Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to undertake a review of the current television licence system.

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

The need for the Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline why Carlow has one of the lowest thresholds in the country for people seeking inclusion in the housing list.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline the progress being made to update the foreshore licensing of seaweed harvesting.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the short and medium-term plans for Stepaside Educate Together secondary school.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on any existing management difficulty at University Hospital Limerick which may be compounding the trolley crisis in its emergency department.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to provide an update on plans to appoint a digital safety commission and the expected timeframe for such an appointment.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Gavan of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide a statement on the Government’s policy on neutrality following the address by the US Vice President, Mr. Mike Pence, to American troops at Shannon Airport, County Limerick.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Commencement. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Noone, Murnane O’Connor, Ó Clochartaigh and Richmond and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. As Senator Noone has been delayed, I call Senator Murnane O'Connor to raise the first matter.