Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to make a statement on the recently published living wage report and her plans to ensure workers will be paid a living wage.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the allocation of school hours for autistic students.

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

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief to provide an update on funding for the Glashaboy flood relief scheme in County Cork.

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 which is known locally as Mariners' Hall.

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 make a statement on the publication of the Land Development Agency Bill.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider the expansion of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme to include owners of properties who lost their home during the financial crisis, have now settled their mortgage debt and are in a financial position to buy a new home and service a loan but to whom the banks will not lend.

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

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief to make a statement on the proposals for the Phoenix Park in the Phoenix Park visitor experience strategic review.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on major road schemes on the N4 between Sligo and Mullingar.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Fintan Warfield, Rónán Mullen, Colm Burke and Catherine Noone and they will be taken now. Senators Victor Boyhan, Michelle Mulherin and Máire Devine may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Senator Catherine Noone has withdrawn her Commencement matter which I had selected for discussion.