Today in Leinster House: November 20, 2012

THE OIREACHTAS WEEK actually began yesterday, with a visit from a European Commissioner, but the business in the Dáil tonight and tomorrow evening will – for a myriad obvious reasons – grab all the attention, and rightly so. 1:30pm – Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation – The day begins in Room 2, where members […]

Today in Leinster House: November 13, 2012

THIS PARLIAMENTARY TUESDAY is a little more crowded that usual; an extra multitude of committee meetings that the day features many more third parties than usual, and more fora for them to appear in. 11:30am – Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade – One of the hot topics of the season, Ireland’s overseas aid, gets […]

Today in Leinster House: November 6, 2012

THE DÁIL’S WEEK is largely wrapped up with finalising the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012, but the committee schedule is unusually packed out in order to compensate for the less-than-chaotic Seanad timetable. 1:30pm – Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation – The week begins in Room 2, where members dissect EU plans to regulate the the […]

Today in Leinster House: October 23, 2012

ASIDE FROM THE inevitable fallout from Frau Merkel’s comments last Friday lunchtime in Brussels, this week will be unusually dominated by the Public Accounts Committee – the toothsome Dáil committee which is meeting no fewer than three times this week. It’s keeping an eye on allowances paid at various levels (including, today, to politicians. Ho […]

Today in Leinster House: October 16, 2012

IT’S A LOW-OCTANE return to duty in Leinster House today, as eyes begin to drift toward this Thursday’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels. A few miscellaneous bits and bobs around the houses, but today won’t be a day to live long in the memory from a parliamentary viewpoint. 1:30pm – Committee on Jobs, […]

Today in Leinster House: October 9, 2012

THE LEGISLATIVE week is mostly tied up with a hangover bill from the Fiscal Compact – which comes just weeks before the Budget – but there’s other stuff happening too: not least an examination of just why the HSE is spending more than it had budgeted to. 2:00pm – Questions (Minister for Education and Skills) […]

Today in Leinster House: October 2, 2012

AFTER CONDENSING the consideration of the Children’s Rights referendum into three days last week (and not the previously intended four), it’s back to four-day duty for the Dáil this week as the First Friday means opposition legislation. Nonetheless, the week must begin somewhere… 1:30pm – Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation – Getting the ball […]

Today in Leinster House: September 25, 2012

IT’S A FOUR-DAY week in the Dáil this week, as the children’s rights referendum dominates proceedings – but there’s still other bits and pieces worthy of attention. 1:30pm – Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation – Getting the ball rolling, Committee Room 2 plays host to a debate on proposed EU rules to simplify the […]

Today in Leinster House: September 19, 2012

THE RECESS comes to a total conclusion today with the Seanad coming back, but again all eyes will be on the Dáil to see whether any members of the government parties break ranks on the vote of no confidence in James Reilly. 9:30am – Committee on Transport and Communications - The day starts in Committee Room […]

Today in Leinster House: September 18, 2012

WELCOME BACK. Though there’s been a couple of committee meetings in the last few weeks, the Oireachtas summer recess really ends today as the Dáil ends eight weeks of holidays – and gets its teeth into the weighty matter of whether James Reilly deserves to keep his job. So, without further ado… 1:30pm – Committee […]