of the day’s business can be viewed on the streams: