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Government Legislation Program Spring/Summer 2018

 

At a glance: Legislative Programme in Numbers
 
 
*  Priority Legislation for Publication This Session (49)
 
*  Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) This Session (33)
 
*  All Other Legislation (74)
 
*  Bills currently on the Dáil and Seanad Order Paper (23)
 
*  Bills which were enacted since the Government came to office on 6th May 2016
  (59)
 
*  Bills which were published since the Government came to office on 6th May 2016
  (61)
 
Commenting on the new legislative programme An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said: “We are planning a busy session ahead in the Oireachtas, where the Government will be prioritising legislation which makes a positive impact on people’s lives. While the legislative process may seem a little removed from your everyday life, the laws we pass through the Dáil and the Seanad allow us to make progressive changes which impact on every sector, such as health, housing and the environment and benefit working families and those who need additional supports.

“So for example, over the next number of months we will bring forward a number of pieces of legislation to boost our housing supply and improve tenants’ rights, we will make changes to ensure those on the Carers’ Allowance can access free GP care and we’ll bring forward measures to ensure the right infrastructure is in place for the National Broadband Plan. The Children’s Health Bill, which relates to the paediatric care which will be provided at the new Children’s Hospital, is also being published, and we will continue to progress the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which aims to reduce the harm caused by alcohol. All of these measures will benefit people right across the country, ensuring the work of Government has a real and tangible impact on our citizens.”
 
FOUR Bills related to Housing, three to allow referendums in 2018 and two to introduce minimum sentences for repeated sex offenders are among 49 Bills for the new legislative programme approved by Cabinet today (Tuesday), Government Chief Whip Joe McHugh has announced.
 
Reforming residential tenants’ rights, providing a home building financial lender and keeping people in their homes are among the key Housing reforms.
 
Other new laws will provide for parent and student charters in all schools and the infrastructure required to complete the National Broadband Plan, said Minister of State McHugh.
 
Chief Whip McHugh says he is confident that the minority Fine Gael-led Government can make progress again in the new Spring/Summer legislative programme.
 
“I recently met with senior civil servants from across all Government Departments as well as the Attorney General and his staff and there are 49 new proposed laws being given priority by this Government over this new Oireachtas session,” he said.
 
“I will continue my work with colleagues in the Oireachtas to ensure we maintain our record in bringing in new laws which better our society.
 
“Since taking office in May 2016, this Government has passed 59 new laws, 28 of them since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach on June 15. It’s important that we keep this momentum going especially for key legislation.
 
“Also among proposals is a scheme to make individual payments as a contribution towards transport costs to people with severe disabilities on a low income who cannot access public transport. There is also a proposal to give free GP care to those on Carers’ Allowance.
 
“The Gender Pay Gap Wage Transparency Bill, when enacted, will make it mandatory for companies to report differences in pay based on gender.
 
“I will also prioritise enacting a number of important Bills early in this term including the Domestic Violence Bill, Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, Data Protection Bill, the Children’s Health Bill, the Road Traffic Bill and Technological Universities Bill.”
 
“These proposed new laws are key goals for this Government.”   
 
The Chief Whip, who is also Minister of State for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands said the Irish Language Bill will also be published in this session.
 

Priority Legislation for Publication
Spring/Summer Session 2018
Title of BillPurpose of BillDate Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS) took place / Expected Date of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny
Agriculture Food and the Marine
Greyhound Industry (Amendment) BillTo update the 1958 Greyhound Industry Act and ensure that the principles of good governance and regulation are clearly laid down in primary legislationHeads approved March 2017, PLS has taken place
Business, Enterprise & Innovation
Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) (Miscellaneous Intellectual Property) BillTo adopt certain recommendations made by the Copyright Review Committee to modernise the Irish copyright and related rights regime, and provide for other necessary changes identified across the range of intellectual property issuesHeads approved July 2016, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Industrial Relations (Amendment) BillTo amend the 1990 Act to give the Garda Siochana Representative Associations access to the States industrial relations institutions, the Workplace Relations Commisson and the Labour CourtHeads approved 26th September 2017, PLS still to be determined
Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) BillTo introduce a number of amendments to improve the operation and implementation of the ActsHeads approved 27th June 2017, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Children and Youth Affairs
Child Care (Amendment) BillTo provide for reform of existing ad hoc Guardian ad litem arrangements in child care proceedingsHeads approved 17th January 2017, PLS has taken place
Communications, Climate Action and Environment
National Broadband Plan (Access to Infrastructure) BillTo provide terms and conditions for access to critical physical infrastructure for purposes of the National Broadband PlanHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Radiological Protection (Amendment) BillTo complete the transfer of radiological related issues to the MinisterHeads approved 11th April 2017
Telecommunications Services (Galway Mayo) Bill
 
Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill
To provide for the assignment to and the acquisition by the Minister of certain rights to land along the Mayo Galway Pipeline for telecommunication services

 
To amend the Broadcasting Act 2009

Heads approved on 13th July 2016, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Heads approved May 9th, 2017. PLS July 11th and Aug 3rd 2017. PLS to be finalised
Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Official Languages (Amendment) BillTo give effect to amendments arising from the review of the Official Languages Act 2003 and other related mattersHeads approved in May 2017, PLS has commenced
Defence
Defence Forces (Forensic Evidence) BillTo provide for members of the Military Police to take and use DNA and other forensic samples for the purposes of their investigations, particularly outside the jurisdiction when Defence Force personnel are deployed overseas.Heads approved on 20 February 2015, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Education and Skills
Education (Parent and Student Charter) BillTo provide for a Student and Parent Charter in every schoolHeads approved 11th October 2016, PLS concluded
Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Amendment) BillTo amend the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 to address some issues that have arisen regarding the scope of QQI's responsibilities in relation to recognition of awards and regulation of private and voluntary providers, to ensure adequate protection of enrolled learners where providers discontinue a programme, and to give greater authority to Institutes of Technology to award Level 9 qualificationsHeads approved 9th May 2017, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Retention of Certain Records BillTo retain the records of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, the Residential Institutions Redress Board and the Residential Institutions Review Committee, to amend the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act 2000 and the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002Heads approved 3 March 2015, PLS took place in May 2015
Finance
African Development Bank BillTo allow for Ireland's potential membership of the African Development BankHeads approved 24th November 2017
Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) BillTo provide powers to the Central Bank to maintain a database to carry out statistical analysis of movements in insurance claims costs/trendsHeads approved 19th December 2017, PLS still to be determined
Home Building Finance Ireland BillTo establish a new dedicated institution, Home Building Finance Ireland which will lend to residential housing developers on commercial, market equivalent terms and conditions.Work is underway, PLS still to be determined
Insurance (Amendment) BillTo amend the Insurance Act 1964 in order to implement the recommendations of the Review of the Framework for Motor Insurance Compensation in Ireland ReportHeads approved 5th July 2017, PLS still to be determined
Market in Financial Instruments BillThis bill is part of the transposition of the Market in Financial Instruments Directive II into national lawHeads approved 21st July & 7th November 2017, Committee decided that PLS is not required
National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) BillTo establish a contingency reserve / Rainy Day Fund to help strengthen the resilience of and maintain sound public financesHeads are in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Taxation and Certain Other Matters (International Mutual Assistance) BillTo transpose elements of the OECD Mutual Convention on Administrative Assistance and the EU/Switzerland Anti-Fraud AgreementHeads approved February 2014, Committee decided that PLS is not required 
Health
Amendment of the Constitution (Repeal the Eighth) BillTo provide for a referendum to repeal the Eighth AmendmentWork is underway
Children's Health BillTo establish a statutory body to provide paediatric acute services in Dublin at the new children's hospital, taking over those services currently provided by Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin, Temple Street and the paediatric service at Tallaght Hospital. It will also make amendments relating to the functions of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (Establishment) OrderHeads approved 25th July 2017, PLS took place on 25 Oct 2017
Health (Amendment) (No. 2) BillTo amend the Health Act 2004 to provide for a Board for the HSE
Health (Amendment) BillTo provide persons in receipt of a Carer's Allowance with access to free GP servicesHeads expected shortly
Health (Transport Support) BillTo provide for a scheme to make individual payments as a contribution towards transport costs to people with severe disabilities on a low income who cannot access public transportWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) BillTo amend the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 to provide that a registration board has the legal base / must accept a decision on qualification recognition taken previously by or on behalf of the StateHeads in preparation
