Tuesday, 21 November 2017
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 Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure that private organisations cannot gain advantage from public funding made available under the sports capital programme or Fáilte Ireland to a qualifying community project, that after a period of time, transfers to a private ownership capacity.
I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the number of former miners who worked in Arigna and in other mines who have availed of disablement benefit due to work-related illness; and whether there are enough resources currently available to expedite existing applications from former miners seeking disablement benefit.
I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on plans by the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group to downgrade services at Portlaoise hospital and if he will outline the five-year strategy for the hospital.
I have also received notice from Senator Alice Mary Higgins of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Defence to provide assurance that Ireland will not sign up to a permanent structured co-operation on security and defence, PESCO, or to a European defence fund, EDF; and his views on the concerns any such signing would raise regarding Ireland's neutrality, our triple-lock system and our crucial role in peace building and arms control.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion and they will be taken now.