Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Martin Conway 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 with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to consider handing over the unoccupied derelict buildings adjacent to St. Patrick's Hall in the village of Corofin, County Clare, to the local community so that they can renovate them for community activities.
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 regarding 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 Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Finance to develop a property tax credit scheme for homeowners who are paying management charges towards the maintenance of their estates, which amounts to a double charge for expected services not now provided for by the property tax.
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, the number of speech, language and occupational therapy posts and child psychologist posts, the number of child psychologist and therapy posts in the public system that are vacant, and the steps the Minister will take to reduce assessment waiting times.
I have also received notice from Senator Mary M. White of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to clarify whether it is possible for a constituent to appeal an Eircode when it is different from the property’s geographical address.
I have also received notice from Senator Mary Moran of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to comment on the provision of information and housing by Louth County Council in response to an urgent disability housing application (details supplied).
I regard the matters raised by Senators Conway, Bradford, Healy Eames, Cullinane and White as suitable for discussion on the Commencement of the House. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Conway, Bradford, Healy Eames and Cullinane, and they will be taken now. Senator White may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Moran, as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.