Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Terry Leyden that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to instruct the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board to remove the necessity to purchase permits for coarse and pike angling, under the auspices of the Midland Fisheries Group, in respect of the River Suck, River Inny, River Brosna, Little Brosna River and Camilin River.
I have also received notice from Senator Pearse Doherty of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to take immediate steps to resolve the difficulties in both County Donegal Vocational Education Committee and Donegal County Council whereby, due to the unprecedented number of student grant applications, the recruitment embargo placed on both bodies and the unavailability of overtime, many students will now have to wait until January to receive their student grant payments and students currently attending third level institutions are unregistered, leaving them without access to many services.
I have also received notice from Senator Nicky McFadden of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Transport to authorise Bus Eireann to re-route a service to facilitate students attending Athlone Institute of Technology.
I have also received notice from Senator Cecilia Keaveney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to give the name and number of water and sewerage schemes in County Donegal that are not in compliance with current European directives and the towns and villages that are still awaiting schemes to come into compliance with all relevant EU directives.
I have also received notice from Senator Shane Ross of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to make Lyme disease a notifiable illness in Ireland, thus increasing the specialist medical help available to sufferers of the illness, as well as publicising the risk of the disease.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Leyden, Doherty and McFadden and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.