Seanad debates

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

2:30 pm

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
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I have received notice from Senator David Cullinane that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to clarify whether it is necessary to amend the Constitution in order to legislate for a right to collective bargaining and for the mandatory recognition of trade unions by employers, and whether this will be among the issues to be considered and discussed by the constitutional convention.

I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to intervene urgently in the Lagan Brick industrial relations dispute at Kingscourt.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline his proposals to assist elderly people who wish to downsize their living accommodation by selling their house to their local authority and to arrange for that local authority to provide them with alternative accommodation suited to their needs.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to instruct county registrars who will be responsible for the running of the forthcoming fiscal compact treaty referendum to employ competent individuals who are currently unemployed to fill the positions of presiding officers and polling clerks in polling stations around the country on the day of voting.

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.