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31 Bills are to be published before the end of 2012, the majority of which will focus on areas including finance and jobs, while children will also feature strongly during this Autumn Parliamentary session according to Government Chief Whip, Minister Paul Kehoe TD. Examples of these Bills include: the Amendment to the Constitution Bill, to amend the Constitution to acknowledge and affirm the rights of children; the Credit Union Bill, to provide for a strengthened regulatory framework for credit unions; and the Companies Bill, the purpose of which is to bring greater clarification and simplification to the companies code and to modernise Irish company law through the consolidation of the existing 15 Company Law Acts, other regulations and case law.

22 Bills are currently before either the Dáil or Seanad, notably the Personal Insolvency Bill 2012 Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Construction Contracts Bill, Central Bank (Supervision & Enforcement) Bill and the Legal Services Regulation Bill. Additionally, 28 bills are at preparatory stage, most of which are due to published in 2013. The Heads of 28 Bills are awaiting Government approval most of which are also due to be published in 2013. Bills to be published will deal with areas including mineral development, the forestry sector and the education and training sector.

Since the Government came to power in March 2011, 73 Bills have been enacted and 79 published.