Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

Go dtabharfaidh an tAire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta soiléiriú go bhfuil sé i gceist ag an Rialtas deireadh a lorg leis an mhaolú ar úsáid na Gaeilge san Aontas Eorpach roimh dheireadh na bliana seo.

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

The need for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to consider how the adverse impact current tendering and procurement policy is having on booksellers and publishers may be constructively addressed.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to discuss the fact that a new study has found that there has been a rise in neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly in Ireland since 2009, to review the policy of not having a folic acid food fortification policy and to undertake a renewed public health campaign to promote pre-conceptual folic acid.

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to explain his position regarding the export of wind energy in light of the recent commencement of a pre-application consultation under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 for 50 wind turbines in County Meath.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to amend current legislation to enable her to appoint a third Taxing Master in the High Court in view of the current delays in dealing with the taxation of costs.

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

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to support the development and sustainability of League of Ireland football in view of its sporting, social and economic benefit to the country.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Ó Clochartaigh, Whelan, Keane and Byrne as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Bradford as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. Senator Burke may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.