SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July, 2016

Tuesday 12th:
14:30 – Commencement Debates
15:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding appointments to the Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges – without debate
Motion regarding appointments to the Seanad Committee of Selection – without debate
17:30 – 19:00 Statements on Social Protection
[Minister for Social Protection]
Spokesperson Senator Ray Butler

19:00 – Statements on Public Procurement
[Department of Public Expenditure and Reform]
Spokesperson Senator Paddy Burke
Wednesday
10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business
12:45 – 16:15 Seanad Bill 2016 – Second Stage
[Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government]
[Senators Michael McDowell and Frances Black and Victor Boyhan and Gerard P Craughwell and John Dolan and Joan Freeman and Alice-Mary Higgins and Colette Kelleher and Rónán Mullen and Grace O’Sullivan and Pádraig Ó Céidigh and Lynn Ruane]
Spokesperson Senator Paudie Coffey

16:30 – 18:30 Private Members Business
That Seanad Éireann,
– accepting the need for appropriate housing for persons with disabilities as already recognised by the State, is still outstanding,
– noting, in particular,
o that the number of people with disabilities on the waiting list for social housing increased substantially to just under 4,000 in 2013,
o that there are significant numbers of persons with disabilities residing in nursing homes or similar residential facilities, many of whom are still young people, who could be appropriately living in the community and are not on the housing list, nor part of the congregated settings initiative,
o that 2,725 people are still living in ‘congregated settings’;

o acknowledging the progress made by the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (2011-2016) and its associated Implementation Plan; in particular the cross-departmental and multi-stakeholder approach taken by the National Advisory Group to the Stretegy and noting the recently established Housing and Disability Steering Groups within all local authorities,
and, having regard to
o Article 19(a) of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which states that ‘Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement’.

o the Programme for a Partnership Government commitment related to housing for persons with disabilities including, housing adaptation grant scheme, congregated settings and the inclusion of disability in all housing policy.
calls for
o action to immediately reduce unmet housing needs with the intention that Ireland will have suitable housing provision for persons with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) commitments

o the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to:

• confirm that the Government’s Action Plan for Housing includes specific commitments on the delivery of housing in sufficient numbers and type to also meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities,
• ensure the provision of an annual update from Local Authorities of the number of social housing units allocated to people with disabilities on the housing waiting list,
• ensure that any housing projects supported by public funding, including Part V housing, provide a percentage of pre-planned and reserved housing units to meet local needs for persons with disabilities,
• ensure that the Social Housing 2020 Strategy is routinely disability proofed,
• provide funding in 2017 to increase housing supply and to make necessary and timely adaptations to current housing stock, and

o Requests that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government drafts a work programme which will routinely consider and review government progress towards delivering adequate and sustainable housing for persons with disabilities.
[Senators John Dolan, Grace O’Sullivan, Frances Black, Alice Mary Higgins, Collette Kelleher, Lynn Ruane]

Thursday
10:30 – Commencement Debates
11:30 – Order of Business
Motion regarding the arrangements for the sitting of the House on Friday 15th and Tuesday 19th July, 2016 – without debate
13:30 – 15:00 Statements on the Summer Economic Statement
[Department of Finance]
Spokesperson Senator K. O’Donnell

15:00 – Health (Amendment) Bill 2016 – All Stages
[Department of Health]
Spokesperson Senator Colm Burke

Motion re Section 44 of the Criminal Justice Act 1994 (to conclude within 40 minutes) [Department of Justice & Equality]
Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway

Friday
10:00 – 12:30 Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016 – Second Stage
[Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Paudie Coffey

13:00 – 14:00 Motion regarding the establishment of the Citizens Assembly
[Department of the Taoiseach]

14:00 – 15:30 Electoral (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2016 – All stages
[Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government]
Spokesperson Senator Paudie Coffey

15:30 – 17:30 Paternity Leave & Benefit Bill 2016 – Second Stage
[Department of Justice & Equality] (Please note that this item is subject to completion in the Dáil on 13 July) – Spokesperson Senator M. Conway

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