Today in Leinster House: April 17, 2012

The houses are back on full-time duty this week, with the Dáil putting in the usual three-day week, but its sittings don’t begin til tomorrow – leaving the committees to get the show on the road for Tuesday.

11:15am – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The main substance of the day is the four individual meetings of the Fiscal Compact committee (in Room 3), which will hear from various party leaders arguing the case of a Yes or No vote. The first meeting will be with some as-yet-unnamed members of the United Left Alliance, which is seeking a No vote.

12:30pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The second of the four hearings will be a straightforward antidote: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who will be advocating a yes vote (much to the chagrin of his former Deputy Leader, Éamon Ó Cuív).

2:15pm – Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht – Continuing its long-running hearings in Room 4, members will hear from the Arts Council and the National Campaign for the Arts, who will offer thoughts on how the arts can be used to help people escape social disadvantage.

2:30pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – Continuing the discussions on the fiscal compact, Labour leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore pops into Room 3 to make his party’s case for a Yes vote.

3:45pm – Sub-Committee on the Fiscal Compact Referendum – The last of the day’s hearings will see Catherine Murphy, the whip of the Technical Group, who has not yet made a public case about which side she will be on. As someone broadly left of centre, however, it’s likely that she will seek a No vote.

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