Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

 

10:30 am

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)
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I have received notice from Senator Mark Daly that, on the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the reason the issue of a potential referendum on a united Ireland is not included in the risk register of his Department.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on publication of the heads of the Bill to update the Mental Health Act 2001.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to include the free provision of long-acting reversible contraceptives in any new programme to widen access to contraception.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the Carrigaline relief road, Cork, under Project Ireland 2040.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to carry out a review of the availability of disabled car parking spaces at University Hospital Limerick.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider the expansion of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme to include owners of properties who lost their homes during the financial crisis but have now settled their mortgage debts and are in a financial position to buy new homes and to service loans, but to whom the banks will not lend.

I have also received notice from Senator Anthony Lawlor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to amend the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015 insofar as it allows developers to move their Part V obligations from one site to another.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to amend regulations in respect of the erection of wind turbines and their distance from dwelling houses.

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

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for disability issues to provide an update on the provision of a new building for the Holy Angels Day Care Centre in Carlow.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to outline the role Ireland is playing to support the peaceful transition to a civilian-led government in Sudan.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on major road schemes for the N4 between Sligo and Mullingar.

I have also received notice from Senator Ged Nash of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the re-awarding of the national car test contract to Applus+ Car Testing Service Limited.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the funding and expected delivery of the request by Monaghan County Council to upgrade the various roads surrounding the subsidence incident in Magheracloone, County Monaghan.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Mark Daly, Devine and Noone and they will be taken now. Senator Buttimer has withdrawn his Commencement matter, which I had originally selected. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matters raised by Senators Nash and Gallagher on the ground that the relevant Minister has no official responsibility in the matter raised. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.