Seanad debates

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

2:30 pm

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


The need for the Minister for Health to have the medical device called the i-port Advance extended to become covered under the long-term illness scheme for people with diabetes.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to intervene in a medical card application (details supplied) as the primary care reimbursement service is making unrealistic and unclear demands for information and the process is causing a great deal of stress and anxiety among the applicants.
I have also received notice from Senator Katherine Zappone of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline what the Government is doing to raise awareness and encourage citizens to register to vote ahead of 25 November, which is the voter registration deadline for the proposed marriage referendum in 2015.
I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to consider how the poor prospects for agency workers on week-to-week contracts can be improved.
I have also received notice from Senator John Whelan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to confirm the commitment of his Department and that of the HSE to the future investment of €13.5 million in St. Vincent’s community hospital in Mountmellick, County Laois, to underpin and enhance its facilities and services and to ready it for HIQA compliance on a phased basis to secure it as a 100-plus bed unit in elderly care.
I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the programme for Government commitment to deliver a technological university for the south east, on the process involved, on the costs associated with the process to date and the formal withdrawing of WIT from the process, and on the steps he will take to break the logjam and continue the delivery of a multi-campus university for the region.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Moloney, Conway, Zappone and Healy Eames, and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators Whelan and Cullinane may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.