Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Business of Seanad
Paddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
I have received notice of from Senator John Kelly that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify if there will be an amnesty for the €200 second property tax and if there is an amnesty for those who did not realise that they had a liability to pay it.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to set out the reasons County Meath received no funding for sports facilities since the Government took office.
I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:
Go dtabharfadh an tAire Oideachais agus Scoileanna a rá cé mhéid baill don Bóird Achomhairc ar Soláthar Foirne Bunscoilaíochta atá Gaeilge Líofa acu, agus ar aistraíodh na aighneachtaí, agus chomhfhreagras gaolmhar, a rinneadh as Gaeilge go Beárla, ionas go mbeadh na baill nách bhfuil Gaeilge acu in ann na habhar sin a thuiscint.
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline how many members of the primary staffing appeals board are fluent in Irish and whether all of the appeals, and other related matters and correspondence, which were made in Irish were translated for the purpose of those on the appeals board without fluent Irish.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to resolve the difficulties that students from Clonlara will have for the academic year 2012-13 in getting school transport to St. Anne's Community College, Killaloe, County Clare.
I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide additional resources to the Garda Síochána to develop and fully resource the drugs unit in County Donegal given the societal challenges of drug abuse and drug pushing in the county.
I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to discuss proposed increases in harbour charges at Dunmore East, County Waterford, and the impact it will have on the fishing industry and the tourism sector.
I have also received notice from Senator David Norris of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to address the way in which contracts from book suppliers from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin County Councils are being taken away from Irish firms and awarded to foreign companies.
I regard the matters raised by Senators Kelly, Byrne, Ó Clochartaigh, Conway, Ó Domhnaill and Cullinane as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Kelly, Byrne, Ó Clochartaigh and Conway 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. I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Norris as the Minister has no responsibility in the matter. It is a matter for the local authorities.