Thursday, 23 February 2017
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Colm Burke that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister Education and Skills to clarify the current position on funding being provided for a new primary school, Scoil an Athar Tadhg, in Carrignavar, County Cork, and to confirm that it will proceed to the tendering process early in 2017.
I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to review the delays to construction works on the N52, which are envisaged to involve the total closure of a national road for three months, and to consider weekend and night shifts in order to ensure completion of the project in two months.
I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to outline if he will take steps to seek an immediate resolution of the industrial relations issues in the Civil Registration Service which are holding up the commencement of section 97 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.
I have also received notice from Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to ensure the appointment of a second consultant breast surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital, as confirmed by the Government over a year ago, and to address the growing waiting list for patients for appointments at the hospital.
I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to give an update on the status of the Holy Angels new school building and the current position regarding funding.
I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to clarify the current status of the Government’s proposals to reduce the size of local electoral areas, as referenced in the Programme for a Partnership Government, and if he intends that such changes would be in place in advance of the local government elections scheduled for 2019.
I have also received notice from Senator Neale Richmond of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Social Protection to guarantee medium to long-term financial support for the local employment scheme.
I regard the matters raised by Senators Burke, Davitt, Noone, Mac Lochlainn and Richmond as suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Burke, Davitt, Noone and Mac Lochlainn and they will be taken now.
I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Murnane O’Connor as it is a repeat of a similar matter raised yesterday and the matter raised by Senator Boyhan on the grounds that it is a repeat of a similar Commencement Matter raised on 8 February 2017. Senator Richmond may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.