Seanad debates

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

2:30 pm

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



The need for the Minister of State at the Department of the environment with special responsibility for housing, planning and co-ordination of the construction 2020 strategy to confirm that adequate funding would be provided to Cork City Council in 2015 to enable the north-west (Knocknaheeney) regeneration programme to progress and to set out the targets to be achieved by the end of this year.
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 address the anomalies in the pyrite remediation scheme, to ensure it is funded, to extend the scheme to all houses suffering pyrite damage and to provide certainty for those with significant pyrite essence but with no symptoms as yet.
I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:
The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability, mental health and older people to outline when the mobility allowance scheme will be made available for people with disabilities.
I have also received notice from Senator Jillian van Turnhout of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to advise if she will issue a circular to schools to adopt a policy to ensure the drinks industry is not involved in the education of the children of Ireland, in light of the recently announced HSE policy on alcohol-related education, which formally separates HSE public health advice from partnership with the alcohol industry in any form.
I have also received notice from Senator Marie Moloney of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Social Protection to clarify the delay in paying incremental arrears due to temporary clerical officers who worked for the Department of Social Protection but have since finished working for the Department.
I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Higgins of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to set up a task force for dealing with anti-social behaviour on public and private estates.
I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to outline his plans for 24-7 cardiology cover at Waterford Regional Hospital and his plans to increase the current services.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Burke, Byrne, Healy Eames and van Turnhout and they will be taken now. Senators Moloney, Higgins and Cullinane may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.