Today in Leinster House: April 3, 2012

The Dáíl and Seanad are in recess for the next fortnight, but there’s some interesting bits and pieces in some committees while the EU affairs one takes centre stage.

11:00am – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – Today marks the first day of three of hearings from a sub-committee of the EU Affairs committee. They’ll be hearing from TDs, MEPs, ambassadors and plenty of others on the impact of the treaty, the views of Irish society and the other EU member states, and what it means for irish society.

In the first of today’s two sessions, discussing the views of other EU countries, will be the ambassadors of the Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark and Poland. They’ll be meeting in Room 3.

2:00pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The second session in Room 3, on the same theme of the views in Europe, will feature the views of William Cash MP, the chairman of the House of Commons’ European Scrutiny Committee. It’ll also feature four Irish MEPs: Marian Harkin (Ind, North-West), Paul Murphy (Socialist, Dublin), Phil Prendergast (Lab, South) and Nessa Childers (Lab, East).

2:15pm – Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht – In Room 4, members continue their usual examinations of how the arts can be used to combat social disadvantage, featuring representatives from Age and Opportunity, Filmbase, the National Association of Youth Drama, and Fibín Teo.

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