Thursday, 11 March 2010
Business of Seanad.
I have notice from Senator John Paul Phelan that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
To ask the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if she is aware that a number of people currently in receipt of occupational pensions (details supplied) are bound by conditions and agreements that will lead to their losing the large share, if not all, of their occupational pension on their 65th birthday in anticipation of an award of the State contributory pension and following the Minister's announcement of the new pensions framework, such people could find themselves with greatly reduced or zero income in the years between their 65th birthday and a State pension being awarded under the new scheme.
I have also received notice from Senator Feargal Quinn of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Transport to outline the plans he is putting in place to address the financial problems which will arise for smaller ports in Ireland as a result of the proposal by the United States that 100% of imports into that jurisdiction be first scanned by the authorities in the exporting country.
I have also received notice from Senator Nicky McFadden of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to reverse the decision regarding the proposed closure of St. Mary's day care centre in Mullingar, County Westmeath.
I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to make a statement on the plans she has to combat obesity.
I have also received notice from Senator Joe O'Reilly of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure Glangevlin group water scheme, County Cavan, receives the supports necessary to maintain viability under the new metering system which will give an allowance for domestic consumption that will not be exceeded in most cases.
I regard the matters raised by Senators John Paul Phelan, Quinn and McFadden as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator O'Reilly, as the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has no official responsibility in the matter. Senator Buttimer may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.