Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator John O'Mahony that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, to consider the introduction of an alternative scheme to replace the motorised transport grant.

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

The need for the Minster for Education and Skills, Deputy Richard Bruton, to make a statement on the failure of a building contractor in receipt of publicly funded Department of Education and Skills projects, to discharge an award made by the Employment Appeals Tribunal, EAT, in favour of an individual, details supplied.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, to outline the cross-Border measures undertaken when implementing emergency co-ordination preparations for, and responses to, adverse weather conditions in Ireland.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills, Deputy Richard Bruton, to outline the methodology used in a recent childcare survey in County Carlow.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, to outline the plans he has, if any, to increase the €37,500 threshold for businesses to register for VAT.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Charles Flanagan, to make a statement on the role of the data controller regarding community close circuit television, CCTV, schemes.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected the matters raised Senators O’Mahony and Gavan and they will be taken now. Senators Ó Donnghaile and Murnane O’Connor have withdrawn their Commencement matters, which I had selected. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Gallagher on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 17 May 2018. Senator Conway may give notice on another day of the matter that he wishes to raise.