This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th March 2014


14:30 – Order of Business
15:45 – Tributes to former Senator Martin J. O’Toole
17:00 – 18:30 Statements on Economic Growth and Job Creation
[Minister for Finance]
Spokesperson Senator Michael D’Arcy


10:30 – Order of Business
11:45 – 13:30 Statements on Reform of Further Education and Training and the Apprenticeship System -Spokesperson Senator Jim D’Arcy
15:00 – 17:30 Statements on the Action Plan for Jobs
[Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation]
Spokesperson Senator Deirdre Clune

17:30 – 19:30 Private Members Business – Text Below
[Senator Jillian van Turnhout]
Spokesperson Senator Imelda Henry

10:30 – Order of Business
12:00 – County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill 2013 – Report Stage (Amendments from Dáil Éireann)[Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation]
Spokesperson Senator Deirdre Clune

Private Members Business
“That Seanad Éireann:
• Recognises that childhood, as a time-specific and unique period in a person’s development, is a distinct space from adulthood.

• Appreciates the difficulties and pressures faced by children and parents as the distinct space between childhood and adulthood becomes increasingly blurred through media, advertising and popular culture.

• Believes that every effort must be made to protect children and childhood against sexualisation and undue gender stereotyping.

• Echoes the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD’s endorsement of Responsible Retailing: Retail Ireland Childrenswear Guidelines (June 2012) and her statement that “[t]he preparation of these guidelines is yet another example of how working together we can, as a State and society, help to foster a culture where childhood is preserved and children are protected”.

• Commends An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, The Irish Dancing Commission, for introducing additional rules prohibiting the use of make-up including false eyelashes, tinted moisturiser, or any artificial tanning products for the face for all dancers aged 10 years and under. (Effective 1 March 2014.)

• Believes that the participation, for financial gain, in a competition by minors, judged on attractiveness and physical attributes rather than discernible skill is contrary to the protection of children and preservation of childhood and therefore condemns child beauty pageants in Ireland.

• Further holds that child beauty pageants run contrary to the values set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

• Cognisant of the current economic climate, greatly appreciates the significant decision by each of the hotels approached by Universal Royalty back in September 2013 to decline hosting a child beauty pageant on their premises and welcomes the support of the Irish Hotels Federation in opposing child beauty pageants in Ireland.

• Calls on all stakeholders to be resolute in opposing child beauty pageants in Ireland.

• Calls on all Senators to formally endorse the appeal made by Senator Jillian van Turnhout in Seanad Éireann on 19 September 2013 to send a clear message that child beauty pageants have no place in Ireland.

• Seeks political consensus in its opposition to child beauty pageants across both Houses of the Oireachtas and invites Dáil Éireann to pass a similar Motion.”

Senators Jillian van Turnhout, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Fiach MacConghail, Mary Ann O’Brien and Katherine Zappone, Ivana Bacik, Denis O’Donovan, Averil Power, Mary Moran, Fidelma Healy Eames
Spokesperson Senator Imelda Henry

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