This Week In The Seanad


Schedule of Business

Tuesday 8th , Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th April 2014



14:30 –                         Order of Business

15:45 –                                   Building Control (Carbon Monoxide Detection) BILL 2014

[Senator Feargal Quinn]             

Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane

17.45                                 Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 – Committee and Remaining       


[Minister for Justice and Equality]

Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway



10:30 –                         Order of Business

11:45 – 13:00                      Employment Equality (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2013 – Committee Stage

                                                [Department of Justice and Equality]

                                                Spokesperson Senator Martin Conway.


14:00 – 16:00                       Private Members Business – Text below

                                                [Fianna Fail Senators]


16:00 –                                   Statements on the 2020 Strategy on the Irish Language (Resumed)

                                                [Aire Stáit le freagracht as an nGaeltacht agus na hOileáin]

                                                Spokesperson Senator Terry Brennan



10:30-                          Order of Business

11:45-                                    Motion regarding, “That Seanad Éireann resolves that Statutory Instrument No.105 of 2014 Building Control (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2014 be annulled.”

                                                [Department of Environment, Community and Local Government]

Spokesperson Senator Deirdre Clune

12.45 –                               Statute of Limitations (Amendment) (Home Remediation- Pyrite) Bill 2012

                                                Second Stage Resumed

                                                [Senator Darragh O’Brien]

                                            Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane




Private Members Business-

That Seanad Éireann –


notes the HSE National Operational Plan 2013 which states that ‘based on population projections, there will be a significant national deficit of long stay beds by 2016 based on the HSE’s target of 4% of older persons in long stay care’;


notes the finding by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland, CARDI, in its report, Future Demand for Long Term Care in Ireland, that ‘even with greater emphasis on care at home and more resources provided to realise it, the demand for residential care is going to increase significantly in the next decade’;


notes the concerns of Age Action December 2013 “that the switch in some of the funding from nursing home supports to community supports which the HSE is planning will be insufficient to meet the needs of the sickest of older people who will be affected”


notes the report of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), Quality & Standards in Human Services in Ireland: Residential Care for Older People, July 2012, and the recommendation “A problem-solving group of those influencing provision of long term care (e.g. providers, the Department of Health, and HIQA) may be useful to examine and address the challenges of providing sufficient quality long term care in an equitable and sustainable way.”


notes a new report on Ireland’s long-term residential care sector by accountants BDO commissioned by NHI,  “Health’s Ageing Crisis: Time For Action, A Future Strategy for Ireland’s Long-Term Residential Care Sector”, which estimates that for every 1,000 people who cannot access nursing home care due to the State’s strategy, the cost to the Exchequer will be €273 million annually in addition to the immeasurable impact on people and their families and the acute hospital system;

notes the comments by distinguished gerontologist Professor Des O Neill that “present and future generations will regard with dismay the failure of successive




Ministers and senior officials in the Department of Health and the HSE to remedy a deficit, widely recognised for many decades, in nursing home places, particularly in urban areas;


calls for the immediate establishment of a Dept of Health led forum to consider and develop appropriate policy relating to long term care of our older population, especially to prevent a crisis in nursing home capacity for the future.


Senator Marc MacSharry &  All Fianna Fail Group



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