Today in Leinster House: April 4, 2012

Day 2 of the three days of Fiscal Compact referendum hearings…

11:00am – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – There’s three sessions of hearings on the Fiscal Compact today, all of them in Room 2, each of them hoping to distil exactly what a ratified treaty would mean for the Irish public.

The first session will feature Sharon Bowles, an English MEP who chairs the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and Lord Lyndon Harrison, who chairs the House of Lords’ Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade.

2:00pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The second session, again in Room 2, includes some figures we don’t usually see in Oireachtas settings: the Irish Times’ economics editor Dan O’Brien, TCD macroeconomics professor (and founder) Prof Philip Lane, and Jim Power, the chief economist of Friends First.

2:30pm – Foreign Affairs & Trade – Keeping up the international flavour to proceedings, Room 1 will see members consider a European Commission proposal that Europe forge economic partnership agreements with countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

4:00pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The last of today’s sessions takes a more academic approach, featuring Dr Gavin Barrett from the UCD School of Law, and Dr John O’Brennan from the Dept of Sociology at NUI Maynooth.

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