Regulated Health Professions (Amendment) BillTo amend the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, the Dental Act 1985, the Heatlh and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, the Pharmacy Act 2007, the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 and the Health Acts 1953 and 2004 to provide for 1) amendments required by the transposition of Directive 2013/55/EU, 2) an appeal against the minor sanctions, 3) action to be taken if a person was prohibited or restricted from practising in another country and 4) amendments in relation to a number of other issues including amendments to the registration of medical practitionersHeads approved November 2015 & December 2016
Housing, Planning and Local Government
Commercial Rates BillTo consolidate and modernise commercial rates legislationHeads approved 11th April, 2017, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) BillTo provide a regulatory framework for the operation of Approved Housing Bodies, through the establishment of an independent Regulator for AHBsHeads approved in September 2015, PLS completed in Feb 2016
Local Government BillTo provide for alteration of the boundary between Cork City and CountyHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Residential Tenancies (Amendment) BillTo provide for further protections to tenants' rights in receivership situations, to provide initial enforcement powers to the RTB, particularly around enforcement of RPZ provisions, and to establish prior notification of the RTB for a notice of termination to be validHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Justice and Equality
Amendment of the Constitution (Removal of Blasphemy) BillTo provide for a referendum on removing the crime of blasphemy from the ConstitutionHeads in preparation
Amendment of the Constitution (Women in the Home) BillTo amend Article 41.2.1 of the ConstitutionWork is underway
Communications (Retention of Data) BillTo revise and replace the Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 in light of European Court of Justice judgmentsHeads approved 10th February 2015 & 3rd October 2017, PLS has taken place
Coroners (Amendment) BillTo introduce compulsory reporting, post mortem and inquests re: maternal deaths and to update and strengthen the statutory powers currently available to coroners on reporting, post mortem and inquest of unnatural deathsHeads approved on 23rd May 2017
Courts & Land Conveyancing (Amendment) BillTo provide for matters relating to mortgage repossession proceedings and related court matters. This Bill will also contain provisions related to those proposed in the 'Keeping people in their Homes' Private Members BillHeads in preparation
Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) BillTo provide for measures relating to the taking of evidence to enhance co-operation with historical, troubles-related Coroner's inquests and other historical inquiry mechanisms in Northern IrelandHeads approved 21 November 2017, Committee decided that PLS is not required
Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) BillTo give effect to the 4th EU Money Laundering DirectiveHeads approved on 20th December 2016, Joint Committee decided that PLS is not required
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) BillTo provide for presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sexual offenders and to correct an anomaly with respect to the penalties for incestWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Criminal Procedure BillTo address Council of Europe concerns on delays in criminal cases. It provides for preliminary trial hearings and increased use of videolink hearings for prisonersRevised heads approved in June 2015, PLS completed
Criminal Records Information System BillTo implement 2 EU Council Decisions that provide for exchange of criminal records information between EU member statesHeads approved, PLS still to be determined
Data Protection BillTo transpose the EU Directive 2016/680 and give full effect to the Regulation 2016/679Heads approved on 9th May 2017, PLS completed July 2017
Gender Pay Gap (Wage Transparency) BillTo establish a mandatory reporting obligation on companies to report on gender pay differences in their companiesPreparatory work will begin shortly
Sex Offenders (Amendment) BillTo update the Sex Offenders Act 2001 in light of the 2010 Review into the management of sex offendersWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Public Expenditure and Reform
Data-Sharing and Governance BillTo mandate greater data-sharing and data-linking in the public service, to provide a legal mechanism to facilitate lawful data-sharing and data-linking for all public bodies, and to define standards for data governance and security to be followed in any data sharing-or data-linking activitiesHeads approved, PLS has taken place
Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) BillTo allow for an increase to age 70 in the current compulsory retirement age for civil and public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 and for the potential additional service arising from these changes to be pensionable, subject to a maximum of 40 years serviceHeads approved 5th December 2017, PLS still to be determined
Transport Tourism and Sport
Railway Safety Regulation BillTo amend sections 9 and 10 of the Railway Safety Act 2005Heads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Vehicle Registration Data (Automated Searching and Exchange) BillTo provide for sharing of vehicle registration data with EU Member States in accordance with EU Prum DecisionsHeads approved 11th July 2017

