Seanad debates

Thursday, 12 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 Tony Mulcahy that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he would consider a review of the current grant amount available to group sewerage schemes and, subsequently, if he would consider bringing them in to line with grants available for group water schemes.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to confirm that the expert group established to examine the options available to the Government in responding to the European Court of Human Rights decisions in A, B and C are clear, that the judgment does not require Ireland to introduce abortion in either a regulatory or statutory form and, as such, the group is free to recommend options that do not require the performance of abortions in Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Susan O'Keeffe of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to ensure continued funding for the early years health promotion project based in Sligo-Leitrim which provides low-cost, well-targeted education and support for healthy eating among children and their families, at a time when obesity among young children is now a national crisis.

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 Mary Moran of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to comment on the recent cutbacks to respite, residential and day services announced by St. John of God Brothers in the north east and the impact of this on service-users and their families.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to clarify the future of the subsidised patient return bus service from Donegal to hospitals in Dublin.

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 Winters Hill, Cork.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected Senators Mulcahy, Mullen, O'Keeffe and Conway and their matters will be taken at the conclusion of business. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.