Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Business of Seanad
I have notice from Senator Tom Sheahan 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 to clarify the reason Valentia community hospital, a voluntarily run not-for-profit institution, was classified as a private nursing home under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009.
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to make a statement on the problem where developers in receivership are not paying ESB bills for sewage pumps in housing estates, in particular, in the Letterkenny area of Glencar and Glenoughty, where the ESB has given notice that power will be switched off on 20 November.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Sheahan, Clune, Ó Clochartaigh and Healy Eames and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senator Harte may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.
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