Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Lorraine Higgins that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to change the farm inspection process for applicants in receipt of direct payments.

I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:

An gá atá ann go leagfaidh an tAire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta amach conas a bhí tearc-chaitheamh €8 milliún ag a Roinn i dtaca leis an mbuiséad a leithdháileadh uirthi an bhliain seo caite.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the status of gratuity payments to home help workers.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline his Department’s proposals for the development of the greenway from Sligo to Enniskillen, via Manorhamilton, and if he will provide the necessary funding for its development.

I have also received notice from Senator Mary White of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to clarify whether it is possible for constituents to lodge an appeal in respect of their Eircode when it is different from the property’s geographical address.

I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide a breakdown of inpatient and outpatient waiting times at University Hospital Waterford, the number of vacant consultant posts there, details of theatre capacity and the steps he intends to take to reduce waiting times.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Lorraine Higgins, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Darragh O’Brien and Paschal Mooney and they will be taken now. Senators Mary White and David Cullinane may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Senator Paschal Mooney has withdrawn his Commencement matter which I had selected for discussion.