Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to maintain the designation of Naas, County Kildare, as a tier 1 large growth town.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to approve the application for temporary accommodation by St. Joseph's secondary school, Rush, County Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the provision of a permanent school for Ballinteer Educate Together national school, Dublin 16.

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 proposed €40 million upgrade for Beaumont Hospital emergency department.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to conduct a national audit of unidentified remains to establish the numbers involved; and if he will provide additional resources to the DNA profiling programme.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to put in place a more expeditious procedure for dealing with visa applications for spouses of medical or nursing practitioners who are working in the Irish healthcare system.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health and older people to provide an update on the introduction of legislation relating to the fair deal scheme, particularly with regard to the three year cap on payments based on farm and business assets and how this will be applied.

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to make a statement on the number of post office closures following confirmation of the closure of Gort an Choirce post office in County Donegal.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Lawlor, Clifford-Lee, Richmond and Ó Ríordáin and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Ó Domhnaill 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.