Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator David Norris that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to revisit the drastic budget cut of €10,000 per month to the Meath women's refuge and support services which will leave many vulnerable citizens exposed to risk.
I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to outline how she plans to address the current shortcomings of the pre-school education scheme planned to start next year, namely, the availability of places given the funding cap; the availability of appropriate specialist teaching personnel; the proposed pupil-teacher ratio and a pre-school curriculum associated with a quality pre-school education.
I have also received notice from Senator Cecilia Keaveney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to explore, with his Northern counterpart, the expansion of the school day by bringing in outside organisations for out-of-hours learning, which concept is working well in the North.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business.