Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator John Kelly that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to provide funding to rural men's clubs and rural men's shed projects.

I have also received notice from Senator Averil Power of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to outline what Ireland and the European Union are doing to help bring about an end to the conflict in Syria, to stop the aerial bombardment of civilians, to ensure that food aid is getting through, to assist Syrian refugees many of whom are risking their lives to get to Europe on overcrowded and unsafe boats, to address the root causes of the conflict and to secure a brighter future for Syrians without either ISIS or Assad.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to confirm the status and expected publication of the EPA report into the issue of unregulated and unlicensed emissions from the Enva Ireland plant in Portlaoise which was sought by his predecessor on 9 July 2014.

I have also received notice from Senator Darragh O'Brien of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to report on the progress of the establishment of the National Forensic Hospital at St. Ita's, Portrane, County Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Kathryn Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to discuss the flexibility arrangements that will be put in place by the Revenue Commissioners for the application of section 82 of the Finance Bill.

I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline why speed vans are not located in dangerous driving black spots but appear to be placed instead in areas where speed limits increase, thus prioritising revenue collection over enabling positive driving behaviour.

I have also received notice from Senator Hildegarde Naughton of the following matter:

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport whether a consultation process will be held under the Taxi Regulation (Small Public Service Vehicle) Regulations 2015 before a list of vehicles suitable for licensing in the limousine category will be issued.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Kelly, Reilly, Healy Eames, Power, Whelan and Darragh O’Brien as suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Kelly, Power, Whelan and Darragh O’Brien and they will be taken now. Senators Reilly and Healy Eames may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Naughton as the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.