This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th October, 2013

14:30 – Order of Business
15:45 – Private Members Business

That Seanad Éireann:
– Notes with concern that SMEs in rural towns are suffering currently with many vacant units appearing on main streets as they struggle to compete on issues like parking costs with large out of town shopping malls;
– Notes the urgent need for an urban renewal scheme to incentivise the refill of vacant units, and notes further the impact of upward only rent reviews in bringing about the closure of businesses in regional towns where commercial leases were entered into prior to 28th February 2010 (therefore not falling under protection of Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009);
– Notes the great work of the Business Improvement District Scheme (BIDS) in delivering significant positive impacts for economic vitality and the viability of town centres.
– Proposes that the Department of the Environment, Community, and Local Government should support initiatives like a First Hour Free parking scheme for town centres and main streets to help counteract the unfair advantage of out-of-town shopping complexes
– Proposes further that the Department should consider the provision of statutory recognition to initiatives like pop-up shops;
– Proposes also that the Government should consider adopting measures to alleviate pressures on town centres and main street businesses, for example through measures like:
-encouraging and support the letting and re-opening of derelict properties in town centres and main streets;
-adopting schemes to promote town centres and main street revamps, as well as regeneration of shop front facades and signage;
-schemes to curb anti-social behaviour in town centres and to incentivise multi-national outlets which source locally produced materials rather than importing goods from other countries;
-schemes to attract investment and improve infrastructure and competitiveness in regional towns.

Senators Denis Landy, John Whelan, Aideen Hayden, Marie Moloney, Ivana Bacik, John Gilroy, Jimmy Harte, Lorraine Higgins, John Kelly, Mary Moran, Susan O’Keeffe


10:30 – Order of Business
14:30 – County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill 2013 – Committee Stage
[Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation]
17:00 – 19:00 Private Members Business
“That Seanad Éireann:
– recognises unequivocally Irish Sign Language (ISL) as the preferred sign language of the Deaf community in the State;
– recognises Irish Sign Language as an expression of culture and an instrument for access to education and equal opportunities;
– notes and commends the work of the many State and non-governmental organisation to support and promote the use of Irish Sign Language in the State;
– calls on the Government in partnership with the representatives of the Deaf community to develop ideas for improving access to public services by users of Irish Sign Language;
– calls on the Government to target initiatives which would enhance the effective availability of interpreters and interpretation solutions such as using technology for remote access to services.

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