Thursday, 14 January 2016
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Susan O'Keeffe that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to transfer responsibility of Killery Graveyard in Ballintogher, County Sligo, to the Office of Public Works.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to liaise with Meath County Council to ensure delivery of the proposed linear park in Ashbourne, County Meath, part of which is zoned to be located on lands owned by the Department.
I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to clarify why Xolair, an approved treatment for severe allergic asthma, has not yet been introduced under the HSE drug payment scheme or reimbursement scheme for persons who are asthmatic.
I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:
An gá atá ann go ndéanfadh an tAire Airgeadais ráiteas i ndáil le cleachtais an tionscail árachais lena ndéantar earnálacha tiománaithe ar leith, fir óga ach go háirithe, agus daoine atá ag tiomáint gluaisteáin os cionn deich mbliana d’aois, a phionósú, agus an bhféadfadh an tAire a léiriú céard iad na bearta atá déanta ag an Rialtas chun aghaidh a thabhairt ar an tsaincheist seo.
I have also received notice from Senator Denis O'Donovan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to investigate and, if possible, resolve the continuous flooding of houses on the Ouvane river between Ballylickey Bridge and Pearson's Bridge near Bantry in order to alleviate the continuous flooding of people's homes with a view to cleaning and dredging the banks of the river to prevent further flooding.
I have also received notice from Senator Denis Landy of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Defence to make part of the vacant army barracks in Mullingar available to the Irish United Nations Veterans' Association through a long-term lease so as to ensure a permanent meeting place for retired soldiers.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators O'Keeffe, Byrne, Colm Burke and Ó Clochartaigh and they will be taken now. Senators O’Donovan and Landy may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.