This Week In The Seanad


Schedule of Business

Tuesday 24th , Wednesday 25th and  Thursday 26th June, 2014



14:30 –                         Order of Business

15:45 –                                   Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 – Committee and Remaining Stages

                                                [Minister for Health]-Spokesperson Senator Colm Burke


10:30 –                         Order of Business

11:45 –                         Tributes to former Senator Sam McAughtry

12:45 –                                   Private Members Business – Health Insurance (Reform) Bill 2014

                                                [Senator Feargal Quinn]-Spokesperson Sen. Colm Burke


15:15 – 17:15                       Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 – Second Stage    

                                                [Department Environment, Community and Local Government]

                                                Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane


17:15 – 19:15              Private Members Business – Gov-Labour Motion-re Children’s Rights in our Laws.

That Seanad Eireann:

-Notes the need to ensure adequate protection of children and of children’s rights in our laws, and in particular to ensure that children are not coerced or forced into ‘arranged’ marriages;


– Notes that sections 31 and 33 of the Family Law Act 1995 allow exemptions from the normal rule that parties to a legal marriage must be over 18; and that the possibility of seeking this exemption by way of court order was retained in section 2(2) of the Civil Registration Act 2004;




– Notes further that this exemption was criticised by the High Court in a judgment in June 2013 in a case concerning an ‘arranged’ marriage; and


– Proposes that the Government would consider whether to remove or amend the statutory provision allowing minors to marry on the basis of a court exemption.


[Labour Party Senators]


10:30 –                         Order of Business

11:45 –                                   Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2014 – Second Stage

                [                              Minister for Social Protection]

                                                Spokesperson Senator Hildegarde Naughten





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