This Week In The Seanad


Schedule of Business

Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th June, 2014



14:30 –                         Order of Business

15:45 – 17:30                       State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014 – Committee Stage (resumed)

                                                [Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport]

                                                Spokesperson Senator Pat O’Neill


17:30 – 19:30              Private Members Business



  • That tackling racism and promoting diversity is not just the responsibility of Government. Everybody in Irish society, including individuals, organisations, businesses, Governmental and non-Governmental Organisations have a responsibility to address racism and its impact on the people who experience it. 
  • That the Programme for Government (2011-2016) states “We will promote policies which integrate minority ethnic groups in Ireland, and which promote social inclusion, equality, diversity and the participation of immigrants in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities”
  • That the 2011 Report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination stated its concern at the lack of legislation proscribing racial profiling by the Garda Síochána and other law enforcement personnel.
  • That the 2013 Report of The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance noted that there are no provisions in Irish criminal law defining common offences of a racist or xenophobic nature as specific offences, nor is there any provision which provides for the racist motivation of a crime to be considered as an aggravating circumstance during the sentencing stage of a trial.





The inconsistent and uncoordinated reporting of racist incidents in Ireland



  • The excellent work of the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office (GRIDO) and supports its ongoing training of members of An Garda Síochána
  • The important research and data collection work of ENAR IRELAND (The Irish Network against Racism) and the Quarterly publication of
  • The work of non-governmental organisations in working with businesses and communities across Ireland to tackle racism.



  • To review the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act (1989) in order to introduce provisions to deal with racist crimes including definitions of ‘racial hatred’
  • To consider ratification of European Conventions on Cyber Crime to ensure a robust response to on-line racism
  • To consider a second National Action Plan to Combat Racism
  • To establish a centralised database and the use of the Garda PULSE system to ensure there is accurate recording of the levels of racism
  • To return to Seanad Éireann within 6 months to report on progress.


Senatos] Fiach Mac Conghail, Mary Ann O’Brien, Marie Louise O’Donnell, Jillian van Turnhout  and Katherine Zappone.

Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway









10:30 –                         Order of Business

11:45 –                         Friendly Societies and Industrial and Provident Societies (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 – Report and Final Stages

                                    Spokesperson Senator Substitute

Companies Bill 2012 – Second Stage

[Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation]            

                                                Spokesperson Senator  Substitute

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