Seanad debates

Thursday, 16 February 2017

10:30 am

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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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 for Transport, Tourism and Sport to appoint a representative from Clare County Council to the board of the Shannon Group to facilitate an input from the local community.

I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:

An gá atá ann go dtabharfaidh an tAire Tithíochta, Pleanála, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil soiléiriú ar cad iad na cosaintí atá ann chun a chinntiú nach bhféadfaidh fostaithe de chuid údaráis áitiúla tithe a leithroinnt faoi aon cheann de na scéimeanna a riarann siad ar fhostaithe eile san údarás áitiúil céanna de shárú ar na critéir atá leagtha síos, cé mhéad cás den chineál seo atá tagtha chun solais agus cad iad na húdaráis áitiúla atá i gceist.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, having introduced regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 that require the compulsory housing of poultry as a result of the increased threat of H5N8 avian bird flu, to state what provisions will be taken for free range enterprises if this compulsory housing period reaches 12 weeks, as after 12 weeks continuous housing they lose their free range status.

I have also received notice from Senator Kieran O'Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his plans for the provision of additional school accommodation or buildings at Monaleen national school, Castletroy, Limerick.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on when the location of the respite centre will be announced for Carlow as it is thirteen months since its closure.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to clarify whether there any plans to upgrade the Garda station in Timoleague, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister of Health to outline if he will take steps to seek an immediate resolution of the industrial relations issues in the Civil Registration Service which is holding up the commencement of section 97 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramoge project and if the necessary capital funding has been allocated to the project.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to clarify the current position on funding being provided for a new primary school building for Scoil an Athar Tadhg, Carrignavar, County Cork, and to confirm that it will proceed to the tendering process early in 2017.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Conway, Ó Clochartaigh and Paul Daly and they will be taken now. Senator O’Donnell has withdrawn his matter, which I had selected. Senators Murnane O’Connor, Lombard, Noone, Hopkins and Colm Burke may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.