The government has published its Autumn legislation programme.  We have set out below some of the most significant legislation coming down the tracks.

Bills planned for publication during the Autumn Session include:

  • Companies Bill – As expected, the Companies Bill is scheduled for publication during the coming session. The Bill will consolidate all 16 Companies Acts into one single piece of legislation. Part A of the Bill will cover the private company which will be known as the Company Limited by Shares or CLS. Part B will cover all other types of companies including public companies and Designated Activity Companies (DACs). 
  • Consumer and Competition Bill - This Bill will amalgamate the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority and give effect to other changes to competition and consumer law including making provision for a statutory code of conduct for the grocery goods sector.

Bills in respect of which heads have been agreed and texts are being drafted, and publication is expected in 2013, include:

  • Environmental Liability Bill – This Bill will effect full transposition of the Environmental Liability Directive including some of the discretionary provisions therein. 
  • Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill – This Bill will consolidate and reform the Prevention of Corruption Acts 1889 – 2010.  See our Client Bulletin of 10 July 2012 for more information. 
  • Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will amend the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010.  See our Client Bulletin of 12 June 2012 for more information.
  • Landlord and Tenant Bill – This Bill will reform and consolidate the general law on landlords and tenants. 
  • Mediation Bill - This Bill will implement the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission in their 2010 Report on ADR: Mediation and Conciliation.  See our Client Bulletin of 6 March 2012 for more information. 
  • Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – This Bill will repeal and replace the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.  See our Client Bulletin of 18 September 2012 for more information.
  • Protected Disclosure in the Public Interest Bill – This Bill will provide protection against reprisals and victimisation and redress for workers who disclose information regarding serious wrongdoing in the workplace. 
  • Employment Permits Bill – This Bill will consolidate existing legislation, to take account of evolving jurisprudence and to cater for future accessions to the EU.  It is likely that the Bill will specifically address the consequences of the recent High Court decision of Hussein v Labour Court.  See our Client Bulletin of 18 September 2012 for more information. 
  • Workplace Relations Bill – The Bill will reform the existing statutory workplace redress system.  See our Client Bulletin of 14 March 2012 for more information.

Bills of interest before the Dáil and Seanad at present include:

  • Betting (Amendment) Bill 2012 – This Bill is awaiting the Second Stage of the Dáil.  See our Client Bulletin of 24 July 2012 for more information. 
  • Construction Contracts Bill 2010 [Seanad] – This Bill is awaiting the Report & Final Stages of the Dáil. 
  • Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Bill 2011 – This Bill is awaiting the Committee Stage of the Dáil. 
  • Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 – This Bill is awaiting the Report & Final Stages of the Dáil. 
  • Personal Insolvency Bill 2011 – This Bill is awaiting the Report & Final Stages of the Dáil. See our Client Bulletin of 25 September 2012 for more information. 
  • Tribunals of Inquiry Bill 2005 – This Bill is awaiting the Report & Final Stages of the Dáil. 
  • Privacy Bill 2006 [Seanad] – This Bill is at the Second Stage of the Seanad. 
  • Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions) Bill 2012 [Seanad] – This Bill is awaiting the Committee Stage of the Seanad.  See our Client Bulletin of 15 March 2012 for more information. 
  • Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 [Seanad] – This Bill is awaiting the Report & Final Stages of the Seanad.

Further Information

For a comprehensive list of all Bills contained in the Government’s Autumn legislation programme, please click here.