Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to establish a passport printing service in the Passport Office in Cork city.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline how his Department plans to deal with tenants at risk of becoming homeless as a result of landlords withdrawing from the rental accommodation scheme, RAS, and tenants not having the option of applying for the housing assistance payment, HAP, or rent allowance schemes.

I have also received notice from Senator Colette Kelleher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for mental health and older people to outline his views on the findings of the mid-term review of the implementation of the national dementia strategy.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to review the decision not to fund the joint application by the Bluestack Special Needs Foundation, Inishowen Children's Autism Related Education, iCARE, Limited and Extern under the Ability programme.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the plans he has, in conjunction with the local authority and the GAA, to preserve the Dolphin Park GAA pitch in Dublin 8.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the funding for category 7 projects under the summer works scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the national planning framework and if he will clarify why no official report on stage 1 and stage 2 submissions under the national planning framework was provided.

I have also received notice from Senator James Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline to the residents of Skerries that he will deal with the specific water shortage issues in Skerries, County Dublin, and if he will provide supplementary funding to Irish Water for emergency remedial works to fix this water supply issue as soon as possible.

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 collate data on LGBT homeless.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the plans he has to reduce the administration workload of teaching principals in small schools by introducing at least one administration day per week.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Buttimer, Davitt, Kelleher and Mac Lochlainn and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Reilly on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.