Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Business of Seanad
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.
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.
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.
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 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.