This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN
Schedule of Business
Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July, 2015

Tuesday
11:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding the appointment of the chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – To be taken without debate

13.00-15.00 National Minimum Wage (Low Pay Commission) Bill 2015 – Amendments Back from Dáil-[Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation]-Spokesperson Senator Hildegarde Naughton

15:00 – 17:00 Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015 – Second Stage
[Department of Environment, Community and Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane

17.30-18.30 Defence (Amendment) Bill 2015 – All Stages
Department of Defence-Spokesperson Senator Paul Coghlan

18.30-20.30 Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015
– Report and Final Stages
[Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation]
Spokesperson Senator Hildegarde Naughton

20.30-22.30 Teaching Council (Amendment) Bill 2015 – Report and Final Stages-[Department of Education and Skills]
Spokesperson Senator Jim D’Arcy

Wednesday
10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business
12:45 – 15:00 Gender Recognition Bill 2014 – Amendments Back from Dáil
[Department of Social Protection]
Spokesperson Senator Terry Brennan

15:00 – 17:00 Motion regarding the Report of the Seanad Public Consultation Committee entitled ‘Report on Farm Safety’
[Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine]
Spokesperson Senator. Michael Comiskey.

17:00 – 19:00 Private Members Business –Fianna Fail Motion re: Social Protection FG Spokesperson Sen. Terry Brennan
“That Seanad Éireann,

noting that:

– from July 2015, lone parents with children aged seven and older will no longer be entitled to the one-parent family payment; and

– in 2012, the Minister for Social Protection pledged to only proceed with the measures to reduce the upper age limit to seven years in the event that she got a credible and bankable commitment on the delivery of a system of safe, affordable and accessible childcare, similar to what is found in the Scandinavian countries, by the time of Budget 2013;

acknowledging that:

– no credible and bankable commitment on the delivery of a system of safe, affordable and accessible childcare, similar to what is found in the Scandinavian countries was forthcoming in Budget 2013, Budget 2014 or Budget 2015;

recognising that:

– the effects of the changes on working lone parents and those in education are devastating;

– a lone parent working 20 hours per week on minimum wage with one child will have lost a total of €108 per week when all the one-parent payment reforms introduced by the Government have been implemented;

– those lone parents who cannot obtain enough hours to qualify for family supports will be in an even worse situation;

– the cuts to the one-parent family payment will force low-income single parents to give up paid work and rely on welfare as they will not be able to work and pay for childcare on low wages; and

– to force low-income lone-parent families to choose between poverty (by living on welfare alone) and in-work poverty (by doing low-wage part-time work with minimal State support) is both anti-care and anti-family; and

accepting that:

– the changes show scant regard for the recent research showing that levels of poverty and deprivation in one-parent families in Ireland have risen significantly since the recession;

– the Survey of Income and Living Conditions data for 2013 shows that 23 per cent of one-parent families with dependent children live in consistent poverty, almost three times as many as in the general population;

– there was an increase of 32 per cent in the consistent poverty rate for such families from 2012 to 2013;

– as almost two-thirds of the poorest children in Ireland already live in one-parent families, cuts to the one-parent family payment will further impoverish the most vulnerable children in the State;

– the changes are a direct attack on poorer mothers and on the welfare of children as 98 per cent of those on the one-parent family payment are women; and

– the changes are being introduced without any assessment of their social impact;

calls for the Government to:

– reverse the cuts to the one-parent family payment that came into effect this month; and

– heed the advice of the Report on the Single Working Age Payment Proposal agreed by the Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education in March 2012, which recommended that no reform of social welfare policy should take place until childcare and other family supports are fully in place.”
– Senators Paschal Mooney, Darragh O’Brien, Thomas Byrne, Mark Daly, Terry Leyden, Marc MacSharry, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Denis O’Donovan, Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ned O’Sullivan, Mary White, Diarmuid Wilson.

19.00-20.00 Houses of the Oireachtas (Appointments to Certain Offices) Bill 2014 – All Stages- [Department of Public Expenditure]
Spokesperson Senator Tom Sheahan

Thursday
10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding the appointment of the chairperson of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – Back from Committee without Debate

12:45 – 15:00 Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill 2014 – Second Stage
[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

15:30 – Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 – Committee Stage- [Department of Environment, Community and Local Government]- Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane
Friday
10:30 – Order of Business
11:45 – 14:00 Civil Debt (Procedures) Bill 2015 – Second Stage
[Department of Justice and Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

14:30 – Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015 – Committee Stage
[Department of Environment, Community and Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane

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