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 Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the national roads infrastructure into north and east Mayo and to prioritise the proposed N26-N58-N5 road scheme to provide for east-west and north-south connectivity.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to provide an update on the number of visits by IDA client companies to County Roscommon in the period 2017-19.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the progress of the working group established to review sustainable rural housing guidelines following the "Flemish decree", and to publish all reports prepared by it.

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

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on the capitation funding model applied to the early years services in rural areas such as Naíonra Bhaile Chruaich, Westport, County Mayo.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to consider the allocation of funding to the Friends of Howth Maritime Museum to acquire the Department’s property on the West Pier in Howth, known locally as Mariner's Hall.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the peace process in Colombia and the continued assassinations of trade union, civil society and community leaders.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Mulherin, Hopkins, Boyhan and Conway-Walsh and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.