Bills that are expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny 
Spring/Summer Session 2018
Title of BillPurpose of BillExpected Date of Pre-Legislative Scrutiny (PLS)
Business, Enterprise & Innovation
Industrial Relations (Amendment) BillTo amend the 1990 Act to give the Garda Siochana Representative Associations access to the States industrial relations institutions, the Workplace Relations Commisson and the Labour CourtHeads approved 26th September 2017, PLS still to be determined
Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Broadcasting (Amendment) BillTo amend the Broadcasting Act 2009Heads approved 9th May 2017, PLS 11th July & 3rd Oct 2017, PLS to be finalised
National Broadband Plan (Access to Infrastructure) BillTo provide terms and conditions for access to critical physical infrastructure for purposes of the National Broadband PlanHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Official Languages (Amendment) BillTo give effect to amendments arising from the review of the Official Languages Act 2003 and other related mattersHeads approved in May 2017, PLS has commenced
Finance
African Development Bank BillTo allow for Ireland's potential membership of the African Development BankHeads approved 24th November 2017
Central Bank (National Claims Information Database) BillTo provide powers to the Central Bank to maintain a database to carry out statistical analysis of movements in insurance claims costs/trendsHeads approved 19th December 2017, PLS still to be determined
Credit Union Restructuring Board Dissolution BillTo dissolve the Credit Union Restructuring Board and to transfer its assets and liabilities (if any) to the Minister for FinanceHeads approved 5th December 2017, PLS to be determined
Home Building Finance Ireland BillTo establish a new dedicated institution, Home Building Finance Ireland which will lend to residential housing developers on commercial, market equivalent terms and conditions.Work is underway, PLS still to be determined
Insurance (Amendment) BillTo amend the Insurance Act 1964 in order to implement the recommendations of the Review of the Framework for Motor Insurance Compensation in Ireland ReportHeads approved 5th July 2017, PLS still to be determined
Investment Limited Partnership and Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (Amendment) BillTo support the development of the private equity fund industry by making Ireland a more attractive domicile for such funds. This objective has also been included in the IFS 2020 Action Plans 2016 and 2017 which commits to developing amendments to the Investment Limited Partnership Act 1994 to make the structure more attractive to fund managersHeads approved 18th July 2017, PLS still to be determined
National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) BillTo establish a contingency reserve / Rainy Day Fund to help strengthen the resilience of and maintain sound public financesHeads are in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Health
Assisted Human Reproduction BillTo provide a legislative framework for the regulation of assisted human reproduction practices and associated researchHeads approved 3rd October 2017, PLS expected shortly
Health (Transport Support) BillTo provide for a scheme to make individual payments as a contribution towards transport costs to people with severe disabilities on a low income who cannot access public transportWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Patient Safety Licensing BillTo provide for a mandatory system of licensing for public and private healthcare facilitiesHeads approved on 12th December 2017, PLS still to be determined
Housing, Planning and Local Government
Local Government BillTo provide for alteration of the boundary between Cork City and CountyHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) BillTo replace current system of registration of tenancies with a new system of annual registration, to require the RTB to define the benchmark rents for property types in RPZs, and facilitate the development of a new regulatory/licensing system for short term lettingsWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Residential Tenancies (Amendment) BillTo provide for further protections to tenants' rights in receivership situations, to provide initial enforcement powers to the RTB, particularly around enforcement of RPZ provisions, and to establish prior notification of the RTB for a notice of termination to be validHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Water Environment (Abstractions) BillTo regulate and establish a national register of water abstractions in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the EU Water Framework DirectivePreparatory work is underway, PLS still to be determined
Justice and Equality
Amendment of the Constitution (Removal of Blasphemy) BillTo provide for a referendum on removing the crime of blasphemy from the ConstitutionHeads in preparation
Amendment of the Constitution (Women in the Home) BillTo amend Article 41.2.1 of the ConstitutionWork is underway
Coroners (Amendment) BillTo introduce compulsory reporting, post mortem and inquests re: maternal deaths and to update and strengthen the statutory powers currently available to coroners on reporting, post mortem and inquest of unnatural deathsHeads approved on 23rd May 2017
Courts & Land Conveyancing (Amendment) BillTo provide for matters relating to mortgage repossession proceedings and related court matters. This Bill will also contain provisions related to those proposed in the 'Keeping people in their Homes' Private Members BillHeads in preparation
Criminal Justice (Counterfeiting) BillTo transpose outstanding elements of Directive 2014/62/EU on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHAWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Criminal Justice (Istanbul Convention) BillTo give effect to the extra-territorial provisions in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violenceHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) BillTo provide for presumptive minimum sentences for repeat sexual offenders and to correct an anomaly with respect to the penalties for incestWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Gender Pay Gap (Wage Transparency) BillTo establish a mandatory reporting obligation on companies to report on gender pay differences in their companiesPreparatory work will begin shortly
Independent Commission on Information Retrieval BillTo establish the cross-border Independent Commission on Information Retrieval (ICIR) in Irish law. as part of the Government's obligations under the 2014 Stormont House AgreementHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunications Messages (Regulation) (Amendment) BillTo amend various pieces of legislation in respect of electronic communicationsHeads approved 5th July 2016, PLS still to be determined
Sex Offenders (Amendment) BillTo update the Sex Offenders Act 2001 in light of the 2010 Review into the management of sex offendersWork is underway, PLS still to be determined
Public Expenditure and Reform
Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) BillTo allow for an increase to age 70 in the current compulsory retirement age for civil and public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 and for the potential additional service arising from these changes to be pensionable, subject to a maximum of 40 years serviceHeads approved 5th December 2017, PLS still to be determined
Transport Tourism and Sport
Dublin Transport Authority (Amendment) BillTo amend Section 52 of the DTA Act 2008Work is underway, PLS still to be determined
Railway Safety Regulation BillTo amend sections 9 and 10 of the Railway Safety Act 2005Heads in preparation, PLS still to be determined

