Thursday, 13 April 2017
Business of Seanad
I have received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the amount of revenue generated by the national training fund levy in the past five years; where the revenue generated has been spent; how much revenue generated has not yet been allocated for expenditure; and to give details of the governance structure that decides on how the levy is spent.
I have also received notice from Senator Terry Leyden of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to introduce new wind energy development guidelines on noise, proximity and shadow flicker as a matter of urgency.
I have also received notice from Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to intervene and ensure that the HSE urgently advertises for a replacement paediatric endocrinologist at Sligo University Hospital to protect this specialist service for children in Donegal and the region; and to outline his plans to address the ongoing crisis in diabetes care in Donegal.
I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the approval process for psychiatric centres abroad within which Irish children were placed in the past two years, in light of the Channel 4 "Dispatches" documentary entitled "Under Lock and Key".
I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to give an update on consultations on school admissions.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Ruane, Leyden, Mac Lochlainn and Devine and they will be taken now. Senator Warfield may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.