This Week In The Seanad

Schedule of Business
Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th February, 2015

14:30 – Commencement Debates
15:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding the early signature of the Central Bank (Amendment) Bill 2014 – without debate
[Department of Finance]
16:45 – 19:00 Gender Recognition Bill 2014 – Committee Stage
[Department of Social Protection]
19:00 – Irish Collective Asset-Management Vehicles Bill 2014 – Second Stage
[Department of Finance]

10:30 – Commencement Debates
12:00 – Order of Business

13:15 – Statements on Overseas Development
[Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation]
15:30 – 17:30 Workplace Relations Bill 2014 – Second Stage
[Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation]
17:30 – 19:30 Private Members Business –
That Seanad Éireann:
acknowledges the Government’s commitment to further develop and expand mediation services throughout the State;
notes the transformative element of mediation in civil proceedings whereby parties in a dispute take responsibility for their disputes and actions so that relationships are maintained; in private; quickly; and with dignity;
recognises the widely accepted time and cost savings offered by mediation;
recognises the experience and positive outcomes associated with mediation internationally as a practical means to resolve disputes and the EU Directive on Mediation which is now applicable in EU member states;
acknowledges and affirms the work of the Law Reform Commission’s report on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Mediation and Conciliation;
notes the provisions of the Draft General Scheme of the Mediation Bill 2012 which implements many of the Law Reform Commission’s recommendations for a Mediation and Conciliation Act, in particular the introduction of a duty on solicitors and barristers to advise clients of the possible use of mediation as an alternative to litigation to resolve the dispute prior to commencing proceedings;
acknowledges the pre-legislative scrutiny undertaken by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice Defence and Equality on the General Scheme of the Mediation Bill in 2012 and the recommendations contained in the committee’s report;
calls on the Government;
to commit to the publication of the Mediation Bill which incorporates the comprehensive recommendations of the Justice Committee to ensure that the many advantages of effective mediation are more widely available to resolve civil, commercial and family disputes.
[Senators Martin Conway, Maurice Cummins, Paul Coghlan, Colm Burke, Eamonn Coghlan, Michael Comiskey, Jim D ‘Arcy, Michael Darcy, Imelda Henry, Cait Keane, Tony Mulcahy, Michael Mullins, Catherine Noone, Pat O ‘Neill, Tom Sheahan, Terry Brennan, Hildegarde Naughton]

10:30 – Commencement Debates
12:00 – Order of Business
13:15 – Regulation of Lobbying Bill 2014 – Committee Stage
[Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform]

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