All Other Legislation Report
Spring/Summer Session 2018
Title of BillPurpose of BillStatus of Bill
Agriculture Food and the Marine
Fishery Harbour Centre (Rates and Charges) Order BillTo set the price for services and facilities at the six state-owned Fishery Harbour Centres. Work is underway
Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Amendment) BillTo provide for the EU points system for serious fishery infringements of the Common Fisheries Policy as required by Council Regulation 1224/2009, to affirm that fishing quotas are a national resource, resolve some typographical errors in the Act of 2006 and introduce other miscellaneous and technical amendmentsHeads are currently under preparation
Business, Enterprise & Innovation
Amendment of the Constitution (Unified Patent Court) BillTo amend Article 29 of the Constitution to recognise the International Agreement on a Unified Patent CourtHeads approved on 23 July 2014
Companies (Enforcement) BillTo amend the provisions of the Companies Act 2014 with respect to the structure of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement with a view to establishing a new independent agency to investigate breaches of company lawHeads in preparation
Metrology Act 1996 (Amendment) BillTo amend section 9 of the Metrology Act 1996 to allow the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to appoint external inspectors to undertake metrology inspections under the ActWork is underway
Children and Youth Affairs
Adoption (Information and Tracing) (No. 2) BillTo provide for an information and tracing service for a person who has been the subject of an inter country adoptionWork is underway
Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Aarhus BillTo update certain provisions further to Ireland's transposition of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to JusticeWork is underway
Access to Central Treasury Funds (National Oil Reserves Agency) BillTo amend the NTMA Act 2000 to include the National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) among the statutory bodies to whom the NTMA may provide treasury services, including loans and depositsWork is underway
Communications Management (Agency) BillTo provide for a single entity to manage the State's commercial communications contracts including the National Broadband Plan Contract(s), act as a centre of expertise in relation to the State's commercial activities in communications and undertake additional functions in relation to implementation of policyHeads in preparation, PLS still to be determined
Communications Regulation (Amendment) BillTo confer certain additional powers on the Commission for Communications Regulation in connection with the National Broadband PlanDraft Heads in preparation
Cyber Security BillTo provide general powers to the Minister in respect of Cyber SecurityPreliminary work is underway
Digital Hub Development Agency (Dissolution) BillTo dissolve the DHDA, repeal the DHDA Act 2003, and to give effect to the merger between the DHDA and Dublin City CouncilDraft Heads in preparation
Geothermal Energy Development BillTo provide a legislative framework for the vesting, licensing and regulation of the development of geothermal energyHeads approved and drafting is continuing
Inland Fisheries (Consolidation) BillTo modernise and consolidate existing provisions of legislation governing the inland fisheries sectorDraft heads are in preparation
Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Monuments and Archaeological Heritage BillTo replace in revised form all the existing National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014 and provide a strengthened and modernised framework for the protection of monuments and archaeological objectsHeads approved, drafting is continuing
Defence
Defence (Amendment) BillTo revise the Defence Acts in relation to the deployment of military personnel overseas and other mattersHeads are in preparation
Red Cross (Amendment) BillTo repeal the Red Cross Acts and put in place a new legal framework for the Irish Red Cross SocietyRevised heads are in preparation
Education and Skills
Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo make some necessary technical amendments to education legislationHeads in preparation
Higher Education (Reform) BillTo modernise the legislative framework underpinning the governance and functions of the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of the universitiesHeads in preparation
Universities (Amendment) BillTo ensure compliance with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sectorWork is underway
Employment Affairs & Social Protection
Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (Amendment) BillTo amend the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (OWTA) to remove the blanket exclusion of An Garda Siochana and members of the Defence Forces from scope of the OWTA and bring them within scope, subject to the application of the derogations permitted by the Working Time DirectiveWork is underway
Social Welfare BillTo provide a legal basis within the social welfare code for policy, administrative and operational changes
Finance
Central Bank Consolidation BillTo consolidate the corpus of the Central Bank Acts into one statuteWork is underway
Health
Dental BillTo replace the Dental Act 1985 and modernise the regulation of dentists and alllied dental professionals. Work is underway
Health & Wellbeing (Calorie Posting and Workplace Wellbeing) BillTo require food premises to display calories on menus and to require all public sector employers to have and to report on a Health and Wellbeing policyHeads are in preparation
