Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs to outline the reason for the delay in ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and the timeframe for delivery of same.

I have also received notice from Senator Ciaran Cannon of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to give an update on the provision of a new sewage treatment plant and network to serve Kinvara, County Galway.

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

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport to clarify the way in which Departments' national lottery moneys are being spent.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide additional funding to replace old equipment at Holy Trinity national school, Leopardstown, Dublin 18.

I have also received notice from Senator Cecilia Keaveney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport to request an investigation at international level into recent bribery allegations.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Healy Eames, Cannon and Buttimer as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will taken at the conclusion of business. Senator Corrigan may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Keaveney as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.

On a point of order——

I call the Leader on the Order of Business.

May I seek some advice?

Is this a point of order?

Yes. I seek advice on how I may raise this matter in an appropriate way. There is corruption in a certain sport at international level. Because the countries involved include Ireland the Minister should comment on the issue.

The Senator might raise it directly with the Minister.

That is what I am trying to do.

The Minister has no responsibility in the matter.

It concerns corruption at international level. Does the Minister have anything to say about it?

My information from the Department is that the Minister has no responsibility in the matter. Therefore, I cannot accept the matter raised by the Senator.

While I respect the Cathaoirleach's decision, if we have no right to comment on corruption in a particular sport at international level when Ireland is one of the parties involved, something is seriously wrong.

Let us have a debate on the matter in the House.

This is another daft decision.

Another daft decision is right.

If it would help, we could discuss the matter privately in my office. I shall see what we can do, if anything.