Thursday, 24 November 2016
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to amend the Water Service Act 2007 or the Irish Water Act 2013 to allow Irish Water or local authorities to accept responsibility for all sewerage mains and infrastructure, including manholes, interchanges and shared pipes, including those running through non-public property, where these networks were historically maintained by the local authority.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to intervene urgently in a matter where a person with special needs (details supplied) has been waiting for over four months for an appointment for emergency dental surgery.
I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to consider lowering the age for women to qualify for the national breast cancer screening programme from 55 to 40.
I have also received notice from Senator Gerald Nash of the following matter:
The need for the Minister of Education and Skills to discuss the conditions at Whitecross national school, Julianstown, County Meath, and the need for the school replacement work to commence urgently.
I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Natural Resources to explore what measures he can take with RTÉ to ensure satellite subscribers in Northern Ireland are no longer prohibited from viewing major sporting events on RTÉ, as well as ensuring they can access programmes via the RTÉ player on an equal basis with viewers in this State.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Ó Domhnaill, Conway, Byrne andNash and they will be taken now. Senator Ó Donnghaile may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.