Seanad debates

Thursday, 23 February 2012

10:30 am

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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I have received notice from Senator Michael Comiskey that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine to give a commitment that the Teagasc office in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, will remain open in view of the fact that it provides an essential service for farmers in north Sligo and north Leitrim.

I have also received notice from Senator Jimmy Harte of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to discuss the proposed closure of Lifford Community Hospital in light of the favourable HIQA report.

I have also received notice from Senator Kathryn Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss the meeting of the recent action group on youth unemployment with European Commission officials, the work plan of this group and the actions and initiatives it intends to take to tackle youth unemployment.

I have also received notice from Senator Averil Power of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to give an update on the current position in relation to the Priory Hall development, and to advise if he intends to meet with the residents so that he can hear their stories first-hand, rather than Dublin City Council’s version of events.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline the amount spent on wastewater treatment plants in the past 15 years.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to request all local authorities, including town, city and county councils, to have on their websites, the names of the employees who are responsible for the management of individual departments, and the names of persons who are responsible for each individual area within each department, so that citizens can identify the relevant person who has responsibility for their query.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Comiskey, Harte and Power as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.