The second Government Legislation Programme of the new Partnership Government was published on 27 September 2016. The Programme sets out the priorities that the new Partnership Government will seek to progress through the Oireachtas before the end of this year. This Session, there are 25 Government Bills to be published, 20 Government Bills to undergo Pre-Legislative Stage, 21 Bills currently before the Oireachtas and 71 proposed Bills being considered for introduction in the medium and long-term.
Of particular note in the listing of priority legislation for publication this Session is the Data Sharing and Governance Bill, the purpose of which will be to mandate greater data-sharing and data-linking in the public service. The Bill will provide a legal mechanism to facilitate lawful data-sharing and data-linking for all public bodies. Furthermore, it will define standards for data governance and security. The Bill is expected to undergo Pre-Legislative Scrutiny during this Session.
The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has listed the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill as a priority for publication this Session. The Bill will provide for the implementation of a range of measures relating to Rebuilding Ireland – the Action Plan for Housing. Included are provisions for a fast-track planning process for large housing development proposals and provisions for streamlined planning arrangements in relation to local authority own development for social housing and infrastructure projects. The Residential Tenancies Act will be amended and the role and powers of the Residential Tenancies Board strengthened.
The 71 proposed Bills being considered for introduction in the medium and long-term include the Landlord and Tenant Law Reform Bill which will update the law relating to landlord and tenant, the Táillte Éireann Bill to merge the Property Registration Authority, the Valuation Office and the Ordnance Survey Office and the Higher Education (Reform) Bill to modernise the legislative framework underpinning the Higher Education Authority and the governance structures of Irish universities.
The Government Legislation Programme for the Autumn Session 2016 can be accessed here.