Health (Adult Safeguarding) BillTo underpin a new national health sector policy on safeguarding vulnerable adults who are at risk of abusePreparatory work is underway
Health Information and Patient Safety BillTo provide a legislative framework for the better governance of health information and initiatives including data matching and health information resources for use in the health service and support for clinical audit and patient safety notifications. It will also provide for the extension of HIQA's remit to private health service providersHeads approved November 2015, PLS completed December 2016
Human Tissue BillTo deal with post-mortem practice and procedures, anatomical examination and importation and public display. It will also provide for family consent and an opt-out register for organ donationHeads are in preparation
Mental Health (Amendment) BillTo give effect to recommendations of an Expert Group Review on mental health legislationDraft heads are in preparation
Public Health (Sale of Tobacco Products & Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) BillTo provide for inter alia, the 1) retail licensing of tobacco products and Non-Medical Nicotine Delivery Systems, 2) prohibition of the sale of tobacco products from self service vending services, 3) prohibition of the sale of tobacco products by persons under 18 years of age, and 4) prohibition of the sale of non-medicinal nicotine delivery systems by, and to persons under 18 years of ageWork is underway
Housing, Planning and Local Government
Amendment of the Constitution (Extending the Franchise at Presidential Elections) BillTo amend the Constitution to extend the franchise at Presidential ElectionsPreparatory work is underway 
Amendment of the Constitution (Voting at 16) BillTo amend the Constitution to reduce the voting age to 16Preparatory work is underway
Building Control BillTo place Construction Industry Register Ireland or CIRI on a statutory footing and thereby provide in law for the registration of builders, contractors and specialist sub-contractorsHeads approved 30th May 2017, PLS has taken place
Electoral Commission BillTo provide for the establishment of an Electoral CommissionWork is underway
Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) BillTo streamline the development consent process for the foreshore including, inter alia, the integration of certain parts of the foreshore consent process (under the Foreshore Act 1933) with the existing on-land planning systemHeads approved in July 2013, PLS completed in February 2014
Microbeads BillTo prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in cosmetics and detergentsDraft Heads are in preparation
Tailte Eireann BillTo provide for the establishment of Tailte Eireann, for the dissolution of the Property Registration Authority and Ordnance Survey Ireland and to transfer the functions of both bodies to Tailte Eireann, and to provide for the establishment of the offices of the Registrar of Deeds and Title and the Chief State Surveyor, and to make provision in respect of the Commissioner of ValuationWork is underway
Justice and Equality
Courts and Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo enact provisions relating to electronic courts services and it also includes a wide range of other measures such as amendment of the Bankruptcy and Personal Insolvency ActsHeads approved on 11th July 2017, Committee decided PLS is not required 
Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) BillTo provide a modern statement of the law governing community sanctions and the role of the Probation Service in the criminal justice systemHeads approved on 4th February 2014, PLS completed July 2014
Criminal Justice (Legal Aid) BillTo update and strengthen the system of granting of criminal legal aid and to transfer the responsibility for the administration of the main scheme and ad-hoc schemes to the Legal Aid BoardHeads in preparation
Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Decisions on Supervision Measures) BillTo give effect to the Council Framework Decision 2009/829/JHA on the application, between Member States of the European Union, of the principle of mutual recognition to decisions on supervision measures as an alternative to provisional detentionHeads approved in June 2014, drafting is continuing
Criminal Justice (Mutual Recognition of Probation Judgements and Decisions) BillTo give effect to the Council Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to judgments and probation decisions with a view to the supervision of probation measures and alternative sanctionsHeads approved in January 2014, drafting is continuing
Criminal Justice (Passenger Name Record) BillTo comply with an EU Council commitment to extend to internal EU flights the requirements of EU Directive 2016/681 on the use of passenger name record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime, and provide for related mattersWork is underway
Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) BillTo give effect to EU Directive 2017/541 on combating terrorism which is directed at the foreign terrorist fighter phenomenon and includes offences of travel for the purpose of committing a terrorist offence, facilitating travel for terrorism and receiving training for terrorismPreparatory work is underway
Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) (Amendment) BillTo transpose EU Directive 2017/1371 on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal lawPreparatory work is underway
Cybercrime BillTo give effect to those provisions of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime 2001 not already provided for in national law in order to enable ratification of the ConventionPreparatory work is underway
