Wednesday, 17 December 2003
Business of Seanad.
The need for the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to give an update on the foreshore licence application towards dredging on the River Swilly and whether funding will be made available to cover the dredging costs which will facilitate the new ferry service between Buncrana and Rathmullan and also to facilitate a new RNLI boat in 2004.
The need for the Minister for Finance to explain why his Department has, to date, failed to reply to an invitation by the Labour Relations Commission to explain why, from October 2002, it took a decision to reduce the starting salary scale for secretarial assistants working with Members of the Oireachtas; to ask that an early decision will be taken to immediately review the starting salary in question and that the matter be discussed.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Browne, Feighan and Morrissey and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators McHugh and Brian Hayes may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.