Seanad debates

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

10:30 am

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to address the issues raised by the Competitiveness Council concerning the mathematics competency of Irish students.

I have also received notice from Senator Jillian van Turnhout of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health, in light of his confirmation in reply to Parliamentary Question No. 589 of 26 June 2012 that 31 of the 414 posts allocated for community mental health teams in the HSE service plan 2012 will be converted to nursing posts for acute inpatient services in the Dublin mid-Leinster region, to clarify the point at which he will ensure that the promised 250 posts for adult community mental health teams are ring-fenced for that purpose alone.

I have also received notice from Senator Jimmy Harte of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to explain the reason the High Court or Circuit Court for appeals is not sitting in County Donegal for Donegal cases.

I have also received notice from Senator Terry Brennan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to advise of the future plans and proposals for King John's Castle, Carlingford, County Louth; and the possibility of opening the castle to be included in the existing walking tours of the medieval town of Carlingford currently performed by the local heritage trust, which are very popular with the many tourists to Carlingford.

I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to discuss the issue of ground rents; whether he intends to pursue the abolition of ground rents on the family home, and on the current position of residents of Lismore Park, Lismore Lawn and Lismore Heights in Waterford, who are currently being pursued for ground rents by the landlord.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline if it is proposed to provide sufficient funding to the Life Centre in Winter's Hill, Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to intervene in the medical card application process (details supplied).

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to clarify that the future of the Malin Head coast guard station is secure in light of the Fisher report recommendations.

I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:

Go ndéanfaidh an tAire Cumarsáide agus Acmhainní Nádúrtha ráiteas maidir le haon cónascadh atá dhá bheartú idir seirbhísí Nuachta TG4 agus Nuacht Raidió na Gaeltachta, i gcomthéacs na tuarascála - 'An Bealach ar Aghaidh' - atá ullmhaithe do RTÉ agus an dtabharfar cothromaíocht coinníollacha oibre do na fostaithe a mbeidh athruithe dualgais orthu de bharr aon chomhnascadh a dhéanfar.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Clune, van Turnhout, Harte, Brennan, Cullinane, Burke, Conway and Ó Domhnaill as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters tabled by Senators Clune, van Turnhout, Harte and Brennan and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ó Clochartaigh as the Minister has no responsibility in this matter, which is one for RTÉ. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.