Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator James Heffernan that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to respond to a resolution that was passed by Limerick County Council on 24 November 2014 calling for an external independent investigation in relation to certain planning applications (details supplied).

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to indicate if he has any plans for another public area enhancement scheme given its success last year.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to clarify the position with regard to the Government’s housing strategy following recent media reports concerning the amount of land available for house building.

I have also received notice from Senator John Whelan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to ensure the continuation of a full GP service for Borris-in-Ossory and its hinterland in County Laois, once the incumbent practitioner retires at the end of the month.

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

The need for the Minister for Health and the HSE to increase the number of places available on the clinical adaption course which is being provided to upskill nurses who have trained abroad but who now wish to work in Ireland.

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

Go dtabharfaidh an tAire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta le fios an bhfuil sé i gceist ag an Rialtas maoiniú a chur ar fáil do thionscadal bóithre pobail faoi scáth na Ranna, i gcomhar le hÚdarás na Gaeltachta nó aon ghníomhaireachtaí Stáit eile, le obair fheabhsúcháin a dhéanamh ar bhóithre pobail na Gaeltachta.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Heffernan, Conway, Bradford and Whelan and they will be taken now. Senators Burke and Ó Clochartaigh may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.