Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Colm Burke 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 publish details of all funding allocated to Cork City Council and Cork County Council for the financial years 2013 and 2014 in respect of all housing matters and, in particular, details of any funding that was unspent and returned to the Department.

I have also received notice from Senator Máiría Cahill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to consider the introduction of a points allocation system for victims of domestic violence fleeing from violent situations and to prioritise these victims on the homeless list in order that they are not trapped in a cycle of violence but receive help from the relevant agency in order to be able to leave and be rehoused.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to re-establish the Motor Insurance Advisory Board to provide for greater regulation of the motor insurance industry in the light of spiralling insurance costs.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to give an update on plans to provide 24/7 cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to outline when adequate flood relief measures will be implemented along the Dunkellin river in County Galway in the light of the continuous destruction of homes and farmland in the area owing to flooding.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Colm Burke, Máiría Cahill, John Kelly and David Cullinane and they will be taken now. Senator Lorraine Higgins may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise.