Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise 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 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 Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to review the current local authority policy where voluntary sports organisations developing local sports and community facilities are required to pay planning contributions and in some cases required to carry out works which should be the responsibility of the local council.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to provide an update on the Government’s response to the Report on the Independent Review of Escalation in National Children’s Hospital Costs carried out by PwC.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the need for a new bridge across the River Liffey, Newbridge, County Kildare.

Of the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion, I have selected Senator Murnane O’Connor matter and it will be taken now. Senators Buttimer and Burke withdrew their Commencement matters which I had originally selected. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matters raised by Senators Devine and Davitt on the grounds that the Ministers have no official responsibility in the matters raised.