Thursday, 7 February 2008
Business of Seanad
I have notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill 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, Heritage and Local Government to simplify the application process for new housing grant schemes in order to make it easier for the disabled and elderly to avail of the schemes; and if he would reconsider his decision to terminate the HSE special housing aid for the elderly scheme which is due to cease on the 31 March 2008.
I have also received notice from Senator Liam Twomey of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to clarify the reason a person (details supplied) who was granted compensation under the decommissioning of fishing vessels has not yet received compensation and the reason this delay is ongoing.
I have also received notice from Senator Frances Fitzgerald of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to take steps to ensure that parents of children with special needs, particularly autism, do not have to take the State to the High Court to obtain education for their children in view of the fact that currently more than 150 such cases are awaiting court hearings.
I have also received notice from Senator Cecilia Keaveney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to clarify the current position in developing the 24 hour Garda station for north Inishowen both in terms of the personnel and the building of the new facility in Carndonagh, County Donegal.
I have also received notice from Senator Pearse Doherty of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to intervene in the ongoing dispute between the Health Service Executive and the Irish Pharmaceutical Union and to outline the Government's position regarding same.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Ó Domhnaill, Twomey and Fitzgerald and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators Keaveney and Doherty may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.