Business of Seanad

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

Go dtabharfaidh an tAire Stáit a bhfuil cúraimí Gaeltachta air léargas céard atá ar siúl aige chun cinntiú go mbeidh seirbhís leanúnach farantóireachta chuig Inis Mór, Oileáin Árann ann.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to increase the participation of small and medium enterprises in the schools Wi-Fi tendering process.

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

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to state when he will publish the adoption (information and tracing) Bill; whether it will include the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Health and Children which called for changes to the draft scheme of the Bill; and whether it is expected to be passed into law before the general election.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to allocate funds to local authorities for house adaption works and to ensure, when these funds are allocated, that a local authority will have absolute discretion over the amounts allocated for local authority and private housing.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss the effectiveness of high-occupancy vehicles with three or more persons being allowed to use bus lanes, with particular reference to the implementation of same in Galway city.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to consider restoring a full medical card to a person (details supplied) and all those over the age of 90 years who are above the income threshold, excluding those with substantial means.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Hildegarde Naughton, Averil Power and Colm Burke they will be taken now. Senators Fidelma Healy Eames and Catherine Noone may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Senators Hildegarde Naughton and Colm Burke have withdrawn their Commencement matters which I had selected for discussion.