Wednesday, 1 June 2016
Restoration of Bills to the Order Paper: Motion
That, pursuant to Standing Order 165, the Bill which lapsed on the dissolution of the 31st Dáil, and are set out in the Schedule to this motion, shall be restored to the Order Paper at the stage specified in the Schedule below.SCHEDULE
Bill Title: To be restored at: Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage National Shared Services Office Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage Single Resolution Board (Loan Facility Agreement) Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage Minerals Development Bill 2015 [Seanad] Second Stage Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015 [Seanad] Second Stage Criminal Justice (Offences Relating to Information Systems) Bill 2016 Order for Second Stage Medical Practitioners (Amendment) Bill 2014 [Seanad] Second Stage Road Traffic Bill 2016 [Seanad] Second Stage National Tourism Development Authority (Amendment) Bill 2015 Committee Stage Public Sector Standards Bill 2015 Committee Stage Technological Universities Bill 2015 Committee Stage.
I move amendment No. 1:
To add to the Schedule:
"Educational (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2015 - Order for Second Stage."
This is a very important Bill. It is a year since Deputy Jan O'Sullivan published a Bill that will bring an end to charging fees for applications for admission.
It is one year since the then Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan, published a Bill proposing to bring an end to charging fees for application for admissions, introduce fair and transparent enrolment policies, enhance equality and remove soft barriers to enrolment. This Bill must be restored.
I was a member of the previous Committee on Education and Social Protection which did considerable work on this issue. Other members included Deputy Jim Daly, former Deputy Joanna Tuffy and Deputies Jonathan O'Brien and Charlie McConalogue. We put a tremendous effort into the legislation and the committee adopted a unanimous approach to it. It must be restored to the Schedule.