Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government

General Scheme of the Water Services Separation Bill 2021: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

Photo of Cian O'CallaghanCian O'Callaghan (Dublin Bay North, Social Democrats) | Oireachtas source

I appreciate that; it would be helpful. My second question is on a different matter. When preparing a Bill like this, I appreciate a huge amount of work goes into it and there are a significant number of different areas to consider. It may not have been part of the consideration but I do want to ask about the use of gender-inclusive language. The general scheme does not use gender-inclusive language. In fact it states on page 15 the presumed gender identity of the chair of the board. In other instances, it does not use gender-inclusive language. Will the Bill include gender-inclusive language? Will the Department look at the guidelines from the United Nations on gender-inclusive language and ensure the Bill fits in with best practice? It is the case, unfortunately, from what I have seen in other legislation brought forward, that Bills are not following best practice in terms of gender-inclusive language. I ask that it be followed.


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