Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Business of Seanad
I have notice from Senator Frances Fitzgerald that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to outline how he intends to fund Collinstown Sports Complex, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, and other community-based sports centres, given the withdrawal of dormant account funding and the imminent closure of this facility currently used by 1,200 children a week.
I have also received notice from Senator Joe O'Reilly of the following matter:
To ask the Minister for Education and Science to cease over-reliance on old prefabricated buildings at Laragh national school, Stradone, County Cavan.
I have also received notice from Senator Maria Corrigan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to review the current procedures for the employment of substitute teachers by schools and the formalisation of such websites used to source teachers to ensure that only candidates with the required teaching qualifications and up-to-date Garda clearance are given positions in Irish schools.
I have also received notice from Senator Terry Leyden of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to explain the circumstances leading to the lack of ambulance cover at Roscommon County Hospital, specifically on the night of Friday, 14 November, and again on the night of Wednesday, 26 November, and the lack of ambulance cover in Boyle on the evenings of 25, 26 and 27 November from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and to ensure that this does not occur again; to prepare a report on the management and timetabling of ambulance services in Roscommon and to confirm if the situation has required the hire of a private ambulance service when the service should be provided by the HSE.
I have also received notice from Senator Cecilia Keaveney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to advance urgently the issue of consumable labelling and, where necessary, the legislation to ban dangerous substances being consumed, and where there is evidence of breaches of safety that consumers are immediately made aware of the companies involved.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Fitzgerald, O'Reilly and Corrigan and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators Leyden and Keaveney may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.