Foreword by the Government Chief Whip
In our third Government Legislative Programme since taking office in May 2016 the Partnership Government has set out our legislative priorities for the first half of 2017.
After almost nine months in office and with our first Budget passed, the Government has used this Legislative Programme to focus on delivering a range of commitments in our Programme for a Partnership Government by setting out the Bills prioritised for publication and those scheduled for Pre-Legislative Scrutiny over the coming months.
As a minority Government we will continue to work with all those elected to the Dáil and Seanad at Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Stage, in the Dáil, in Oireachtas Committees and in the Seanad to debate and enact better legislation.
This Government Legislative Programme is divided into a number of sections
- The first sets out the details of 31 Government Bills to be published by July 2017.
- The second sets out the details of 33 Bills to undergo Pre-Legislative Stage in this Session.
- The third sets out the details of 69 Bills each Department plans to introduce in the longer term.
- The fourth sets out the 27 Bills which have already been published and are currently before the Oireachtas, detailing the progress they have so far made.
- The final two sections set out the 18 Acts passed and the 28 Bills published by the current Government since it took office on the 6th May 2016.
Cabinet has prioritised 31 Bills for publication in this Programme including the Affordable Childcare Scheme Bill to provide a single affordable childcare scheme, the Financial Services & Pensions Ombudsman to establish one office dealing with pensions and financial services complaints.
Among a range of Health Bills included in the Government’s Legislative Programme are Bills to provide a scheme to make individual payments as a contribution towards transport costs for people with severe disabilities on low incomes, to provide medical cards to all children on Domiciliary Care Allowance, licensing supervised injection facilities and laying the legislative foundation of the New Children’s Hospital.
The Government will build on the radical Housing Legislation passed before Christmas with the publication of new legislation to regulate Approved Housing Bodies.
Among the other Bills prioritised for publication over the coming months are a range of Bills from the Department of Jobs, key reforming legislation from the Department of Justice in the area of the Judiciary and the laws on Domestic Violence and significant legislative reform in the area of Sea Fisheries.
These 31 new Government Bills, together with the 27 Government Bills currently before the Oireachtas, will ensure that this Partnership Government will make progress on legislation across a wide range of issues as it enters its second year in office, in the first half of 2017.