Government Legislation Programme for Spring 2013 – Third Level

IrelandEarlier today, Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe announced the Government’s Legislative Programme for the Spring 2013 Parliamentary session. Third level receives a number of mentions:

Education (Amendment) Bill (“To provide for an amendment to paragraph 7 of the Third Schedule of the Dublin Institutes of Technology Acts 1992 – 2006 to provide that the period of office of the President of the DIT shall be changed from a fixed period of ten years to a maximum period of ten years.”) – heads have yet to be approved by Government – publication of draft bill expected 2013.

Further Education and Training Authority (SOLAS) Bill (“To create a new further education and training authority called SOLAS which will have responsibility for integrating, developing and modernising the further education and training sector. The Bill will also provide for the dissolution of FAS.”) – expected to be published from the start of the Dáil Session to the beginning of the next Session. More detail here.

Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012 (“Bill entitled an Act to amend the Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2003; to amend the Science and Technology Act 1987; to amend the Industrial Development Act 1993; to amend the Industrial Development Act 1986; to amend the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and to provide for matters connected therewith”) – Seanad – Order for Second Stage.

Universities (Amendment) Bill (“To give the Minister the power to require universities to comply with government guidelines on remuneration, allowances, pensions and staffing numbers in the University sector.”) – heads have been agreed and text is being drafted – publication expected mid 2013. The heads, released late last year, already include a draft bill, but as that draft has been extensively criticised the expected draft may be different. For commentary see here.

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