Seanad debates

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

10:30 am

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail)
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I have received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to agree the terms of reference for the review of the local community development committees and to provide a timeline for its work and key recommendations.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the medical rehabilitation unit at Roscommon University Hospital.

I have also received notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the provision of minor works grants to schools.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide support and funding for the roll-out of a nationwide road safety roadshow.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to include Limerick in the pyrite remediation scheme.

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government to clarify the terms of the circular issued on 15 November in light of his recent statements in the Seanad on councillors’ terms and conditions.

I have also received notice from Senator Diarmuid Wilson of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide a new Garda district headquarters in Bailieborough, County Cavan.

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills to implement a protocol to ensure students repeating their leaving certificate have access to bus passes through the school transport system.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline his plans to commence sections 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government to publish national guidelines for local authorities detailing how and when they respond to queries from local representatives.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected the matters raised by Senators Boyhan, Feighan, Conway-Walsh and Gallagher and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Mark Daly on the ground that it is a repeat of the debate on statements on councillors’ conditions held on Thursday, 16 November and Wednesday, 22 November 2017. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Ó Domhnaill on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.

The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.