Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Michael D'Arcy that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his views on the reduction in the home-school liaison allocation to Riverchapel national school, Gorey, County Wexford.
I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:
Go ndéanfaidh an tAire Oideachas agus Scileanna ráiteas maidir le todhchaí na scéimeanna scoláireachta tríú leibhéal neamhtheoranta agus teoranta ón nGaeltacht, Seachtain na Cásca agus Donagh O'Malley a bhí ann go dtí seo; cén líon acu a bhronntar go bliantúil, cén luach atá ag baint leo agus cén bhuiséad a chuirtear ar fáil dóibh gach bliain.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss his response to the Irish Cement industrial dispute in Meath and Limerick.
I have also received notice from Senator Michael Comiskey of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to allocate emergency funding to Cregg House in Sligo which provides care, education and support for 214 people from the north-western region, given that efforts to resolve funding issues have been unsuccessful.
I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Social Protection to review the issue of supports for people who are unemployed in accessing third level education, with particular reference to the eligibility criteria for the ICT skills programme 2012 and the requirement to be unemployed for six months or more to qualify for social welfare payments.
I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide capital funding for upgrading works on the St. Johnston sewerage scheme.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Michael D'Arcy, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Thomas Byrne and Michael Comiskey and they will be taken at the conclusion of business.
Senator Cullinane may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ó Domhnaill because the relevant Minister has no responsibility in the area. It is a matter for Donegal County Council.