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Bills expected to be published during the Spring/Summer session

 Title of BillPurpose of Bill
Agriculture Food and the Marine
1Horse Racing Ireland (Amendment) BillTo amend and extend the Irish Horseracing Industry Act 1994, the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 and related matters

2Johnstown Castle Agricultural College Acts (Amendment) BillTo extend the use of the Johnstown Castle Estate for recreational, amenity, environmental, educational and heritage purposes

3Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Amendment) BillTo provide for a points system for skippers of fishing vessels found to have infringed the Common Fisheries Policy and to introduce fixed penalty notices for minor offences

Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
4Official Languages (Amendment) BillTo give effect to certain recommendations arising from the review of the Official Languages Act 2003 and to give effect to the Government's decision to merge the functions of the Language Commissioner with the Ombudsman's Office and to abolish the Placenames Commission

Children and Youth Affairs
5Children (Amendment) BillTo amalgamate the children detention schools in the interests of cost/administrative efficiencies and the public interest and to make some technical amendments to improve the workability of certain provisions

6Children First BillTo implement the Programme for Government commitment related to 'Children First'

Communications Energy and Natural Resources
7Minerals Development BillTo modernise and consolidate all mineral development legislation

Education and Skills
8Education (Admission to School) BillTo ensure the contents and process for enrolling by schools is more open, equitable and consistent

9Teaching Council (Amendment) BillTo provide for amendments to the Teaching Council Act 2001 related to fitness to teach processes and to provide for appeal to the High Court in relation to certain decisions

Environment Community and Local Government
10Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo give effect to a waste policy commitment in the Programme for Government, to reinstate fixed payment notices for certain offences under the Solid Fuel Regulations and extend these notices to a range of other existing offences, to make certain amendments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acts in anticipation of the merger of the EPA with the Radiologiocal Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), to extend the EPA licensing fees and introduce fees for the Producer Responsibility Initiative (PRI) compliance schemes and to amend provisions for access to justice on environmental matters

11Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo expand and strengthen the regulatory framework for social housing including the statutory underpinning for the new scheme of Housing Assistance Payments, the repossession of local authority dwellings and to provide for a new tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses along incremental purchase lines

12Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) BillTo streamline 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

13Radiological Protection (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo put in place the legislative basis required for the merger of the RPII with the EPA and to incorprate the terms of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials into Irish law so that it may be ratified by Ireland

14Customs (Amendment) BillTo consolidate and modernise national legislation relating to the administration of Customs by a single piece of legislation

15Irish Collective Asset Management Vehicle BillTo provide for a bespoke corporate structure for collective investment schemes in accordance with the commitment set out in the IFSC strategy

16National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) (No. 1) BillTo establish the Investment Platform of the NTMA on a statutory basis (including the shareholder executive and reorienting the National Pensions Reserve Fund into a strategic investment fund) and amend the governance structures of the NTMA

17National Treasury Management Agency (Amendment) (No. 2) BillTo enable management by the State Claims Agency of claims for third-party legal costs arising from Tribunals and Commissions of Inquiry and for legal costs awarded against the State by the Courts

18Securities Market Programme and Amendment to the Central Bank Act 1971 BillTo provide a legislative base for the payment of the equivalent of Ireland's income on its holding of Greek Debt under the Securities Market Programme (SMP) to an intermediate account of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

19Health (General Practitioner Medical Service) BillTo provide a GP service to persons aged 5 years old and under

20Health Reform BillTo put in place the new structures for the health service as set out in Future Care and the disestablishment of the HSE

21Medical Practitioners (Amendment) (Medical Indemnity Insurance) BillTo make it mandatory for registration purposes for all medical practitioners engaged in the practice of medicine to have adequate medical indemnity insurance

22Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) BillTo regulate the retail packaging and appearance of tobacco products with a view to increasing the effectiveness of health warnings, reducing the attractiveness of tobacco products to consumers and reducing the ability of retail packaging in misleading consumers about the harmful effects of smoking or using tobacco products

Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
23Consumer Protection and Competition BillTo amalgamate the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority and to give effect to other changes to competition and consumer law including making provision for a statutory code of conduct for the grocery goods sector and giving effect to the recommendations of the Advisory Group on Media Mergers

24Employment Permits BillTo consolidate existing legislation, to take account of evolving jurisprudence and to address the legal lacuna identified in the High Court judgement concerning Younis

25Industrial Relations (Amendment) (No. 2) BillTo provide for any legislative changes required to deal with the Programme for Government commitment on collective bargaining rights

26Intellectual Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) BillTo expand the research exemption for medicinal products and to implement the Singapore Treaty on Trade Marks

27Workplace Relations BillTo provide for reform of statutory Workplace Relations Bodies

Justice and Equality
28Court of Appeal BillTo establish the Court of Appeal following the outcome of the Constitutional Referendum in October 2013

29Criminal Justice (Mutual Assistance) (Amendment) BillTo give effect to a number of EU Framework Decisions

30Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) BillTo transpose EU Framework Decision and enable ratification of Council of Europe Convention

31Family Relationships and Childrens BillTo consolidate and reform the law relating to guardianship, custody of and access to children, to address issues of parentage including with regard to assisted reproduction and surrogacy and to make express provision for the use of DNA tests to determine parentage and to provide for connected matters

32Garda Siochána (Compensation for Malicious Injuries) BillTo provide a revised scheme for compensating Gardai maliciously injured in their work

33Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission BillTo merge the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority, the bill will also make amendments to other human rights and equality legislation to give effect to recent judgments of the European Court of Justice respectively

34Judicial Council BillTo provide effective remedies for complaints about judicial misbehaviour including lay participation in the investigation of complaints

35Restorative Justice BillTo give effect to measures required arising from recommendations of the Magdalen Commission Report

Public Expenditure and Reform
36Houses of the Oireachtas Commission (Amendment) BillTo change management structure of the Oireachtas Service

37Regulation of Lobbying BillTo provide for regulation of lobbying activity

Social Protection
38Civil Registration (Amendment) BillTo amend the Civil Registration Act 2004 following a review of its operation, including provision for the compulsory registration of father's names on birth certificates, validation of embassy marriages/civil partnerships and the prevention of marriages of convenience

39Social Welfare and Pensions BillTo provide for a range of changes to the social welfare code arising from policy, administrative, operational and control matters. It may also provide for possible amendments to the Pensions Act 1990

Transport Tourism and Sport
40Regulation of Vehicle Immobilisation BillTo provide for the regulation of the private clamping industry

41Sport Ireland BillTo provide for the establishment of Sport Ireland, a new organisation to replace the Irish Sports Council and the National Sports Campus Development Authority

42State Airports (Shannon Group) BillTo establish a new State-owned commercial entity (Shannon Group plc), incorporating Shannon Airport Authority and Shannon Development and to provide for the adoption by Ireland of the Cape Town insolvency regime in respect of aircraft assets