Seanad debates

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

2:30 pm

Photo of Paddy BurkePaddy Burke (Cathaoirleach of Seanad; Fine Gael)
Link to this: Individually | In context | Oireachtas source

I have received notice from Senator Mary Moran that, on the motion for the commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:


The need for the Minister for Social Protection to address the serious and urgent funding issue for Walk Peer, County Louth; to outline when the Disability Activation Project, DACT, funding will end in April 2015, and to indicate whether there is a proposed funding method being made available to the projects currently funded under the DACT.
I have also received notice from Senator Paul Bradford of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Finance to provide his initial views on the consequences of the recent election results in Greece.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to urgently set out new and acceptable guidelines on wind turbines.
I have also received notice from Senator Hildegarde Naughton of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to ensure the budget for the school completion programme is ring-fenced.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Finance to provide for an exemption from motor tax and vehicle registration tax for the drivers of passengers who are blind or have a visual impairment.
I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to clarify the current position on the introduction of legislation to allow the courts to grant periodic payments to those who have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence.
I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the appeals process and safeguards for students under the new proposed teacher assessment model for the junior certificate programme in the event of a grade dispute and if she would consider paying teachers a stipend to carry out the assessment role.
I have also received notice from Senator Marie Moloney of the following matter:
The need for the Department of Social Protection to cease the practice of means-testing and surveying recipients of benefit payments and those who are not claiming a qualified adult payment such as the illness benefit payment.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Mary Moran, Paul Bradford, Thomas Byrne and Hildegarde Naughton and they will be taken now. I suggest Senators Martin Conway, Colm Burke, Fidelma Healy Eames and Marie Moloney may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.