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# Oireachtas Committee

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# Transport Committee
Dublin Bus to apologise for service disruption in recent months
The Joint Oireachtas Transport Committee will hear from the new Chief Executive of Dublin Bus.
# Dying with dignity
Terms of reference agreed for special committee on assisted dying
PBP TD Gino Kenny has said that he hopes to see the Committee established before Christmas.
# Investment
Oireachtas committee hears Irish tech workers who lost their jobs 'are being looked after'
Technology Ireland and the IDA appeared before the committee to discuss recent job losses at Meta, Twitter and Stripe as well as the future of the industry.
# Banking
Finance Committee hears update from KBC and Ulster Bank ahead of market withdrawal
Ulster Bank told the committee that around 1,000 accounts are currently on track to be frozen from 11 November.
# Housing
DCC 'confident' of meeting target to deliver 895 new builds this year, Committee to hear
Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan will appear before an Oireachtas Committee later today.
# Price Hikes
Oireachtas Committee to hear Electric Ireland had 'no choice' but to increase energy prices
The provider will answer questions from TDs and Senators on the recent gas and electricity price increases tomorrow.
# Domestic Violence
Paid domestic violence leave should be based on an ‘honour system’, Oireachtas committee hears
Victims should be taken for their word when requesting time off from work, the committee has been told.
AIB says scrapped plan to turn 70 branches cashless was a 'genuine' future-proofing effort
The bank is appearing before a Committee to ‘clearly explain’ its now scrapped decision to turn 70 branches into cashless outlets.
# Energy Crisis
Risk of electricity blackouts in Ireland ‘slightly worse’ than last winter, committee hears
Eamon Ryan is appearing before the Committee this afternoon alongside Eirgrid and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities.
# Dying with dignity
Special committee on assisted dying expected to begin in October
TD Gino Kenny says he hopes it is the beginning of a serious conversation around the issue.
# Oireachtas Committee
Hospital consultant says people with Long Covid have been accused of exaggerating illness
Professor Jack Lambert has called on the Government to provide more resources and treatment for people suffering from the illness.
# international surrogacy
Both parents of children born via international surrogacy should be recognised, TDs recommend
The Special Oireachtas Committee on International Surrogacy published its report today.
'Significant progress' made on National Broadband Plan, firm tells Oireachtas
The NBI have said that there have been over 330,000 premises surveyed so far, of 544,200 premises in total.
# Final whistle
Funding for sports should be tied to commitment to stopping abuse, says Oireachtas committee
The committee’s chair said there is “no place for abusive or discriminatory behaviour in sport”.
# Education
Government approves legislation to compel schools to provide special education classes more quickly
The legislation was announced this afternoon by Ministers Norma Foley and Josepha Madigan.
# Housing Crisis
Dublin ‘disadvantaged’ at recruiting nurses because of housing costs, regional health chief says
Mary O’Kelly says healthcare workers can’t afford to live in the capital.
# Robert Watt
Working conditions for non-consultant hospital doctors must change, senior civil servant says
The Secretary General of the Department of Health said many doctors already work longer hours than what is considered legal and safe.
# through the roof
Rising cost of building materials is getting worse on a weekly basis, TDs to be told
The Irish Home Builders Association will tell TDs that the situation is getting worse on a weekly basis.
# crying foul
Online abuse of referees and players 'reflects developments in wider society', committee hears
The Oireachtas Sports Committee convened to discuss abuse in Irish sport.
# cmo
Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week
Secretary General Martin Fraser was quizzed by politicians at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.
# sharon keogan
'Check your Christian values': Senator asked to leave Oireachtas committee during surrogacy hearing
Committee chair Kathleen Funchion TD was forced to suspend the meeting after comments from Independent Senator Sharon Keogan.
# Cyber Security
‘Low’ threat of direct cyber attack on Ireland, says top official
But Richard Browne told politicians today that the threat from cyber crime against the state is ‘high’.
# Health
Home care sector facing massive recruitment crisis, committee told
An ongoing struggle to find staff is putting pressure on the system, according to industry representatives.
# Health
Ireland's Covid position improving but global risk remains high, CMO tells Oireachtas Committee
Senior NPHET members fielded questions from TDs and senators at a Health Committee meeting today.
TV licence fee in place for RTÉ 'utterly broken', Dee Forbes tells committee
The director general of the State broadcaster was appearing before the Committee of Public Accounts this morning.
# Accountability
Ireland's Climate Action Delivery Board met only once between 2020 and 2021
The Board was tasked with holding public bodies accountable on climate action.
# Climate
Oireachtas Committee urged to recommend approval of Ireland's first carbon budgets
TDs and senators are examining the proposed caps on Ireland’s emissions between now and 2035 over three days of meetings.
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# Fallout
Chambers ‘disappointed’ by IRFU response to players’ letter
The Minister would not be drawn on the possibility of withholding funding from the Union.
# lotto questions
Lotto operators seek approval for ‘must-be-won' draw for jackpot prize
Representatives for the National Lottery will appear before the Oireachtas finance committee tomorrow.
# lotto questions
Lotto reps to appear before Oireachtas committee as jackpot goes unclaimed again
There have been 53 Lotto draws since the jackpot prize was last won.
# Sport
Two-thirds of referees leave within two years over abuse, FAI says
An Oireachtas committee heard evidence from Ireland’s largest sporting organisations about the abuse that referees face.
# Oireachtas Committee
Correlation between traffic air pollution and stroke admissions in Ireland
Dr Byrne told the Committee that air pollution from cars affects respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.
# Oireachtas Committee
Dáil committee calls for levy on streaming platforms to fund Irish content
The move has been welcomed by Screen Producers Ireland, who said it could raise €23 million in additional funding for Irish productions.
'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
A report by
Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children.
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children
Reporters Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney found young Travellers detainee numbers jumped last year
Children who spoke to the investigation team said they felt fear and anxiety around interactions with gardaí
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Oireachtas Committee
'Severe exploitation' of migrant fishers a daily recurrence, Oireachtas committee to hear
A report published this week highlighted issues with “extremely long working hours with few breaks,” and pay often below minimum wage.
# Rock Bottom
Hospitality industry 'not an attractive sector' for returning workers, Oireachtas committee hears
The Oireachtas committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media discussed the issue today.
# Robert Watt
No ‘vast conspiracy’ to delay Sláintecare, committee told
Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Health, faced the Health Committee alongside Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.
# Adoption
Adoption tracing legislation ‘risks being found unconstitutional’, O'Gorman tells Committee
Failure to balance the privacy rights of mothers with the identity rights of children could spark legal challenges to new laws, he said.
# Katherine Zappone
Taoiseach's Secretary General to come before Oireachtas Committee over Zappone appointment
Martin Fraser in the Department of An Taoiseach will face the committee, though Zappone has confirmed she will not.
# Sorry
'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
The minister said his mistakes in recent weeks had contributed to what has become a political embarrassment.
Coveney acknowledges "making mistakes in recent weeks" and that this has created "a political embarrassment for the Government"
In hindsight , Coveney says it would have been helpful for him to respond to Zappone's text to tell her that it was not a job offer, but rather a concept.
The minister called Zappone on Sunday to tell her their text messages were being released
'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March