Tuesday, 27 March 2007
Business of Seanad
I have notice from Senator O'Rourke that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to give an update on the situation regarding forward planning for Clonbonny national school, Athlone, County Westmeath.
I have also received notice from Senator Ulick Burke of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to indicate her plans for the provision of an extension, refurbishment and sports hall at Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, County Galway, which first applied in 1968 and has made little progress since.
I have also received notice from Senator Ross of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to take immediate action within the European Union to end the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
I have also received notice from Senator McHugh of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to give an update on the 1999 task force report for County Donegal and the July 2006 interdepartmental report on jobs.
I have also received notice from Senator Browne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to outline the reason there is a 12 to 18 month waiting list for children to see a speech and language therapist in the Carlow area; the number on the waiting list for County Carlow; if there are private speech and language therapists in the Carlow area; and if a similar situation also exists for children waiting to see an occupational therapist in County Carlow.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators O'Rourke, Ulick Burke and Ross and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators McHugh and Browne may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.
Before I call the Leader I wish to alert the House that a photographer will be in the Chamber tomorrow on the Order of Business between 11.15 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. regarding the production of a supplement to The Irish Times on 17 April. The supplement will feature the Houses of the Oireachtas. The matter was agreed by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and will not interfere with Seanad business or the decorum of the House.