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 Finance to outline the stages of the mortgage arrears resolution process that the 142,000 mortgages in arrears are at across the various lenders and the progress, if any, made towards achieving targets set.

I have also received notice from Senator Susan O’Keeffe of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport to comment on the recent changes to the application process for driver licences, including the reasons an applicant is required to present in person, given that there is no similar requirement in the case of other documents such as passports, the reasons for the opening of new National Driver Licence Service centres nationwide and whether existing infrastructure such as post offices could have been used instead.

I have also received notice from Senator Cáit Keane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to discuss the absence of a unified service provision from the Health Service Executive for the Dyspraxia Association of Ireland, especially in view of the pending redundancy, owing to depleted resources, of the association’s development officer.

I have also received notice from Senator Terry Leyden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to reverse the decision by his Department to close the front-office administration of the district veterinary office at Sacred Heart Hospital Road, Roscommon town.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to comment on the use of Android tablets, in particular e-books, as an alternative to traditional books for visually impaired students in schools and to clarify what efforts are being made to ensure the content of the e-books used in schools by visually impaired students is analogous to that of traditional books.

I have also received notice from Senator Deirdre Clune of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Finance to address the fact that property owners in managed estates are being asked to pay both management fees and the local property tax.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make funding available for the repair of Athenry playground which is in an unsafe condition.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Fidelma Healy Eames, Susan O’Keeffe, Cáit Keane and Terry Leyden and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators Martin Conway, Deirdre Clune and Lorraine Higgins may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.