European Arrest Warrant Act (Amendment) BillTo amend existing European Arrest Warrant and Extradition legislation to give effect to proposals made by a working group (Department / AGO / DPP / CSSO) tasked with drawing up proposals which would improve operation of the EAW/Extradition legislationDraft heads yet to be prepared
Explosives Act 1875 (Section 5 Amendment) BillTo amend section 5 of the 1875 Act to allow small quantities of very low hazard pyrotechnics such as party poppers or blank cartridges for power tools for retail sale to be stored on retail premisesHeads yet to be prepared
Explosives BillTo repeal the Explosives Act 1875 and replace it with a modern statutory framework for the control of the manufacture, storage, importation, transport and supply of explosivesHeads approved, PLS still to be determined
Family Leave BillTo consolidate with amendments all family leave legislationWork is underway
Firearms Assessment and Appeals Authority BillTo provide a structure for assessing what firearms should be licensable and for a non-judicial appeals system for licensing refusalsConsultations ongoing
Gambling Control BillTo provide a comprehensive new licensing and regulatory framework for gambling. The executive regulatory functions are to be performed by a body within the DepartmentWork is underway
Garda Siochana (Amendment) BillTo amend Part 4 of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 which relates to complaints and investigations by the Garda Siochana Ombudsman CommissionWork is underway
Garda Siochána (Compensation) BillTo provide a revised scheme for compensating Gardai maliciously injured in their workFurther heads approved on 9th May 2017, Joint Committee decided that PLS is not required
Inspection of Places of Detention BillTo provide for inspection of all places of detention in the Justice area - prisons, Garda stations, courtsHeads under preparation
International Criminal Court (Amendment) BillTo give effect to the Kampala Amendment to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in relation to the crime of aggressionPreparatory work is underway
International Recovery of Child Support (Hague Convention) BillTo implement the Hague Convention and the Hague Protocol on International Recovery of Child Support and other forms of family maintenanceHeads in preparation
Juries BillTo give effect to Law Reform Commission Report on JuriesProposals under consideration
Landlord and Tenant Law Reform BillTo update and streamline the general law relating to landlord and tenantHeads approved, work is continuing
Non-Fatal Offences against the Person (Amendment) BillTo address the criminal law aspects of the Law Reform Commission's report on Harmful CommunicationsHeads in preparation
Sale of Alcohol BillTo codify the law relating to the sale and consumption of alcoholHeads approved , work is underway
Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Transfer of Execution of Sentences BillTo implement an EU Framework Decision which provides for transfer of persons between member states where the affected person has not given consentHeads approved, work is continuing
Public Expenditure and Reform
Civil Service Regulation (Amendment) and Public Service Management (Amendment) BillTo allow greater devolution of management and disciplinary functions in the Civil ServiceHeads are in preparation
Rural & Community Development
Occupiers Liability Act 1995 (Amendment) BillTo amend the Act in order to clarify certain aspects in the context of recent cases and to introduce the foundation principles for an Indemnity Scheme for landowners on Irish Uplands in respect of potential litigation by recreational usersPreparatory work is underway
Taoiseach
National Economic and Social Development Office (Amendment) BillTo dissolve the NESDO and place the NESC on a statutory footingHeads are in preparation
Transport Tourism and Sport
Aviation Regulation (Amendment) BillTo amend the regulation of airport charges in IrelandHeads in preparation
Aviation Regulatory Reform BillTo facilitate reform of the overall provision of safety and economic regulatory oversight of the aviation sector in IrelandHeads in preparation
Irish Aviation Authority (Amendment) BillTo amend the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1997 to extend the existing powers of the IAA, with regard to its safety regulation function, to recoup costs through fees and charges for its aviation security regulation functions. It will also provide for the recognition of the role of the IAA in compliance monitoring with regard to ICAO Annex 17Heads approved 13th September 2017, PLS taken on 22nd November 2017
Large Public Service Vehicles BillTo provide for a new regulatory regime for large public service vehiclesPreparatory work underway
Master Licence Record BillTo link vehicle and driver records as one interconnected fileWork is underway
Merchant Shipping (International Conventions) BillTo provide a framework to enable Ireland to become a party to and implement a number of international maritime conventions and to update existing legislative provisions to take account of amendments to other maritime conventionsHeads in preparation
Noise Related Operating Restrictions at Dublin Airport BillTo facilitate the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at Dublin Airport and to give full effect and implementation to the provisions of EU Regulatino 598/2014Work is underway
Road Safety Authority (Amendment) BillTo update and strengthen the powers of the RSAPreparatory work is underway
Road Traffic (Compulsory Motor Insurance) BillTo revise and consolidate legislation on compulsory motor insurancePreparatory work is underway

