The Government has published its Autumn Legislative Programme 2014.
We have set out below some of the most significant legislation due to be published in the coming months, and the status of other important Bills which are currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas.
(1) Key Bills expected to be published in the coming months include:
- Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will provide a new legislative framework to address issues arising from the Supreme Court ruling striking down Registered Employment Agreements (REAs).
- Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill - This Bill will underpin national climate policy. The Government published the Heads of Bill earlier this year. See our Client Bulletin of 16 May 2014 for more information.
- Dublin Docklands Development Authority (Dissolution) Bill – This Bill will provide for the dissolution of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and consequential provisions.
- Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will provide for the streamlining if 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 system.
- Planning and Development (No.1) Bill – This Bill will support actions in Construction 2020.
- Sale of Loan Books to Unregulated Third Parties Bill – This Bill will introduce legislation to cater for the sale of loan books by regulated financial institutions to unregulated financial institutions.
- Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will provide for revised risk equalisation credits and corresponding stamp duties, for discounts on health insurance premiums for young adults and make some technical amendments to the Health Insurance Acts.
- Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill – This Bill will consolidate and reform all the legislation currently cited as the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889-2010 in a single statute.
- Judicial Council Bill – This Bill will provide effective remedies for complaints about judicial misbehaviour, including lay participation in the investigation of complaints.
- Personal Insolvency (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will provide for a small number of technical amendments to procedural provisions of the Personal Insolvency Act 2012.
- Horse Racing Ireland (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will amend and extend the Irish Horseracing Industry Act 1994, the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 and related matters.
- Credit Guarantee (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will contain legislative changes to the Credit Guarantee Act 2012 which may be necessary to enhance the success/performance of the Scheme.
(2) Key Bills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted include:
- Health Information Bill – This Bill will provide for the regulation of health information and initiatives including data matching and health information resources for use in the health service. Publication expected late-2015.
- Criminal Justice (Offences relating to Information Systems) Bill – This Bill will enable ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime and the transposition of the EU Directive 2013/40 on attacks against Information Systems. Publication expected mid-2015.
- Criminal Procedure Bill – This Bill will provide for the reform of the pre-trial processes. Publication expected late 2015.
- Family Leave Bill – This Bill will consolidate with amendments all family leave legislation. Publication expected early 2015.
- Gambling Control Bill – This Bill will update and consolidate the law on betting and gambling. Publication expected mid-2015. See our Client Bulletin of 16 July and 14 November 2013 for more information.
- Landlord and Tenant Bill – This Bill will reform and consolidate the general law on landlord and tenants. Publication expected mid-2015.
- Mediation Bill – This Bill will provide for implementation of the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission. Publication expected early 2015. A draft general scheme of a Mediation Bill was published on 1 March 2012. See our Client Bulletin of 6 March 2012 for more information.
- Sale of Alcohol Bill – This Bill will codify the law relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol. Publication expected mid-2015.
(3) Bills in respect of which heads have yet to be approved by Government
- Public Health (Alcohol) Bill – This Bill will provide for minimum unit pricing for retailing of alcohol products, regulate the marketing and advertising of alcohol, regulate sports sponsorship, provide for a structural separation of alcohol from other products and provide for health labelling of alcohol products. Publication date is not yet known.
- Public Health (Retail Licensing of Tobacco Products) Bill – This Bill will introduce a licensing system and other measures in relation to the sale of tobacco products and non-medicinal nicotine delivery systems including e-cigarettes. Publication date is not yet known.
- Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will provide for periodic payment orders in cases of awards for injuries. Publication is expected in 2015.
- Companies (Accounting) Bill – This Bill will provide for options contained in the EU Accounting Directive
- Companies (Auditing) Bill – This Bill will provide for options contained in the EU Audit Directive 2014/56/EU and EU Regulation 537/2014.
(4) Bills of interest currently before the Dáil and Seanad include:
- Companies Bill 2012 – Order for Report Stage at Seanad
- Workplace Relations Bill 2014 – Order for Second Stage at Dáil
- Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 - Order for Second Stage at Dáil
- Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2008 [Seanad] – Second Stage at Dáil
- Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 [Seanad] – Second Stage at Dáil resumed
- Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 – Awaiting Committee Stage at Dáil
- Tribunals of Inquiry Bill 2005 –Awaiting Order for Report at Dáil
- Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad] – Order for Report at Dáil
- Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 – Report Stage at Dáil resumed
- Privacy Bill 2006 [Seanad] – Order for Second Stage at Seanad
- Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] – Order for Second Stage at Seanad
- Betting (Amendment) Bill 2013 –Second Stage at Seanad
- Freedom of Information Bill 2013 –Awaiting Committee Stage at Seanad
- Coroners Bill 2007 – Committee Stage at Seanad