Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider the expansion of the current criteria under the rural water programme to allow for the creation of new group water schemes, in particular for households in the areas of Downpatrick and Furmoyle, County Mayo.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on Garda resources in Carrigaline, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the actions he is taking to counteract the property tax trap that will force pensioners and people on low and fixed incomes to pay property tax rather than defer payments.

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

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on Pobal’s practices of removing funding from early childcare providers in the event of a reduction in the attendance by children availing of the service.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on proposed improvements to the medical care service for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senator Mulherin's Commencement matter that will be taken now. Senators Gallagher, Murnane O’Connor and Buttimer have withdrawn their matters which I had originally selected. Senator Burke may give notice on another day of the matter that he wishes to raise.