Seanad debates

Thursday, 27 June 2013

10:30 am

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


The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline how advanced his plans are to consolidate the decentralised staff from his Department currently based at multiple rented office accommodation throughout Portlaoise, how many staff this would facilitate and at what potential saving in rent to the Exchequer and taxpayer.
I have also received notice from Senator Paschal Mooney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to indicate what action he proposes to take regarding the appointment of a public health nurse to child care services in County Leitrim.
I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health, in view of the recent report published by the Irish Hospice Foundation entitled Access to Specialist Palliative Care Services and Place of Death in Ireland, to put in place a comprehensive and co-ordinated plan for the delivery of hospice and palliative care across all areas of the country.
I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to provide an absolute guarantee on the future of St. Joseph's Community Hospital in Stranorlar, County Donegal, and to allow the Health Service Executive to recruit additional staff at the hospital.
I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Higgins of the following matter:
The need for the minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to indicate when funding will be made available from his Department for the construction of a roundabout in County Galway (details supplied) in the interests of health and safety for the people utilising it on a daily basis.
I have also received notice from Senator Averil Power of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to approve the application by Sphere 17 Regional Youth Service in Dublin 17 for a youth services capital grant for a new building for its Priorswood outreach service, given the vital service that Sphere 17 provides for young people in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the complete inadequacy of its current temporary accommodation.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to set out updated details regarding Slane bypass.
I regard the matters raised by Senators Whelan, Mooney, Burke and Ó Domhnaill as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. I regret that I must to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Byrne, as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. Senators Higgins and Power may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.