Seanad debates

Thursday, 19 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 Mark Daly that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to detail any information which he has on when reciprocal agreements on driving licences with the Canadian provinces are likely to be negotiated, as the absence of mutual recognition is causing problems for Irish citizens.

I have also noticed from Senator Paschal Mooney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to comment on remarks made by a person (details supplied) that the company will have to recruit overseas workers due to the lack of linguistic skills among Irish workers; if he agrees that this is a serious obstacle to reducing the unemployment figure, especially among the young; and the steps he will take to ensure that Irish workers can compete for these and other similar jobs which have been announced in recent months.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to facilitate a student (details supplied) with the school transport allowance who is entering a secondary school in County Clare but which school is not the nearest in her proximity, due to bullying reasons.

I have also received notice from Senator Deirdre Clune of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to outline the eligibility criteria required for those seeking funding from the humanitarian assistance fund following the recent flooding in Cork.

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 situation of the residents of Lismore Park, Lismore Lawn and Lismore Heights in Waterford, who are being pursued for ground rents by the landlord.

I have also received notice from Senator Kathryn Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to discuss the anomaly where local authority tenants are unable to get house insurance separate to contents insurance because they are not owners of the dwelling, and whereby local authority tenants are liable for non-structural damage including burst pipes but because they cannot get house insurance they are liable for severe costs should damage occur.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Daly, Mooney, Conway, Clune and Cullinane as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Daly, Mooney, Conway and Clune 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 I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Reilly as the Minister has no responsibility in this matter.