Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the case of a person, details supplied, who has been held in Maghaberry Prison without charge since 2016; and to outline the engagement the Irish Government has had with the British Government to highlight its dissatisfaction in relation to this case.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the provision of a 20-room unit for cystic fibrosis patients that was included in the programme for Government.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to review the role of the Standards in Public Office Commission regarding foreign investment into referendum campaigns.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to prioritise the rebuilding and refurbishment works required at St. Gabriel’s special school, Bishopstown, Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to undertake a review of the community employment scheme to allow people who have reached 66 years of age to continue to work under the scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to review the criteria for issuing work permits to farm workers from outside the European Economic Area.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure to provide an update on the proposed legislation to allow public service staff to work until the age of 70.

I have also received notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the need for a fit for purpose sewerage scheme in Newport, County Mayo, to prevent sewage floating into the bay.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to extend the period for submissions on the MetroLink project.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected the matters raised by Senators Ó Donnghaile, Ó Ríordáin, Warfield and Buttimer and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matters submitted by Senators Conway-Walsh and Humphreys on the ground that the relevant Minister has no official responsibility in each matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.