Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Business of Seanad
I got a call from Mr. Adrian McLaughlin in the Minister of State's office. He told me that the Minister of State, Deputy English, would not be able to take my Commencement Matter and had two of his own. I am putting exactly what happened on the record. The Government cannot muster up a Minister in its last days to discuss the matter of a lady who has Usher syndrome and has fallen between the cracks in the health system.
I am informed that the Minister of State, Deputy English, is only prepared to take the third matter at 2.45 p.m. and that they are waiting for another Minister to take the other two, if possible. It may not be possible. I am in the Chair because-----
Yes. I have received notice from Senator Mary White that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to ensure deaf-blindness is formally recognised as a disability in Ireland.
I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to regulate and prohibit car parking charges at public primary health care centres.
I have also received notice from Senator Cáit Keane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the details of negotiations with regard to Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna in Knocklyon, Dublin 16, in particular, to highlight the reasons for the hold up in developments for the school.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion and they will be taken in due course.
I understand the Senator's anxiety and concern as well as those of Senator White. It is unfortunate, but we might have more information when we resume at 2.45 p.m. and the Leader might be able to update the House. I thank Members for their patience.