Order of Business

Apart from making a regular contribution on legislation currently passing through the Dáil, the Standing Orders provision, under Order of Business, allows Dáil Deputies to ask questions regarding upcoming legislation. An Taoiseach generally takes these questions every Tuesday and Wednesday and the Tánaiste will take them on a Thursday.

Below are two of my most recent questions;


Building Control Bill

Deputy Joe O’Reilly: What is the status of the new building control Bill, given that the construction sector is getting going again? It is important that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past and that there is proper regulation. It is also important that subcontractors are paid properly this time around and that we have control and high standards of building, good payment methods and an effectively regulated sector. This is a very important Bill.

The Tánaiste: That Bill will come before the House this year.


Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Deputy Joe O’Reilly: What is the progress of the public health (alcohol) Bill? We have a changing pattern of alcohol consumption bringing particular challenges in health and social life. The traditional Irish pub, which is so important for our tourism product and social life, is under threat.

The Taoiseach: A great deal of work is being done on it. Measures on aspects such as advertising and minimum unit pricing will be dealt with by regulation. Sponsorship, marketing and advertising are receiving much attention and we discussed the issues on Monday at a Cabinet sub-committee. We will make a decision on that element of it in the near future.

Senator Joe O'Reilly representing Cavan & Monaghan 2010. | An ExSite website