The Government has published its Legislative Agenda for Spring 2013 and claims job creation and reducing unemployment is the priority.
The department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation will be working on The Industrial Development (Micro-Enterprise & Small Business) Bill and Workplace Relations Bill, plus bills on Consumer & Competition, Employment Permits and Co-operative Societies, all intended to improve job creation conditions.
Other interesting elements on the horizon include the legislation to establish SOLAS and abolish FÁS, to create a Child and Family Support Agency, the Finance Bill and the legislation necessary to hold a referendum on the Seanad, currently being worked on by The Department of the Taoiseach and the Attorney General’s Office.
The full legislative agenda can be viewed here.
If there are any elements that you feel should be added, amended or removed, please get in touch and let me know.
The one that jumps out at me is that legislation for the X Case isn’t mentioned anywhere in the document. However, the Government has committed to legislation and regulation in this area in the coming months. I have checked with the Chief Whip’s office: they tell me that the Department and the Attorney General’s Office will give this matter priority when they receive the full report from The Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children hearings on the Expert Group Report on ABC v Ireland.