Seanad debates

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

2:30 pm

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline if she has investigated the possibility of retaining retiring gardaí on a part-time basis as community gardaí as a cost-effective way of policing communities.

I have also received notice from Senator John Kelly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to address the looming crisis of retaining nurses within the nursing home sector.

I have also received notice from Senator Fiach Mac Conghail of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to address the lack of a board of management at the National College of Art and Design and to outline when the Department commenced the process of recruiting a new board, whether the board vacancies were advertised via publicjobs.ieand when the board will be appointed.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Bradford of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline his proposals to provide a long-term, affordable and stable house rental market.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to indicate his intentions concerning the application for a licence for a fish farm in Galway.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to clarify the position in respect of the setting up of a drugs review committee for orphan drugs, as such a proposal was outlined in the rare disease plan.

I have also received notice from Senator Mary Moran of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to address the recent Health Information and Quality Authority, HIQA, report findings on residential centres for people with an intellectual disability in counties Louth and Sligo and the response of his Department to these findings.

I have also received notice from Senator James Heffernan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to explain why the provision of a motorway connecting Cork and Limerick has been put on hold and whether there are other plans to progress this project.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Noone, Kelly, Mac Conghail, Bradford, Conway, Burke and Moran as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Noone, Kelly, Mac Conghail and Bradford and they will be taken now. Senators Conway, Burke and Moran 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 Heffernan on the grounds that it is a repeat of a similar Commencement matter raised on 14 May.