This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd January, 2015

15:30 – Order of Business
16:45 – Statements on the HSE National Service Plan 2015
[Minister for Health]
Spokesperson Senator Colm Burke
12:00 – Order of Business
13:15 – Gender Recognition Bill 2014 – Order for Second Stage and Second Stage [Department of Social Protection]
Spokesperson Senator Hildegarde Naughten

15:00 – 17:00 Statements on Improving the Quality of Early Years Education
[Minister for Education]
Spokesperson Senator Jim D’Arcy

17:00 – 19:00 Private Members Business –
[Fianna Fáil Senators]
That Seanad Éireann:


The roll out of 530,000 water meters across the country to date with an additional 500,000 meters due to be constructed by 2016.

Two thirds of people’s water bill will be for their meters which will remain unused until 2019

The overall costs of €540m borrowed from the National Pension Reserve fund to finance the implementation of water metering.

Further Notes:

The impending charges of €25m due on the outstanding loan to the NPRF in September 2015 and on-going re-payments on the loan.

The 15 year average life span of an individual water meter while the first five years they will be redundant.


The confused series of U-Turns on water policy by the Government that will leave water meters unused until 2019 at the earliest.

Calls on the government:

To clarify impending legislation on water services promised in the legislative program for the spring/summer session in 2015.

To set out its plan and investment details for the renewal for the water meter network from the late 2020’s when the current system becomes obsolete.

[Senators Marc MacSharry, Diarmuid Wilson, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Thomas Byrne, Terry Leyden, Paschal Mooney, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Darragh O’Brien, Denis O’Donovan, Ned O’Sullivan, Averil Power, Jim Walsh, Mary White]

12:00 – Order of Business
13:15 – 14:45 Statements on Appointments to State Boards
[Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform]
Spokesperson Senator Tom Sheahan

14:45 – 16:15 Statements on Direct Provision
[Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality]Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

16:15 – Central Bank (Amendment) Bill 2014 – All Stages
[Department of Finance]
Spokesperson Senator Michael D’Arcy

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