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Government Legislation Programme Autumn 2016


Foreword by the Government Chief Whip

In our second Government Legislative Programme, since taking office in May 2016, we are setting out the priorities that the new Partnership Government will seek to progress through the Oireachtas between now and the end of 2016.

These priorities are guided by the commitments set out in the “Programme for a Partnership Government”.

As a minority Government we will continue to work with all those elected to the Dáil and Seanad, Government T.D.s and Senators as well as Opposition T.D.s and Senators, to make progress on legislation across a range of issues. In this Dáil term the Government proposes to bring 20 Bills to Oireachtas Committees to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny.

  The Pre-Legislative Stage for Government Bills was introduced by the previous Government and opens up the law making process to involve Oireachtas Committees reviewing proposed legislation in detail with the assistance of experts, interested citizens and civil society groups. It has proven so successful it will now be expanded to Private Members’ Bills which pass second stage in the Dáil. The Government’s Legislative Programme is now divided into a number of sections.

  • Our first list sets out the 25 Government Bills to be published in the Session.
  • The second sets out the 20 Government Bills to undergo Pre-Legislative Stage in this Session.
  • The third list sets out the other Bills each Department plans to introduce in the medium and long term and provides an update on the status of each.
  • The fourth list sets out the 21 Bills currently before the Oireachtas.
  • The fifth list sets out the 8 Acts passed so far by this Government since it took office on the 6th May 2016.
  • The sixth list details the 13 Bills published by the current Government including 10 of the 11 Bills listed for publication in our last Legislative Programme in June.

Among the 25 Bills prioritised for publication there is a focus on implementing aspects of the Action Plan on Housing in a Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, provide medical cards to children on a Domiciliary Care Allowance in the Health (Amendment) No.2 Bill and provide information on adoption with the Adoption (Information & Tracing) Bill.

Justice issues will also feature strongly in the next Dáil term with publication of a range of Bills including a Bail Bill to strengthen the bail system, a Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill to provide financial security to those who have suffered catastrophic injury and a Judicial Council Bill to reform the structures under which Judges operate.

The Budget will of course be a major feature of the coming Dáil term and result in publication of the Finance Bill, Social Welfare Bill and Appropriations Bill.

The Government have undertaken an ambitious legislative work programme for the remaining months of 2016 and progress in these areas will continue the process of implementing the commitments in the "Programme for a Partnership Government."

Regina Doherty, T.D.,

Government Chief Whip

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