Seanad debates

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

2:30 pm

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



The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide an update on the progress of Bandon’s main drainage and sewerage scheme and to confirm, in so far as is practicable, whether Irish Water is changing the consultant’s recommendations in favour of the town's existing and obsolete drainage and sewerage scheme.
I have also received notice from Senator John Kelly of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to address the need for more paramedics in the west.
I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to set out the expenditure by the Saolta hospital group on external press relations consultants for the months of January and February to date, and to provide details regarding any outstanding invoices received for those months.
I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify the current position in respect of housing grants which will be made available for the adaptation of local authority houses to accommodate individuals within a family who have a physical or intellectual disability.
I have also received notice from Senator Mary Ann O’Brien of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the Health Research Board’s review of the international evidence on fluoridation of water and to indicate when its findings are likely to be published, given that these were expected in December 2014.
I have also received notice from Senator Mary M. White of the following matter:


The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to address as a matter of urgency the case of a homeless family, details supplied, in Sandyford, County Dublin.
I have also received notice from Senator James Heffernan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to establish an environment ombudsman office that will deal with complaints made against the Environmental Protection Agency.
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 urgently to reform and implement properly the mortgage-to-rent scheme.
I regard the matters raised by Senators O'Donovan, Kelly, Mullen, Burke, O'Brien, Heffernan and Byrne as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators O'Donovan, Kelly and Mullen and they will be taken now.

Senators O'Brien, Heffernan and Byrne may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. I regret that I must rule out of order the matter raised by Senator White as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.