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 Header Item Messages from Select Committees
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2015: Messages from Select Committees
 Header Item Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 899 No. 1

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Messages from Select Committees

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Select Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has completed its consideration of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015 and has made no amendment thereto.

Estimates for Public Services 2015: Messages from Select Committees

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt The Select Sub-Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for Public Services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2015 - Vote 31 - Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The Select Sub-Committee on Finance has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for Public Services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2015 - Vote 7 - Office of the Minister for Finance.

The Select Sub-Committee on Public Expenditure and Reform has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimates for Public Services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2015 - Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances - and Vote 17 - Public Appointments Service.

The Select Sub-Committee on the Department of the Taoiseach has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for Public Services for the service of the year ending 31 December 2015 - Vote 6 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor.

Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Committee and Remaining Stages

  Section 1 agreed to.

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An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Amendments Nos. 1, 8 and 10 are related and will be discussed together.

Deputy Róisín Shortall: Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall I move amendment No. 1:

In page 3, between lines 26 and 27, to insert the following:
“Amendment of Equal Status Act 2000
2. Section 7(3)(c) of the Equal Status Act 2000 is hereby repealed.”.

In the context of this legislation, I propose that Members move to amend the Equal Status Act 2000. I accept that the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 before Members primarily pertains to removing some elements of discrimination in employment law, albeit, unfortunately, not all such elements, as Members will discuss later in the debate. While that is the primary purpose of the Bill, it also deals with a number of other miscellaneous matters. In that context, I propose that Members seek to amend the Equal Status Act 2000. The reason I do so is that while there are significant issues about discrimination against teachers, for example, and other employees, Members are aware that in the area of education there is significant discrimination on religious grounds which really is indefensible, given the stage our republic has reached and the age of our democracy. It is outrageous that people are discriminated against and prevented from attending their local school on religious grounds.


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