Bills before the Dáil and Seanad (23 in total) 
 

Bills on Dáil Order Paper
Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017Order for Second Stage
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017Order for Second Stage
Childcare Support Bill 2017Order for Second Stage
Industrial Development (Amendment) Act 2017Order for Second Stage
Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 [Seanad]Second Stage
Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017Second Stage Resumed
Domestic Violence Bill 2017 [Seanad]Committee Stage
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017Committee Stage
Public Sector Standards Bill 2015Committee Stage
Heritage Bill 2016 [Seanad]Committee Stage
Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016Committee Stage
Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2017Committee Stage
Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017Committee Stage
Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016Order for Report
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2016Order for Report
Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016Order for Report
National Archives (Amendment) Bill 2017Order for Report
Technological Universities Bill 2015Report Stage Resumed
Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016Report Stage Resumed
Bills on Seanad Order Paper
Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 [Seanad]Committee Stage
Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]Committee Stage
Judicial Council Bill 2017 [Seanad]Committee Stage
Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2017Committee Stage

 
Bills Enacted since Government came to Office 
on 6th May 2016 
 
(59 in total)

  Electoral (Amendment) Act 2016
  Health (Amendment) Act 2016
  Water Services (Amendment) Act 2016
  Commission of Investigation (Irish Bank Resolution Corporation) Act 2016
  Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Act 2016
  Paternity Leave and Benefit Act 2016
  Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Act 2016
  Energy Act 2016
  Finance (Certain European Union and Intergovernmental Obligations) Act 2016
  National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Act 2016
  Social Welfare Act 2016
  Appropriation Act 2016
  Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016
  Finance Act 2016
  Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2016
  Statute Law Revision Act 2016
  Road Traffic Act 2016
  Courts Act 2016
  Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017
  Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017
  Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Act 2017
  Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) Act 2017
  Heatlh (Amendment) Act 2017
  Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Act 2017
  Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Act 2017
  Companies (Accounting) Act 2017
  Courts Act 2017
  Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Act 2017
  Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Act 2017
  Companies (Amendment) Act 2017
  Competition (Amendment) Act 2017
  Criminal Justice Act 2017
  Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Act 2017
  Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Act 2017
  Rugby World Cup 2023 Act 2017
  Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017
  Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2017
  Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2017
  Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (Amendment) Act 2017
  Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Act 2017
  Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017
  Independent Reporting Commission Act 2017
  Minerals Development Act 2017
  National Shared Services Office Act 2017
  Mediation Act 2017
  Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017
  Water Services Act 2017
  Civil Liability (Amendment) Act 2017
  Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Act 2017
  Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Act 2017
  Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2017
  Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017
  Appropriation Act 2017
  Health Insurance (Amendment) Act 2017
  Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Act 2017
  Electoral (Amendment) (Dail Constituencies) Act 2017
  Social Welfare Act 2017
  Irish Sign Language Act 2017
  Finance Act 2017
 

Bills Published since Government 
came to Office on 6 May, 2016
 
49 Bills in total

                               
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Adoption (Amendment) Bill 2016                                           
 
Water Services (Amendment) Bill 2016                                 
 
Paternity Leave and Benefit Bill 2016                                   
 
Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 [Seanad]                
 
Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill 2016 [Seanad]            
 
Commission of Investigation (Irish Bank Resolution Corporation) Bill 2016                                                          
 
Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016                          
 
Electoral (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2016                             
 
Health (Amendment) Bill 2016 [Seanad]             
 
Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (Hague Convention) Bill 2016 [Seanad]                   
 
Criminal Justice (Suspended Sentences of Imprisonment) 2016 [Seanad]                                                                     
 
Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2016           
 
Companies (Accounting) Bill  2016
 
Finance Bill 2016                                                                
 
Courts Bill 2016                                                                   
 
Knowledge Development Box (Certification of Inventions) Bill 2016 [Seanad]                                                                
 
Social Welfare Bill 2016                                                       
 
Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 [Seanad]                                                
 
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2016                              
 
Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 [Seanad]         
 
Bail (Amendment) Bill 2016                                                  
 
Appropriation Bill 2016                                                          
 
Hallmarking (Amendment) Bill 2016                                        
 
Communications Regulation (Postal Services) (Amendment) Bill 2016                                                                                 
 
Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill                                  
 
Courts (No. 2) Bill 2016                                                         
 
Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill 2016                           
 
Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017                
 
Domestic Violence Bill 2017 [Seanad]                                    
 
Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017       
 
Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]                       
 
Mediation Bill 2017                                                                
 
Health (Amendment) Bill 2017                                                
 
Diplomatic Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017        
 
Inland Fisheries (Amendment) Bill 2017                                   
 
Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]                             
 
Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Bill 2017              
 
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Bill 2017                           
 
Judicial Appointments Commission Bill 2017                              
 
Judicial Council Bill 2017 [Sseanad]                                          
 
Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill 2017    
 
Independent Reporting Commission Bill 2017                           
 
Rugby World Cup (2023) Bill 2017                                        
 
Legal Metrology (Measuring Instruments) Bill 2017                 
 
Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017      
 
Social Welfare, Pensions and Civil Registration Bill 2017          
 
Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2017                     
 
Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017                                          
 
National Archives (Amendment) Bill  2017     
 
Water Services Bill 2017                                                             
 
Finance Bill 2017                                                                          
 
Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Bill 2017                               
 
Companies (Statutory Audits) Bill 2017                                            
 
Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill 2017                                          
 
Social Welfare Bill 2017                                                                    
 
Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2017 [Seanad]                             
 
Electoral (Amendment) Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017                           
 
Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2017                               
 
Appropriation Bill 2017                                                                          
 
Childcare Support Bill 2017                                                                  
 
Industrial Development (Amendment) Bill 2018                                    

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