Seanad debates

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

2:30 pm

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify the current position on plans for the structures of local government.

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

To ask 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 Mary Moran of the following matter:

To ask the Minister for Health to comment on the recent cutbacks to respite, residential and day services announced by Saint John of God's in the north east and the impact of this on service users and their families.

I have also received notice from Senator John Kelly of the following matter:

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to clarify the role of the Civil Service and its interaction with Ministers and the Government.

I have also received notice from Senator Denis Landy of the following matter:

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide an update on progress to introduce local government reform and make a statement on the matter.

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

To ask 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 the current position of the 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:

To ask the Minister for Social Protection to outline if she intends to set up a special fund to assist those property owners in Blackpool, Park Court, Ballyvolane and Meadowbrook, Riverstown, County Cork, who suffered loss as a result of the recent flooding, and who did not have insurance cover for flood damage.

I have also received notice from Senator John Whelan of the following matter:

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to clarify the new arrangements pertaining to the school transport scheme currently being implemented for new applicants and which come into effect from the start of the new school term in September; and if he will ensure there is a fair and easily accessible appeals process which takes into account existing and historical school enrolments by families throughout rural Ireland, as the scheme as it is currently being implemented is leading to an unforeseen level of hardship and dividing siblings attending primary schools.

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

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate a student with the school transport allowance who is entering a secondary school in County Clare that is not nearest her due to bullying reasons.

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

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I regard the matters raised by Senators Bradford, Ó Domhnaill, Kelly, Moran, Cullinane, Burke, Whelan and Conway as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters tabled by Senators Bradford, Ó Domhnaill, Kelly and Moran and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senator Landy's motion is on the same subject as that of Senator Bradford and I suggest that they share time. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters which they wish to raise. I regret that I must rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ó Clochartaigh as the Minister has no responsibility in this matter; it is an issue for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.