Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to respond to the grave concerns about the proposed 50% cut in the number of night nursing staff at Cloverhill Prison.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to amend the terms of qualification for the new tenant purchase scheme in order that persons in receipt of social welfare payments will not be excluded from it.

I have also received notice from Senator Gabrielle McFadden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to ensure the continuation of the existing established Console premises and that these locations will be permitted to continue to function.

I have also received notice from Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to comment on the case of a person (details supplied) with autism and mental health issues who has been staying in the Aishlin unit at Beaumont Hospital since 30 September 2015 and whose family have been battling to get him into residential care at Nua Healthcare since that date.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to seek a review by the European Commission of the tariff on fertiliser imported from outside the European Union.

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

Go dtabharfaidh an tAire Oideachais agus Scileanna soiléiriú cén uair an bhfuil an roinn chun maoiniú breise a chur ar fáil le h-áiseanna agus seomraí breise a chur ar fáil ag an scoil Tí Nan Dooley ar an gCeathrú Rua, i gContae na Gaillimhe, le gur féidir leo an curaclam iomlán a chur ar fáil do na daltaí ansin.

I have also received notice from Senator John O’Mahony of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to discuss the proposed increase in the public service obligation levy on domestic and commercial electricity bills.

I have also received notice from Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to outline her Department’s strategy for investment and job creation on the Inishowen Peninsula, County Donegal, an area that is larger than County Louth and that has a population greater than that of County Leitrim.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to work with his officials to expedite the opening of an Irish Passport Office facility in Belfast to meet not only the regular high demand for Irish passports there but also the unprecedented number of applications following the UK referendum on membership of the European Union.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to update the House on the proposed cuts to the service provided by and funding of libraries in County Sligo.

I have also received notice from Senator Neale Richmond of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to review the application process for companies applying for banking licence authorisation.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to outline the interim measures being implemented to deal with the increased cost of motor insurance while awaiting the recommendations of the review of policy in the insurance sector which is due by the end of 2016.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Máire Devine, Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Gabrielle McFadden and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and they will be taken now. Senators Colm Burke, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, John O’Mahony, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Niall Ó Donnghaile, Victor Boyhan, Neale Richmond and Maura Hopkins may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.