Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the Government supports being put in place to ensure completion of work at Gaelscoil Philib Barún, County Waterford, in the light of the fact that all of her Department's queries have been satisfactorily answered and that the project is effectively at stage 2B - approved; whether the project will be included in a new building list; her plans to increase the number of schools being built and restore the minor works grant.

I have also received notice from Senator Pat O'Neill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the provision of a site for a new school for Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Ormond Road, Kilkenny.

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

The need for the Minister for Health and the HSE to review the current terms of employment being offered to dieticians by the HSE and, in particular, the fact that contracts in the future will require dieticians to visit nursing homes as part of their terms of employment.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline changes to the fire service in County Kerry and nationwide and to address the fear that changes are resulting in fire crew members being put at risk.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to give a commitment that there will be strict adherence to a timeline for the publication, scrutiny and enactment of the technological universities Bill in order that this legislation will be in place in advance of the recommencement of the academic year beginning on 1 September 2015.

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

The need for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to explain in full her reasons for the appointment of Mr. John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in the light of the Taoiseach apologising for the affair.

I have also received notice from Senator Paschal Mooney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to confirm whether he was consulted by RTE about its decision to end transmission of RTE radio programmes on 252 long wave; whether he is aware that the termination of this service will cause considerable unease among the Irish Diaspora in the United Kingdom, and whether he is aware that the withdrawal of the service will be of significant inconvenience to elderly Irish people living in Britain and others who do not wish to access RTE radio through other media platforms.

I regard the matters raised by Senators David Cullinane, Pat O'Neill, Colm Burke, Mark Daly, Rónán Mullen and Thomas Byrne as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators David Cullinane, Pat O'Neill, Colm Burke and Mark Daly for discussion and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senators Rónán Mullen and Thomas Byrne may give notice another day of the matters they wish to raise. I regret that I have had to rule the matter raised by Senator Paschal Mooney out of order as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.

I do not request preferment, but in ruling out the matter I wish to raise, the Cathaoirleach has decided that the Seanad cannot discuss a matter directly related to it that has been widely discussed in public in the past week.

The Senator is completely out of order.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Deputy Heather Humphreys, is at the centre of a national controversy related to the Seanad and the Cathaoirleach will not allow a debate on the matter.

The Senator is completely out of order. I have adjudicated on these matters. I must be fair to every Member of the House on the issues they raise.