Today in Leinster House: December 2, 2011

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for the monthly session dedicated to opposition legislation…

10:30am – Thirty-first Amendment to the Constitution Bill (The President) Bill 2011 (second stage) – The new set of Dáil rules – which had previously only permitted opposition legislation when it came from a political party – means that this is the first time modern history, and potentially in the history of the State, in which a non-party opposition member gets a Bill discussed in the Dáil. The honour falls to Catherine Murphy, who has proposed a Constitutional amendment limiting the term of office for the President from seven years to five; lowering the running age from 35 to 18; allowing nominations to be carried out by 10 TDs or a petition of 10,000 voters; and a series of other tweaks relating to the country’s highest office.

Debate continues until 1:30pm; if a vote is called, it will be taken on Tuesday.

The day’s business can be viewed on our Seanad streams for web and Facebook.