Seanad debates

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

2:30 pm

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide capital funding for the construction of a new 90-bed facility at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to clarify when BreastCheck will be fully rolled out to 65 to 69 year olds.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on her Department's review of post-primary school places required from 2017 onwards, specifically concerning Newbridge and south Kildare, and when it is expected that this review will be completed.

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to come to an agreement with wind farm developers so the community benefit fund is calculated on the basis of a certain number of euro per megawatt of power produced, as is done in Britain.

I have also received notice from Senator Kathryn Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the present position regarding the project to provide permanent accommodation for the Holy Family School, Cootehill, County Cavan, and if funding will be made available to construct the school.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to respond to the concerns expressed by credit unions throughout the country in relation to the commencement of the remaining sections of the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012.

I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health, in respect of Waterford city and county, to provide a breakdown of waiting times for assessments, including diagnostic assessments, for children with mild to profound physical and intellectual disabilities; to state the number of speech, language and occupational therapy posts, as well as child psychologist posts; to outline how many child psychologist and therapy posts in the public system are vacant; and to set out the steps he will take to reduce assessment waiting times.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Mooney, White, Noone and Kelly and they will be taken now. Senators Reilly, Bradford and Cullinane may give notice on another day of the matter they wish to raise.